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Posted: 11/5/2003 5:33:43 PM EST

I am looking for a smith to do a barrel swap on an AR. The 2 Smiths I have found here are asking $60+. I think that is high to swap a 20" Colt Hbar to a light 16". I am debating buying the tools to do it myself, although it would most likely be the only time I ever use them.

So, if there is someone in my area that can do it for around $30 or so..send me a PM.


Oh yea, I have the complete kit for the 16", just need the labor done.

Link Posted: 11/5/2003 6:57:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/5/2003 6:58:58 PM EST by brewsky101]
first off, welcome to the boards. second, who have talked to about it? There's a guy on about 7600 south and redwood (patriot arms) that might be able to give you a better deal. too bad I don't have the tools or know how to do that either. edited to add- you might want to ask this in the hometown forums.
Link Posted: 11/5/2003 7:05:45 PM EST
Our numbers here in the valley seem to be growing, we really should get together for a shoot. Who have you tried? Check with Totally Awesome Guns on 4075 West 4715 South (South of Home Depot and Smith's). You can also check with Doug's Shoot 'n Sports on 4926 Redwood.
Link Posted: 11/5/2003 7:35:43 PM EST
Totally awesome says they cant do AR barrel swaps...go figure! Patriot arms guy never answers his phone. Barrlows is the one that quoted $55-100!! Dougs, isent that barrlows now? Lock-stock and barrel said $75. Gallionsons(sp?) said they dont do ARs. Impact Guns in Ogden will do it for $30 but I dont want to take a 50mile trip, twice. Hence, I am considering just buying the wrench and doing it myself...would need to find a good writen guide though. Dont know squat about head spacing, etc. Anyway, thanks.
Link Posted: 11/5/2003 7:42:15 PM EST
The best resource for servicing your AR-15 is the Army M-16 manual. I see them for sale every now and then on the Equipment Exchange. There's a Class III dealer in Bountiful that sells a lot of AR type stuff. He also builds custom AR's. I'll look around and see if I can find a name and phone number.
Link Posted: 11/6/2003 12:08:55 AM EST
I'm also new to posting; been a long time lurker. I'm up at Hill AFB/Ogden area. I could loan you the tools and manual if you are interested. All you need is a good bench vise. I did the same type swap. Took a 20" barrel off my Bushy flat top and put it on a LAR A2 upper (bought from them down in West Jordan; nice folks). Put a Rock River M4 style 16" on the flat top. Not hard to do at all. I'd even help if I can find the time. Maybe we need to get some of the locals together for a building party.
Link Posted: 11/6/2003 4:39:48 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/6/2003 4:40:31 AM EST by Tcknudsonjr]
Ive never seen so many utahns Yoohooooooooooo. I thought i was alone out here.
Link Posted: 11/9/2003 6:09:55 PM EST
I'm a utahan too just been transplanted to texas for my formulative educatin
Link Posted: 11/9/2003 7:22:27 PM EST
Wow, this is the most Utahn's I have seen on one topic on this board. Barlow is a reputable smith, but I personally think he is an ass. I have never done business with them, but give West Valley Gunsmith a call-968-5282.
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 12:40:23 AM EST
Might as well join the Utah frenzy!
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 2:37:26 AM EST
One more from Utah. FWIW Lock Stock and Barrel has worked over several ifles for me and I was very pleased with the work. I would go back ecen if it cost a few bucks extra.
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 3:53:25 AM EST
I'll join in too: Hi there!
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 5:59:08 AM EST
OK... We're all here now. Let's go shoot something!! Anyone going to the 3-gun match this weekend?
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 6:16:34 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/14/2003 8:25:07 AM EST by StriplingWarrior]
You may want to ask over at Zion's Camp. The board members have a some good connections. [50] [url]http://pub36.ezboard.com/bzionscamp[/url] Stripling
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 8:42:48 AM EST
Hey...I'm late to the party but, better late than never! Impact is great for this but, I understand it's a bit of a drive. Where is the 3-gun match?
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 11:46:15 AM EST
Dmac, It's at the F.A.R.M. Sat. at 8:00. Details at www.udpl.net
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 2:10:44 PM EST
Whass up? from Happy Valley. Big Al
Link Posted: 11/14/2003 5:40:13 PM EST
I'm not near SLC or I'd help you out, but it really is a 20 minute job if you have: (1) the barrel wrench; (2) a torque wrench; (3) anti-sieze; and (4) a vice. Plus, it is a good skill to have.
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 2:34:07 AM EST
I was going to go to the 3-gun, right up until I got the flu this week. Bleah.
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 7:01:14 AM EST
Try vector arms in North salt lake, they might. They are in the phone book.
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 7:18:46 AM EST
Originally Posted By martintaylor59: Try vector arms in North salt lake, they might. They are in the phone book.
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That's who I was thinking of but I couldn't remember their name.
Link Posted: 11/15/2003 10:18:11 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/15/2003 10:21:04 AM EST by V65-Sabre]
Ask Norm....he'll do it with a smile and be grateful for your business. [ROFL2]
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