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Old November 7th, 2018, 12:13 PM #1
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Moving to MD, need to upgrade to HBAR

Unfortunately, I am moving to Maryland from Virginia in the coming months and need to switch my Armalite M-15 / MOD SPR 1 to HBAR to be compliant. I was originally just going to upgrade the barrel to an HBAR one but this seems like it might get basically as expensive as just buying a cheap upper after purchasing all the tools, parts etc. Plus I have never replaced a barrel before so worried that I may screw up the rifle after all is said and done.

Any suggestions on cheap uppers? Or would swapping the barrel out be the way to go? Its a nice upper and Id hate to never be able to use it unless I go back to Virginia to shoot. It has a 18in .223 Wylde 1:8 barrel with what appears to be a rifle length gas system for reference. Its been hard to find the same type of barrel with an HBAR stamp on it.

The only one I have found is this one, but id much rather have a black barrel:
https://www.primaryarms.com/B18SS223WMED-18

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Old November 7th, 2018, 03:07 PM #2
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IANAL, I honestly thought .223 Wylde barrels were considered HBAR already but someone with better knowledge should chime in soon enough.

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I'm pretty sure you can get M4 contour .223 Wylde barrels.
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Purchased after 10/01/2013?
KAK makes a bunch of "advertised as" HBAR barrels.
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IANAL, I honestly thought .223 Wylde barrels were considered HBAR already but someone with better knowledge should chime in soon enough.

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Wylde barrels are no different than any other barrel relative to MD's laws requiring HBAR marking or advertised/listed as HBAR.
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223 wylde must be hbar same as others. I cant speak to that particular barrel. I personally like heavy fluted barrels since they are lighter, dissipate heat better, but still count as hbar.

I think that swapping the barrel and buying tools will be about as expensive as a whole upper. You dont say where you are but you might ask around. A gunsmith can put the barrel on very quickly if you dont feel like buying tools. But, the tools are useful when you get around to other mods.
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Purchased after 10/01/2013?
KAK makes a bunch of "advertised as" HBAR barrels.
^^ Yep. If legally purchased by you after 10/1/2013, then it’s good to bring into Maryland.
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^^ Yep. If legally purchased by you after 10/1/2013, then it’s good to bring into Maryland.
Negative. If purchased after, it has to meet the new hbar standards. If before he should be GTG without a barrel swap. But would require registration. And proof of purchase.
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Negative. If purchased after, it has to meet the new hbar standards. If before he should be GTG without a barrel swap. But would require registration.

I could be wrong.
^^ this. Purchased #before# the law is gtg... not after.

Probably a typo.
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^^ this. Purchased #before# the law is gtg... not after.

Probably a typo.
Agree, possible typo.
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