FN Selling Commercial AR Barrels

FN America announced the company is now selling commercial AR-15 barrels. These hammer-forged barrels are made in the company’s Columbia, SC plant.

Barrel lengths range from 14.5″ to 20″ long and range in suggested retail pricing from $349 to $379.

FN Barrel

From FN America:

FN America Launches New AR-15 Commercial Barrel Line

FN Cold Hammer-Forged, Chrome-Lined Barrels Now Available at Dealers Nationwide

(McLean, VA – November 3, 2014) FN America, LLC is pleased to announce the launch of its new AR-15 commercial barrel line, produced at the company’s manufacturing facility in Columbia, SC. Product specifications for each are listed below in Table 1.

Table 1: Product Specifications for FN AR-15 Commercial Barrel Line

Product No.




AR-15 Hammer-Forged Barrel 14.5”, OAL, Carbine Length Gas System, 5.56×45 mm



AR-15 Hammer-Forged Barrel 16” OAL, Carbine Length Gas System, 5.56×45 mm



AR-15 Hammer-Forged Barrel 16” OAL, Mid Length Gas System, 5.56×45 mm



AR-15 Hammer-Forged Barrel 18” OAL, Rifle Length Gas System, 5.56×45 mm



AR-15 Hammer-Forged Barrel 20” OAL, Rifle Length Gas System, 5.56×45 mm


“FN barrels are among the best in the world,” said Mark Cherpes, FN America President and CEO. “Our parent company, FN Herstal, has spent decades perfecting the art of making cold hammer-forged, chrome-lined barrels. This knowledge has transitioned and is the same process we use today in South Carolina. Top-quality materials, state-of-the-art equipment and rigorous quality testing produce the most precise, long-lasting barrels money can buy.”

“With the addition of this new AR-15 commercial barrel line, FN customers now have the option of upgrading their standard AR-15 barrel to an FN,” said Ken Pfau, Senior Vice President of Commercial and Law Enforcement Sales. “This will allow shooters to customize their AR-15 platforms with top-notch components that give them a great return on investment both on and off the range.”

FN America produces more than 20,000 barrels each month for a variety of military and commercial products sold in the U.S., including the FN 15™, M4/M4A1 carbines, M16 rifles, M249 SAWs, MK 48, MK 46, M240, M240C, M240E1, M240B and M240L machine guns, and the FNX™ and FNS™ pistol lines. Each is made from the highest quality steel available and is processed by more than $10 million in state-of-the-art equipment. All barrels undergo rigorous automated and manual quality testing to ensure they are free of micro-stresses and cracks that could affect performance. Any product that scores less than 100 percent is rejected.

For more information about the FN AR-15 commercial barrel line or other FN products, visit www.fnhusa.com.

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


  • Matt Grimes

    I will probably continue to buy them through Palmetto State Armory for a fraction of that price. My 20″ barrel from FN through PSA is a tack driver.

    • AndyT

      Second that, PSA is the way to go. My wife’s ar is made using one of their BLEM uppers, complete upper with FF ss12 rail was like $350 (no BCG or CH). 16″ barrel is a tack driver for her

  • Drew Coleman

    What’s the rate of twist on them? 1:7 or 1:8 I hope.

  • Joshua

    $349? I can get a Complete BCM upper receiver group sans handguard for $515.

    Completely built, fully equipped, only missing a basic handguard for just an extra $150…….why on earth would I buy these overpriced barrels?

    • M

      If you think that’s cheap, PSA Midlength Uppers with a CHF FN barrel are selling at AIM for $310


      • Joshua

        No CH or BCG.

        • zardoz711


        • gggplaya

          still better than just the barrel for $350

      • anonymous

        How well do these function with Wolf steel-case ammo?

        The reason I’m asking: I have a late 2008 Bushmaster XM-15 that absolutely will not work with Wolf — the empty cases get stuck in the chamber nearly 100% of the time. And I mean “stuck” as in “gotta ram a brass rod from the muzzle down the barrel to get it out” stuck.

        So I am looking to replace the upper assembly on the Bushmaster.

        I was looking at the BCM upper receiver group for $515 that Joshua mentions in this thread, but if I can get the “PSA Midlength Uppers with a CHF FN barrel” for ~ $300, I might go that route.

        FYI: The ammo was purchased at the same time as the rifle (November 2008). While it’s a particularly dirty batch of Wolf that chokes my Tavor about 10% of the time (also requiring use of the brass rod), my Colt 6920 cycles it just fine.

        • 1

          I have a PSA upper with a FN pencil profile barrel, feeds wolf ammo with no problem.

        • Risky

          I’ve got a 14.5 inch cold hammer forged FN barrel with a mid length gas system on a PSA upper that eats wolf just fine. No worries.

  • Weaver

    I think these are cheaper on brownells. But I think they are listed under spike.

  • ClintTorres

    Bah, chrome lining is so passé. QPQ nitriding, FTW!

    • If you don’t live in Florida or Vietnam (LOL) you don’t really need chrome.

      • Adam aka eddie d.

        Phil, please correct me if I’m wrong,
        but as far as I know, any form of nitriding is way more corrosion resistant
        than chrome plating.
        Every industrial source I’ve read (not limited to firearms) mentions nitriding as a solution far superior to chrome in both abrasive and corrosion resitance.
        This is my experience too, though not with firearms, but metal is metal, whatever the shape may be.
        I’ve seen a lot of chromed parts badly rusted over after a few years,
        but not a single nitrided piece that would show even a bit of pitting.

        Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying hard chrome doesn’t work,
        it proved itself in the metalworking industry through a century,
        but I do think preferring chrome plating is more of a firearms world tradition than actual leading technology, if you know what I mean.
        The reason why a lot of mfrs still use it IMO is cost and the plating sequence.
        Chrome plating is a cheaper process, and especially the newer hard chrome plating processes like trivalent chrome can be made
        via plant based solutions, which makes mfg. less complicated and hazardous, so cheaper overall, when it comes to time an environmental regulations. (Nitrinding requires sulfuric acid bath etc.)

      • ClintTorres

        ….Unless you wanna shoot steel-cased ammo.

  • steve

    FN makes good barrels but for 350-400$ you can get a nice stainless barrel that will outshoot these all day.

    I really think FN over priced these barrels by about 150$. I’d pay 199-250$ for quality chrome lined. Had they priced them competitively they would own the market. As other people have said why pay more for these FN barrels when you can a PSA upper for cheaper?

    • John

      Many AR Boutique buyers would say that, although FN makes OEM barrels for many manufacturers, each are made with different specs and quality

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Exactly. If they offered Wylde chambered CHF barrels with a 1×8 twist and a melonite finish, then the prices might be worth it.

  • FourString

    An FN chrome lined barrel, perhaps sourced for less $, would be a nice pairing with the Ruger AR-556 heh

  • Jeffrey Witkin

    Can anyone tell me why the scar barrels are so freeking expensive?