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Today I took a brand new AR build out. My last few have resulted in some pretty weighty but very accurate guns, sometimes over 10 lbs. with optics. Great for the bench but hard to shoot standing or kneeling.

So this one was different. 14.5" lightweight Daniel Defense barrel with a Spike's BAR II titanium barrel nut handguard. Nothing too crazy besides that -- JP Rifles standard weight BCG, billet lower and forged BCM upper, heavy buffer, RRA 2-Stage Trigger, and a permanently mounted AAC 51T brake/flash hider. More on that last one later.



Total weight without the sling: 6.2 lbs.

I've heard of 5 lbs. rifles and I can see how it could be done without SBRing -- different muzzle device, lighter upper and lower, ligher BCG, carbon fiber handguard, light buffer, no iron sights, etc. But you lose a lot of reliability and functionality that way. It would also cost a lot more Big Grin

So how does she shoot? Brilliantly. Incredibly pointable and easy to shoot even with iron sights. Almost like shooting a pistol. Optics arrive tomorrow so that should make her even more fun.

Oh, and the AAC muzzle device? Shoots 18" flames to each side. Rattles the windows at the range. Gets disapproving looks from all other shooters. I think I might need some kind of blast shield if I don't want to be "that guy."

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Especially in that platform and caliber. Light and simple is the best.




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I like lightweight ARs but like you I don't go crazy as I want it to still be durable, etc. So 6-8 lbs is fine with me.
 
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Originally posted by RHINOWSO:


I like lightweight ARs but like you I don't go crazy as I want it to still be durable, etc. So 6-8 lbs is fine with me.


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Posts: 5077 | Location: Loudoun County, Virginia | Registered: February 20, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I have a lightweight build that’s pretty fun.
It’s a Faxon gunner profile 16” barrel with a Midwest industries ultra light handguard.

It’s 5 lbs 13 oz. it’s super light with a red dot. I might put an ACOG on it because other than HD, I don’t really like shooting with no magnification.

I have put a couple of LPVOs on it. The worst fit was a non E razor. It was so top heavy it felt unwieldy.

I may try to get in to a VX6 1-6 or maybe a Trijicon accupoint 1-4. They seem to be the lightest LPVOs.


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