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This is a discussion on Aftermarket barrels within the XD Gunsmithing and Maintenance forums, part of the XD Talk category; Has anyone had any trouble with a drop-in barrel from Storm Lake or Bar-sto? I have been planning have a smith or Springfield do it ...


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Old 08-18-2011, 10:13 PM   #1
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Has anyone had any trouble with a drop-in barrel from Storm Lake or Bar-sto? I have been planning have a smith or Springfield do it for $300 or replacing it with a XDm, but paying half that to try it myself sounds attractive if its likely to work. I am happy with the barrel I have, But the wear on the lug looks like its going to chip soon like I have seen on other barrels. I bought the gun used so its not covered. Already looked into that.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:44 AM   #2
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I have a ss drop-in from Bar Sto in my XDm 45. Have put 500+ rds through it with no issues. I was apprehensive at first,but when the barrel came and truly "dropped in" I knew I was good to go. Hope you have same luck if you decide to take the plunge.
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:19 PM   #3
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Been wondering the same.
There's so many different after market ones...

Some just plain look bad.

Bar-Sto, hmm...
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I have a BarSto threaded barrel on my XDM 9mm open gun. Well over 5000 rounds with no issues.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:44 AM   #5
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Has anyone had any trouble with a drop-in barrel from Storm Lake or Bar-sto? I have been planning have a smith or Springfield do it for $300 or replacing it with a XDm, but paying half that to try it myself sounds attractive if its likely to work. I am happy with the barrel I have, But the wear on the lug looks like its going to chip soon like I have seen on other barrels. I bought the gun used so its not covered. Already looked into that.
I have both bar-sto and firedragon barrels in .357 sig and 400 corbon, all are quality, drop in fit and work fine.

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Old 08-21-2011, 07:58 PM   #6
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I have a Storm Lake "drop in" for my XD9 Tactical. It "dropped" right in and functions perfectly.
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Take a look at EKF Fire Dragon also: Springfield XDSUB/XDS/XDT/XDM
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:08 AM   #8
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Thanks for the replies. I have heard there are a few different barrel lug designs. Will that be an issue buying a new barrel?
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Although shipping mistakes do occassionally happen, if you order the correct 'drop-in' barrel for your pistol, it will normally fit. There are always occasions where the specs of the pistol all stack one way and the barrel specs another, where fitting will be required. But the better mfgs seem reasonable on exchanges if you have not ground or filed on the barrel.
Just remember to get a 'drop-in' fit (95% or better) and high functional reliability, that just means the fitment clearances are intentionally undersized (sloppy). If you are buying for maximum accuracy and spending $$ on a new barrel that does not have any better tolerances than the stock barrel, there is no net gain. Fitment for improved accuracy is going to require starting with an oversized truely 'match' barrel and carefully fitting it to the individual pistol with minimum tolerance clearances. This does have the accompanying effect of reduced reliability in other than ideal clean conditions and may also require limiting your ammo choices to just those that feed into a tighter chamber. Drop-in fit (same caliber) replacement barrels may be slightly tighter than stock and normally do not have functional problems. Some are more picky about ammo.
Drop-in fit conversion barrels have the convenience of not needing fitting but are generally not much, or any, more accurate than the original barrel, and can have reduced reliability due to the new ammo size being less than the original breech. (40sw/357SIG conversions use same size cartridge base and no reduced reliability). But for range use, you get an added caliber at less expense than a complete new firearm. And in ultimate SHTF, you get added calibers for pickup ammo.
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My related question is: Is the fitted barrel significantly better than the drop in? I assume that fitted will be more accurate, but worth the money?
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