Proof Research produces the world’s finest composite barrels, stocks, and complete rifles.
Well here is their Director of Marketing speaking about exactly that, in a recent GotHunts.com podcast.
“Who can’t love a gun that’s dangerous and makes you feel dangerous? But in the same token they’re an unbelievably precise machine. The amount of engineering and everything that goes into a fine-made rifle, and all those things back in the day when I was really into that stuff.
Proof Research has an evolutionary component to it and the way I remember my first description was from Butch Whiting, the owner of Kryptek.
Butch said, ‘basically there’s a line that you can draw on the evolutionary details that have happened in gun manufacturing’s history and there are these certain blips on the radar and these blips have been massive evolutionary changes.’ And what Proof Research, in his opinion, was going to be one of the biggest blips on that radar.
Can you explain to me because, again I am no authority, what is that blip? And why are they going to be that blip?” -Marc Warnke
“Well, you know that’s a really astute observation by Butch Whiting. His intelligence proceeds him.
I think one of the best ways I can articulate this is going way back in history, right? When we think about, what 230-240 years ago this country was utilizing muzzle-loading flintlocks and when you think about the muzzle-loading flintlocks maturing into the Winchester repeaters and the Sharps 50 caliber and paper patch bullets and then you think about World War I with bolt action 303 British rifles on up through the 45 machine gun, the 20s and the Tommy machine gun and all of the significant changes in the history of rifles.
You know most recently select match-grade barrels where high-end manufacturers are really understanding the metallurgy that goes into a 416R stainless steel rifle, and the things that it really takes in this day and age to produce a precision rifle that’s capable of long range shooting at distances that most of us outside of the military wouldn’t have dreamed of shooting 15 years ago. Or 10 years ago, that today making accurate shots out to 1,000 -1,500 yards for a lot of shooters is really, truly possible.
What I think was a defining factor with me with Proof Research – you know I’ve been a carbon fiber fan for years. I mean you’re a hard core bowhunter and you know what carbon fiber has done for archery.
The carbon fiber arrows, the ability for those arrows to be hyper-accurate and now we’ve seen carbon fiber in the risers of bows and folks have been trying to do carbon fiber for a really long time on a rifle barrel.” -JProof Research
“Yea, and would you say kind of the grand pappy of sticking their toes in that pool was Christensen Arms or was there somebody else?” -Marc Warnke
“Yea, you know Christensen Arms is the most well-known carbon fiber manufacturer in the last 8 or 10 years.
In fact, there was a time where they were really the preeminent carbon fiber barrel manufacturer and their initial thought process and their initial products really started the revolutionary change in people thinking very differently about carbon fiber on a rifle. And for some of your podcast listeners and some of the folks that come in one of the things that makes carbon fiber unique is that it’s still a stainless steel sleeve. So it’s not a 100% complete carbon fiber rifle. There’s a stainless steel sleeve on the inside of the rifle that is then wrapped through various processes, depending on what company you talk to, that’s then wrapped around the barrel.
So, back to your original premise around the moments in time where you’re going to see a history shift. I think we’re in that time right now, Marc, and I’m really excited about it because the military is taking a look at this new technology I ways that they never have before. You know we’re going to be able to save the war fighter a heck of a lot of weight, for instance. You know some of our barrels are up to 65% lighter than they would be as steel. So now our barrels are now [indiscernible] [08:22] improved so they are in use in austere environments by Tier 1 operators as we speak.
The ability to lighten up a rifle, the ability to make it hyper-accurate at long distances in any environment that a shooter might come into and then for guys like you and me who love to put a pack on and jump in the back country and just go for days. You know like I do that anytime you can save ounces, much less pounds, I’m in, right? I want to carry less weight to go farther and the carbon fiber technology in a barrel can help you do that.” -Proof Research
“Sure, back packing along all the accuracy and everything else as well. So let me ask you with the carbon fiber obviously you lose weight and gain accuracy. There is always a down side to manipulation. What is that? “ -Marc Warnke
“Well, it’s – and that’s a really good question Marc, because there is a point of diminishing returns and so within the science of a carbon fiber barrel – carbon fiber and stainless steel – if you had 2 rods, if you had two 12 inch rods of the same diameter, one is made out of carbon, pure carbon fiber, and one is made out of steel, they would basically react to heat and dissipate heat at about the same rate.
The difference with designing a very, very accurate carbon fiber barrel is not necessarily in the carbon, although it does matter. The grade of carbon you use is very important. How you wrap it is significantly more important- whether you helically wrap it like a piece of tinfoil and you glue it on.
However, what we’ve found at Proof Research through P2SI – our aerospace and technology partners that help us with the technology, and you may know P2SI, Marc and some of the folks that have come across P2SI because they’re responsible for building parts made out of carbon fiber for the B2 Bomber and the F235 joint strike fighter. The real key to a carbon fiber barrel is the resin.
The resin is what one, holds the barrel together.
And, two, helps to move heat and move heat away from the barrel core. And move heat away from the barrel core very consistently and evenly and that’s what really allows us to create a very accurate barrel because for any of those folks out there who have shot a lot, the more you shoot, the more that barrel heats up and just the properties of the stainless steel can create a point of impact shift, or a POI shift.
Because as steel heats and cools it has a tendency to flex, so that’s what- -so that’s what the carbon fiber does for you – it cools the barrel faster. It also holds that barrel in a real static position no matter what temperature that barrel may be so you’re going to get an accurate shot every single time. ” -Proof Research
“OK, so secret salsa then is resin.” -Marc Warnke
“The secret, the two secrets, right? The way you wrap the carbon and the resin, that’s right, Marc.” -Proof Research