Wilson Combat Match Grade AR-9 Barrel 16"

I’ve been a customer of Wilson Combat since the 1990’s when they were strictly a 1911 house. Things sure have changed since then. I certainly never in my wildest imagination would I have thought that in 2019 I would be writing a post about a Wilson Combat AR-9 Carbine Match Grade 16″ Barrel. Life is funny. Anyhow I have a Wilson Combat barrel in one of my AR-15’s and it’s a great shooter, proof that you don’t have to break the bank on a good shooting barrel. However with that said I am quite curious about Wilson’s “Match Grade AR-9 Barrel” as 9mm AR’s aren’t typically tack drivers given their intended purpose and I wonder just what is “Match Grade”. Will this shoot substantially better than a typical 9mm AR? I guess there’s only one way to find out if this is fact or marketing hype. I think I need to order a barrel and bolt carrier and find out for myself.

If anyone has experience with Wilson Combat 9mm AR’s or this barrel send us a message or leave a comment below.

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Wilson Combat Match Grade AR-9 Barrel 16″

Nearly two decades of building the finest custom tactical AR-15 rifles have given Wilson Combat the insight to develop a comprehensive line of stainless steel, match grade barrels that offer superior accuracy, reliability, and longevity for your next custom AR rifle project.

All Wilson Combat Match Grade AR-15 Barrels are precisely crafted from the finest American-made 416R rifle rated steel on computer controlled equipment to our exacting list of technical specifications. These proven barrels feature a hand-polished bore and then complete a rigorous final inspection process that ensures your new barrel will meet your most demanding expectations. All barrels feature crisp CNC markings, precision muzzle crown and a chamber optimized for reliability.

Wilson Combat AR-9 9mm AR pistol/carbine barrels are made with the same care as our legendary rifle caliber barrels.  These superb barrels are perfect for your next build and have been designed to work with most legacy 9mm AR uppers. The 1-10” twist is optimized for long range accuracy and 1” groups at 50 yards are not uncommon with match grade ammunition. These barrels use a 5/8”-24 TPI threaded muzzle for enhanced accuracy and work well with our Q-Comp muzzle brake.

Wilson Combat AR-9 Barrels are compatible with Colt, JP, and Stag upper receivers.

Wilson Combat Match Grade AR-9 Barrel 16″ Specifications

 Chamber 9mm
 Feed Ramps N/A
 Finish Matte Bead-Blasted Stainless
 Gas Block Seat N/A
 Gas System N/A
 Length 16″
 Material Stainless Steel, Type 416R, Barrel Grade
 Muzzle Threads 5/8″ x 24
 Profile AR-9 Carbine
 Rifling 1:10, RH, Six Groove, Precision Button Rifling
 Weight 26 oz.





Lightweight Match-Quality Barrel for Your 9MM Pistol-Caliber AR-15

BSF Barrels builds their 9mm Luger AR-15 carbon fiber barrels with the same care that goes into a top-quality match barrel to ensure that you’ll achieve the best possible accuracy from your AR pistol, SBR, or carbine. All BSF barrels are turned from ordnance-grade 416R stainless steel, then given a roll-wrapped, tensioned, carbon fiber sleeve. The sleeve keeps weight down while providing excellent rigidity, plus enhanced cooling.

BSF uses this sleeve method on their 9mm Luger AR-15 barrels rather than simple carbon fiber wrapping because they believe wrapping traps heat and is prone to delamination. Further, BSF uses a special carbon fiber that expands at the same rate as 416R, and holes drilled into the jacket allow air to circulate around the barrel and vent heat quickly. Less heat distortion means far less risk of accuracy fade as your 9mm chambered AR-15’s barrel heats up.


From the manufacturer: After turning down the barrel, we jacket a 416R Stainless steel match barrel in a roll-wrapped carbon fiber sleeve and load it under tension.  We use this jacketing method rather than wrapping the barrel in carbon fiber because this method of wrapping has been proven to trap heat and cause delamination.  The carbon fiber we use is specially designed to move at the same expansion rate as 416R stainless steel. We machine slots into the carbon fiber allowing air to move around the barrel and vent heat quicker without any delamination issues.  Using the Carbon Fiber this way keeps the rifling straighter the warmer the barrel gets because it’s under tension. This allows us to maintain superior stiffness and strength while keeping the barrel extremely lightweight.

  • 5.5″- 10.2 oz
  • 8.5″- 11.9 oz
  • 10.5″- 12.9 oz
  • 14.5″- 15.2 oz
  • 16″- 16.6 oz
  • 6 Groove Button Rifling
  • Thread: 1/2″ 28
  • .875 OD
  • 1:10 Twist Rate
  • Chambered in 9mm


ORION 9mm AR-15 | 9mm AR Lower | 9mm AR Upper

ORION 9mm AR-15

It always excites me to learn of new players and products in the field of AR-15 rifles, carbines and pistols. The latest to catch my interest is the Orion 9mm AR-15 product lineup. It’s common knowledge here on AR-15 TACTICAL that I completely embrace pistol caliber AR-15 carbines, especially those chambered in 9mm.

The 9mm cartridge  is standard issue to many law enforcement for use with duty sidearms, the United States Military M9 pistol and probably the most popular centerfire pistol cartridge in the world. This commonality guarantees easy to locate and inexpensive ammunition for shooters everywhere.

