Faxon Match Series 16" Gunner, .223 Wylde, Mid-Length, 416-R Stainless QPQ Nitride, 5R, Nickel Teflon Extension AR-15 Barrel

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The Gunner profile is a blend of two of the best performing profiles of all time, Gov't and Pencil. Faxon's Gunner profile combines the durability of the Gov't profile with the weight savings and maneuverability of the Pencil profile. The Gunner profile brings the balance of the rifle back towards the shooter's body, limiting fatigue, and allowing for shooting, training, or hunting all day long.

Faxon's MATCH SERIES of barrels takes our renowned performance and value up a notch.

Manufactured in-house from gun-barrel-quality bar-stock, the Match Series starts with 416-R in 5R rifling. 5R is a hybrid rifling, with lands opposite grooves and reduced sharp angles that reduces jacket deformation increasing velocity and easy cleaning. We chamber our Match Series in .223 Wylde, a hybrid chamber that the 5R rifling takes full advantage of. Better accuracy through less bullet jump, but fully and individually MPI tested for your safety. After rigorous testing, the barrels are Nitride treated inside and out, locking in the bore, improving barrel life, and keeping the elements at bay. 

The extension is coated in Nickel Teflon which maintains incredible dry lubricity, corrosion resistance, and with the coating, tightens up fit between the extension and receiver - again improving upon accuracy. Combined, the Match Series of barrels are ready for when duty calls or the buzzer beeps with unrivaled performance value. 

Barrel Material:
416-R Stainless
Barrel Type:
5R Button Rifled
Barrel Caliber:
.223 Wylde
Barrel Length:
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Barrel Profile:
Barrel Gas System:
Inside Finish:
Salt Bath Nitride
Outside Finish:
Salt Bath Nitride
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Barrel Extension:
M4 - Nickel Teflon Coated
Barrel Weight:
1.33 lbs
Crown Type:
Recessed 11-degree Target Crown


  • 5

    Posted by Chris on May 10th 2023

    This is the second barrel I have purchased from Faxon. Only this one was for a lightweight AR15 project one of my female coworkers was building. Now I'm sad I don't own this rifle we created because it's the best shooting carbine I've fired. Coupled with an adjustable gas block, muzzle brake and H2 buffer, this barrel is a critical part of our lightweight build that's highly accurate. I'm impressed with both barrels I've purchased from Faxon. I'm a fan of heavy barrels myself, (other Faxon barrel is the 18" heavy fluted .308,) so I wasn't sure I'd like this one being it has a thinner profile than what I would normally go for. But having shot it now, I'm a believer. If you're looking to make a light weight .223 carbine that hammers the same spot every time, you can't go wrong with this barrel.

  • 5
    Great Barrel

    Posted by R. Clark on Feb 13th 2023

    Fabulous upgrade. Shot three 5-shot groups (55 gr FMJ x2 and 77 SMK) at 100 yds, each covered by my turret caps. Worth every penny.

  • 5
    Barrel performance

    Posted by Tyrone Shaw on Apr 20th 2022

    This barrel has shot excellent right out of the box. My son hits a 2” plate @ 200 yds 60-70% of the time. It seems to improve with the round count.

  • 5
    Barrel performance

    Posted by Tyrone Shaw on Apr 20th 2022

    This barrel has shot excellent right out of the box. My son hits a 2” plate @ 200 yds 60-70% of the time. It seems to improve with the round count.

  • 5
    One of the Best barrels I have ever shot

    Posted by William May on Jul 25th 2021

    I bought my first Faxon barrel based on a friends recommendation. It has turned out to be one of the best barrels ever. Most people can only shoot a couple types of ammo thru their riffle and have great results but I have great to outstanding results with almost any ammo I put thru it. I own several Faxon barrels and have friends with them. They all shoot amazing well. Totally spoiled.

  • 4
    Looks great

    Posted by Andrew on Apr 14th 2019

    The look of the barrel are fantastic it appears the attention to detail is spot on. I’m still waiting for faxon to get gas blocks and breaks back in stock so I can finish this build the. I can actually put some rounds through this barrel. And see if the looks match the function.

  • 5
    A phenomenal barrel for a high value

    Posted by Rhory Costelow on Apr 11th 2019

    This is my second build using a Faxon barrel with this barrel being the far lighter of the two. This Gunner shoots nearly just as well as my 16" Flame Fluted barrel also from Faxon does. Both are very accurate. The Gunner is simply worth it, buy with confidence. Also I requested an eagle be drawn on the packaging as a joke. I was surprised and amused to see an eagle drawn on the box. Faxon has amazing products at great prices but their true strength is in their commitment to the end user.

  • 4
    223 Wylde Gunner

    Posted by Edward Hernandez Jr. on Feb 23rd 2019

    This barrel is for a lightweight build on a hybrid lower/upper. Fast shipping and great care in packaging to withstand the rough and tumble trip via carrier. Upon inspection, the barrel appears to be of excellent quality with a perfect finish, protective caps on both ends, inside and out very clean, and a beautiful nickle teflon finish on the extension and feed ramps. The (4) stars is just because my build is not complete and will update review up or down after putting it through its paces.

  • 5
    Match 16'' Gunner .223 Wylde

    Posted by Kenneth on Jun 18th 2018

    Bought this barrel for my first build. Read lots of reviews on different types of barrels and manufactures. I am not a professional shooter or builder by any means, however, within just a few rounds to get sighted in, with Norma .223 55gr rounds, I was shooting 1MOA and less at a 100 yards. Great Barrel and a Great Product from Faxon Firearms! I would not hesitate to recommend these barrels to anyone for their next rifle build, great price and great quality!!