All the great attributes and accuracy of our original STRETCH 16 Precision Barrels, but with the added benefit of Melonite surface conversion for longevity! 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.
This barrel is very versatile. I shoot 3 gun, and have matches that are close quarter bay type matches as well as matches where we compete out to 600 yards. I have used several other barrels from companies that we've all heard of, and the Stretch 16 shoots the flattest, softest and it is an aspect of my shooting I don't even have to worry about. I know when I put the reticle on the target, regardless of how hard I push my rifle, I will hit my mark.
The Stretch 16 is on all of my 3 gun rifles, and will be on my DMR rifle for 2017. Jake Tacosik on Dec 5th 2016
I mainly shoot 3 gun and I have always thought only a barrel with rifle length gas could give me the soft recoil impulse that I wanted for the fastest follow up shots. The Stretch 16 barrel with the intermediate gas system combined with a properly sized gas port is perfect. Low recoil and light weight along with sub moa performance. What is not to love. Also, customer service beyond compare. Everything about Stretch precision is a win. I put 2 rifles together, one with a red fluted barrel and one with the melonited barrel. Both are very nice and shoot sub moa with my 69 grain hand loads.
I am not a sponsored shooter so I can use whatever product I choose and I am free to state my true opinion on the products that I use. Paul Malchow on Dec 30th 2015
STRETCH Precision guarantees its barrels against defects and provides customers with a gold standard accuracy guarantee.