Machining an AR-15 Barrel from a Blank

    I am not a machinist, but that does not preclude me from appreciating their work and the skills required to create weapon systems. To further my appreciation, has posted up an excellent pictorial tutorial on machining your own AR-15/M16 barrel from a blank. 

    Cutting the target crown.

    Cutting the target crown.


    There are a few specialized parts (not to mention knowledge) required, but in the end they have an excellent barrel after only “a few hours on the lathe.” Assuming you have the machines or easy access to a machine shop, the parts and tools used for this tutorial come out to about $500. The blanks themselves are only about $160. 



    Final product next to a section of blank.


    TFB machinists: did the tutorial miss anything or did they cover everything?

    Nathan S

    One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

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