First Freedom Wolf

Hawkeye

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This is a Freedom Wolf with a g-17 gen4 slide with a G-17 gen5 barrel.
I am in the process of tracking down some bugs in this build. So far it shoots fine but only 3 rounds before I get a feeding jam. With using a g17 slide I have to use a dust cover insert to make up the difference in the g19 to g17 slide. I had trouble with this insert from the first and had to hand work it to get it to fit.

I opened up the dust cover so that it wouldn't bind the RSA, this helped but I think there is still a problem in this spot. I am leaning to think I might have the wrong RSA for what I am trying to do with this build.
I have a G-17 gen4 slide with a G-17 gen5 barrel all on a LW G-19 frame. If you look at the post on how I had to get the dust over to work, notice that the G-17 gen5 RSA does not go the full length of the slide, it catches in the middle of the dust cover, so the true length of the RSA is more like a G-19 RSA. I don't have a G-19 gen5 RSA to test my theory, but I will get one to test soon.


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I have to say!! This is a tight build; the slide is smooth without any I mean any wiggle in the slide.
Pin holes are dead on right, no trouble at all pushing in and out.
The trigger pulls suck big time at 7lbs. but I haven't worked on it at all yet. I should be able to help that, or I will replace it.

I have used Lone Wolf part kits in the past without any problems, but I am not a fan of their upper parts kits.
This is two builds in a row that LW safety plungers will not work with their gen4-5 trigger bar. They set too high for the slide to rack back (shark fin will not go over it). I changed it out for a rook (works fine) I tried a ZEF (works fine) but no-go on the LW.
I'll post up some more on this problem soon.
 

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Same, I never got interested in freedom wolf frame, I believe it was on sale the last yr for $50 and still didn't get any.

The slide looks amazing... can't wait to see the final project
 

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You can't judge the looks yet, I just got started carving it up.
One thing about these LW frames, they have a lot of stock on them so you can do all kinds of frame mods on them.
 

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Here is what happens when you try to shape the Lone Wolf magwell.
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You can see it doesn't take much to get into the slide catch that hold the magwell on.
I tried to get one out of my box of magwells to fit but all that I have are for P80s and these are too long to fit and are not close enough to make fit. SO here is what I am trying to do to change the looks for the awful Lone Wolf magwell.
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I glued the magwell on with the same glue that I used to glue in the rails and rail tabs. You have to be careful when using epoxy on your frame because if you paint you have to cure it at least 200F and some epoxy will get soft and runny when heated up. The way I look at using Loctite 380 is if it can be used for rails it must be able to take some heat, we will see if this is true when I paint.
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I used a lot of glue, letting it ooze out all over then wiping off excess, hoping I can sand it to shape the magwell.

Here is how it has turned out so far.
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Left, is the new try; right, is the first try.
On the left, you can see how the glue is holding shape as I sand. This seems to work but I still would not take a lot of stock off. This is close to what I will do with for this build, and I still have to clean up the rear of the magwell. I'll post on this next.
 

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I've been moving right along with this build so let's go to all the mods I have done on this build.
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1) Thought I might try my hand at HD borders.
2) I reshaped the magwell filling in the rear to smooth out the looks. I glued in on then used some JB Weld for shaping. On the front of the magwell I did do a radius to get rid of that square look and feel but I could not take a lot of stock off because of the way it fits.
(I doubt if I ever use one on a LW again)
3) I did a large undercut here. Along with the radius on the magwell my hand fits perfect. I have a large hand with short fat fingers, so it is hard for me to hold a compact frame with a magwell unless it has a radius for my little finger.
4) I did an undercut here and made it thin for a cut out (more info later)
5) Another undercut with a radius that fits a finger just in case you want to use the secondhand grip in this area.
6) This really worked out, the undercut here leads all the way into the trigger. I find without this cut on the LW, your trigger finger feels uncomfortable. For me it feels like there is a hump just before your finger inters the trigger. With this cut to match your finger it really feels good and more of a natural grip on the frame.

Those that have watched GOT know what wolf this is from. My plan here is to take the pattern in the wolf and continue the pattern into the stippling down and around the back strap meeting the wolf on the other side as if the wolf in coming out of the grip. The rest of the stippling will be just a random pattern that does not take away from the wolf. I call this one "The Young Wolf"
 

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Here is what I plan for a cut out in the trigger guard.
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My plan is to cut out a wolf paw print into the trigger guard.

If anyone wants to know how I do this stuff just ask, I can reply on the forum or talk about it on Fireside Chat.
All you need is a Dremel and sandpaper.
 
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