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Old 04-05-2017, 11:14 AM   #1
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Hi,

On March 14th I placed an order for a Bar-Sto Semi fit 40 to 9 conversion barrel for my p229 SAS 40/357.

I have some questions for our members.

1. How long did you have to wait for them to make it ?
2. When you received it, did it really fit (drop-in) or did you have to do some fitting?
2. If you had to do some fitting, did you have to stone the front of the barrel hood to fit the slide and/or did you also have to stone the bottom of the feed ramp in order for the slide to travel over and pass the locking insert?

I know that I can always ship my gun to them but I rather do it myself.
I also ordered their DVD.

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Old 04-05-2017, 11:36 AM   #2
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Bar-Sto barrel

I've ordered 4. Seems like 3-5 weeks depending on the barrel and threaded or not. My X5s required fitting. Nothing too difficult just elbow grease and 30-40 minutes of time. The P226 dropped in.
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1. How long did you have to wait for them to make it ? 6 weeks
2. When you received it, did it really fit (drop-in) or did you have to do some fitting? I had to fit it.
3. If you had to do some fitting, did you have to stone the front of the barrel hood to fit the slide and/or did you also have to stone the bottom of the feed ramp in order for the slide to travel over and pass the locking insert? I had to remove material from both areas. It took me almost 2 hours total, if I recall.

There are a number of threads in this forum that are really helpful.
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I ordered a semi fit 40 to 9 conversion barrel for my P229. They had them in sock at the time and it only took about a week for delivery.

I had to stone about .003" off the end of the rear lug on the barrel hood and it fit perfectly. It's still a little long to fit my P229R Enhanced Elite by about .0015".
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I purchased one from a forum member and mine did not need fitting. It looked to be brand new.
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Mine usually took ~6 weeks. As for fitting, I assume you are talking about their semi-fit, out of 10 so far I've had to fit the front/top of the slide on 4 and the bottom of the feed ramp on 2. But it was very minimal.
I was kind of bummed with the ones that dropped in because then I didn't know how they really fit, so now I order match-fit.
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Have the same set up for a P226. My wait was about 6 weeks. My "newness" to handguns prevented me from doing the MINOR fitting needed. 2/1000 had to come off the front of the hood and about 5 stone passes on the lower lug. Done by a gunsmith, for about $70 and without it for about a week. Worth it to me at the time? Yes. Would I do it myself now? Yes.
Enjoy it. I had a little love/hate thing when I first got mine but it's now smoothed out to a love thing.
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Mine took 6 weeks. I was told 6-8 weeks so I was already prepared to wait that long.

It fit like a glove for me, took it to my gunsmith just to be safe, he told me it was a fantastic fit

I love my barsto, definitely planning on getting all future barrels from them. My only complaint is that they don't come in any other finish

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With the DVD, you should be all set. My semi fit required just a bit of stoning at the rear end. I would be reluctant to remove material from the feed ramp, that would be a last resort. Also, as you are fitting the barrel, install the barrel to the slide and gently install the slide to the frame. You don't want to ding up the end of the feed ramp should it impact the locking insert or you will be doing some stoning there. Just something to be aware of.
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A good friend of mine wants to sell his P226 in .40
I have NO desire for a .40

None

Rolled the idea around of picking up a Bar-Sto 9mm barrel for it, but the thought of having to fit that barrel, makes me think twice
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A good friend of mine wants to sell his P226 in .40
I have NO desire for a .40

None

Rolled the idea around of picking up a Bar-Sto 9mm barrel for it, but the thought of having to fit that barrel, makes me think twice
The P226 40 S&W runs just fine with an OEM SIG 9mm barrel.
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The P226 40 S&W runs just fine with an OEM SIG 9mm barrel.
Unfortunately that doesn't work for a 229. And while a factory 9 barrel will fit and function in a 40 226 the rear locking lug on the 9 barrel is just a bit narrower than the 40 so you won't get as good of lockup.

But the real reason I'm willing to go a few bucks more for the Barsto is that I get 1" groups @25yds and I've never come close to that with the factory barrels.
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Gentlemen,

Thank you for your answers and advice. I knew when I placed my order that the Bar-Sto web site said delivery time was 6-8 weeks. I was just hoping that it might turn out to be a shorter time.

As far as the fitting, I think I have the right tools and enough knowledge and patience to do it if needed. When you are retired with a lot of time in your hands, you can take your time to complete the task and reward yourself.
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As far as the fitting, I think I have the right tools and enough knowledge and patience to do it if needed.
http://sigtalk.com/sig-sauer-gunsmit...29-legion.html

http://sigtalk.com/sig-sauer-gunsmit...tml#post491963

I had none of the above when I fitted some (lesser) barrels for my SIGs.

No tools, no knowledge, no patience, and toes for fingers.

I eventually got some nice toolz, all the way up to some Gesswein Ruby Rods (not really necessary, but awesome candy) by the time I did some barrels for my Glocks.

After spending all that dough on toys, I eventually settled on using 600 and 1200 grit sandpaper wrapped around a straight rod with a square cross - section (almost exclusively), with a lot of painter's tape. You can do some high - quality fitting of Semi - Fit barrels using really cheap stuff. Bar - Sto's barrels are a magnitude softer than Glock's barrels.

And I have since grown opposable thumbs as well.

I think I'll post a reckless step - by - step guide and ask bumper's help for finer points, once my other Bar - Stos come through the mail.

Fit your barrels and post away recklessly, my friend.
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Unfortunately that doesn't work for a 229. And while a factory 9 barrel will fit and function in a 40 226 the rear locking lug on the 9 barrel is just a bit narrower than the 40 so you won't get as good of lockup.
While you are correct on the width of the hood extension of the 9mm barrel being a bit more narrow than that on the 40/357 barrel (~1.0mm), I find the lock up to be just fine. In fact, I use a Silencerco 9mm threaded barrel in my 40 S&W native P226 with my AAC EVO 9 mounted and the lock up is still quite nice. I would think, with all the forces imparted on the barrel with the suppressor up front, lock up would be tested quite vigorously. My Silencerco barrel, which is dimensionally the same as a SIG OEM P226 9mm barrel, performs very well.

If the hood extension of the barrel mating with the breech face pocket of the slide was the only point for lock up, I would be much more concerned and tend to agree with your assertion. However, the overall length of the barrel hood (front of the barrel hood to the rear of the hood extension) along with the slide bearing located at the muzzle opening of the slide contacting the larger OD of the barrel at the muzzle end are critical points of lock up and provide plenty of stability in a properly fitted barrel.
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