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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2020, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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How hard would it be to tool up to make new barrels?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2020, 01:02 PM
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Difficulty is not the real issue - it is more about liability, legality, and profitability. There are contract manufacturing business that would be fully capable of turning out generic barrels as either unchambered blanks or complete headspaced barrels in specific calibers. But the quantity is most likely to low to go that route in a profitable manner. I make brass trigger guards in my home shop. I have sold quite few. These could have been made by one of several CNC machine shops, but they did not want to spend the time to create the required fixtures and programs or handle one piece orders. So until someone wants to do it as a side business, it probably just won't happen. The liability question is a huge one with our society and will keep many from offering something like a barrel, due to possible lawsuits if someone should improperly fit a barrel or fit it to an unsafe receiver. As for the legal side, I suspect that someone who decided to make and sell barrels may have to have a firearms manufacturing license - just a guess on my part on that. To reduce liability, whoever decided to offer barrels would most likely have to offer fitting, which most certainly would require a gunsmithing license (FFL), or possibly sell only to gunsmiths who would offer the fitting service. That's my thinking on the subject. I would love to be able to offer barrels - but I suspect if there was any real market for them, someone like Green Mountain would at least be offering blanks with the barrel lug and extractor parts. It would be interesting to see if anyone could obtain factory blueprints for the barrel and lug.

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Blueprints have been reverse engineered by Swede Nelson. A monoblock could be easily made with the proper equipment and fixtures, for either threaded or slip fit barrels. No license required for doing that.

Fitting the barrels to a customer's gun would require a license. License required to be able to receive the action, keep it on premises without the customer being present, and to return it to the customer.

If the customer sent a barrel that fit the action to be used, it could be used to get the fit close but I would not guarantee that it would work reliably every time. That would not require a license either.

Gave up my license when Clinton's administration raised the yearly fee to $200 as I was not a fulltime gunsmith.

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I would make my own if I was younger and my machinist friends were still living.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-27-2020, 05:54 PM
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What's the latest ruling on the ITAR requirement. If ITAR payment is still required to make any gun part, even with no foreign sales, that would add several thousand dollars per year.
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