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So my latest project is a new AR rimfire build, I am a competitive rifle shooter, and I want a CMP national rimfire sporter championship. Last year was my best showing 9th out of the 179 people in my division (16th overall out of 709 people). My current rifle JUST makes weigh,  we are limited to 7 pound with magazine,  and the gun is a little front heavy, so I cannot add weigh to the rear for counter balance.
So I went looking for a light weight barrel,  and I found one 1 pounds cost.....$350 ouch!! As I pondered my options,  I said, I have a match chamber reamer,  plenty of barrel blanks and I am a machinist,  let's make a barrel.
But first I need an upper, a bolt and a handgaurd.....found a set new unused (with a bull barrel)  for about half cost. Off to a great start.
Apon receiving the parts I found the barrel nut was steal and weighed over 3 pounds. Ok to heavy over weight all ready, so step 1 was make a new barrel nut out of aluminum and have it hard anodized.

Ok barrel nut done, let's move on to the barrel.
I determined that a 9/16 diameter,  17 inch barrel should tip the scales at 1.2 pounds....perfect!
I found an old Remington 510 score master barrel. On went the 4 jaw, on went the offsides "spider! In went the barrel and using a gauge pin inserted in the chamber I dailed the barrel in (on both ends) , cut the chamber off, turn the trunion for the bolt carrier group (there is a on the CMMG pattern bolt)  turn the barrel a few Inches to 9/16 dia and chamber.
Chamber is a bentz type and the floating chamber reamer holder I made

Now you may have noticed there is "trunion "for the nut to hold the barrel in to upper.....I made that out of aluminum and glued it on with 648 Loctite.  648 has a 15k psi shear strength the aluminum has like 8500 psi shear strength......this glue will hold.
Loctite advised me .002 clearance,  60(ish) surface finish, full cure 20 hours.

I'm ready to shoot for groups

I find the techniques for building all sorts of firearms fascinating and they inspire us for techniques that may help build our own engines.

It should be noted that: In many countries it is illegal to make or convert a "de-activated" firearm and if you do will find yourself having a long holiday at your government's pleasure if you are not appropriately licensed (in the UK this would be to be a Registered Firearms Dealer).

If you try making one and get it wrong, i.e. use the wrong material for a barrel, you are more likely to kill or maim yourself than any target you may be shooting at  :paranoia:


It's a sad fact of life that our modern systems of Limits and Fits was invented solely to benefit the weapons industry by ensuring the interchangeability of parts and ammunition...


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