AR-15 & 308 AR
One of the most frequently asked questions we are asked by shooters pertains to our chrome lined and salt bath nitrided barrel offerings. Customers looking for a durable, reliable, and accurate barrel configuration are presented with both of these options and want to make an educated decision that will suit their..
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..
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..
“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 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..
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 ..
(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..
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..
(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..
(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..
(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 ..
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..
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..
When it comes to service rifle and high power competition, minor sight adjustments can have a serious impact on a shooter's score. Criterion A2 upper receivers are specifically designed with the competitive shooter in mind, integrating a number of features that can help ensure a precise sight pictur..
It is not unusual for us to receive a number of questions regarding barrel care soon after a customer purchases their first Criterion barrel. Oftentimes we receive questions relating to barrel break-in procedures. In this article we have set out to cover some break-in basics and answer a few other commonly as..
Shooting with Criterion We began sponsoring 3-Gun match shooter Sean Dexter in May 2010. After being supplied with one CBI chrome-lined AR15 barrel, he has experienced first-hand the benefits of shooting with Criterion. "They are perfect for the application," Sean says, "I have never shot a chrome-lined barrel t..