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    FN barrels - made where?

    I am trying to decide between a DD or a Spikes/PSA CHF barrel (FN made).

    There doesn't seem to be any really performance difference between the two, and I haven't been able to find how Spike's special profile is superior (if it is). S, it may come down to where these barrels are made. I Know FN at least has offices in the US, but where are the barrels manufactured? TIA

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    Pretty sure FN makes their barrels in SC

    http://www.fnmfg.com/capabilities/Gun%20Barrels/
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    The Spikes branded FN barrels are excellent. I've used them in many builds and have never have a problem with them. The packaging states made in USA.

    Their Special profile is in between a Govt and Lightweight. It's a good compromise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bleaman225 View Post
    Pretty sure FN makes their barrels in SC

    http://www.fnmfg.com/capabilities/Gun%20Barrels/
    I have read that, but FN makes it a point to mention their experience provided by Belgium, but no where on their site, or places that sell their barrel, have I seen it mentioned that they are in the USA, or wherever they may be made. Their site is for "FN Manufacturing" but it seems just an import office. It would be odd that the idea of people want their parts made in the USA, totally escapes them to mention it in their webpage. I know they have US government contracts, they might be required to be made in the USA, but the barrels made for distributors I cant find anything.

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    They're made in South Carolina. The second post was accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Stormin_ View Post
    They're made in South Carolina. The second post was accurate.
    Correct. FNH USA also makes M2 .50 cal barrels and entire M16A4's for Uncle Sam in their SC facility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by _Stormin_ View Post
    They're made in South Carolina. The second post was accurate.
    My impression was that most of the CHF AR barrels on the market were made there under contract.

    Any read on DD's CHF's? I'd be amazed if they went elsewhere since they are so close to FN in SC.

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    AFAIK the DD's use their own barrels that they themselves make. Not a contract produced part.

    That said, I have not had an issue with FN barrels, and would not hesitate to buy another that I knew that had produced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinzgauer View Post
    My impression was that most of the CHF AR barrels on the market were made there under contract.

    Any read on DD's CHF's? I'd be amazed if they went elsewhere since they are so close to FN in SC.
    DD has their own HF machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BufordTJustice View Post
    DD has their own HF machine.
    Interesting! I knew they were early with CHF, but did not know that.

    Wonder who is making the US AUG clone CHF barrels?

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    Correct. And most of the info posted here has been made public and discussed numerous times.

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    DD has their own HF machine.





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    Barrels can no longer be imported.
    They would have to be manufactured in SC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinzgauer View Post
    Wonder who is making the US AUG clone CHF barrels?
    FN is.

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    I had a 16" spikes carbine and I have a 20" PSA with the FN barrel and they both shoot great! Very accurate and great function.

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    The barrels are made 10 minutes down the road from us in Columbia, SC. If I remember correctly, the plant here also does the FNX handguns, M16, M249, and M240B. They also do odds and ends for the other firearms they manufacture.

    Ironically, the plant is located across the street from a large liberal-type shopping area.

    If you are fortunate enough or know someone you can get a tour of the plant!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hkbeltfed View Post
    FN is.
    Thanks, my impression was that there was a relatively small number of CHF machines in the US for barrel making. Remington, FN, I think one of the HK clone companies, etc. And apparently DD as well.

    Maybe there are more now, but that was my understanding

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinzgauer View Post
    Thanks, my impression was that there was a relatively small number of CHF machines in the US for barrel making. Remington, FN, I think one of the HK clone companies, etc. And apparently DD as well.

    Maybe there are more now, but that was my understanding
    Winchester and Remington started using CHF machines back in the 1960s. Ruger started in the early 1970s. It is not new or rare technology by any means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VIP3R 237 View Post
    The Spikes branded FN barrels are excellent. I've used them in many builds and have never have a problem with them. The packaging states made in USA.

    Their Special profile is in between a Govt and Lightweight. It's a good compromise.
    PSA also sells that FN special profile barrel, I got one last year. I think they call it the lighter profile. They also have FN pencil and gov't profiles. The "in betweener" uses the .750" gas block like the gov't and not the .625" block of the pencil barrel. All three are .625" under the handguards but forward of the gas block they're all different diameters. The 16" pencil is only 2-3 oz lighter than the new profile. Forward of the gas block you have to look hard to see the difference between the new profile and the gov't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by polymorpheous View Post
    Barrels can no longer be imported.
    You sure about that? I was under the impression that only used/surplus barrels were effected.
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