Elite Warrior Armament has developed a hybrid rifle barrel which marries a steel barrel core with an aircraft-grade aluminum jacket. The core is welded to the jacket, greatly reducing weight, improving rifle balance by reducing the weight up front, and vastly improving heat dissipation.
The aluminum exterior of the barrel quickly absorbs heat from the steel core and radiates it into the air much faster than steel. Not only does this reduce the heat of the barrel for handling, it can increase the lifespan of the barrel by up to 100%.
A 20-inch medium contour barrel for a Remington 700 in .308 reduces weight by 1.5 pounds. This is evident when carrying the rifle and even more obvious when shouldering it and aiming. Another potential gain from the Lightweight Rifle Barrel is that, thanks to the reduced weight and improved handling, longer barrels may be used, improving range and accuracy.
The next item on the Elite Warrior Armament’s list is a Lightweight Rifle Barrel for 5.56/.223 ARs. An initial prototype was on display but no testing has been performed yet.