PRODUCT RECALL: Some Brownells AR-15 Barrels Drilled Improperly

I just received an email that some Brownells AR-15 barrels are being recalled due to a small error in the manufacturing process. It appears that when drilling the gas port, some barrels may show signs of the drill bit contacting the rifling on the opposite side of the barrel.

THIS IS NOT A SAFTEY ISSUE!

Brownells stands behind every product they sell and take customer satisfaction seriously. They feel that this small defect will impact accuracy and is not up to Brownells standards and has offered to refund or replace the affected barrels as soon as replacements become available.

I have to say that I am reasonably impressed by the proactive actions of Brownells and how seriously they take their 100% satisfaction guarantee. Not many companies out there would have emailed everyone that purchased one of the models of barrels that might have the small defect.

The part numbers of the affected barrels are below:

  • 100-021-000 AR-15 10.5″ A2 CARBINE BARREL 1-7 STRIPPED
  • 100-020-996   AR-15 12.7″ A1 CARBINE BBL 1-12
  • 100-020-997   AR-15 14.7″ A1 CARBINE BBL 1-12
  • 100-021-009   AR-15 14.7″ A2 CARBINE BARREL STRIPPED
  • 100-020-998 AR-15 16″ A1 CARBINE BBL 1-12
  • 100-021-010 AR-15 16″ A2 CARBINE BARREL 1-7 STRIPPED
  • 100-020-999   AR-15 20″ A1 RIFLE BARREL 1-12 BBL
  • 100-021-011 AR-15 20″ A1 RIFLE BARREL 1-7 STRIPPED
  • 100-021-650   AR-15 20″ A2 RIFLE BARREL 1-7 BBL
  • 100-021-012   AR-15 20″ A1 RIFLE BARREL 1-7 BBL

If you believe that you have one of these barrels you likely have already received the email from the Brownells customer service team, but on the off chance that you purchased it from a dealer you may want to follow up with their customer service team.

Bravo Brownells, handling a recall like this is really classy. You continue to impress me with the commitment you have to your customer base.

Here is the email I received:

To our Valued Customers:

 

It has come to our attention that the Brownells barrel you recently purchased may have a defect.  When drilling the gas port, there is a possibility that the drill contacted the opposite side of the interior of the barrel.  Your barrel may have a slight blemish or show signs of contact in the rifling opposite the gas port.  If this is evident on your barrel, or you are not certain and would like an exchange, please contact Brownells.  The defect is not a safety issue, but may lead to suboptimal accuracy and is not to our standards.

 

The following Barrels were affected by the recall.

100-021-000 AR-15 10.5″ A2 CARBINE BARREL 1-7 STRIPPED

100-020-996   AR-15 12.7″ A1 CARBINE BBL 1-12

100-020-997   AR-15 14.7″ A1 CARBINE BBL 1-12

100-021-009   AR-15 14.7″ A2 CARBINE BARREL STRIPPED

100-020-998 AR-15 16″ A1 CARBINE BBL 1-12

100-021-010 AR-15 16″ A2 CARBINE BARREL 1-7 STRIPPED

100-020-999   AR-15 20″ A1 RIFLE BARREL 1-12 BBL

100-021-011 AR-15 20″ A1 RIFLE BARREL 1-7 STRIPPED

100-021-650   AR-15 20″ A2 RIFLE BARREL 1-7 BBL

100-021-012   AR-15 20″ A1 RIFLE BARREL 1-7 BBL

 

Please contact Brownells 800-741-0015 and ask for our Customer Support Staff, or you can reply to this email. We will offer you a UPS prepaid shipping label to return the barrel. We will need to know if you would like credit issued or an exchange when the new inventory is received.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at [email protected].

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Ebby123

    Eh, I accidentally did this to two of my ARs while enlarging the gas port. It doesn’t affect anything.

    I’ve shot hundreds of FMJ and cast lead bullets through these guns with no issues.

    Good on Brownells for being up-front, but IMO this is a non-issue.

  • DGR

    Drill stops, they are real, they cost under $5 (for a cheap set), and they save you from hundred thousand dollar mistakes…

    • KestrelBike

      And depend upon correct setting of said drill stops!

    • Ebby123

      Hindsight is 20/20.
      Unless they were drilling these by hand (which I highly doubt), this was most likely an error made by some CNC programmer.

  • Gary Kirk

    Yep, Brownell’s is covering for their cheap generic crap they sell again.. No surprise there

    • Ebby123

      There is literally nothing true in that statement.

  • This… is a very good use of CAPSLOCKING in a newspost headline. Thanks for the warning!