View Poll Results: 14.5 or 16 for general purpose

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  • 14.5”

    40 46.51%
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Thread: 14.5 vs 16” rifle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straight Shooter View Post
    Or, pay $200 for an inch and a half's worth of barrel?
    I look at it like the $200 makes the lower eligible for any length of barrel, including 14.5"

    I would never take a perfectly good 14.5 and pin it. That's a crime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markm View Post
    I look at it like the $200 makes the lower eligible for any length of barrel, including 14.5"

    I would never take a perfectly good 14.5 and pin it. That's a crime.
    I agree with 100%...a 11.5"-13.7" I get....for some reason, and I FULLY admit I might be wrong, I just aint getting 14.5".
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    I see the point of an 18”, but only when compared to a 14.5 or 12.5, not a 16.” That said, it was the choice for SPR’s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straight Shooter View Post
    Barely better than a 16"...less than a 20". Would/would not a person wanting an 18" be looking for a velocity gain? Get a 20" for the win.
    I thought 18" was the shortest recommended barrel for a rifle-length gas system and its benefits.

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    A 20" AR gains less than 100 fps over an 18". The 18" barrel is a little lighter and a little handier, and mine runs 100% with the rifle length gas system.

    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disciple View Post
    I thought 18" was the shortest recommended barrel for a rifle-length gas system and its benefits.
    Quote Originally Posted by AndyLate View Post
    A 20" AR gains less than 100 fps over an 18". The 18" barrel is a little lighter and a little handier, and mine runs 100% with the rifle length gas system.

    Andy
    I dont know the minimun length... [I] coulda sworn I ve seen a 16" with rifle gas..but I cant remember where/when.
    And your right AL...BUt when I spec'ed out my spr I wanted max velocity & at 600yrds plus...every bit helps. I aint AGAINST an 18", it aint like theyre junk or something...but for me if all there were left were 16" & 18"'s Id be ok with it.
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    To be honest, I wonder why I went with an 18" barrel when I have 16" ARs, even though I like the way it turned out. There just isn't a huge difference between them.

    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyLate View Post
    To be honest, I wonder why I went with an 18" barrel when I have 16" ARs, even though I like the way it turned out. There just isn't a huge difference between them.

    Andy
    Cause, a man likes, what a man likes. My thoughts on the subject could well be wrong to most here..but they are mine, and come after a lifetime of a considerable amount of shooting and love of weapons, as I know your thoughts have too.
    As long as we are proficient..we are fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leonidas24 View Post
    Not quite, but going from 16" to 14.5" shows the most dramatic decrease in velocity when compared against other lengths.

    223 Remington/ 5.56mm NATO barrel length and velocity: 26 inches to 6 inches
    They didn't test 16 & 14.5 inch lengths. They tested 16.5 & 14 inch lengths.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MistWolf View Post
    They didn't test 16 & 14.5 inch lengths. They tested 16.5 & 14 inch lengths.
    The most bizarre part of the test - they avoided testing 2 of the most common lengths and the 2 that many people are interested in comparing.

    Andy

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