Every year brings something new and exciting here at Lone Wolf. And with this year being no different; we wanted to try something a little out of our "norm". Lone Wolf Distributors was founded by JR Shepard who loves to fish and hunt. Something that JR is free to admit; is that he started Lone Wolf to enable his outdoor addictions.
With that being said; it only seemed fitting that we push into the hunting market...which this year we have! Part of this; was that we hand picked three individuals to represent us as Pro Staffers. This brings us to the subject of this post; Jason Peak (you may know him from SOLO Hunters TV) had us build a G21 longslide top end, with a 40SUPER barrel to be used on his G20SF frame. This time of year; you'll find Jason behind a pack of dogs, running cats or bear. The 40SUPER is more than ample medicine for this task...maybe even overkill; but you never know what you might encounter while stomping around the Western backcountry!
Check out Jason Peak and his exploits on SOLO Hunters TV: Solo Hunters Blog
This has been a labor of love!
By: Jason Peak
get in trouble all the time with my wife because she can never get me
to hang a picture on the wall but I will spend hours meticulously
looking over my gear and researching new stuff. I have convinced myself
that I rely on my gear in too many critical situations to let mundane
household chores get in the way and that the time spent on my gear is
WAY more important than the time it would take to make her happy and
hang those dang pictures. That argument loses momentum when she sees me
shopping for new camera lenses or re-fletching my arrows for the
ump-teenth time. It would take five minutes to hang the picture. The
Fine-tuning my gear is a labor of love.
My most recent project involved building up a new form of “bear spray”. The story started when Luke Johnson at Lone Wolf Distributors
contacted me about being on Lone Wolf’s new Hunter Pro Staff team. I
jumped at the opportunity. I never really thought about my woods
defense protection as an opportunity to get into another industry, but
when Luke called I couldn’t believe I hadn’t made the connection before.
Elk hunting in bear country can be nasty business. I know guys that
carry spray, but I have always been reluctant to trust that my “bacon”
will be saved by an over-sized can of Cheez Whiz. Tim Burnett
tells a great story about being caught in a tree with bears all around
that, had it been caught on film, would be EPIC on a hunting show! For
me, woods defense means defending against bears. And defending against
bears means more than just “point, pull the trigger, bang”.
So began the labor of love.
Luke and I spent hours on the phone designing my new bear defense rig. I went with the basic Glock 20SF
to start because it can handle the heavy artillery. It is Glock’s 10mm
on a large frame. I chose the 10mm (Glock 20) for one reason—the
Greenland Sled Patrol uses them to stop polar bears. Proof enough for
me (and I told you I am an overly thorough buffoon when it comes to
The slide, lower and magazine.
Luke’s first task was to put together the slide and barrel. We chose
a 6″ barrel and slide to provide better accuracy at longer distances. I
am going to try and get good groups out to 100 yards. We will see!
The stainless barrel is simple—bead blasted stainless steel with a
little polish. The logos engraved were used for obvious reasons.
This looks SWEET!
Luke did this one without me knowing. So much for the resale value!
This looks old school. I love it!
He also upgraded some of the guts and external parts. Luke put a
20-lb. recoil spring in it, but I may go to 22-lbs. depending on how the
recoil feels after the REAL break-in period. He also tweaked the
trigger a touch, and it has a nice break to it after a little travel.
External stuff was more cosmetic—magazine catch, upgraded sights (Ameriglo Hackathorn) and engraving on the magazines.
Ballistics? The 40SUPER meets or exceeds even the best high-powered
wheel guns traditionally used in bear-rich environments. Plus, I have
more rounds in the magazine than most revolvers carry.
Double Tap Ammo is the way to go!
Ammo? Call Rhett or George at Double Tap Ammo and tell them I sent
you. These guys are direct dealers and they specialize in rounds that
are functional, but not as mainstream. Their 135 gr. Nosler JHPs and
200 gr. FMJs are my preferred 40SUPER rounds for predator hunting and
As for that picture, I hung it up last weekend. That was an early
Valentine’s Day gift. And I know she is going to sleep better while I
hunt elk in bear country knowing Luke and Lone Wolf put a smokewagon in
my hand that packs more than enough punch to repel a charging bear.
Next post? The range!
Go Hard. Go Solo!