Our stainless steel barrel is bored and rifled by Lothar Walther in Germany. Tony Kidd then performs all the final machining to make our match barrel a worthy KID product. A proprietary chamber reamer is used to ensure the cartridge and bullet feed smoothly. The unique convex extractor slot eliminates extraction problems by ensuring the extractor is always in perfect alignment with the case rim. Why doesn't everybody use this extractor slot? Because the tooling is very expensive and requires that tolerances be held very close for proper machining. Each barrel receives an 11 degree crown and the double ring logo at the muzzle. We can offer such a great price on this barrel because we don't sell to distributors; only retail and dealer pricing is offered, therefore we don't have to increase our price to compensate for 3 tier pricing.
There are cheaper barrels out there but as with all KID products "you get what you pay for." Length is 18 inches or 16.5 inches. To avoid "barrel droop," check your clamp to make sure you only have moderate tension on the screws. We tighten them to around 10 inch pounds which is just snug enough to keep the barrel from moving forward. No more than this, as even the slightest tension moves the barrel and receiver out of alignment.
Barrel installation: Depending on your receiver, if there is paint build up in the receiver where the barrel extension is inserted, be sure to scrape that out. If the barrel is tight use an anti seize compound to assist in installation. It is best if you can get the barrel started, then turn it over and tap the back of the receiver with a rubber mallet. Be sure to line the extractor slot up as you are installing the barrel. Your barrel is ready to shoot, just run two magazines through it before you really start looking at group size and do this each time you change brands of ammunition as well. Keep the chamber clean, but don't clean the bore too much as you will decrease accuracy. Depending on the ammo, clean the bore around every 500 rounds.