ZEV Technologies New Match-Grade Glock Barrels

ZEV Technologies  has released new match-quality Glock barrels. The new barrels are cut rifled  with a broach finish (This is an unusual process, but with good broaches, produces excellent results). ZEV claims a “proprietary twist rate” and does not expand on it in detail.


The barrels are available in three colors, raw polished stainless, Black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon), and Burnt Bronze. The raw stainless barrels are in-stock, but the DLC and Bronze barrels will ship three weeks ARO. They are coated to order.

All barrels are available for order now at ZEV’s new website. All barrels are $250.

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Oxnard, CA – February 11, 2015 – ZEV Technologies, manufacturers of components and accessories for firearms, has announced that their new Match Grade drop-in barrels, are now available for sale through the company’s newly redesigned www.zevtechnologies.com.

The ZEV Match-Grade Drop-In Barrels feature extremely tight tolerances and are manufactured with pre-hardened chromium stainless steel (416R); originally designed for use in Match-Grade rifle barrels. This material provides high tensile strength and toughness to withstand typical chamber pressures while still being greatly corrosion resistant.

ZEV Match-Grade barrel bores are some of the most precise in the industry. Every barrel is double honed (rough and finish) until a minimum surface finish of 16 RA is reached. During this process the barrels are held to a final dimension of +/- 0.0002” for consistency and accuracy.

Each and every one of the barrels are cut, rifled and inspected for groove dimensions and broach finish.

ZEV Match-Grade Drop-In Barrel Specs:

• 416R Gun Barrel Quality Stainless Steel
• Match Grade drop in barrel
• Final dimension of +/- 0.0002” for consistency and accuracy
• SAAMI spec. Match chambers
• Proprietary twist rate

Available now through www.zevtechnologies.com the barrels come in the following finishes:

• Raw Stainless Steel
• Black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon)
• Burnt Bronze

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • James

    Although I realize that this is ridiculous “pimp my gun” tacticoolery and a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist, I really like the look of the bronze barrel. I’d buy one if I were filthy rich and had money to burn.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Yes, I often consider retail price tags of $250 to specify vast expendable reserves of cash and for “the filthy rich”.

      For whatever reason, this site in particular keeps attracting a very cheap audience, I’m not sure why that is.

      • James

        It’s a $250 accessory for a $500 gun that serves no purpose other than looking cool and probably reducing bench rest group size. We all have our hobbies that we blow money on, but I would only consider buying this if I had a significant amount of money to burn. $250 buys a hell of a lot of ammo, after all, and I’ve never found a factory glock to be what I would describe as inaccurate.

        If this thing keeps your boat afloat, buy it. I’m just saying that I wouldn’t unless I had a Scrooge McDuck style swimming pool filled with money.

      • J. Ewel

        Why is it that every time I read your comments I am reminded about this site’s lack of a block feature?

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Oh I could see how you might be put off by my flashing of multiple $250 wads, yes, indeed, I’m basically a thousandaire all up in here and that kind of money can make people envious. Ah to be part of the 87%!

          • J. Ewel

            It’s not your topic, it’s your tone. I agree with what you’re saying (in this case), it really is your tone and attitude.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            I couldn’t possibly explain how much that keeps me up at night. 😀 It’s the internet, pick and choose where your information comes from. Expect the people who are nice about everything to probably be wrong.

          • Helio

            So what you’re saying is that a-holes have all of the answers?

          • JumpIf NotZero

            I guess what I’m saying is that people that know better, don’t have time or really care to hold your sensitive little hand and lead you to the answer in a way that will make you feel safe and loved…. Sally.

        • Dan

          Eh, he grows on you after awhile, i find myself wondering when he’ll pop up in a post and poo poo on everybody’s parade

  • STW

    What does proprietary twist rate even mean? Well, besides the fact that the marketing guys think it sounds really cool. Can I believe their other claims with the same sense of comfort and certainty?

    • JumpIf NotZero

      1:9.3453? Or could legitimately be something interesting like a variable twist.

      • marathag

        Gain twist polygonal rifling would be interesting.

  • Crkt308

    The process used is not uncommon for factory match grade barrels. It exists in other forms known as button broaching. Essentially the rifling is pre cut using single point but only with a single pass per groove. Only a single pass is used for two reasons. Cost and consistency, for every additional pass it opens room for error. To finish the rifling a broach cutter or a button is used to open the grooves up to rough spec and rough finish spec. The barrel is then honed to semi finished or sometimes finished diameter. Because the bore will typically tighten up during final hardening, some manufacters use the hardening process to reach absolute finished end product bore diameter. Others will use coatings or platings to reach finished bore diameter

  • Vitsaus

    So will my Glock shoot like a factory 1911 now? I’ll be happy if it shoots like my P226 though.

  • Blaster_Master

    I am a consumer of aftermarket barrels for Glocks, as well as a reloader. Twist matters. A lot.

    There is no way I’m buying a barrel with an unknown twist. The fact that they purport to keep the twist rate secret ensures I won’t buy any of their products.

    • John Yossarian

      Agree – Whoever decided to keep the twist rate a secret severely underestimated the intelligence of their prospective buyers. Are we supposed to cross-section one of these barrels to get the information we need?

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Well… To be fair, X twist rate doesn’t mean a ton to Y barrel when you look at Z chamber, AA specific bore diameter, BB design of locking block, CC tolerances…

        There is more to where a gun shoots a specific bullet than just twist rate. But overall I agree, unless it’s something special, they should just say the twistrate.

    • El Duderino

      Secrecy means it’s more TACTICAL, brodiño! When operating in HSLD operations, the Bravo Golfs will see your Burnt Oran…er…Bronze barrel with an “unknown twist rate” and be like, “Dang hajj-heim…we should just surrender and pack our bags for Gitmo, like now! That guy’s awesomality cannot be overcome by sheer force.”*

      *assumed translation from Arabic

  • smartacus

    oooh that burnt bronze caught my eye too. At $250 a pop; i can easily spend a grand on four barrels for my 20 alone (starting with a 9x25Dillon, if they even make one).
    Will they make em in 6″ extended/ported variety?

    • smartacus

      and it looks easy to drill out the first couple of holes for your compensated slide.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        I like seeing my front sight, so I’d probably never ever port a handgun… But it would have been exceptionally interesting for ZEV to line the dimples up for that.

        Although having drilled out gas ports in ARs, I’d really recommend the home gunsmith not try and port his own barrel!

  • Madcap_Magician

    I am not sure if it is $250 cool, but that burnt bronze one is singing a siren song to me to justify its purchase.