Strike Industries Cold Hammer Forged Barrels Now Available

Strike Barrel

Strike Industries announced it now has available for sale a pair of cold hammer forged barrels. Both barrels have a .223 Wylde chamber and a 1:8″ twist to handle a wide range of .223 Rem and 5.56 NATO ammunition. One barrel is 10.3″ in length while the second is 16″ long. Both are threaded (1/2″x28).

According to the company these new “Strike Fighter” barrels are based on the Mk18 barrel but with updates for improved performance and durability. One example of the improvements given by the company is the use of gradual transitions in the barrel contour. According to Strike Industries, this provides an increase in strength and shot to shot consistency while keeping the weight below that of a government profile barrel of equal length.

Strike Industries Barrel

Barrels are made of 416 RS steel with cryogenic treatment and QPQ nitriding. According to the company, this provides a barrel life that exceeds that of “…typical stainless barrels currently commercially available.” Barrels also have a 11˚ target crown.

Other features include:

  • M4 style feedramps
  • 0.0.73″ gas port
  • a carbine length gas system
  • magnetic particle inspected

The shorter of the two barrels has a suggested retail price of $239. The longer barrel has the same MSRP. Both barrels are in stock and ready for sale according to the company’s website.

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  • tony

    Who is their OEM?

    • Frank

      Who makes CHFs barrels in the US? All that comes to mind is DD and FN.

      • 22winmag

        Somebody said they were made overseas and finished here.

        • Anonymoose

          Sounds about right for Strike.

      • ostiariusalpha

        It isn’t Remington, of course, but they do have CHF machines. As does Ruger.

      • FWIW: Remington, Winchester, and Ruger all had CHF barrel capability by 1970.

  • 22winmag

    I like Strike Industries stuff, but I’ll stick with Palmetto State Armory and their FN-made CHF barrels/barreled uppers and Palmetto’s unmarked 416R barrels/uppers supplied by Wilson Combat.

    • Big Daddy

      Always had great results with FN barrels on my AR15s.

    • cons2p8ted

      Wilson Combat or Wilson Arms? I don’t think Wilson Combat blanks would be priced that low for CHF!

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        The only way a Wilson Combat blank could be marked that low is if it got hit by a forklift and was folded in half.

    • Vhyrus

      I just had a problem with one of psa’s supposedly awesome chf barrels and it took them 2 months to finally issue me a refund on it. At least they didn’t make me pay return shipping.

      • BillC

        Careful, badmouthing the “awesomeness” that is bargain PSA will ensure to pull people out of the woodwork in droves to defend PSA and how amazing their $350 rifles are. Because, remember, PSA is of course just as good as or even better than Brand XX and they are saints for giving you that “quality” for a 1/3rd of the price.

      • Hanzo

        “At least they didn’t make me pay return shipping.”

        I wish Midway was like that. But that’s what I get for using Midway. I know better.

        • HSR47

          Yeah, Brownells is better than Midway by a long shot.

    • Emperius

      Give me ONE barrel maker that is CHF and QPQ Nitrate Melonite and 10″~? None, two stand out and either sold out or hard to find. Other than SAND Hammer Forging and APOC Armory, Strike Industries delivers here.

  • Tet

    I would have given them a try if they offer mid-length gas.

    • Dude

      The 16″ barrel is mid-length. The 10.3″ barrel is carbine length.

    • Raginzerker

      Is there a major difference between carbine and mid length? I’ve heard everything from mid length is more reliable to it only exist to fit bayonets to a 16in barrel

      • Rick O’Shay

        I personally find mid to be softer shooting and less finicky than carbine, but we’re talking about .223 here. It’s not exactly a bruiser round.

        • Raginzerker

          True enough, I’ve been looking to get my first AR, but don’t know what gas length to get

          • Rick O’Shay

            Either way you’d be fine.

  • BrandonAKsALot

    There is a least one more company offering a stainless hammer forged barrel. Can’t remember who. They are probably getting their barrels from the same source. I’d still prefer 4150 over stainless personally.

    • Russ Kell

      KAK Industries makes CHF stainless barrels. Theirs are not nitrided, however.

  • Vhyrus

    That is exactly the barrel I want but holy crap that’s expensive.

  • Raginzerker

    Is the qpq treatment just as good as chrome lining? Noticed how popular it has become

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Yes. It’s better for accuracy that chrome lining (read: 1.45 MoA instead of 1.50 across a sample of 100 barrels), but offers worse durability in abusive conditions (read: You lose .001″ more rifling in 5,000 rounds with QPQ).

      It’s really more of an academic/”cool factor” thing than real-world differences you or I could ever notice.

      • Raginzerker

        Yeah they seem cheaper too, I mean, it seems like a good middle ground, some of the chrome lined guns are expensive