LW barrel vs. standard barrel...

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Broke124, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Broke124

    Broke124 New Member

    What are the advantages of a standard barrel over a lightweight one? And vice versa...

    "...rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." /G\
  2. Quentin

    Quentin New Member


  3. AgentTikki

    AgentTikki New Member


    Lighter. (ummmm sorry had to say it)

    Faster to point.

    Better Balanced.

    Easier to steady off hand.

    Heavier profiles.

    More mass soaks up all that heat. Will take longer to overheat. Will take longer to cool down. You'll be able to shoot more before your groups start to open up.

    Stiffer, should be a little more accurate, depending on barrel length. (at 14-16 inches this really doesn't matter. But 20+ it makes a big difference)

    I prefer LWs. I don't shoot full auto, and don't do mag dumps tho (well... not that oftern :p). I've taken carbine classes with LWs and they do just fine....I just don't get tired as quickly. 1 pound doesn't seem like a lot, but remember its all in the front of the gun. Having a LW barrel helps with the overall balance. For MY shooting style/intended use, LW suits me perfectly.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2011