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Vortakt’s S³ Technology Solution for Clocking Machined Features on Barrels

How the Single Setup Solution Mitigates Most Barrel Indexing Issues When a barrel manufacturer mentions clocking, they’re not referring to your 6:00AM wakeup call! Clocking (or indexing) is tied to the radial relationship of machined features. Barrel manufacturers go to great lengths to ensure these features are perfectly positioned relative to each other in order …

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Crown is King – How Carbon Buildup Can Negatively Affect Barrel Accuracy

How Muzzle Brakes and Suppressors Increase Carbon Fouling During a recent trip to the range, the Vortakt team ran across an interesting barrel performance phenomenon that took our engineering group down a bit of an R&D rabbit hole. There has been quite a bit of banter on forums and social media about carbon fouling build-up …

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Now Offering OEM Barrels for the AK Rifle Platform

Government Contract and Commercial Barrels for AK-47, AKM, AK-74, and Other Kalashnikov Firearm Designs Vortakt Barrel Works has a well-developed reputation as a government subcontractor, supporting the firearm manufacturers that supply military and law enforcement agencies across the globe. Vortakt’s production support extends well beyond that of domestic service rifles, including the many governments and …

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Vortakt Custom Tooling Solutions for OEM Barrel Manufacturing

Custom Rifling Configurations for OEM Barrels

Providing Rifle and Pistol OEM’s with Unique Rifling Design Solutions While Vortakt® maintains a versatile collection of tooling designed to accommodate most SAAMI spec barrel designs (as evidenced in our Caliber List spreadsheet), we frequently receive requests for rifling profiles with unique or proprietary bore and groove dimensions, leading and trailing edge configurations, or different …

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The Vortakt 5-in-1 Difference: Supplying Barrels Across the Firearm Industry

Providing Best-In-Class OEM Barrel Manufacturing Services at Every Price Point If you’re a rifle or pistol manufacturer with a wide-ranging product selection, you’re intimately familiar with the struggles of sourcing optimal subassemblies and components for each of your unique product lines. These headaches may revolve around quality control, supply chain management, pricing issues, or any …

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It’s Not Black Magic: Selecting Different Rifling Styles for Rifle and Pistol Manufacturing

Optimizing Rifling Lands and Groove Dimensions for Maximum Accuracy There has long been debate among the firearm community regarding the merits of rifling styles in rifle and pistol barrels. Manufacturers have experimented with hundreds of exotic designs over centuries of trial-and-error development, with spokesmen from various manufacturers espousing perceived benefits of one option versus the …

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It’s Not Black Magic: Optimal Twist Rate Selection for OEM Barrel Manufacturing

Finding the Ideal Twist Rate for Your Production Barrel Design The last few decades have seen incredible growth in cartridge development across the firearm industry. Rapid advances in firearm technology have created niche load recipes ideally suited for a variety of different shooting disciplines and range conditions. Much of this has been driven by improvements …

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Vortakt Barrel Works: The Firearm Industry’s Top OEM Manufacturer of Rimfire Rifle and Pistol Barrels

Unique Requirements for Rimfire Barrel Manufacturing If you’re a rifle or pistol manufacturer, you’re well aware that rimfire platforms stand alone in a category of their own. With unique rifling, twist rates, chamber specifications, and exterior profiles, you need an OEM supplier with experience in accommodating the nuances required to produce a high-quality rimfire barrel. …

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Efficiency in Barrel Manufacturing and Beyond

How Vortakt’s Ongoing Dedication to Efficiency Benefits the Firearm Manufacturing Process In a busy market characterized by backorders and surging demand, the efficiency of your upstream suppliers can make all the difference to your business’s bottom line. While all suppliers may attempt to improve their operational efficiency to some extent, Vortakt’s reinvestment of resources toward …

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