Common Questions About HD Defense


What is the process for purchasing a firearm online?

The process to purchase a firearm from the internet can be explained in 6 easy steps.

  • Step 1: Pick one. If you need any assistance with selecting a firearm please do not hesitate to contact us directly. We’re happy to help with all of your questions.
  • Step 2: Add it to your cart, and checkout. You may use your own shipping address information at this time. Your firearm will not ship until we have the transferring dealer information confirmed.
  • Step 3: Locate an FFL dealer near you. Be sure that they are willing to accept the transfer and ensure that you understand their fee structure.
  • Step 4: Send us an email ( providing the receiving FFL’s information. If we do not have their license on file, we will contact them for a copy.
  • Step 5: The firearm is shipped to the chosen FFL. Both you and the dealer will be provided with tracking information.
  • Step 6: You pick up the firearm from your chosen dealer. Upon delivery to your dealer, you will complete the background check at your dealer’s licensed premises. Once the firearm is ready to be picked up at your FFL, inspect the firearm to make sure it is exactly what you ordered. If there are any problems, do not accept the transfer, and contact us for action.

*NOTE: HD Defense does not ship any firearms to non-FFL holders.

We are always working to improve our online store and operations. If you experience an issue, an error, or a problem preventing your order from being completed, please contact us directly.

Please take note and notify us of the issue you encountered

Once your order ships, you will receive an “Order Shipped” confirmation email. This email will also contain a carrier tracking number.

It’s unlikely there’s anything wrong with your shipment. Usually shipping carrier tracking numbers will not show any status for a few hours until their servers catch up. We suggest giving them 24 hours before raising any concern. In the event it’s been 24 hours and the tracking number isn’t available, please contact us directly so we may resolve the issue with your package/shipping information.

Although our barrels are not chrome lined, the expected service life is about 15,000 rounds. Because of how chrome-lining is applied, the barrel must be over-bored, this can have an adverse effect on accuracy. At HD Defense, when we offer a precision product, we expect it to perform as such. The truth is, most modern pistols and rifle barrels are not chrome lined, and realistically, you would have to spend over $5,500 in quality ammunition before you have to start concerning yourself with reaching the end of our barrel’s service life.

Chrome lining is usually recommended when there is a high probability of using corrosive ammunition. Being that we have not run into any corrosive 5.56 or .223 ammo manufactured in the last 20 years, and we think it’s a safe bet that you won’t either (unless of course you happen to come across some antique Vietnam era ammunition, which we recommend you avoid). In some of our higher end builds we do offer melonited barrels, however at this time they are special order items. We expect to start stocking them as we continue to grow.

The short answer is .223 Wylde is a hybrid chamber that provides the accuracy of .223 Remington yet can handle the pressures of 5.56 NATO. So yes, you can expect .223 Remington and 5.56 NATO to fire out of your rifle accurately.

If you want the long answer see the below excerpt from Wikipedia:

The .223 Wylde is a proprietary rifle cartridge chamber with the external dimensions and lead angle as found in the military 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge and the 0.2240 inch freebore diameter as found in the civilian SAAMI .223 Remington cartridge. Rifles with a .223 Wylde chamber will typically accept both .223 Remington and externally slightly larger 5.56×45mm NATO ammunition.[1]

The .223 Wylde hybrid chamber was designed by Bill Wylde of Greenup, Illinois, to exploit the accuracy advantages of the .223 Remington chambering without pressure problems or compromising the functional reliability of semi-auto weapons like the AR-15 family when using 5.56×45mm NATO military ammunition.[2] Coincidentally, it shoots the relatively long and heavy 80-grain (5.18 g) bullets commonly used in the Sport Rifle Competition very well and is one of the preferred chambers for that use. The Wylde chamber is used by a few rifle manufacturers who sell “National Match” configuration AR-15 rifles, barrels, and upper receivers.

HD Defense takes customer service very seriously, we will make every reasonable effort to ensure customer satisfaction. However, due to the nature of the business we cannot and do not accept returns or refunds. All sales are final, and backed by our lifetime warranty.

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