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

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Faxon Firearms barrels are the pinnacle of value. Manufactured 100% in-house from cradle-to-grave, these barrels are fully stress relieved, air-gauge tested, and 11 degree target crowned to ensure superior accuracy. 

Quality is imbued into our barrels from the start. We start with the best materials, either certified 4150 Mil-Spec steel or 416-R Stainless. From there, each barrel goes through a battery of tests at each operation until finished in Nitride and final inspected. All barrels are individually checked for headspace by precision custom hardened gauges. 

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:
Barrel Twist:
Barrel Profile:
Barrel Gas System:
Inside Finish:
Salt Bath Nitride
Outside Finish:
Salt Bath Nitride
Muzzle Thread:
Gas Block Diameter:
Gas Block Journal Length:
Barrel Extension:
M4 - Nickel Teflon Coated
Barrel Weight:
1.19 lbs
Crown Type:
Recessed 11-degree Target Crown
Barrel Length Range:
16" - 18"


  • 5
    Excellent Barrel

    Posted by Hayden Baker on Jun 13th 2023

    I have this on my "all purpose/duty" build which I use for defense and training. The barrel will produce a 2 inch group at 100 yards with 3x magnification and M193; I haven't tested it with nicer ammo and more magnification. The light weight makes the whole gun so easy to target transition and carry. No issues with accuracy even with longer courses of fire. I'm very happy with my purchase.

  • 5
    Match barrel

    Posted by Michael Kilfoyle on Feb 27th 2023

    I had this barrel in a previous rifle. Using a lpvo, a super wonky rest and cheap 55gr ammo, shot 1 MOA. Phenomenal results. Ordered Duty Series barrel for new build. I'm sure will be great as well.

  • 5
    Faxon Match Pencil Barrel

    Posted by Matt K. on Dec 29th 2022

    Started out using their 16" gov. pencil 5.56 barrel in my WWSD 2020 rifle, switched to the match barrel to see how much the groups would tighten up. It's brought things in about 1" tighter at 100yds from the gov. barrel. all around from cold bore to after warming up. From a cold bore the first 3 shots are incredibly tight (about 1" group) at 100yds and then they start to open up. It's worth pointing out, you have to know your use case, a pencil barrel isn't a precision rifle barrel by nature, but for what it is, I think it's a very accurate barrel. The cooldown time is fast, but I wish I could fit this with one of JP enterprise's heat sinks or a similar product. They don't weigh much, and might alleviate the main issue with these pencil barrels. Something for the Faxon team to think about if they haven't already. A pencil barrel is a no compromise lightest weight barrel you can get. For what it is, it is very accurate. I'm pleased with the results, but next time I may opt for their gunner profile to hopefully get another 2-3 more rounds down range before the groups open. Some things are worth the weight. It didn't like the 75gr hornady very much, I got better groups with 69gr SMK BTHP ADI.

  • 5
    First time buyer, very impresed

    Posted by Wayne Liskey on Dec 18th 2017

    As long as I don't get this barrel hot it shoots under 1MOA. Very light to handle and the machining is perfect.