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Lone Wolf G9 Joins the Pack

Many of us among the shooting community love to shoot AR-style rifles. Some of us build them from the ground up; painstakingly honing each and every component into a thing of precision and beauty. However, when it comes to taking it to the range we face the endless, and sometimes problematic, issue of ammunition cost. It is the same problem drivers face when they go to fill up at the pump. If you want to drive your car, you have to fill it with gas. If you want to fire your weapon, you best be ready to fork over some greenbacks. With the rising cost of ammunition, this has become a problem for many would-be shooters. A common solution, for the person who enjoys the look and feel of an AR-15, are AR-15 .22 conversion kits or AR rifles chambered for the .22, built from scratch. However, what if you want a firearm that offers a more lifelike experience to that of a standard .223 AR-15? Lone Wolf distributors have the answer in their new G9 Carbine.

The G9 Carbine is a 9mm AR-15-style rifle chambered to fit your standard Glock magazines. What are the advantages to shooting 9mm ammunition out of an AR-15 type rifle? Indoor range use comes to mind. There is nothing worse than going to the big outdoor range and experiencing the misfortune of getting rained out. Some of us just shoot better in an indoor environment. If you already own a Glock 9mm, you are in luck. Your magazines will fit perfectly into the lower receiver of the G9. If you bring your Glock and your G9 to the range, you only have to lug along one type of ammo.

This carbine is compatible with many AR-15 parts. If you already own a tricked-out AR-15, customizing this weapon to fit your lifestyle is seamless. The rifle we tested featured a free-float, picatinny-style quad-rail system for mounting whatever accessories you can think of. The Lone Wolf 9mm compensator reduced recoil, but not as much as we would have liked. We used a Burris Fast Fire II red dot sight to aim the rounds downrange and the gun proved to be accurate with a variety of high quality and value brand ammunition. We also experienced no jamming issues while firing at the steel-plate targets. We tested the crisp trigger pull at four and half pounds. When the magazine is empty, the bolt will only hold open if the bolt catch is manually engaged. The spring seemed a little light for the 9mm round. A heavier buffer would have assisted in reducing recoil, but it wasn’t unmanageable.

Designed for the shooter who does not want to take out a second mortgage to buy ammunition, the Lone Wolf G9 Carbine is an excellent choice. Glock owners will be pleased that they do not have to buy a stack of new magazines, and the act of shooting the wider 9mm round gives you a near exact experience to shooting a .223 AR-15.

Specifications and Features: Lower:

  • 2.4 lbs
  • 15 5/8″ collapsed
  • 17 7/8″ extended
  • 6 5/8″ high
  • 1 9/16″ wide

Upper:

  • 4.2 lbs
  • 24 1/4″ long
  • 2 1/2″ high and wide
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Comments (8)

  1. So somebody had a bad day and forgot to install a firing pin? Tell me, have you ever left your fly open? It happens.
    I just received this gun after waiting six months on the upper and over a year on the lower. But that was during the December of 2012 last gun scare when everyone went nuts and they were severley backordered.
    I did a great deal of research and this one is one of only a couple that has great reliability using Glock mags.
    I’ve only put 300 hundred rounds through it in a couple of days and it performed flawless. Zero failures using my lead reloads.
    This gun is a freakin blast with a red dot on it, and I would order another, well worth the wait.

  2. I was at a local gunshop this past week and a customer came in to pick up his Lone Wolf G9 rifle. After the paperwork was completed the shop owner & customer went to the shooters range to test the new G9. Lone Wolf Distributors failed to put a firing pin in the bolt. Click, Click, click no bang. The customer and gunshop owner were highly embarrassed by the quality control failure of Lone Wolf Distributors. I felt sorry for the guy who repeatedly said he “dropped 1 thousand dollars for a dud tactical rifle”. I’ve been online reading problems with many LWD products.

  3. So are the lowers available? Been trying to locate and purchase one for several months and they seem to ALWAYS be on back order. Can you email me for a response?

  4. These are shipping now and should run about $1,000. The complete lower is $350, and the upper is $650.

  5. I think that from an interchangabillity standpoint alone; the G9 carbine in genius! You hit the nail on the head when you brought out the fact that if you already own a Glock handgun; all you need is your sidearm, your carbine and a double handful of magazines! Wether you are an LEO type with a “call out” kit or the avearage citizen putting together a “bug out” bag; this is absoulutely perfect in my opinion.

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