Disregard my request for barrel recommendations. I found a Faxon barrel over at Joe Bob Outfitters*. They seem to have stuff when no one else does. They had magazines for my Shield Plus when those magazines were as rare as a Bigfoot sighting, and they don’t make their stuff outrageously expensive while trying to convince people that their prices are lower than dirt.

So with this purchase, I begin yet another build. Meh, it gives me something to do on my days off.

Here are the specs:

  • 5.56mm
  • 18 inch
  • 1:8 twist
  • GUNNER profile (Government to the gas block, pencil from there to the muzzle)
  • Rifle length gas block, 0.625″
  • 1.44 pounds

Remember my post on the meaning of twist rate. Since most of my ammo is either 55 or 62 grain, my builds have been in the 1:8 version. I like the heavier bullets, as they are more stable at longer ranges.

I’m having fun building these rifles, and I think that I am getting quite good at it. The wife doesn’t even shake her head anymore when another rifle shows up in the gun safe. I may have to sell a couple of my serialized ARs to make room.

To track my expenses, I’m going to start naming my builds. I thought about numbering them, but that would allow someone to track how many I am building. That is no one’s business, unless I sell any of them. So, with that in mind, the name of this build will be the “Kyle.”

* I have no relationship whatsoever with Joe Bob Outfitters, other than being a customer. Their prices are pretty low, and they seem to have things that other dealers are out of stock on.

Categories: Arts and Crafts


It's just Boris · November 22, 2021 at 9:29 am

Faxon’s Gunner profile seems to work pretty well, and imo results in a more balanced-feelong gun than a government profile. Glad you found it.

    It's just Boris · November 22, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Well, that’s interesting. I just tried to put in a small comment of “balanced-feeling *sigh*” … and it auto-corrected to “feelong.” (Repeatable, too.)

    It’s Monday. *shrug*

millerized · November 22, 2021 at 9:49 am

Glad Joe Bob done saved you some money.
It’s been a few years, but they still honored my expired FFL. Of course, spending over $10K a few years prior might have helped.
Glad you found what you’re looking for, and hope it exceeds your expectations when you’re done.

Jonathan · November 22, 2021 at 4:50 pm

I was just about to post this link to their Black Friday sale…
In case anyone is interested:

    Divemedic · November 22, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    It’s easy to have a sale when you are out of stock.

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