Ballistic Advantage Performance Series 5.56 Hanson Mid-Length AR-15 Barrel with Pinned Gas Block - 16"

Manufactured by Ballistic Advantage
SKU: BABL556013F
MPN: BABL556013F
Manufactured by Ballistic Advantage
32 Reviews

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The Ballistic Advantage Performance Series of barrels offer a ton of improvements over standard offerings. This 16” AR-15 barrel is chambered in 5.56 NATO and features the lightweight Hanson profile. It is made from 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium steel with a durable and slick QPQ salt bath Nitride finish for long term corrosion resistance while the barrel extension features a Nickel Boron coating. The M4 feed ramps are a high wear point and the harder Nickel Boron will stand up to thousands of rounds rubbing against it. The mid-length low profile gas block comes from the factory pre-installed and pinned for a rock solid and reliable setup. The 1:7 twist rate helps to stabilize heavier rounds especially out of a barrel this short. Threaded 1/2x28 for all your favorite muzzle brakes, so you can launch fireballs down range. High pressure tested, and magnetic particle inspected, this Ballistic Advantage 5.56 barrel is great for building your next carbine.

  • 16” barrel chambered in 5.56 NATO
  • QPQ salt bath Nitride finish
  • Nickel Boron coated extension and M4 feed ramps
  • Hanson profile
  • Mid-length gas system
  • Pinned gas block
  • Made from 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium Steel
  • 1:7 twist rate and 1/2x28 thread pitch
  • HPT and MPI

Ballistic Advantage proudly produces quality AR barrels that exceed very stringent demands. Their AR-15 barrels surpass the competition in precision and aesthetics. For barrels that deliver round after round consistently and accurately, choose Ballistic Advantage.
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Barrel CoatingSalt Bath Nitride
Barrel ContourBA Hanson
Barrel Length16
Barrel LiningSalt Bath Nitride
Barrel Material41V50 Chrome Moly Vanadium Steel
BrandBallistic Advantage
Caliber Gauge5.56 NATO
Gas System LengthMid-Length
Thread Pattern1/2 X 28
Twist Rate1:7
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The Nickel Boron extension is cool. Maybe not necessary but won't hurt anything. The profile is good. Not too light, not too heavy. Very nice finish.

The gas block is really good. It comes with two set screws that go on the bottom and then you drive a roll pin through. The set screws are good for holding the gas block in place while you drive the roll pin. The roll pin is not too tight. It comes wrapped in plastic separate from the barrel and gas block so you don't need to start by unpinning the gas block.

Alignment is very good. The gas tube lined up effortlessly.

No issue putting on the flash suppressor.

The gas port is sized correctly. Ejection was at 4 o'clock and recoil was pleasant.

It ships inside a cardboard protective tube.

No comments on accuracy due to bad wind conditions and no match ammo on hand to use.

Headspace passed easily.

Function was 100%.

Just get it


This barrel saved my life. Was getting 6" to 8" groups and tried everything. "Surely I didnt receive a bad barrel" I thought. I took a chance on BCA so I bought this ballistic advantage barrel and immediately got 1" groups. DONE with Bear Creak. One and done. I even bought one of their "higher end" barrels if there is such a thing.

Buy Now - High Quality High Value


Wonderfully balanced and accurate barrel. Fit and finish is perfect. BA makes HIGH quality even HIGHER value equipment. Pinned gas block is great and easy to install. Primary Arms' service and shipping amazing as always

Accurate, Reliable Barrel

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I had heard a lot of good things about the Hanson barrel series from Ballistics Advantage and the cut appealed to me. I was looking for a mid-length gas system with a gas block that could be easily pinned, so when i saw this I jumped on it. The barrel is beautiful and the barrel extensions mates perfectly with a WMD NiB-X BCG. It fit very tightly in a BCM flat top M4 Upper and I used the WMD NitroMet gas tube with the gas block. Everything went together flawlessly. I pinned the gas block, but I mine as well have welded the two together. I just scoped this particular setup and absolutely anticipate 1" groups at 100 yards.

This combination with the midlength gas system, Aero enhanced buffer kit and VG6 comp on the end of the barrel shot very flat. Follow-up shots were quick and I found myself on target with little effort on follow-up shots.

Good value just not pretty

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Criticism is of the finish at this time... Splotchy and un even especially on the gas block. More to come once I get test firing/zeroing done

Overall good barrel

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Used this for my first AR-15 build. Fit and finish is outstanding. Had an issue installing the roll pin...BA, recommend chamfering the hole openings to ease installation. Also noticed gas leaking around the gas tube where it enters the block which caused the bolt not locking back. Sealed it up with vibra-tite and all is good. BA please provide a listing of gas tubes that fits perfectly with the gas block provided. Overall would still recommend this barrel.

Very nice barrel but gas port is too small.

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I've built several AR's before and I have never had a barrel or a company give me as much trouble as BA have for this build. I could not get this rifle to cycle properly for the life of me and it was very much undergassed. I verified that gas port and tube are installed correctly. I ended up having to pay a local gunsmith to enlarge the gas port on this barrel just to get the rifle to cycle properly. The gunsmith told me that he enlarged the gas port 3 times to get it running right. Before I took it in to the gunsmith, I asked BA to examine it and they would but they wanted me to ship just the barrel. This barrel is so tight that I didn't even want to attempt to remove it from the upper receiver. I love Aero Precision but I'll definitely be looking elsewhere for my next barrel.

We are happy that you got that issued solved and per our conversation, please let us know if we can help you with anything.

Nice Barrel

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Great Barrel, especially for the price.

Outstanding Barrel

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Outstanding barrel. No complains

Ballistic advantage barrel

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Amazing barrel, priced right!