I recently built a Polymer80 PF940CL – their compact long model. This is an interesting variant because it is a their Glock 19 grip but built to use the longer Glock 17 barrel. I had a threaded barrel I could have used but opted to get one of the Storm Lake model 34000 barrels after doing some digging around on their quality. I’m impressed and figured it made since to share a quick review with you.
Storm Lake barrels are made in Tennessee. While not everyone may know their name, they’ve been around since 1983 and sell barrels for 1911s, Glock, Springfield XLs and S&W M&Ps.
Their barrels are made from 416 stainless steel, are hardened to 40-42 HRC and rifling is 1:16LH. The rifling is broach cut to support both jacketed and lead bullets.
My Glock 17 Barrel
The 34000 is a 9mm 4.49″ long barrel with no ports that weights 0.30 pounds. I don’t plan on running a suppressor or a compensator so there was no real reason to have threading especially if I ever carry it.
All in all, I have nothing negative to say. I am not some super duper target shooter. It’s accurate enough for me under 25 yards and I’ve not had any problems. Now part of that is the build and the magazines too but again, no problems!
I have no hesitation recommending Stormlake barrels. Best of all, I think they are very affordable and show that you don’t always have to spend a fortune to get good quality.
The best selection and prices are actually on eBay. The following are items live on eBay for the G17, 19 and 34 plus other models so just scroll down:
I hope this helps you out!
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One of the firearms that had an impact on me growing up was the iconic Israeli Uzi. In the 1980s you would see them in the news, TV shows and movies all the time. Today, being quite a bit older, what interests me is the history and engineering that led up to this weapon. Suffice it to say that Israel has known conflict even before the country was founded in May 1948 and certainly ever since. Israel first fielded the Uzi in
I’m not going to duplicate the history as there are some excellent resources out there that explain the political climate and how the Uzi came into being.
The Uzi has evolved into a variety of weapons including the micro uzi, semi-auto versions and so forth. What interested me was the full size Uzi that I had grown up hearing so much about and you’d see them with the original wood stock and the metal folding stock.
Over the years, I’ve made many AKs and ARs for personal use. I’ve been really busy but wanted to build something different. For the past several years I have noticed that there are a ton of Uzi kits for sale from the various parts kits vendors and this sparked my interest. For me, part of the challenge of building from a kit is learning how to do so legally and finding all the parts.
I knew I wanted to build a carbine vs. a pistol so that shifted me in the direction of a wood stock for a number of reasons:
To be classified as a rifle, the barrel needed to be at least 16″ with an overall length of 26″.
To get the overall length, that meant I either needed an even longer barrel or a permanently attached stock that would surpass that 26″ minimum.
The resulting carbine would be front end heavy and the wood stock would help balance things out.
I am not a huge fan of my cheek being on sheet metal – I prefer wood with a gently bend.
Now you many have a different perspective and that is just fine but due to this I ordered two wood stocked Uzi kits from Robert RTG. I only planned to build one Uzi but purchased a spare kit for donor parts just in case. What arrived were two seriously oiled kits. The wood was a tad beat up as were the pistol grip and handguard panels – probably from being packed with the parts. The bolt and fire control group honestly looked like new.
In terms of the receiver, all my research pointed me to buying one from McKay. They offer just the bent receiver shell and you can do all the welding or a fully welded receiver that is all set for semi-auto use and ready for you to assemble with. I opted for the ready-to-go model and based on McKay’s reputation, I also ordered my 16″ 1:10 twist 9mm NATO chambered barrel from them also. I placed my order direct with McKay, had them ship it to my FFL, Scott Igert, and it arrived a week later.
McKay really did a real nice job on the receiver. Here it is with some of the original stubs sitting by it:
Here are the details that McKay took care of when they make their fully welded receiver:
The front trunnion has a reduced inner diameter to prevent installation of a military model
The rear barrel support ring must not allow a military barrel to be installed
The bottom of the semi-auto feed ramp will block a full auto sear – in other words, it is just a tad too long for the full length original sear to fit.
The right side of receiver behind the ejection port has a block bar welded in place that prevents the installation of an original full auto open bolt.
The other plus is that everything above is American made so that means the receiver and the front trunnion count as US-made parts. By the way, in terms of 922r, an Uzi has 13 parts on the 922r parts list so that means three must be replaced with US parts to meet the maximum limit of 10 foreign parts. The McKay receiver, front trunnion and US-made barrel will enable you to meet the parts count requirement.
By the way, there are a lot of other posts about how to do an Uzi:
In this ATF letter, the author asked the ATF’s opinion on a number of great AR pistol related questions. I am paraphrasing a few points I found important to help folks doing full text searches for opinions:
1) An AR lower receiver is neither pistol nor rifle until it is built the first time. If you want to make a pistol, a lower receiver must *never* have been built in a rifle configuration.
2) AR pistols do not have a barrel length restriction.
3) AR handguards can be used on an AR pistol
4) An AR rifle and pistol can be in the same household — note, and this is a personal comment, what got a guy in trouble years ago was that he had only an AR rifle and a pistol upper with no lower to mount it on. I don’t remember all of the details but the main thing here is that you never want it to look like the only reason you have a pistol/SBR upper is to put in on your AR that is legally classified as a rifle.
5) Magpul angled fore grips (AFGs) are permissible on the bottom accessory/picatinny rail.
I recommend people print and keep copies of letters just in case they need to show someone that some aspect of a weapon was “approved” by the ATF at some point. Just bear in mind that ATF letters are not absolutes but it helps to have them handy if asked. A state or local government may have their own more restrictive regulations as well so this may not mean AFGs are legal for everyone everywhere.
Legal Disclaimer: I am not an attorney and am not giving legal advice. I am just passing this information along and it is up to you to determine what you can/can’t do.