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What is Headspace and Why Should it be Checked?

What is Headspace and Why Should it be Checked?

Few tolerances found on a firearm are of more importantance than headspace. Not only is headspace essential to rifle accuracy, but it is a major safety factor to consider when assembling a firearm. Improper headspace can cause case head separation, unsafe chamber pressure levels, or failure to function. What is head..

What Sort of Barrel Life Can I Expect From A Criterion Barrel?

What Sort of Barrel Life Can I Expect From A Criterion Barrel?

Discerning rifle builders frequently want to know what kind of barrel life they can expect when purchasing a new Criterion barrel.  We try to provide them with a detailed answer so that they can make the most educated selection to serve their intended needs and requirements.  When exploring barrel life, it is..

The Dirty Barrel Trend or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Cleaning Rod

The Dirty Barrel Trend or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Cleaning Rod

“I don’t clean my barrel until group sizes start opening up.” This line is becoming more and more prevalent in the precision rifle community. Theories fly about the internet on why shooters don’t clean their barrels. Common arguments include the importance of eliminating the need for fouling shots, disrupting the “b..

Shawn Risdon Wins South Carolina F-T/R Midrange Championship & Sets Club Record With Criterion Pre-Fit Barrel

Shawn Risdon Wins South Carolina F-T/R Midrange Championship & Sets Club Record With Criterion  Pre-Fit Barrel

Just because a shooter is new to a rifle discipline doesn’t mean they can’t outperform some of the more experienced competitors on the firing line. Shawn Risdon demonstrated this in his recent F-T/R performance at the Palmetto Gun Club in Ridgeville, SC. With a mere 13 months of F-Class competition under his belt an..

What Kind of Accuracy Can You Expect From Your Criterion AR-15 Barrel? Ammunition Quality Makes a Difference!

What Kind of Accuracy Can You Expect From Your Criterion AR-15 Barrel? Ammunition Quality Makes a Difference!

"What kind of accuracy can I expect from my Criterion AR-15 barrel?"  It's a fairly easy question to ask, but formulating an educated response can prove to be a very arduous task. While many barrel manufacturers will offer a 1 MOA guarantee with their products, very few explain what this 1 MOA group e..

Mark Stout Sr. Joins Son as National Record Holder Using Criterion M1 Carbine Barrel

Mark Stout Sr. Joins Son as National Record Holder Using Criterion M1 Carbine Barrel

We’ve all heard the phrase “Like father, like son”. This commentary certainly rings true when it comes to national M1 Carbine records. In 2015 Mark Stout II set a junior national record for the M1 Carbine at the Camp Perry National Matches using a Fulton Armory-built carbine featuring a chrome lined Criterion barr..

Criterion Barrels Inc. & Generation III Gun Launch "Barrels For Juniors" Fundraiser

Criterion Barrels Inc. & Generation III Gun Launch "Barrels For Juniors" Fundraiser

Criterion Barrels Inc. has partnered with Generation III Gun to help support the expansion of youth participation in the sport of 3-Gun. The vehicle for this sponsorship is the “Barrels for Juniors” program, a donation effort dedicated to maximizing exposure of the Generation III Gun organization at 3-Gun venues across..

Criterion Barrels Releases "Accurizing AR-15" Video Series

Criterion Barrels Releases "Accurizing AR-15" Video Series

Building a box stock AR-15 is a fairly simple process. Building a high performance AR-15 can prove to be a bit trickier. If your AR-15 isn't producing groups that meet your expectations, there are a number of assembly methods that can aid in fine tuning the accuracy potential of your ..

Criterion Barrels Inc. Releases Two New Hybrid Contour AR Barrel Models

Criterion Barrels Inc. Releases Two New Hybrid Contour AR Barrel Models

When it comes to AR pattern rifles, the Hybrid contour design strikes an ideal balance between barrel stiffness and comfortable carry weight. Criterion Barrels has expanded this product line to include models popular with shooters in various rifle disciplines, including personal defense, 3-Gun, and the PRS Gas Gun..

Building Your Perfect 3-Gun Rifle: Part 4

Building Your Perfect 3-Gun Rifle: Part 4

(Madalyn Stewart's 3-Gun Rifle) Part 4: Lower Receiver Component Selection   While upper receiver components are essential to rifle performance and accuracy, lower parts also play a vital role in ensuring consistent function and precise manipulation of the AR-15 platform. Trigger interface, control c..

