The KIDD stainless steel light weight barrel and breech are machined as one piece then sleeved with a permanently attached anodized tube. This creates an extremely rigid and durable barrel while maintaining unparalleled accuracy for a barrel in this weight class. This barrel has a bull diameter for the first two inches and then steps down to .870 until the muzzle. The 18" barrel weighs 2 pounds and the 16.5" barrel weighs 1 pound 14 ounces. Our muzzle threading is .475"x1/2"-28 and is available with a protective cap or muzzle brake. We believe these are the finest barrels on the market, each one is hand lapped. 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 KIDD product. A proprietary chamber reamer is used to ensure the cartridge and bullet feed smoothly while allowing the bullet to consistently engrave the rifling .020".
Our barrels are chambered to accept .22 ammo (not long enough for stingers) and have a 1:16 twist. 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 tolerances be held very close for proper machining. Each barrel receives an 11 degree crown and the double ring logo at the muzzle.
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. 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.