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The STRETCH 16 Phantom Precision AR15 Barrel, is top of the food chain when it comes to premium AR15 barrels! All STRETCH 16 Phantom barrels feature check fluting in the front and straight flutes in the back. These distinctions aren't just for show. The design shaves weight and aids in cooling. STRETCH 16 Precision AR15 Barrels are considered to be among the best precision AR15 barrels on the market. This is a Hand Lapped, precision AR15 barrel and it happens to be the barrel of choice for many competitive shooters and law enforcement agencies due to its guaranteed accuracy and soft shooting appeal. The STRETCH 16 is a custom made barrel from start to finish. The foundation of every barrel begins with a barrel blank which is the reason why STRETCH Precision only uses McGowen 416R Stainless Steel, Premium Barrel Blanks. These blanks are shaped into 16" medium profiled tack drivers chambered in .223 Wylde with a button rifled 1/8 Twist Rate. 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. The afore mentioned features make the STRETCH 16 Precision AR15 Barrel one of the softest shooting and most versatile AR15 barrels on the market. Complete Barrel Assembly includes a Melonited 17-4 PH Stainless Steel clamp on style .750" Low Profile Gas Block in addition to an 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.
*Melonite is a surface conversion treatment that makes the steel extremely hard therefore resulting in a barrel with longer life and durability. Barrel and barrel extension are processed at the same time in order to create consistency throughout the bore. We use a proprietary method to secure our barrel extensions throughout the process. Altering the barrel in any way or penetrating the Melonite voids the warranty.
*Be wary of cheap imitations and copies- If it doesn't say STRETCH 16, it is not one of our custom world class barrels.
Put this barrel in a Seekins receiver set and was blown away by how awesome it shot. Somebody told me that I shouldn't worry about cleaning it... so I haven't LOL! I've shot about 300 rounds through it and couldn't be happier. Darrel S. on Mar 17th 2017
I got talked into using this barrel for the 2016 3 Gun season. I have to admit that I was shocked at how well this barrel performed. It pains me to say that it outperformed the 18" barrel I replaced. Super soft shooting and incredibly accurate. Mark on Dec 3rd 2016
STRETCH Precision guarantees its barrels against defects and provides customers with a gold standard accuracy guarantee.