New Carbon Fiber Barrel Technology from Montana Company

New Carbon Fiber Barrel Technology from Montana Company

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    New Carbon Fiber Barrel Technology from Montana Company

    New firearms maker opens high-tech facility
    By MELISSA WALTHER/Daily Inter Lake Daily Inter Lake
    Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012 10:30 pm | Updated: 4:15 pm, Fri Nov 23, 2012.

    Founded in 2010, Proof Research of Kalispell (Montana) specializes in creating lightweight, accurate weapons using carbon-fiber barrels and stocks unlike anything else on the market.

    .......“Lots of people have tried to do this for many years,” Rainey said. “The idea of a carbon-fiber barrel has been around for 20 years. We're just the first to crack the code.”

    .......The barrels Proof manufactures are not completely made of carbon fiber, rather they are traditional steel cores, machined down and wrapped with carbon fibers. According to Rainey, this results in a lighter-weight, more effective barrel of the same or similar overall dimensions and strength as more traditional all-steel barrels.

    Although the technology for carbon-fiber barrels may have been around for the last 20 years, the big problem to overcome was failure due to heat.

    .......“We can take a 19-pound barrel off of a .50-caliber sniper rifle and we can make it 2.2 pounds, so the heaviest thing on the gun is the glass from the sight,” Rainey said. “That's a huge weight savings, and in the past you'd have guys jump in and have to leave the barrel behind because it was just too heavy to get out easily. Now it's no big deal to pack it out, too.”

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    Looks like interesting technology. I think I'll follow this to see if it translates into an effective handgun product at an affordable price.

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    Carbon Fiber Lowers on Ar while they work are not the standard to judge others by they do not stand the test of time.
    Not sure I would want to spend the cash on a barrel. And I have a few Steel barrels around here old than I am.
    Also there are a lot of M2's around older than most of us

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    So Bruce Willis was right. A Glock 7 can go through a metal detector undetected. Whodathunk?!
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    I'd like to get my hands on a 2.2 pound .50 BMG barrel and build a custom .50.

    Not sure I want to shoot it though.
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    Nothing new? These guys have been doing it for years for their hunting rifles:

    Carbon Barreled Hunting Rifles - Christensen Arms

    They make a damn good hunting rifle!


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    Would a barrel with a very thin steel core have a problem with flex and heating issues (not the carbon, the steel) affecting accuracy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by onacoma View Post
    Nothing new? These guys have been doing it for years for their hunting rifles:

    Carbon Barreled Hunting Rifles - Christensen Arms

    They make a damn good hunting rifle!
    I liked the fact that they are going after the higher volume of fire applications, and apparently have made improvments on reducing the warpage from heat. God, how I hated having to change hot barrels out of medium and heavy guns. At least the M-60 E did not burn your hands as much - even with the mitt on - but when we went to the M-240 G, that was a totally different game because of the design. Ouch!

    I've never said this before, because I still think the M-2 .50 is the 'Perfect Weapon', and there is possibly not much you can do to improve it (add scopes/sights, different ammo and such - yes), but if they could reduce the weight of the barrel on that beast, I would make it a whole lot easier to hump it.
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    New Carbon Fiber Barrel Technology from Montana Company

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    I liked the fact that they are going after the higher volume of fire applications, and apparently have made improvments on reducing the warpage from heat. God, how I hated having to change hot barrels out of medium and heavy guns. At least the M-60 E did not burn your hands as much - even with the mitt on - but when we went to the M-240 G, that was a totally different game because of the design. Ouch!

    I've never said this before, because I still think the M-2 .50 is the 'Perfect Weapon', and there is possibly not much you can do to improve it (add scopes/sights, different ammo and such - yes), but if they could reduce the weight of the barrel on that beast, I would make it a whole lot easier to hump it.
    Ma Duce is one heavy lady! My last fire fight I burned up 2 barrels! So when they start talking of a composite barrel I still have doubts with all the heat that round produces! CB produces a M4 want 2 be, but have not heard any reports of that gun's service factors. Their hunting rifles are very accurate, but you're shooting 2 to 3 rounds at a time.


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    Please remember that the Laws of Physics are NOT mere suggestions. The lighter the gun, the heavier the RECOIL! Muzzle brakes, etc. are great, but can you imagine firing a Barrett .50 BMG weighing over 16 pounds...less?!?
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    New Carbon Fiber Barrel Technology from Montana Company

    Quote Originally Posted by onacoma View Post
    Nothing new? These guys have been doing it for years for their hunting rifles:

    Carbon Barreled Hunting Rifles - Christensen Arms

    They make a damn good hunting rifle!
    I totally agree!!! Got 3 of them and I'm not seeing how this is any different?!?!?!


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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    Please remember that the Laws of Physics are NOT mere suggestions. The lighter the gun, the heavier the RECOIL! Muzzle brakes, etc. are great, but can you imagine firing a Barrett .50 BMG weighing over 16 pounds...less?!?
    My thoughts exactly, an eight pound 30/06 is not bad but reduce that to 3 ˝ to 4 pounds and it becomes a whole different beast.
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