Faxon Firearms is adding a new match-grade series of barrels chambered for .223 Wylde to their popular line of AR-pattern barrels. Faxon’s barrels have a strong reputation for factory accuracy.
The company is launching with multiple .223 Wylde options with plans to release 6.5 Grendel, 300 AAC Blackout, 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Winchester. Compatible with both .223 Remington and 5.56 NATO, .223 Wylde offers better all-around performance and reliability when mixing cartridges. It’s quickly becoming standard for top-tier AR-15s.
The barrels start at $225 and top out at $325, which is still very competitive. Faxon turned the AR barrel aftermarket on its ear with their excellent prices and solid performance just a few years ago. Now they’re looking to push the bounds with high-end barrels at an attainable price point.
Faxon is kicking things off with five models, three 16-inch barrels and two 20-inch versions. The 16-inch barrels have your choice of Faxon’s in-house Gunner profile, heavy fluting and flame fluting. The 20-inch barrels include just the heavy-fluted and flame-fluted profiles.
The 16-inch barrels sport mid-length gas systems and the 20-inch models have rifle-length gas systems. They all have a quench-polish-quench or QPQ nitride finish, NP3 nickel-plated barrel extensions and 5R button rifling.
Faxon offers matching factory-headspaced bolts with every barrel, ensuring the best possible accuracy. The bolts are serialized and laser-engraved to match their barrels. Along with matching bolts customers can buy matching bolt carriers including Faxon’s Gunner lightweight bolt carrier.
Lightweight bolt carrier groups can be used with adjustable gas blocks and tuned to specific loads for ultimate recoil control. As it happens, Faxon also offers several adjustable gas blocks from Superlative Arms and SLR Rifleworks.
Battle Arms Development is also offering a new line of barrels for AR builders. BAD is going the other way–while Faxon has traditionally focused on low-cost barrels, Battle Arms’ specialty has been high-end components.
Now Battle Arms is working on mid-range components with quality features. Like Faxon their barrels feature QPQ nitride finishes with 5R rifling. The barrels are 4150 chromealloy vanadium steel, are magnetic particle inspected and double heat-treated and stress relieved. BAD uses their own tapered profile for all their barrels.
BAD’s chromalloy barrels are available now in 9mm Luger, 300 BLK and .308 Winchester. Battle Arms is offering 16-inch 9mm barrels, 300 BLK barrels in 7.5-, 10.5- and 16-inch lengths, and .308 barrels in 16- and 18-inch versions. Prices range from $199 to $299.
If you have an upper receiver project that needs finishing, right now is a great time to do it. Prices and options have never been better.