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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..

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..

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 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..

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 ..

Not A Competitive Shooter? Here Are Some Other National Match Activities!

Not A Competitive Shooter? Here Are Some Other National Match Activities!

A Guide For Collectors & Non-Competitors   Each year thousands of shooters flock to the area surrounding Port Clinton, Ohio for the National Matches at Camp Perry. Most are competitors of various skill levels who plan on participating in their respective discipline over the course of a match schedule tha..

Shooter Introduction: Thomas & Madalyn Stewart

Shooter Introduction: Thomas & Madalyn Stewart

Criterion Barrels Inc. is proud to sponsor Wisconsin-based 3-Gun competitors Thomas & Madalyn Stewart. Thomas is a career law enforcement officer who began shooting competitively in USPSA and Palma matches. He gradually shifted his efforts toward 3-Gun matches, and has been competing in that discipline since 2012. ..

Shooter Introduction: Team Clevenger Shooting

Shooter Introduction: Team Clevenger Shooting

When we first began our search for sponsored 3 Gun competitors, we sought to find a group of shooters who shared a similar mindset and offered a solid fit with our corporate culture. As a family run organization dedicated to continuous improvement of our products and the shooting community in general, th..

Bringing History To Life: Criterion's Vintage Barreling Machinery

Bringing History To Life: Criterion's Vintage Barreling Machinery

(originally published in the Summer 2015 issue of the GCA Journal) While Criterion Barrels Inc. utilizes some of the most cutting edge CNC barrel manufacturing technology to ensure our products maintain strict adherence to design specifications, sometimes the tried and true methods offer an ideal solution for the ba..

An Introduction To The Rifle Small Arms Firing School (SAFS)

An Introduction To The Rifle Small Arms Firing School (SAFS)

The Rifle Small Arms Firing School (SAFS) is a two day program offered to the general public every year by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) to help educate new shooters on the discipline of service rifle competition. This year I accompanied service rifle competitor Chad Hanson, t..

Team Clevenger AR-15 Barrel Installation Guide

Team Clevenger AR-15 Barrel Installation Guide

CBI sponsored 3 Gun shooters Heath and Niki Clevenger put together a brief walkthrough outlining Criterion AR-15 installation procedures in their latest blog post. The written article provides step-by-step instruction with photos showcasing each part of the installation process. Please note that these barrels should be..

Recommended Rifle Barrel Cleaning Procedures

Recommended Rifle Barrel Cleaning Procedures

What is the Best Way to Clean a Rifle Barrel? We are asked this question quite frequently alongside requests for recommended break-in procedures. Improper barrel cleaning methods can damage or destroy a barrel, leading to diminished accuracy or even cause a catastrophic failure. When it comes to barrel mainte..

Criterion Shop Tour Part II: Seven Years Later

Criterion Shop Tour Part II: Seven Years Later

Seven years ago in September of 2007, I made the trek up to the Krieger/Criterion shop in Richfield, WI.  A few days ago, I made the trek again, but this time my focus was exclusively on Criterion's new shop in Germantown, WI.  Criterion Barrels Inc.,  is now wholly owned by Steve Dahlke and his new manu..

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