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Shashka Carbine – Part 2 (Ballistic Advantage Barrel)

The heart of the Shashka is the Ballistic Advantage 14.5 inch barrel in Tactical Government profile. It’s slightly thicker than the standard government profile, which increases rigidity. The weight of the 14.5 inch barrel is identical to a 16 inch government profile; both coming in at 28 oz.

Like the other barrels in Ballistic Advantage’s 5.45 line, the 14.5 middy is made from 4150 CMV steel, a more robust choice than the commonly-used 4140 steel. The barrel is melonited (QPQ, ballistic nitride) both inside and out, resulting in a very durable, corrosion-resistant product. If you haven’t heard me rant on and on about the benefits of melonite, suffice it to say that I think it should be standard in almost any firearm construction.