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Old November 1, 2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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Let's talk weight and ARs

What would you recommend as a feather weight complete AR? Any trim uppers you like? I'd like to be able to have back up iron (or plastic) sights with an ACOG as the primary.
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Old November 1, 2012, 06:14 PM   #2
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Christensen arms ca-15 recon. Lightweight, accurate, reliable, and it just looks awesome.Only 1 problem though it is about 3 k
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Old November 1, 2012, 06:44 PM   #3
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Doublestar makes an ultralight that weighs a measly 5.5lbs before you add sights so look for it to be approximately 6lbs with your ACOG on there. MSRP is $1249.99 so I'd expect to pay somewhere in the upper $900 to low $1000 range at a gun store.

http://star15.com/DSC_C3.html

You aren't very likely to find a lighter gun for the money than that.
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Old November 1, 2012, 08:25 PM   #4
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Depends on how much ounce-counting you plan to do. A CAV-15 lower (now made and sold by GWACS Armory) will cut a bit of weight off the lower/stock, and with a lightweight profile barrel cut down a fair amount on the total rifle weight. Going to a 14.5" barrel from a 16" and having a flash hider pinned on will also chop off a few more ounces.

You might even find a polymer upper receiver for even less weight, but t'were me, I'd probably stick with forged and eat the weight there.
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Old November 1, 2012, 08:35 PM   #5
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The rifle on the bottom has a Cav Arms Mk2 lower, Clark carbon handguard, Cardinal Armory ultralight barrel, and with a fully loaded 10 round mag of 6.8spc, it's 6 lbs 2oz.

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Old November 2, 2012, 01:26 AM   #6
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Polymer lower

MOE stock

Pencil profile upper http://palmettostatearmory.com/index...ium-upper.html

That should put you in well under 6lbs
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Old November 2, 2012, 06:25 AM   #7
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Colt 6720 with a standard M4 stock
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Old November 2, 2012, 11:56 AM   #8
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Thanks for the advice, guys.
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Old November 2, 2012, 01:49 PM   #9
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I built a lightweight AR for my wife ("it's too heavy.... blah, blah, blah....") using PSA's pencil premium mid length upper. Well, I love it. I frequently steal it and take it to the range instead of some of my other ARs.
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Old November 2, 2012, 02:01 PM   #10
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It depends on what I'm doing.

If I'm humping the brush as an infantryman, I want light weight, about the weight of the Colt SP1, or M16a1 that I carried in Vietnam.

If I'm shooting High Power, I want a bit more weight. Heavier barrel and weighted rifle to balance it.
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Old November 2, 2012, 02:34 PM   #11
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What do you mean by feather weight? Under 6 pounds?

I have Daniel Defense and BCM 16" LW KISS midlengths that come in around 6.3 pounds with MBUS rear sights. The pencil barrel is a good way to go for light weight and it doesn't cost more than M4 or government profiles.
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Old November 2, 2012, 09:10 PM   #12
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Thanks for the good advice.

I'd be happy with a rifle that was less than 6lbs 10oz with sights.
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Old November 3, 2012, 05:49 PM   #13
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I would like something like this:

Upper: PSA
The pencil upper is a few oz lighter, but is said to open up the groups a bit under heavy fire!

Complete Lower: PSA

BCG: PSA

Light and should cost ~$700, if ever all in stock!
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Old November 3, 2012, 08:56 PM   #14
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The weight of the upper will be determined by the barrel used(unless you're using a carbon fiber upper rcvr).
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Old November 3, 2012, 09:38 PM   #15
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Another vote for CAV arms lower. My Cav Arms MKII lower mated to a BCM 14.5 upper with MOE handguard, MI fixed rear sight and loaded 20 round mag weighs 6.4 lbs.
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Old November 4, 2012, 05:15 AM   #16
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The very best weight savings devise is a $200 tax stamp.



The nice thing about the SBR stamp is it registers the lower so you can have multiple uppers under 16".
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