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30 interchangeable. Unfortunately, with these advancements and using machines ranging from that WWII-era Pratt & Whitney to automation, we’ve lost the art form, Caudle believes. “People can the most modern available, but a rifle barrel is still a high-skill program and run machines to make parts but can’t walk over to item that requires a lot of handwork, even when using some of my 1943 Pratt & Whitney gun drill and tell me what’s going on those very high-tech machines. with that machine. Firearms aren’t cut and dried, scientific. There’s still a need for discernment…there’s still room for or feeds into one of those whiz bang machines is of critical craftsmanship.” Black Hole Weaponry barrels are manufactured importance, as well. To most of us among the unwashed masses, The raw material that a craftsman works his or her magic on “People can program and run machines to make parts but can’t walk over to my 1943 Pratt & Whitney gun drill and tell me what’s going on with that machine. Firearms aren’t cut and dried, scientific. There’s still a need for discernment…there’s still room for craftsmanship.” barrel steel is either stainless or chrome moly, right? Well, not so much. Black Hole barrels are wrought from a particular blend and brand of 416R stainless steel, from a company that actually owns the rights to that “recipe.” While touring the facility, I learned that “416” is only a category, within which there are many different recipes…and they’re not all created equal. It’s a very high quality (and expensive) steel with great wear resistance and heat dissipation. The barrel stock is hardened when they receive it, as opposed to soft stock that has to be heat treated after the fact. It’s more difficult to work with and more expensive, but Carl believes it’s worth it. Shot peening the barrel hardens the surface further and makes for a very durable finish. Outstanding raw materials are important, but what makes Black Hole barrels unique is the rifling process. To Caudle’s knowledge, only one other company uses the same method, and that exclusivity is just fine with him. It’s a form of polygonal rifling, as opposed to the more common cut-rifling, hammer-forging, broach-cutting, etc. The craftsmen at Black Hole rifle their barrels by pulling a carbide button through the bore, very slowly, but the grooves aren’t produced by removing metal; rather, they’re pressed or “formed” into the bore. Carl is convinced— after more than 30 years of study—that this method creates a uniform bore with a hard surface finish. The shape of the rifling also causes less deformation of the bullet as compared to the standard “Enfield” style قY[]H\X[[[ܛݙ\]x&\H[\Yˈ[\\[K][BBVHЖS