The (GEN 2) STRETCH 16 Fluted AR15 Barrel is one of the most well-known barrels on the market. Lightweight, soft shooting and extremely accurate are the three most common terms used to describe it. This is a custom, hand-lapped, precision AR15 barrel and it happens to be the barrel of choice for a large number of competitive shooters and law enforcement agencies. Its guaranteed accuracy and soft shooting appeal can’t be denied. All STRETCH Precision barrels are made from premium 416R barrel blanks and shaped into medium profile tack drivers. The STRETCH 16 Phantom comes chambered in .223 Wylde with a button rifled 1/8 Twist Rate. Please note: the .223 Wylde is regarded as the most accurate chamber for both 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington. The benefit of the .223 Wylde Chamber is that it provides the strength of a 5.56 NATO chamber while maintaining the accuracy of a .223 Remington chamber. The large majority of precision barrels are now .223 Wylde with 1/8 Twist Rate. One full bullet rotation in every 8" of barrel length means accuracy can be maintained with multiple bullet grains/weights. What really sets the STRETCH 16 Precision AR15 Barrel apart is its "stretched" or intermediate length gas system. Typically, AR type rifles come in Carbine Length, Mid Length and Rifle Length gas systems. The STRETCH 16's Intermediate Length gas system is approximately 2" longer than the Mid Length gas system and approximately 1.5" shorter than Rifle Length gas systems. The longer the gas system, the softer shooting the rifle is. These features make the STRETCH 16 Precision AR15 Barrel one of the softest shooting and most versatile AR15 barrels on the market. Barrel includes a black nitride, intermediate length Gas Tube.
*Hand Lapping is a process that deposits lead evenly inside the barrel which smooths the bore and eliminates the need for a lengthy break-in process. A smooth bore is by all definitions a more accurate bore.
*Be wary of cheap imitations and copies- If it doesn't say STRETCH 16, it is not one of our custom world class barrels.
STRETCH Precision guarantees its barrels against defects and provides customers with a gold standard accuracy guarantee.