First look : ICE Arms 8.2 300 Blackout barrel

| March 17, 2014 | 3 Comments

My various 300 Blackout projects continue. I am slowly replacing all of the 5.56 AR15s in the house with ones chambered in 300 Blackout.

The biggest stumbling block has been finding barrels in stock and shipping. I tried CMMG, but they just took my money without telling me they were backordered several weeks.

That turned out to be a good thing, because I wound up finding Ice Arms. They have a fully modern Web site, and communicative customer service and they also make really nice looking barrels at a good price.

Here are my first impressions about the company and their 8.2″ 300 Blackout barrel.

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Overview

Ice Arms barrels are made out of quality Green Mountain blanks. They must either buy a lot of barrels from Green Mountain or know someone there, because according to other discussions online Green Mountain is on a several month backlog.

All of these barrels are made out of 416R stainless steel and they look great. The majority of the barrel has a brushed finish.

The barrel is threaded at 5/8×24. I’m used to shitty AK threads and our other AR barrel is from Daniel Defense, which had fantastic threading. The Ice Arms is definitely in the “better” category:

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You can see a little messy threading at the rear (near the really cool roll mark), but my flash hider went on without difficulty.

The barrel is drilled for .750 at the gas block. It has a pistol length gas setup and has a 1:8 twist.

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eCommerce and Web site

The Ice Web site is easy to use and offers several features we expect from an online store. They have an inventory count on each item page. They also have an “Ice Bucks” loyalty program and give away free swag like patches, stickers and shirts depending on the amount of your purchase.

One of my readers were once-bitten, twice-shy about dealing with CMMG. When he placed his order he wrote “please contact me if this item is really in stock or if it is a backorder” in the comments section during checkout. Ice wrote back the next business morning, stating that the barrels were in stock.

The quick response time and honest inventory status gave me enough confidence to place my own order.

I bought an 8.2″ stainless steel 300 Blackout barrel with a free patch and sticker for $193.50 USD. I placed my order on Friday, March 07, 2014. It shipped that day via FedEx and arrived at my home on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Conclusion

I’m very excited to shoot this barrel in my AR pistol. I’m even more excited to shoot the 6.75″ barrel I ordered from them this morning.

Check out Ice Arms if you are in need of a 300 Blackout barrel and don’t want to pay over $300 for a Noveske or play the “is it really in stock” game with other manufacturers.

As of this writing, they make 6.75″, 7.5″, 8.2″, 10.5″ and 16″ stainless Blackout barrels, all from Green Mountain blanks.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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3 Comments on "First look : ICE Arms 8.2 300 Blackout barrel"

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  1. nDjinn says:

    Wow, that’s short. I have a 10.5″ in 300AAC from GPI Gun works. Same story, it was the only thing in stock almost nationwide at the time. I paid almost 3X what you did. Granted it’s a great barrel. I’ve been looking for a 16″ to have as a back up, maybe I’ll try Ice Arms.

  2. Frank says:

    Check out their NiB BCGs also…they’re the most economical out there and seem to be made as well if not better than any of the rest.

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      Those are definitely nicely priced. I got lucky and bought one of AIM Surplus’s NiB, I’m on the notification list for their black ones.

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