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Proof Research makes some amazing composite barrels. They are known for their carbon fiber wrapped barrels. Here is a well done video showing off who they are a some sneak peaks into their facility. They even show us a glimpse of the carbon fiber wrapping process.

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Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • Wolfgar

    I have seen nothing but positive remarks about proof research barrels. I competed against one in a multi gun match and it is a work of art. They are on the upper end of the price range but very well executed. Great video, thank’s for posting it.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I’ve been very pleased with mine. Really, I don’t have a single complaint except the price. They’re accurate, they’re light, they’re consistent over temp. Really the only issue imo is the cost.

  • Patriot Gunner

    Wait a minute, doesn’t carbon fiber have poor thermal conductivity?…Seems a little gimmicky.

    • zardoz711

      Carbon fiber, yes. But my bet is they’re using carbon ceramic or carbon–carbon underneath a carbon fiber sheath.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        : It’s a steel barrel under the weave.

        And as someone who has worked with composites for 16 years, I have no idea what you mean by carbon cermaic or “carbon-carbon”.

        • DIR911911 .

          carbon ceramic is the stuff super performance brake rotors are made of , never need replacing even under racing conditions. virtually indestructible from heat or friction

          • Patriot Gunner

            Not true, the carbon ceramic brake rotors have a higher heat tolerance, but they wear just as fast as normal rotors. I know this because I was a service writer for a Porsche dealership when the Carrera GT came out. A guy took delivery of a Carrera GT on a Thursday, took it to the track over the weekend and totally spent the rotors and pads and brought it back in for service on a Monday. Back in 2005, a complete brake job for that car cost $26,000. They are completely worthless for the street as they do not provide ample braking “bite” unless they are heated up to a certain degree, which you will never reach daily driving that beast on public roads.

    • Klaus Von Schmitto

      I worked in composites in the early days and it may well be the resin binder. Carbon Bismaleimide is very stable thermally is much less susceptible strength loss at high temps. I’m just guessing though.

    • Paul Epstein

      I seem to be the person who keeps replying to this question, and I don’t even own one. Carbon fiber does transmit heat well along length, but not well radially. Proof research’s claims on the matter state that they have a large portion of carbon fibers oriented to direct heat outwards from the barrel in addition to the structural ones which follow the curve of the barrel. Also that their resin is specifically designed to work well at high temperatures.

      So they do understand what you’re saying and have claimed to address it. Whether or not you believe them, you should probably address what they’ve said rather than what you would otherwise suppose.

      • Giolli Joker

        Moreover the carbon fiber we usually deal with it’s the woven type, this one seems applied by winding (at least at the core) and the final results looks more like what is (improperly) called “forged carbon”.