Unless you have lived under a rock for the last 30 years, you have heard of Glock. You are also probably aware that they are one of the more popular brands of handgun on the market. They are popular enough that some people are starting to call all handguns a Glock, just like your basic circular saw is often referred to as a Skill saw. With the popularity of the platform, it has opened up the aftermarket for a multitude of accessories and enhancement parts.
Lone Wolf Distributors has been a long standing leader in Glock accessories. They sell almost any factory or aftermarket part you could think of for the Glock platform. Many of the aftermarket items they make themselves. In fact they make so many replacement parts that you could build a complete Glock-like handgun based solely on Lone Wolf parts. The foundation of this is the Timberwolf frame, a replacement frame for the full size and compact Glocks. The Timberwolf uses all Glock factory parts, or can use all of Lone Wolf’s parts. Features of the frame can be seen below much quicker than I could write each one out.
Testing a Timberwolf compact frame recently was a pleasure and a surprise. It’s like having your favorite ice cream in a waffle cone over the plain cone you were used to. Saying it is better truly is a matter of opinion, however some features of the frame really stood out. For my mileage it was like getting a new set of performance tires on your car. My gun didn’t change that much but it sure felt like it was a whole new gun that somehow snuck it’s way into my safe.
The feel of the frame isn’t Glock-like, it is similar to a FNS compact frame but with the slim and familiar controls of a Glock. The frame comes with the 2 backstraps, as pictured above, I happen to prefer the palm swell. The flat backstrap doesn’t fill my hand at the bottom where I use the most grip pressure. For someone with small hands, less girth around the grip will be beneficial. The trigger guard has a high relief cut to help shooters avoid the “glock knuckle”, this occurs when your knuckle on your middle finger hits the underside of the trigger guard. I shoot a Glock frequently and it’s never been an issue, however the higher cut is welcomed to allow a higher hold on the grip. The other notable feature on the frame is the extended beavertail. The beavertail is great! Especially to those with meaty hands that may suffer from slide bite on a standard Glock. Now the Gen 4 Glocks solved this issue with the extra grip modules but I like the feature built in on the Timberwolf. The beavertail served it’s purpose, though it is square on the tail end and could use a little better shaping.
You can buy the Timberwolf frame in 2 sizes full size and compact. Compact fitting the glock 19/23 series. It comes as a bare frame or complete with some very nice upgraded parts like the Lone Wolf Ultimate Adjustable Trigger or U.A.T. Price is very close to the same as a Glock factory frame and must go through a local FFL dealer for the proper paperwork before the buyer takes ownership.
Pairing the complete frame with a Glock slide only takes a few seconds. I used a Glock 19 in the test, just transferring my 19 slide to the new Timberwolf frame. I also review and share my thoughts in the video below. I shot the gun at a few indoor IDPA events along with some range testing. It ran great, the grip didn’t cause any issues. The mags released and inserted easily enough without any issues. I tested with a PWS aftermarket slide without any hiccups. The Timberwolf also fit all the holsters I had without issue or snag.
Why would you go with a Timberwolf frame over a factory one? Well my opinion is that if you already have a Glock and you want to change the grip feel/angle then the Timberwolf is a great option. It’s also a great base for a custom build with one of Lone Wolf’s many custom slide options! The Timberwolf is popular and so well liked, that a couple of the custom shops are using it in their builds, names like SAI and Agency Arms. Wanting to build a full custom defense or competition gun? Check out Lone Wolf and the custom parts they sell, they also do full custom services with machining, mounting a optic, and custom laser engraving.