ORION 9mm AR-15 Product Lineup

Orion Guns offers a full line of 9mm AR-15 products that include complete 9mm AR-15 rifles, complete 9mm AR-15 upper receivers, complete and stripped 9mm AR-15 lower receivers and 9mm AR-15 barrels. What is not clear about Orion Guns is whether they actually manufacture any 9mm AR-15 hardware themselves or assemble hardware from other manufacturers. I suspect the answer is somewhere in the middle. The pictures on the Orion Guns website as well as the website appear to be home brew.

Judging from the pictures on the website I suspect Orion is producing 9mm AR barrels and combining them with hardware from other manufacturers as necessary. Nothing wrong with any of this. In fact I praise and encourage them for recognizing a void and diving in. Orion Guns must be doing something right because I learned of them from Brownells. Click here for more information and ordering.

ORION 9mm AR-15 Barrels

The Orion AR-15 Barrels Chambered in 9mm are available in 5″, 8″, 10.5″ & 16″. Made of 4140 Chrome Moly Steel and black nitride finished, these barrels are heat treated and stress relieved. They are stress relieved once again after the button rifling process. All barrels threaded 5/8-24 with a 1-10 twist.

ORION 9mm AR-15 Upper Receivers

Orion offers 9mm AR-15 uppers with the following barrel lengths, 3-inch, 5-inch, 8-inch, 10.5-inch and 16-inch. The uppers are available with knurled tubular, quad-rail and standard two piece A2 style handguards.


  • 5″ 9mm Orion Barrel
  • 1-10 Twist
  • Black Nitride
  • A2 Flash Hider
  • 4″ Ridged Free Float Tube


  • 8″ 9mm Orion Barrel
  • 1-10 Twist
  • Black Nitride
  • A2 Flash Hider
  • 7″ Ridged Free Float Tube


  • 16″ 9mm Orion Barrel
  • 1-10 Twist
  • A2 Flash Hider
  • Ridged Mid-Length Free Float Handguard

ORION 9mm Lower Receivers

The Orion 9mm lowers appear to be assembled to a price point. My preference would be a Hahn 9mm magazine block and KNS anti-rotation pins installed on the lower. Note use the KNS anti-rotation pins on all 9mm AR rifles. Visit our 9mm rifle project that closely resembles the Orion offerings

ORION 9mm AR Lower Specifications

  • Anderson milspec Lower
  • Promag 9mm Magazine Block
  • Made of 7075 T6 Aluminum
  • M4 6 position Stocked lower
  • Installed CMMG Lower mil spec parts kit
  • Buffer & buffer spring installed
  • Add $18.00 each for every 9mm 32 rd mag you want
  • Uses Colt pattern 32 round 9mm magazines (We use Bushmaster colt pattern Metal mags)

ORION 9mm AR-15 Bolt Carrier Group

Orion Guns offers a black nitride coated, standard Colt 9mm AR-15 bolt carrier group. The bolt carrier works with standard AR-15 hammers. The carrier is also Glock compatible. The bolt carrier appears to be CMMG brand.


Ballistic Advantage 9mm AR15 Barrels | 9mm AR 15 Barrel

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Ballistic Advantage 9mm AR15 Barrels


The Ballistic Advantage 9mm AR15 Barrels are machined from 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium steel with a QPQ Corrosion Resistant Finish and 1/2-28 x .400 full profile threads. The barrels are available in 5.5 inch, 8 inch, 11 inch and 16″ lengths

  • Designed to work with both Colt/RR and Glock style AR builds.
  • Compatible with standard mil-spec uppers. There are also numerous dedicated 9mm upper options that work.
  • Requires the use of a unique magwell conversion (Colt/Rock River style) with UZI mags or a dedicated 9mm lower with Glock mags.
  • 9mm on an AR15 platform operates by blowback and does not need a gas block or gas tube.
  • Threaded 1/2×28 instead of 1/2×36 to give you greater versatility when choosing a suppressor.
  • Integrated feed ramp and barrel extension.
  • Since the “barrel extension” is an integral part of the barrel, the length stated is the true overall length. For example, an 11” 9mm barrel has the same outer dimensions/length as a 10.5” 5.56 barrel.
  • IMPORTANT: A standard 1/2×28 flash hider will not have enough clearance for a 9mm round to pass.
  • Before installing a muzzle device, ensure a 9mm round will drop freely through the bore.

You must use Ballistic Advantage 9mm AR15 Barrels less than 16″ in length with a lower receiver that is a Registered SBR, Machine Gun, or Pistol. Possession of a Ballistic Advantage 9mm AR15 Barrel less than 16″ inches in length  along with a Non-NFA lower receiver is Prohibited, except when installed on a Pistol configuration firearm.

Ballistic Advantage 9mm AR15 Barrels – Specifications

  • Length 5.5″, 8″, 11″, 16″
  • Material 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium
  • Profile Government
  • Finish QPQ Corrosion Resistant
  • Gas System Length Blowback
  • Gas Block Journal Blowback Gas System – No Gas Block
  • Twist Rate 1:10 inches
  • Muzzle 1/2×28 Threaded
  • Weight 9.6oz, 9.2oz, 17.4oz, 24.3oz


Ballistic Advantage 9mm AR15 Barrels

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