Advantages Nickel Boron/Nitro Met on BCG and barrel for AR rifle.


Advantages and benefits of Ni B, nickel boron, and nitro met, salt bath nitride on AR bolt carrier group, barrel, and gas tube assemblies. This is an inexpensive modern technology process to protect the surface of alloy steel against wear as well as corrosion. The traditional manganese phosphate process on mil spec bolt carrier groups and chrome Molly barrels, has been outdated for about a decade as related to protection from wear and corrosion on chrome Moly alloy steel parts, components in the aerospace industry, small arms & munitions, and performance motorsports industries.

The protection gained, and most importantly retained, by modern plating methods such as nickel boron is far superior to older outdated processes i.e. manganese phosphate and hard chrome. Manganese phosphate degrades in a short time and is removed from alloy steel surface by reciprocation of the bolt carrier group. Then the surface is prone to rust and corrosion, as well as wear relative to abrasive content such as sand and grit. Coefficient of friction is affected at this point, and the gun can run sluggish or experience reliability issues especially if not properly lubricated. Most importantly is the gas ring area where the bolt and gas rings mate and seal the pressurized area of the inside diameter of the bolt carrier group. Nickel boron coated carriers have the reduced chance of premature gas ring wear which can cause blow by, or gas leakage, causing the weapon to malfunction.

Gas system tubes can benefit from the Nitro met process by protecting the nipple from wear from the gas key, which results in gas leakage and blow by. This coating is resistant to impingement of carbon, which can over time close off the inside diameter of the gas tube, most often in a colder charge gas system, rifle length gas system, as opposed to the higher temperature and pressure of the carbine length gas systems. This issue can be considerably reduced with Nitro Met coating inside and outside of the gas tube also offering protection against gas nipple wear.
Nitro met process on a barrel, as a vapor deposition process verses liquid plating process i.e hard chrome, does not affect accuracy or pressures like traditional hard chrome. It is also an excellent corrosion preventative and a cost effective way to improve coefficient of friction numbers, slickness of bore (because of increased surface hardness), and surface condition improvement relative to recommended micron surface condition.

While barrel life expectancy is always relative to rate of fire in semi auto or full auto mode, we have seen barrel life in the 40,000 to 80,000 round count range with nominal 1/4 minute of angle loss in accuracy at that level with unprocessed barrels. Our initial 416 stainless steel test barrels were not processed with Nitro Met – nitride process, and still exhibited phenomenal barrel life and accuracy relative to elevated sustained rate of fire. Stainless steel barrel material is far superior to chrome Moly steel at a very reasonable and affordable price. Its life expectancy is improved with the use of a nitro met salt bath Nitride process, which is why the modern firearms industry has migrated towards those types of plating processes versus traditional hard chrome, which was available to Eugene Stoner in 1957 when he designed the M-16 AR 15 platform. Modern materials and technology have long surpassed the viability of hard chrome and manganese phosphate in small arms production.

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2 Responses to Advantages Nickel Boron/Nitro Met on BCG and barrel for AR rifle.

  1. Derak April 6, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

    Nice explanation. I never really knew what it meant when I read nickel boron coated BCG. Thanks for the knowledge. Technology is great when it works!

  2. Cody Duncan August 27, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

    Finally! It’s so difficult to find a bloody explanation for the things. Every manufacturer selling this uses nothing but buzzwords and attempts to make their product seem edgy without explaining anything. I’m fine with spending more to get better, but I want to know why it’s better, in what ways is it better, and by what degree is the product improved. Thank you for the information contained in this article. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a firearms addiction that I must further enable.

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