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Old May 20th, 2020, 08:35 AM   #1
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Faxon heavy M14 barrel came into my shop last week

I'm installing a Faxon heavy barrel onto a SAI loaded that has a shot out barrel. It hand timed at 27˚ in a 100k series SAI receiver. This is a nitrided barrel and headspace was about 0.010" short. I cut 0.003" off the shoulder and it timed perfectly at 15˚.


I used a carbide chamber reamer to cut it to 1.632" headspace.

It has a similar contour to the old SAI M21 heavy barrels. I also noticed the operating rod guide boss is set forward. It did not come with an operating rod guide, so I'm waiting on one to get here this week.



It steps down slightly just forward of the chamber...


Gas cylinder area compared to Lothar-Walther heavy barrel.


Mid-barrel contour...


Overall, it seems to be a decent barrel. Rifling looked similar to a Douglas. Not as smooth as the Kreiger or Lothar-Walther, but still good.

I'll post results after the first range trip.

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Old May 20th, 2020, 09:05 AM   #3
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Nitride is good. Like the knurled oprod guide too.

Looks a bit like a light hvy. Like the real deal holyfield

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I've had three of these barrels come into my shop and all seem to be pretty good. I like the finish and haven't found anything to complain about so far. They are reasonably priced for those on a tight budget.

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At $299 (plus and op rod guide) list price compared to a cut rifling competitor at $465 (as of this posting date). Seems hard not to consider if the range results are solid.

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Old May 20th, 2020, 02:31 PM   #7
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Some few months ago posted I had assembled a clone of the SPR Mk 12, Mod O using the barrel from Douglas supplied to Crane for such builds. Shopping around for moderately priced barrel to build a lighter upper checked out Faxon and purchased one in light weight style. Excellent finish on the barrel and once assembled and fired can say the accuracy is on par with the Douglas barrel which is excellent. Now, as to how long the Faxon barrel continues to give good service only time will tell, but it is an alternative source for what seems to be a bargain in the market place for replacement barrels.

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Which op rod guides will fit on these barrels? Are the op rod guide bosses proprietary dimensions?

Great info, by the way.

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Which op rod guides will fit on these barrels? Are the op rod guide bosses proprietary dimensions?

Great info, by the way.
A traditional heavy barrel op-rod guide. I got a Sadlak heavy ORG from Fulton today and got it fitted. I just need to drill the cross-holes for the roll pins. It's tight enough that it really doesn't need it though.

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Old May 21st, 2020, 05:29 AM   #10
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Thanks for this detailed info, its nice to see another manufacture making heavy match barrels for the old M1A rifle.

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