Category Archives: Barrels

These days everyone builds their own AR and for good reason…its a ton of fun, can save you money and gives you good knowledge of how an AR works. One issue that many AR builders run into is finding compatibility issues with the parts they bought. With the popularity of ultra low profile handguards one of the most common issues is gas block incompatibility. Many handguards are so low profile that they can actually come in contact with the gas block itself or accessories attached to the handguard. I recently ran into this issue myself and figured I would share my experience with you.

One of my most recent builds is a DMR style rifle with a BSF Barrels 16″ barrel with a Carbon Fiber Shroud. Because of the carbon fiber shroud (designed to strengthen the barrel, reduce weight and help it vent heat) the gas block seat is .936″ so of course I just ordered any old .936″ low pro gas block. 

Cross Machine Tool 936 low pro gas block on BSF Barrel AERO

Everything installed just fine, I slid the Cross Machine Tool UHPR Mod 2 handguard over the barrel, tightened it all down and … DUN DUN DUUUUN … the gas block was touching the bottom of the handguard. Not just close, literally touching. That’s called “unfreefloating” your barrel. 😂😂 This is something I verify every time I build a rifle as I’ve also seen MLOK screws touching gas blocks as well. Anything coming in contact with the gas block / barrel can and will effect accuracy even at just 100 yards.

Gas Block Touching CMT rail

In a basic beater build you might not care but in a build like this where accuracy is the goal, you have no other choice than to either swap out the gas block or swap out the handguard. Easiest and cheapest is to swap the gas block. Thankfully Cross Machine Tool has just released their new line of J.A.G. (Just A GasBlock) gas blocks which includes a .936 Gas Block specifically designed to fit under their UHPR handguards and many other super low profile handguards.

**One of the only things I actually do like about .936 gas block seats is that the .936″ opening of the gas block is usually big enough to remove without taking off the muzzle device**

936 gas block over dragon muzzle brake

New CMT Gas Block Installed on BSF Barrel Lantac Dragon CMC Trigger

While I had the gas block off I also decided to put a second dimple on the barrel so that the second set screw of the gas block would screw all the way in instead of sticking out just to make sure there was adequate clearance.

Dimpled Barrel for low pro gas block

At this point it was time to reinstall the CMT handguard and check to see how it fit. Flipped it over and definitely good to go! The new Cross Machine Tool JAG .936 Gas Block did the trick and my barrel is now truly Free Floating. 

Handguard not touching low pro gas block 1

Handguard free floating not touching low pro gas block 2

CMT 936 Gas Block Installed

Cross Machine Tool 936 Gas Block Free Float Low Pro Handguard BSF Barrels AERO CMC Lantac Vortex Optics

Only thing left to do now is get this blaster to the range. I’ll have a full review of the BSF Barrels 16″ barrel coming soon. If you’re looking for an affordable low profile gas block you can’t go wrong with the new Cross Machine Tool JAG Gas Blocks.

Rainier Arms has one of the largest selection of items on sale for Father’s Day including complete firearms, uppers, lowers, barrels, BCGs, parts and more. You can view all of the sale items now at www.RainierArms.com.

Rainier Arms Father's Day Sale

AERO Precision will be having a Father’s Day AR-15 Sale. On Father’s Day Only, use the discount code “BESTDADEVER” at checkout to save 10% off your order. You know you want some. Get it at www.AEROPrecisionUSA.com.

AERO Precision AR15 Fathers Day Sale

(CINCINNATI, OH) – Faxon Firearms, incessant innovators in the firearms industry, is pleased to announce the release of Faxon’s latest series of barrels – the Match Series. The new Match Series of barrels takes Faxon’s renowned performance and value up a notch.

All Match Series barrels start as 416-R gun-barrel-quality stainless steel. Manufactured 100% in-house, the Match Series features 5R rifling for increased velocity, decreased bullet deformation, and ease of cleaning. All barrels are fully stress relieved and finally salt bath nitride coated inside and out for corrosion resistance and longevity.  All Match Series barrels further feature NP3 coated extensions. The nickel-Teflon coating smooths feed ramps and its self-lubricating properties increase reliability.

