At Charlie's we pride ourselves on getting historical military rifles and parts correct. This the historically correct setup for a true Gordon rifle. Working in collaboration with Allen Engineering, we have designed and assembled a clone-correct barrel and suppressor combo. Why would we offer this Gordon Carbine Clone setup as a matched set, and not individually? Well, the reason is that each part of the matched set has to be perfectly aligned and tolerances in the length and width of the barrel are so specific, that there is just too much left to chance that someone will not get the right barrel, or the right doughnut clamp or the inner sleeve of the collar, or the barrel will be off by just a little, and cause the suppressor to not fit correctly. So, instead of selling each component with a lot of interaction and instruction on how to measure what, we decided to keep it simple and design, assemble and sell something that is guaranteed to work. KISS.
This is the correct front-end of the BHD / Operation Gothic Serpent Gordon gun. Charlie's, working with Potomac Armory and Allen Engineering, has designed and built this barrel and suppressor set to match what Sergeant Gordon used in Mogadishu.
If we take a step back in history, this is the actual barrel used in Operation Gothic Serpent: a 14.5" Government profile barrel, and had an Ops Inc suppressor that was custom-made for the US Military in a very small number. Allen Engineering manufactured most all Ops Inc. suppressors, and Mr. Allen has taken the original design and reproduced it as accurate as it was made in the early 1990s. This is the AEM M4 Suppressor. The skinny insulated handguards add to the period correct appearance.
Charlie's also sells a Gordon barrel kit with 12.5" barrel that fits the Allen Engineering AEM5 suppressor. For those who wish to extend the use of their AEM5, that barrel is a good option. This matched set is a bit more military-correct, and the limited edition nature of the suppressor and the custom-made clamp and sleeve make this setup more expensive. The choice is simple: If you have a Mk12 and Ops Inc #12 style suppressor already, you should consider getting the 12.5" Gordon barrel kit. If you are building your own Gordon Carbine clone, and want the real deal, this is for you.
Logistical note: The matched set is tested together, depending upon timing, the barrel may ship to you separately, or together with the suppressor to your local SOT gun dealer.
Note on suppressor: Some pics show the brown colored Gunkote, and some are black Cerakoted. Much of this depends upon what Allen Engineering is shipping to us. Also, the knurling of the time was done both at the barrel end and at the muzzle end. Both are correct.
For further reading, see Recoil Web's Guns of Black Hawk Down
photos courtesy of Potomac Armory and Columbia Pictures
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