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Old January 22, 2013, 07:19 PM   #9
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It will be virtually impossible to find a barrel extension that matches the one which split. The new barrel extension will have to be headspaced and pinned. Then the front sight base will have to be removed and a new gas port will have to be drilled. Lastly, the front sight base will have to be re-attached. It takes GO/NO GO gauges and precision fitting to do all that.

The bottom line is the "cheap route" will probably cost as much as buying a new complete barrel assembly.

You're in Gunsmith territory when doing/replacing a barrel extension.
Leave it alone...or you may end up with another blown-up rifle...or worse.

There's a reason AR barrels come from the factory with the barrel extensions already attached- because the headspace has been set within specs.

Get a new barrel...
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