Windham Weaponry has been offering more individual parts for AR enthusiasts who like to build their own rifles. Recently their barrel assembly’s have caught my eye. What makes WW’s barrels stand out over other manufacturers?
I would say that they have the price to value ratio just right.
At around $215 for a stripped barrel, and $245-270 for a complete barrel, WW is offering 1/7 twist, government profile, chrome lining, and 4150 chromoly steel on their barrel assemblies.
For comparison, Rock River Arms offers their barrels with 1/9 twist, 4140 chromoly steel, and chrome lining at around $260 without hand-guards or gas tube. Rock River’s offering is also a heavy barrel assembly. No thanks. I am happy to see WW offer profiles and barrels with the features AR enthusiasts want, especially at this price.
So from a value perspective they have things right, but is there anything being compromised?
- Do we have m4 feedramps? Check.
- Do we have 4150 steel? Check
- Is it chrome lined with 1/7 twist? Check
- Does it have a 5.56 Chamber? Check
- Do we have an f marked fsb? X
So WW didn’t use a F marked fsb? Is this something I can live with? Yes. I have no issues using an extended front sight post if necessary for a flat top build. It is a cheap part, and I won’t be losing any weapon performance from utilizing it. On carbine barrel assemblies the taller post will usually be necessary to get a zero with a standard front sight base, but your mileage may vary.
Did you know it was Colt who first introduced the extended front sight post to correct the elevation issues on early carbines?
With all things you need to understand what you are buying and ask yourself if it fits within your intended uses.
My test barrel is a 20 inch government profile barrel in 1/7 twist with chrome lined bore and chamber. The barrel is button rifled. Fans of the 20 inch rifle platform have allot to rejoice over with this offering. It is sometimes difficult to find the government profile barrel in this length and with these features. Aesthetically the product is clean, it arrived well packaged, and it was well oiled. The plastic hand-guards feel robust and the heat shields are epoxied in place.
The WW barrel looks clean and appears well made. These barrel assemblies are a step in the right direction for WW. Many manufacturers are still holding on to that 1/9 twist rate where as defensive AR theory dictates a move in the direction of heavier projectiles and a faster twist. For the cost, it is a great value so long as its accuracy is on par with barrels of this type. I am hoping for 1.5 MOA or better.
The value to cost ratio on this product is just right, we will see how it performs soon.
Check out their catalog here: Windham Weaponry Online Shopping
I intend to free float this barrel for accuracy testing in the next month or so when my VIS-KM arrives. I will report back with the results!