Tungsten Sleeves for barrel
Posted 14 June 2002 - 09:51 AM
Posted 16 June 2002 - 05:46 AM
Tungsten is a major pain to machine. It dulls the best carbide cutters fast. Sleeving a barrel with a tungsten cylinder is a painstaking job best reserved for a real pro, in my opinion. If only a mild demand develops for these barrles, long lead times could become the norm.
I'm really thinking this one over carefully. It's all about recoil management. And it isn't exactly like my bull barrel .40 cal STI at 165 PF is beating me to death.
What I will spend on a tunsten barrel alone, and I do my own fitting, is as much as a new CZ-75 production gun. Tungsten is really "gee whizz" cool stuff, I just don't know if I want to invest that much time and money yet. Lemme know what you find out and what you're thinking. Anyone else?
Posted 16 June 2002 - 06:18 PM
The real problem is the cost; machinable tungsten is about $200 a foot (for 1 inch material)....my shop just had some left over from another prototype job. It was made to order, so I think it was more expensive than the stock stuff.
I'd agree with bonedaddy in that the cost and trouble may not amount to enough of an advantage (or pleasure factor) to make it worth going into. I guess it's up to you. Personally, I'd stay away from solid tungsten barrels, but that's another story.
Posted 17 June 2002 - 04:51 AM
Posted 17 June 2002 - 05:22 AM
NW I'm not sure but I think your under the wrong impression. All tungsten barrel's are sleeved and I've heard of bull barrel's that are sleeved as well. If you do have access to tungsten and dont mind me giving you a call drop me a line on the messenger.
I think having a tungsten sleeve is better than just getting a tungsten barrel because, You can pick the barrel of your choice and it will save you lots in the long run. Thats my thinking. What do yall think?
Posted 17 June 2002 - 08:23 AM
Posted 17 June 2002 - 05:19 PM
Posted 17 June 2002 - 05:26 PM
Posted 17 June 2002 - 09:16 PM
A-Zone Custom Pistols, Colorado Springs, CO. This is the person that used to have the tungsten sleeves. I think he may shoot at Old Fort Gun Club in Arkansas. Or a Gary Kimball he owned A-Zone before Andy.
Posted 18 June 2002 - 02:36 AM
A friend of mine had the same thing happen to his this weekend.
Kevin at KKM has decided not to sell these until this problem is solved.
In the meantime Johnny Lim sells them but there is a wait. I've been told "two weeks" three times. Coming up on the seventh week. I'll keep you posted.
Chuck at Shooter's Connection has one with the Wilson feed ramp. I need the other ramp so can't use it in my STI.
Hope this helps.
Posted 18 June 2002 - 06:19 AM
Posted 18 June 2002 - 10:08 AM
Posted 02 July 2002 - 09:40 AM
He is in Ark. now..not sure of his contact #...Gary Kimball..retired from pistolsmithing..which is a shame..
Andy attached a sleeve of tungsten to a barrel by threading it on like a comp..then fitted the outside diameter for lockup on the front..like a bull barrel..worked very well at adding a substantial amount of stationary weight..
Posted 02 July 2002 - 12:54 PM
Posted 02 July 2002 - 12:59 PM
Posted 02 July 2002 - 03:14 PM
I liked it..it shot very well for me...I shot it fairly fast and it tracked very well for me...I had no problems with functioning and reliability...when I see it from time to time..the new owner says no problems..I shot everything from 155 HP to 220 lead in it..and it shot all equally well..If I can track andy down..I will forward any contact info to you..
(Edited by eerw at 8:26 am on July 3, 2002)
Posted 15 August 2002 - 06:27 PM
Posted 16 August 2002 - 09:53 AM
Posted 16 August 2002 - 11:02 AM
KKM has stopped making them. A flood of them have broke and they won't sell any more till they figure out what's wrong.
LimCat sells them but they are made by Briley or Barstow.
Retail about $295.
Johnny has a web site at: http://www.limcat.com
I like mine but my experience level is limited. I went from unclassified to A in six weeks but still feel like I'm a total newbie.
Posted 01 September 2002 - 04:40 PM
Posted 01 September 2002 - 10:12 PM
Do you know the O.D.? I have a Para and want to make sure it will lock up tight. Also, how are they attached, threaded or press fit? If threaded what thread size?
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