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Old 12-01-2011, 10:11 PM   #21
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If its 14:5 you have to have a flashhider or muzzlebreak pined or welded to the barrel to make it 16

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Old 12-01-2011, 10:15 PM   #22
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If I don't like the barrel I can always just get a new one right ? And how is it legal to own a 14.5" barrel?

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Yes, the barrels are self headspacing and fairly easy to change.

As Macon said, you have a muzzle device pinned that brings the length to over 16.

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Any real change in accuracy or anything?

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Chance in accuracy between what?

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14.5 or 16"

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No, just a slight velocity drop.

Barrel length doesn't have much of an effect on accuracy. If anything, shorter barrels are more accurate because they're slightly stiffer. This of course isn't true in the really heavy profile barrels.

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For a 223 its average about 80 fps per inch

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I agree with what Fred said about LW vs. govt profile - the LW is much more maneuverable and you will notice a big difference because of balance more than the 6 oz. Even though the govt profile is more popular it's mainly because people don't compare the two. Take a look at pictures of the two profiles and you'll see that the govt is thinnest under the handguards and thick out past them. If you think about it, that makes no sense, except for the stories of GIs using their barrels as crowbars.

Sorry, the DD sales guy is wrong and many people in the know are demanding LW more and more every day (which is probably WHY the LWs are OOS). I suspect MJ will be chiming in soon as he has definite opinions on this too.

Don't get me wrong, buying the govt profile isn't wrong for everyone but try to get to a gun shop NOW and compare the two profiles.

As far as 14.5 vs. 16: there is a definite advantage to the shorter length IF you're 100% certain which muzzle device you want and will never change it. You do end up with a longer barrel with 16" + MD but the muzzle is threaded and you can make changes easily since the MD is not permanently pinned. I've gone with 16" on both my ARs but many go the other way.

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Removing the weight from the end of the barrel makes a noticeable difference, it's a balance thing. If you don't get the LW now you will eventually

A 16" might be best for now because of the reasons listed above.

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Okay okay...on my way right now to change my order. I found a V5 LW online for less that I was paying originally. So this is all turning out pretty good. Thanks for the heads up guys.

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