Faxon Firearms Match Series Barrels Flame Fluted

The Match Series will be available across all calibers that Faxon manufactures including 300 BLK, .308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 Grendel, and newly released .223 Wylde. All calibers feature 1/8” twist except for .308 in 1/10”. Available contours will include Faxon’s famed pencil profile, Gunner, heavy fluted, and Flame fluted barrels. Lengths will vary by caliber.

“We are thrilled to formally include .223 Wylde on our production barrels.” stated Nathanial Schueth, Director of Sales & Product Management. “The .223 Wylde chamber takes advantage of the Match Series’ 5R rifling, 416-R Stainless Steel, and NP3 extension to enhance accuracy while staying compatible with both .223 Remington and 5.56 NATO charged loads.”

Faxon’s various stainless-steel barrels will all be upgraded to the Match Series of barrels over the next few months. Retail pricing for the barrels starts at $179 up to $409, depending on length, caliber, and profile. Launch profiles include 16” Gunner, 18” & 20” Heavy Fluted, and 20” Flame Fluted, all in .223 Wylde.

Additional information can be found at the Match Series dedicated website at www.faxonmatchseries.com

About Faxon Firearms: Faxon Firearms is a leader in constant evolution in the firearms marketplace focusing on US-made quality and innovation. From the ARAK platform, GUNNER & FLAME barrels, upper receivers, and an ever-expanding portfolio of innovative accessories, Faxon offers quality complete rifle systems and components. New dealers and OEM accounts are welcome.

For more information contact Nathanial Schueth at nathan.s@faxonfirearms.com or Curt Staubach curt.s@faxonfirearms.com

 

I recently started following a group on social media called [NERD] which stands for Next Evolution Research and Design. The name really caught my attention as I know a lot of us consider ourselves gun nerds. As you can imagine, these guys are long time industry guys with lots of shooting experience, etc. A couple of things that really got my interest peaked is their new line of 9mm Barrels and 9mm Muzzle Brakes which you can see below.

NERD Next Evolution Research and Design

 

[NERD] The Ward – 9mm AR Barrel

NERD 9mm AR Barrel 2

NERD 9mm AR Barrel 3

The Ward is ideal for sustained, accurate firing in submachine guns, short barreled rifles, or compact pistol caliber carbine builds where precision is paramount.  The Ward features [NERD] Ring Radial Fluting which gives increased surface exchange for heat dissipation during prolonged firing in full auto or semi auto operation.  Despite the increased surface area and rapid heat dissipation, barrel harmonic changes are nonexistent during extensive testing.  The barrel itself is finished off in a QPQ – LifeJacketcoating. This is a multi step coating process resulting in a very uniform consistent nitride layer on all BrainTrust barrels.  [NERD] BrainTrust barrels are hand inspected and test fired for quality control.  Each barrel is individually serialized and date coded using the established Heckler & Koch (HK) method for reference.   Lastly, each barrel comes with a Certificate of Authenticity matching that serialized barrel and the date it leaves our office, signed by [NERD] founders, ensuring this product meets our standards and is worthy of your time and hard earned money.

Specs:
Name: The Ward
Length: 12.5” 9mm AR Barrel
Profile: Ring Radial
Twist: 1/10 Twist RH
Thread Pitch: 1/2x28mm
Material: 4150
Finish: QPQ – Lifejacket- Forsaken Black
Weight: 1.628 lbs

http://www.weare-nerd.com/new-products-1/nerd-aftermath-barrels-the-ward

[NERD] NC NANO 9mm Brake

NERD NC NANO 9mm brake

The NC NANO Brake features a single chamber designed to maximize the effectiveness of the comp in a 9mm sized package, while keeping the overall length of the gun to a minimum.  The muzzle of the NC NANO was sculpted with the [NERD] Compliance Cut for those who decide to act a fool but don’t deserve to eat a bullet just yet…

The NC NANO Brake is made from 4150 steel and is parkerized for durability.  The NC NANO comes in two thread pitches: 1/2×28 and 1/2×36.  weight is .115 pounds.

http://www.weare-nerd.com/shop/nerd-nc-nano-9mm-brake

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AERO Precision Memorial Day Sale

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Can’t tell you how many times I’ve posted something about barrels and most of the comments go something like this “Any 6.5 Grendel barrels in the works?“. Ballistic Advantage has an awesome reputation for Accurate, Quality barrels at a very affordable price and they also listen to what their customers ask for.

