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Unread 01-21-2013, 05:57 PM   #1
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Gas Operated AR-15 Upper Called ARAK

I am totally stoked. I volunteered for test shooting the new gas operated AR-15 upper from Faxon Firearms. Hopefully, I will get a couple thousand rounds on these test guns for QC documentation by the manufacturer. Nothing like a thousand dollars of free shooting on a great weapon. I understand these are 5.56 on a brand new AR-15 military spec lower. Shoot a thousand, completely disassemble and blueprint (them not me), reassemble and shoot some more (me). Can't think of a better way to spend the weekend.

Here is the product for anyone who is interested:

https://www.facebook.com/FaxonFirearms

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if you need some help with that, I would be glad to pitch in!
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Since earlier this year, I have been test firing the ARAK-21. I cannot say enough good about the product.

However, the owner came out to the target range last week with a military prototype and joined us for some firing. Video here:
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So their barrels and chambers are not chrome lined?
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So their barrels and chambers are not chrome lined?
http://www.faxonfirearms.com/p/15/ar...sorted-barrels
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Yeah, I read that. So the answer to my question is no, neither barrel or chamber is chrome lined. Thanks
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Yeah, I read that. So the answer to my question is no, neither barrel or chamber is chrome lined. Thanks
Right. Nitrided barrels are better. Glock technology applied to the AR-15 barrel. I take it you have chrome?

Here is short article that might change your mind:

http://www.cobratacsystems.com/blogs...ome-comparison

And, an interview with Joel Kendrick:

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Right. Nitrided barrels are better. Glock technology applied to the AR-15 barrel. I take it you have chrome?

Here is short article that might change your mind:

http://www.cobratacsystems.com/blogs...ome-comparison

And, an interview with Joel Kendrick:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiegZyhd5l0
Interesting article, good to know. So I assume the chamber is treated as well?
I have a Bushmaster Varminter with a SS barrel that I may do. For $100 that’s not bad at all. I also guess that if a barrel has been chrome lined this process would not apply?
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Interesting article, good to know. So I assume the chamber is treated as well?
I have a Bushmaster Varminter with a SS barrel that I may do. For $100 thatís not bad at all. I also guess that if a barrel has been chrome lined this process would not apply?
Yes, chamber and barrel.

My understanding is that the chrome is a layer that can't be effectively nitrided. The QPQ process changes the molecular configuration of the chamber and barrel and does not plate it. But, not being a technical person, I'd not want you to accept that as a "final answer." When I was up there last, I noticed that Faxon had an enormous barrel machining line with shipping containers for outside shipment. They did not tell me who they were manufacturing for, but it was a lot more barrels than they would use for the ARAK-21. So those nitrided barrels may be available from other AR-15 manufacturers. I just didn't think it was my place to ask who there were selling to.
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Yes, chamber and barrel.

My understanding is that the chrome is a layer that can't be effectively nitrided. The QPQ process changes the molecular configuration of the chamber and barrel and does not plate it. But, not being a technical person, I'd not want you to accept that as a "final answer." When I was up there last, I noticed that Faxon had an enormous barrel machining line with shipping containers for outside shipment. They did not tell me who they were manufacturing for, but it was a lot more barrels than they would use for the ARAK-21. So those nitrided barrels may be available from other AR-15 manufacturers. I just didn't think it was my place to ask who there were selling to.
Thanks for the info. Always good to get up with newer technologies.
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