This page updated 25th October 2009


The Volquartsen family’s business in Carroll, Iowa in the US goes back many years and has developed from a small bluing shop to a major US manufacture of firearms , parts and accessories.  Sadly our UK firearms legislation means that many of the mouth watering guns and parts they currently offer are no longer legal to own here.  Fortunately one of the firearms for which VQ produce parts is the ubiquitous Ruger® 10/22® semi-auto rifle.  If there is one single VQ part for the 10/22® we could not live without it is undoubtedly their carbon fibre barrel which after many years continues to be our best selling barrel which outsells all the other barrels we use by a large margin.  It’s easy to see why we say this but this barrel continues to amaze shooters with its accuracy capability which, coupled with its light weight is what many shooters are looking for whether it is on the range or in the field. US legislation means that many US made barrels are offered at a length of 16.25″ as any rifle with a barrel length of less than 16″ is classified as a short barrel rifle (SBL) rather in the way that we in the UK have to contend with length restrictions which have led to the use of the long barrel revolver (LBR) However in the US the owner of a SBR receives in a tax bill for $200 and the requirement to register the SBR with the Government.  Due to the legal necessities here in the UK we are not able to offer barrels by mail order so they do not appear in the appropriate places on our website. However we are able to offer barrels for sale over the phone but please be aware that the barrel cannot be sent direct to the customer but must be delivered to your local RFD for collection in due course.

We are delighted to tell you that we are once again in a position to offer Volquartsen carbon fibre barrels as a separate item and not just as art of a rifle build.  Following receipt of a large number of these barrels recently we an offer the 12.5″ version at an unchanged price of £320 and the 16″ ones are also available again but sadly with a slight price increase from the factory these are now £350     Just to remind you they all come with a factory fitted 1/2 x 20 UNF muzzle thread and we have our own brand of 32-hole compensators suitable for either barrel length at £35 in any colour you like as long as it’s black!

Perhaps this is a good place to remind you that we also offer steel barrels from Green Mountain if you prefer a bit more weight on your rifle. The 16″ heavy .920″ fluted ones are available in blued steel or stainless steel for £250 and we have a limited number of their sporter barrels at £200 which are also 16″ in length but have the same profile as the factory tapered barrels. None of the barrels above come with open sights.

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