Just today they launched their new line of 6.5 Grendel barrels and BCG components. The line consists of 12.5″, 16″, 18″ and 20″ 6.5 Grendel 416R SS Premium Series Barrels, a complete 6.5 Grendel BCG and a 6.5 Grendel Bolt (for those wanting to use one of their own carriers). If you’ve been looking to get into the 6.5 Grendel or maybe you’re just looking for something that packs a bigger punch at longer distances, this might be just what you’re looking for. Check out all of the new Ballistic Advantage 6.5 Grendel components at www.BallisticAdvantage.com.

Ballistic Advantage 6.5 Grendel Barrels and BCG

Ballistic Advantage sneakily introduced a new barrel the other day and man is it sweet. The new barrel is an 18″ .223 Wylde Rifle Length SPR barrel from their Premium Series line of barrels but this one features some of the most aggressive flutes that I’ve seen on any barrel. The fluting not only looks amazing but at the same time makes for a really light weight 18″ barrel. If you’re looking for a great looking barrel that is sure to shoot even better for your next build, check out the new Ballistic Advantage Fluted 18″ Premium SPR Barrel.

Ballistic Advantage Fluted SPR Barrel 1Ballistic Advantage Fluted SPR Barrel 1

Ballistic Advantage Fluted SPR Barrel 1

This .223 Wylde chambered 18 inch barrel is machined from 416 Stainless Steel with a bead blasted finish. Our Premium Series Barrels feature a FailZero Nickel Boron Coated Extended M4 Feed Ramp Extension.

This barrel features some of the most aggressive and weight reducing flutes on the market. Coming in at a total weight of 28 oz. We’ve managed to cut almost a pound out of the barrel all while not sacrificing one ounce of accuracy!

http://ballisticadvantage.com/18-inch-223-wylde-spr-fluted-mid-length-ss-premium-barrel.html

CINCINNATI, OH) – Faxon Firearms, incessant innovators in the firearms industry, is pleased to announce the release of Faxon’s famed Pencil profile barrels for the .308 Winchester. The new .308 Winchester pencil barrels are the lightest available for the caliber, yet maintain maximum versatility for all applications.

Faxon Firearms .308 Pencil Profile Barrels 1

Developed upon Faxon’s the solid foundation of 5.56 pencil barrels, the .308 Winchester Pencil barrels focus on lightweight performance for the AR10 platform. The 16” and 18” rifle barrels are each less than 2 lbs. The 20” model is only 2.07 lbs.

Faxon Firearms .308 Pencil Profile Barrels 1

The barrels feature a 1/10 twist, rifled 100% in-house by Faxon under our numerous quality certifications. For maximum versatility, the barrels are chambered in .308 Winchester and feature concentric 5/8×24 threads with a relieved shoulder capped off with an 11-degree target crown. All .308 Winchester barrels are manufactured from certified military-grade gun-barrel quality 4150 steel and are individually magnetic particle inspected for safety.

“.308 ARs have historically been heavy weapons,” stated Nathanial Schueth, Director of Sales & Product Management. “Faxon wants to continue challenging that paradigm through its pencil profile. With these barrels, sub 5lbs battle rifles are within reach.”

The new .308 Winchester pencil barrels are available today from Faxon and its dealer network. MSRP is $259, $269, and $279 for 16”, 18”, and 20”, respectively.

16″, PENCIL, .308 WIN, Mid-Length, 4150 QPQ

  •   Barrel Material: 4150 GBQ
  •   Barrel Caliber: .308 WIN
  •   Barrel Twist: 1:10
  •   Barrel Length: 16”
  •   Barrel Profile: PENCIL
  •   Barrel Gas System: Mid
  •   Inside Finish: QPQ Salt Bath Nitride
  •   Outside Finish: QPQ Salt Bath Nitride
  •   Muzzle Thread: 5/8-24 TPI
  •   Gas Block Diameter: .750″
  •   Gas Port Diameter: .081″
  •   Gas Block Journal Length: 1.1″
  •   Barrel Extension: LR-308 (DPMS Compatible)
  •   Weight: 1.78 lbs
  •   Magnetic Particle Inspected!
  •   11-degree Target Crown

