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Has anyone had there ACR barrel barrel cut to 12.5"? My form 1 should be back soon and I am trying to decide between buying a spikes tactical or cutting the original barrel. Wondering if there will be a gas port issue with cutting the original barrel to 12.5" Thanks
 

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I haven't personally but a couple of the folks on arf have. They used Adco and they tweaked the gas port while it was there being cut.

If you go the Spike's route and want to offload the stripped factory barrel keep me in mind, we could probably work out a deal.
 

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I haven't personally but a couple of the folks on arf have. They used Adco and they tweaked the gas port while it was there being cut.

If you go the Spike's route and want to offload the stripped factory barrel keep me in mind, we could probably work out a deal.
i've read about a couple of the 12.5's on ar15.com too, looks really good with the basic handguard also, and dsm i have my spare acr barrel still that i might be willing to part with
 

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i've read about a couple of the 12.5's on ar15.com too, looks really good with the basic handguard also, ...
Could you provide a link for the ar15.com forum with that photo, I've been looking and trying to decide between 12.5 and 14.5. Thanks.
 

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Thanks. I like the 12.5 look, but I still may go with 14.5 to keep more accuracy. Though 3/8 lb. off the nose of the rifle DOES sound appealing.
 

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I don't know if this applies for all manufacturers, but Noveske's 12.5" is the shortest you can go and still maintain 14.5" accuracy and ballistics.

The Crusader barrel is amazingly accurate.
 

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My barrel was chopped and pinned to 14.5" and it's still very accurate. Our range has an 18" plate at 300yds and it was drilling it. My 12" XCR does as well though I have to hold a touch higher.

My $.02, if you paid for the stamp go short now and get your money's worth then pick up a plinker barrel for bench/accuracy work later on.
 

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Thanks for the help. I'll probably wait for gas system parts to be available so I can keep my 16".
 

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New thought within this topic: for those of you who are now rocking the 12.5" or 14.5", how improved is the balance? The overall weight?
 

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Pinned 14.5" here and it made a noticeable enough difference to me. It's subjective, but going from a 16" standard to the 14.5" profiled barrel is a good move. It shaves almost 1/4lb from the end of the rifle.
 

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The 12.5" handles like a champ. It feels like the rifle was made for that barrel length. Overall weight reduction is not that significant; however, the balance is vastly improved. The one thing I did notice is that the recoil impulse is sloppy without all of that weight up front.
 

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I haven't had it done myself but I believe their turn around time is 5-7 business days.

You do not have to have the ATF paperwork for the work to be done or recieved (verify with your local laws), however it is illegal to install the regulated barrel onto an unapproved reciever. Many suggest leaving the barrel with someone else or with an FFL until you have the papers in hand. This would keep any misunderstandings and unnecessary legal recourse at bay.
 
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