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Posted: 12/13/2013 9:42:20 PM EST
What barrel should I get for my AR build? I'm looking for 16".

This will be my very first build from scratch and I'm a total noob, but I'm hoping with diligent research I won't screw things up.
I'm willing to enlist the services of a local gunsmith if needed (North SF Bay Area - any recommendations?)

I already have a Mega forged stripped lower on the way, and will purchasing a matching upper soon.
So far, I've decided on a Geissele trigger, either SSA or SSA-E, and tentatively Magpul furniture.

I would be honored if ARFCOM would suggest a barrel for my first build.

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 9:47:40 PM EST
If you're set on 16", please go for a midlength gas system.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 9:49:17 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/13/2013 9:51:08 PM EST by enthalpy]
Unless you're set on putting the upper together yourself, the FN barreled uppers from PSA are a bargain right now.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 9:51:57 PM EST
There are better places to ask then GD but yea for a 16" I would go mid-length. What's the budget? There are so many good ones to choose from it's hard to go wrong. Do you want stainless?
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 9:52:05 PM EST
Chrome lined? Match? Need more info.

Me personally, I am impressed with my noveske, but am going to choose rainier for my next build.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 9:54:41 PM EST
Can't go wrong with Noveske.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 9:54:46 PM EST
Rainier Arms Select Medcon for a budget

Noveske Lightweight Stainless if you're spending more

Disregard both if you want something chrome lined
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 9:57:04 PM EST
The one with the shoulder thing that goes up.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 10:02:49 PM EST
I like the 30 gallon barrels myself. Much easier to move around. The 55's and 60's are just too much.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 10:10:59 PM EST
What caliber?
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 10:12:22 PM EST
If you want to get spendy, either Noveske or BCM hammer-forged. Or the LaRue PredatOBR uppers....

I have a BCM 16" midlength pencil upper that just impresses me even sitting in the rack. But it's going to go into a plain-Jane carbine, so I didn't spring for the hammer-forging. Only concession to such things was a DD Omega 9" rail, and I'm still not completely sure it was a good idea. Mostly because it seems to be contacting the handguard cap, thus negating the whole "free-float rail" thing.

Someday it'll be assembled to a real AR, though... not sitting near a stripped lower because of stupid CA laws. (I don't want to build it all CA-f*cked if that can be avoided, is all)

But if you're going 16", I second the recommendation to go midlength. Can't really see a reason not to do it, either.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 10:18:40 PM EST
Budget for barrel could be as a high as ~$500. I'd like chrome lining. Caliber 5.56/.223

I'm planning on building this carefully over the next several months as money becomes available. The lower will be built ASAP and I will be using my old Colt upper (7.62x39) for shooting in the mean time.

I'm hoping to use top tier parts and I would like to select each piece myself. The components do not need to be the best of the best, but they should be "up there". Picking each part by hand is what is most important, assembling it myself is not, and I'm somewhat nervous at the thought of building the upper, which is why I am willing to pay someone else to assemble it. I don't really want to buy one already built, unless I can customize each component.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 10:28:54 PM EST
Here is a good start, http://www.ar15performance.com/barrels

Harold is a member here, he goes by the nic constructor.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 10:58:47 PM EST
FPNI. Middy in a 1/8 twist to further it
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 11:17:23 PM EST
$500 pretty much gives you your pick of the litter, sans the uber boutique barrels made from unobtanium, coated in solidified unicorn piss and hand fluted by a Monegasque jeweler.

Look into Noveske, they make some fine products.
I also like my stainless match White Oak Armament barrel.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 11:41:25 PM EST
What are you going to be doing with it?

If you're just blasting milsurp or cheap steel case ammo then don't fret over it. Go with chrome lined for the durability and corrosion resistance. Many of the vendors here have what you want.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 11:46:43 PM EST
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