18″, PENCIL, .308 WIN, Rifle-Length, 4150 QPQ

  • Barrel Material: 4150 GBQ
  •   Barrel Caliber: .308 WIN
  •   Barrel Twist: 1:10
  •   Barrel Length: 18”
  •   Barrel Profile: PENCIL
  •   Barrel Gas System: Rifle
  •   Inside Finish: QPQ Salt Bath Nitride
  •   Outside Finish: QPQ Salt Bath Nitride
  •   Muzzle Thread: 5/8-24 TPI
  •   Gas Block Diameter: .750″
  •   Gas Port Diameter: .093″
  •   Gas Block Journal Length: 1.1″
  •   Barrel Extension: LR-308 (DPMS Compatible)
  •   Weight: 1.97 lbs
  •   Magnetic Particle Inspected!
  •   11-degree Target Crown

20″, PENCIL, .308 WIN, Rifle-Length, 4150 QPQ

  • Barrel Material: 4150 GBQ
  •   Barrel Caliber: .308 WIN
  •   Barrel Twist: 1:10
  •   Barrel Length: 20”
  •   Barrel Profile: PENCIL
  •   Barrel Gas System: Rifle
  •   Inside Finish: QPQ Salt Bath Nitride
  •   Outside Finish: QPQ Salt Bath Nitride
  •   Muzzle Thread: 5/8-24 TPI
  •   Gas Block Diameter: .750″
  •   Gas Port Diameter: .093″
  •   Gas Block Journal Length: 1.1″
  •   Barrel Extension: LR-308 (DPMS Compatible)
  •   Weight: 2.07 lbs
  •   Magnetic Particle Inspected!
  •   11-degree Target Crown

Its not secret that Rebel Arms make some truly sexy Rifles and Uppers but you will rarely find them on sale due to how fast their inventory moves. Right now is one of the only chances you’ll get to save big on Rebel Arms complete rifles (AK and AR-15) and complete AR-15 uppers. Save up to $300 on rifles and $200 on all uppers. There’s also discounts on barrels and the parts as well. Check out the details below then get your shop on! Discounted prices are already shown in red on the website so no coupon code needed.

Rebel Arms Rifle and Upper Sale 2

BROUGHT JUST A FEW of MANY OUT of THE VAULT… ALL RIFLES WILL BE ON SALE AT CLEARANCE PRICING STARTING NOW!! (COULDN’T WAIT ANY LONGER) FULL INVENTORY NEEDS TO MOVE to make ROOM FOR NEW BUILDS.  🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

$200 OFF ALL 2.1 RIFLES
$200 OFF ALL UPPERS
$300 OFF RBR-30’s 
$300 OFF REBEL 47’s
10-50% OFF BARRELS AND PARTS. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE ON PRE-BUILT RIFLES.

(LEAD TIMES DOWN TO LESS THAN TWO WEEKS FOR MOST NEW AR BUILDS)!

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Faxon Firearms Announces Sub 1 Pound 10.5” Pencil Barrel

(CINCINNATI, OH) – Faxon Firearms, incessant innovators in the firearms industry, is pleased to announce the release of the new 10.5” Pencil barrel chambered in 5.56 NATO. The new 10.5” pencil barrel clocks in at less than 1 pound, focusing on maximum maneuverability and versatility for any pistol or SBR platform.

Focusing on removing all possible weight, the 10.5” Pencil barrel is formally rated at .9 lbs. including the barrel extension. The barrel is set up for standard carbine length gas systems, using a .625” diameter gas block journal, 1.1” in length – ideal for low-profile and light weight gas blocks.  

Faxon Firearms 10.5 inch Pencil Barrel 1

The barrels feature a 1/8 twist, conventionally rifled 100% in-house by Faxon under our numerous quality certifications. For maximum versatility, the barrels are chambered in 5.56 NATO and feature concentric 1/2×28 threads with a relieved shoulder. The 4150 certified gun barrel quality steel is individually magnetic particle inspected and finished with a durable and resilient nitride.

