Lone Wolf Distributors: How the parts powerhouse carved its own path
By Jacki Billings
Lone Wolf Distributors has expanded its inventory over the years to include its own branded products, like the Alpha Wolf PCC. (Photo: Lone Wolf Distributors)
Lone Wolf Distributors has been a staple in the industry for two decades and is well-known among Glock gearheads. A go-to source for parts and accessories for a variety of gun models, the company supplies gun owners with a bevy of parts in a range of patterns, colors, and themes. It wasn’t always fancy slides and smooth triggers, though. The company sprang from humble beginnings, courtesy of a CEO determined to turn his experience and expertise into success.
Like any good origin story, LWD’s begins with one man — head honcho and CEO, J.R. Shepard. Shepard grew up a lover of guns. As a kid, he was an avid hunter, shooter, and reloader. As an adult, he continued the love affair with firearms, opening a small gun shop in the 1980s attached to his family’s welding shop in Rathdrum, Idaho. In the offseason, he busied himself as an elk hunting guide which eventually led to meeting Larry Jones. Jones made elk calls as well as videos of his calls in action. The two teamed up to create