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Para Expert issue

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by B5Ben, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    So I was lucky enough to pick up one of the Para Experts from Sportsman's a couple weeks ago and noticed the "match grade" barrel has some choppy lands at the beginning of the barrel just after the chamber. There is also lighter machine/tool marks for most of the length of the barrel. See pics to see what I mean. I just sent an email to them asking for a replacement as I don't think this meets any "match grade" barrel specs. All the barrels I have ever seen have very uniform lands, not what you see below.

    What do you think?

    For those who were able to get one, what does your barrel look like?
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  2. F2CMaDMaXX

    F2CMaDMaXX West of Portland from England Bullet goes where now? Staff Member Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Hmm, good question, let me check tonight, i didn't notice, but wasn't paying too much attention.

    Did you get any email replay yet?
     
  3. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    No reply yet. I am *hoping* its due to the holidays and they will get back to me this week or early next week. We will see.

    I took it out last week and it shot really well overall, but would still like it to be replaced.
     
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  4. techiej

    techiej vancouver, wa Active Member

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    While they will get back to you when I had a question about mine it took almost 2 weeks to get a reply. I ended up calling them and getting an answer on the spot with only a 10 minute or so wait.
     
  5. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    Might be a good way to go. Thanks :)
     
  6. F2CMaDMaXX

    F2CMaDMaXX West of Portland from England Bullet goes where now? Staff Member Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Alright, completely forgot to check mine whilst rebuilding it, but pulled it apart just for you ;)

    I do not have carbon in mine, but i can see that i don't really seem to have those little nubs you do, however, i do have the little machine marks on the lands for the first, hmm, maybe up to an inch.

    If you look at where they are and look on the outside of the barrel, it's pretty much where the lock-up ribs are.
     
  7. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    At 280bks
    They have to be factory seconds, with flaws.
     
  8. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    Its was the only issue I have had. I didn't seem to effect how it shot, actually the barrel was pretty accurat with 2" groups at 25'. They did replace it with one that was a little better but still not a "match grade" barrel IMO but it was that or wait for the new facility to open in 2016 or something. Its good for now and may revisit it once the new facility opens.
     
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