Faxon Firearms 10.5 inch Pencil Barrel 1

“We are thrilled to continue expanding our pencil barrel product line with the 10.5,” stated Nathanial Schueth, Director of Sales & Product Management. “Our pencil barrels are the lightest in the industry and with the 10.5” we have set another benchmark in ultralight performance.”

The 10.5” pencil barrel is available today and shipping now to Faxon’s dealers and OEM customers. MSRP is $159.00. New dealer and OEM inquiries are welcome.

10.5” Pencil Barrel Specifications

  • Barrel Material: 4150 Certified Gun Barrel Quality Steel, Triple Stress Relieved
  • Barrel Type: Button Rifled 
  • Barrel Caliber: 5.56
  • Barrel Twist: 1:8
  • Barrel Length: 10.5″
  • Barrel Profile:  Pencil
  • Barrel Gas System: Carbine
  • Inside Finish: Nitride
  • Outside Finish: Nitride
  • Muzzle Thread: 1/2-28 TPI (Threads Per Inch) 
  • Gas Block Diameter: .625″ 
  • Gas Port Diameter: .081″
  • Gas Block Journal Length: 1.1″
  • Barrel Extension: M4 
  • Weight:  .9 lbs.
  • Magnetic Particle Inspected
  • 11-degree Target Crown

About Faxon Firearms: Faxon Firearms is a leader in constant evolution in the firearms marketplace focusing on US-made quality and innovation. From the ARAK platform, GUNNER & FLAME barrels, upper receivers, and an ever-expanding portfolio of innovative accessories, Faxon offers quality complete rifle systems and components. New dealers and OEM accounts are welcome.

For more information contact Nathanial Schueth at nathan.s@faxonfirearms.com or Curt Staubach curt.s@faxonfirearms.com

Right now the AR market is kind of in a slump which sucks for retailers and manufactures but it is kind of awesome for us AR builders. This forces the manufacturers and retailers to bring out new products on a regular basis and those products have to offer more bang for the buck than when the market is at its peak. Case in point are these new QPQ barrels from AIM Surplus. All 3 of the barrels come with a QPQ finish for durability and corrosion resistance AND they include a low profile gas block that has already been drilled and pinned to the barrel which is the best way to make sure you’ve got a bomb proof setup. These are averrable in three different lengths which are 11.5″ Carbine, 16″ Mid and 18″ SPR Rifle and start at just $139.95. Check out the details below.

AIM Surplus QPQ AR Barrels

We are proud to introduce our 5.56 chambered AR Barrels. They are machined from 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium steel with a QPQ Corrosion Resistant Finish and QPQ coated M4 feed ramp extension. They ship with a .750 IN. Low Profile gas block that is pinned and set screwed to the barrel. We are having these barrels manufactured to our exacting standards, we can offer you the customer a quality military grade product at a reasonable price. An incredible value. Made in America!

AIM .223/5.56 QPQ 11.5IN. CARBINE LENGTH AR Barrel w/ Gas Block Specifications:
– Length: 11.5 IN.
– Material: 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium
– Profile: Government
– Finish: QPQ Corrosion Resistant
– Gas System Length: CARBINE Length
– Gas Block Journal: .750 INCH
– Twist Rate: 1:7 inches
– Muzzle: 1/2×28 Threaded
– Weight: 1.3 lbs (Includes Gas Block)

AIM .223/5.56 QPQ 16IN. MID-LENGTH AR Barrel w/ Gas Block Specifications:
– Length: 16 IN.
– Material: 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium
– Profile: Government
– Finish: QPQ Corrosion Resistant
– Gas System Length: Mid-Length
– Gas Block Journal: .750 INCH
– Twist Rate: 1:7 inches
– Muzzle: 1/2×28 Threaded
– Weight: 1.8 lbs (Includes Gas Block)

AIM .223/5.56 QPQ 18IN. SPR RIFLE LENGTH AR Barrel w/ Gas Block Specifications:
– Length: 18 IN.
– Material: 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium
– Profile: SPR
– Finish: QPQ Corrosion Resistant
– Gas System Length: RIFLE Length
– Gas Block Journal: .750 INCH
– Twist Rate: 1:7 inches
– Muzzle: 1/2×28 Threaded
– Weight: 2.6 lbs (Includes Gas Block)

Purchase at: http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.aspx?groupid=8453