Criterion Barrels Partners With OpticsPlanet in Distribution of AR Barrel Models

Criterion Barrels Partners With OpticsPlanet in Distribution of AR Barrel Models

Criterion Barrels, Inc. is proud to announce its latest distributor partnership with OpticsPlanet. OpticsPlanet is a privately held online retailer of shooting, hunting, military, law enforcement, eyewear and laboratory equipment. The company is headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, and operates a number of speci..

Criterion vs. CHF: A Public Service Announcement Recommending Educated Barrel Buying

Criterion vs. CHF: A Public Service Announcement Recommending Educated Barrel Buying

One of our new employees brought in his personal rifle build featuring a premium cold hammer forged rifle barrel for a quick barrel swap. After disassembling the rifle we took a look inside with a bore scope and were suprised by what we found! It wasn't long before we had it mounted on a dem..

Criterion Barrel Goes Head To Head With Krieger & E.R. Shaw In 6.5 x 47 Lapua Barrel Comparison

Criterion Barrel Goes Head To Head With Krieger & E.R. Shaw In 6.5 x 47 Lapua Barrel Comparison

Writer Norman Johnson recently prepared a detailed report for www.loaddata.com outlining barrel and handload performance with three barrel blanks supplied by Krieger, Criterion, and E.R. Shaw. Starting load results were supplied utilizing a variety of bullet types (without optimizing powder charge weight and..

The 3-Gun Show Pays A Visit To The Criterion Barrels SHOT Show 2017 Booth

The 3-Gun Show Pays A Visit To The Criterion Barrels SHOT Show 2017 Booth

Criterion Barrels recently met with Dave Hartman of the 3-Gun Show to discuss a few of our AR barrel configurations, including the 16" rifle length model featured on the MGS Firearms Citizen rifle and our M118LR chambered barrels incorporated into the Midwest Industries MI-10F.   ..

Sharps Bros and Criterion Barrels Team Up To Produce 6.5 Grendel Precision AK

Sharps Bros and Criterion Barrels Team Up To Produce 6.5 Grendel Precision AK

Photo credit: Sharps Bros Criterion Barrels, Sharps Bros, and Rifle Dynamics have teamed up in an attempt to stretch the accuracy potential and maximum effective range of the AK rifle platform to its limit. This prototype rifle features a hand lapped 18" 416R stainless steel salt bath nitrided Criteri..

Charlie King Ties F/TR National Record With Criterion Barrel

Charlie King Ties F/TR National Record With Criterion Barrel

In April of 2016 Charlie King tied the Senior record score of 200-15x in 300 yard F/TR competition at Catawba Valley Rifle and Pistol Club, the same venue of David Mark Honeycutt’s record-setting F-Class performance two years prior. Charlie was introduced to rifle competition after retiring five years ago. In 2014 h..

Building Your Perfect 3-Gun Rifle: Part 3

Building Your Perfect 3-Gun Rifle: Part 3

(Heath Clevenger's 3-Gun rifle build) Part 3: Upper Receiver Component Selection   One of the many reasons the AR-15 is currently America’s the most popular rifle platform is due to its extreme level of modularity. By simple removing and locking two pins into place, a shooter can drastically change the in..

Wisconsin Barrel Makers Donate To Winnequah Gun Club Range Improvement Program

Wisconsin Barrel Makers Donate To Winnequah Gun Club Range Improvement Program

The 2016 US F-Class Mid-Range and Long Range National Championship will operate a little differently than events of the past. Criterion, Krieger, and Brux Barrels have each donated $25,000 to the Winnequah Gun Club in Lodi, Wisconsin to help fund the purchase and installation of a Silver Mountain electronic target..

Building Your Perfect 3-Gun Rifle: Part 2

Building Your Perfect 3-Gun Rifle: Part 2

(Reliability is paramount in Niki Clevenger's 3-Gun rifle builds - photo credit Snippets of Life Photography) Part 2: Functions, Classifications, and Build Strategies of the Ideal 3-Gun Rifle   In our previous article, we discussed the recent trends in the firearms industry to customize and improve upon s..

Building Your Perfect 3-Gun Rifle: Part 1

Building Your Perfect 3-Gun Rifle: Part 1

(pictured are two custom rifle builds from American Defense MFG. Each rifle is designed to suit the unique configuration requirements of a different shooter) Part 1: When One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Why the Universally Perfect 3-Gun Rifle Build is a Myth   Introduction: There once was a ..

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