Hodge Defense Cold Hammer-Forged Barrels, 5.56


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Hodge Defense Cold Hammer-Forged Barrels, 5.56

The heart and soul of the Hodge AU Mod 2 rifles

These are the real deal! Hodge Defense barrels are built by FN to meet Jim Hodge’s demanding specifications. These barrels are the same as those used on the Hodge AU Mod 2 rifles. In conjunction with FN’s proprietary steel and technology, these barrels are optimized for the military’s M855A1 EPR (which is far more demanding).

M855A1 produces pressures of roughly 62,000 PSI (over 55k from M855) and are designed to perform to an expected standard of terminal performance and barrier penetration over a broader range of engagement distances; whereas previous ammunition was being criticized for being unstable and not providing consistent performance outside of a narrower optimal range.

Note: this barrel is designed for hot 5.56 NATO and suppressor use, which may require a standard or light buffer/spring for less powerful ammunition.


  • Proprietary mid-weight, close to government profile
  • Military spec gas port, optimized for use with 5.56 NATO spec ammo and suppressors
  • 0.750″ Gas Block Journal
  • Phosphate coated, Chrome Lined Barrel
  • 1/2″-28 Threaded Muzzle
  • High Pressure Tested
  • Magnetic Particle Inspected

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Barrel Length & Gas System

12.5 inch, Carbine Gas, 14.5 inch, Midlength Gas


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