Behind every great silencer is a great barrel – literally. If you shoot suppressed, consider what life would be like with shoddy threads that leave your $600+ and year-long-wait hearing protection device hanging at a non-concentric angle to your boreline. Cringeworthy. Ok, perhaps I’m being slightly melodramatic. Even so, the importance of a quality threaded barrel simply cannot be over looked. Adding to the of the lineup of currently available options, the team at Backup Tactical recently introduced a series of threaded barrels for Glock pistols. And I was lucky enough to give them a shot (I’ll be here all week).
Allow me to deviate for a moment. Writing reviews is hard. No, I’m not talking about the type of ‘hard’ that means only the ‘select elite’ are capable of evaluating a gun product and slinging words onto a page. I’m talking about trying to accurately describe the positives and negatives of a particular item that is designed, by default, to just plain work. Forget style, that’s a subjective characteristic that will never get a full consensus.
For example, if I am buying new tires, all of my questions will revolve around one major topic ‘will this rubber keep my car on the road in XYZ conditions. Sure we can discuss tread pattern, ride comfort and sidewall durability, but in the end, the majority of drivers expect their tires to just work. (White letters out, by the way. Always.)
Now back to reviewing guns and accessories.
Sure, we all have our tastes and styles, but in the end, all we ask out of our products is that they work as advertised. And for single-piece items like barrels, for example, the review is seemingly straight forward – do they perform as a threaded barrel should in the host gun for which they were designed? Yes? End of story. Which admittedly makes for a short narrative.
For those of you who don’t like to read or find my review style annoying, I’ll save you the time. The barrels from Backup Tactical are very well made, perform flawlessly and function perfectly in both third and fourth generation Glock 19 pistols. (Glock 17s are on the way).
For the rest of you, I’ll take you through the details.