Some may not "get" Hodge Defense, there's no mystery for us. Jim's pragmatic and methodical approach to components and weapons design is based on his intimate knowledge and understanding of the weapon's history, its use in the military and law enforcement, as well as his own experience in LE and government service. Hodge Defense and Forward Controls have more than a few things in common in our design philosophy, the way Jim does things correctly and properly without varnish and fanfare is familiar to us, for it's only way we know how to do anything.
Hodge Defense 16? 5.56mm Carbine Barrel is the barrel used on the Hodge AU Mod 2 rifles. Incorporating FN’s proprietary steel (the same steel used in the M249 saw), these barrels were designed and made to Jim’s specifications and optimized for the M855A1 EPR ammunition, which is far more demanding on barrels.
M855A1 rounds operate at about 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, previous ammunition was criticized for being unstable and not providing consistent performance outside of a narrow optimal range.
The AU Mod 2 is optimized for running M855A1 EPR, and this Hodge barrel is at the heart of the system.
Proprietary midweight profile (close to Government profile)
* .750? gas block journal
* Standard mid-length gas system
* 1/2×28 threaded
* Chrome lined, phosphate coated
* 1:7 twist
* M4 feed ramps
* 0.072? Gas Port
Made in the USA