Diamondback Firearms 5.56 AR-15 Mid-Length Barrel Nitride - 16"
- 16” barrel chambered in 5.56 NATO
- Machined from 4150 CMV steel
- Salt Bath Nitride finish
- Mid-length gas system
- 1:8 twist rate
- 6 groove button rifled
- 11 degree target crown
- Threaded 1/2x28
Ratings & Reviews
Stop the whining these are GREAT barrels!
by gerry the plumber -
All the whiny boohoo comments must be from in-experienced builders. All those items are just standard maintenance things you do with parts from ANY supplier. I have used $500 barrels that needed clean up, chamfering etc. These are solid well built barrels capable of sub-minute accuracy if we do our jobs. The ones I built for a good customer shot .750" groups at 100y. with 65gr. spbt Speer #1395 over 19.5gr. IMR 4195. They seem to like heavier bullets (ie 62 to68 grain) with fast burn powders. Have fun dudes! G>
So far so good..
by JD126 -
Despite some negative reviews, I gave it a try at the sale price. So far so good. Had this assembled with a clamping gas block and standard handguards. 100 or so rounds thru it without issues, steel and brass case. I just recently installed a FF rail and intend on checking accuracy. 4150 steel, nitride, and the 1/8 twist is the best feature in my opinion...
by Michael -
Won't run tula ammo. Failures to extract. Fit and finish looks great. Brass case ammo runs 100%. Accuracy is 2.5". Not impressed
You get what you pay for
by G. C. -
Visible burr on the rifling halfway down the barrel. A brass brush did not remove it. I ended up shooting it out which sent small pieces of metal into my gas system gumming things up. Other then that, its been fine and is in spec.
<br>I dont think Id recommend this barrel to others unless it was for an absolute bargain bin build.
Visible Burr on Rifling is Disappointing
by G. C. -
This barrel falls into the "you get what you pay for" category. I put this in a close range rifle that didnt need sub moa accuracy so I figured this bargain barrel would do.
<br>The fit and finish is decent. There was wiggle in the extension to upper fit but not too much. The gas port and gas journal are properly sized. Muzzle threads are correct.
<br>The bad: Upon first inspection, I could see a burr on the rifling inside the barrel. It was small enough that I decided to install the barrel and shoot the burr out. After firing the rifle the first time the small pieces of excess metal ended up inside my gas system and blocked the flow of gas. The rifle would not fully cycle. I had to disassemble the muzzle device, gas block and tube to blow it all out with an air compressor and do a full cleaning of the BCG to remove the bits of small metal. After all this the rifle functioned properly.
<br>Accuracy has been acceptable with wolf steel.
No dimples? No problem!
by John -
I have built hundreds of Ar15s over the past 30 plus years. This is a great barrel and the lack of dimples for a gas block means nothing on a barrel where the handguard will cover the gas block. I have never had a gas block come loose with this setup. The only thing the dimple really does is help align the block with the gas port.
Great barrel for the money
by Charles -
Paired this up with a bear creek upper and bcg. Was on zero after just a few shots. Shot 1 moa, 5 shot group, with 55 grain hornady soft points running 26.4 grains of cfe 223. I am very impressed with the accuracy using a mil spec trigger. I have used a couple other Diamondback barrels in the past with the same luck.
Excellent...especially for the price.
by Jared -
True it does not have a dimple for the gas block, but for the price and accuracy, I can't complain. I buldt it for a truck gun and put open flip up sights on it. I sighted it in at 100 yrs with 2 shots then adjust to zero with 4 two shot groups. In all 4 groups the 2 shots were with in .5"-.75" of each other. I know this isn't a true accuracy test, but I am very pleased with the barrel.
Crooked Gas Ports
by Jason -
These barrels have crooked gas ports.
Would not recommend
by Alex -
Barrel does not have dimples for gas block and chamber has deep grooves in it grabbing the brass upon pressure expansion. Would not let BCG Ejector grab brass and had to be manually forced out of chamber with a cleaning rod through the muzzle. Eventually, after using a chamber brush and chamber mop and heating the barrel up through single round shots it polished the groove out of the chamber. Have not malfunctioned since but a severe headache compared to other reputable manufacturers on the market where you can seat the barrel and move on. You get what you pay for on this one.
No gas block set screw dimples
by Wesley -
Beware that the barrel is not dimpled for the gas block set screws. That is the only reason Im giving 4 stars instead of 5. Will have to buy a jig to drill barrel, but its no big deal to me. Other than that Primary Arms is awesome as always with fast delivery and great customer service and for that I am a customer for life
Nice finish, great fit
by Reed -
Got this as part of my budget AR build. It fits great into my Bear Creek upper. The finish is also nice with no marks.
Gas port drilled out of alignment
by Jayborulez -
Bought on sale. The description sounded good. Got it home and dimpled the barrel for a gas block. They are not dimpled.
<br> While putting everything together, noticed that the gas port was drilled out of alignment with the index pin. So now I have a canted gas block under the handguard. I could deal with a slight cant, but this one is pretty bad. Well, now I just need to shoot it. If it doesn't shoot well, it is coming off. So I will update this review after I shoot it. I would not buy another Diamondback barrel.