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Ric-san

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Ok so during the AR craziness days post Sandyhook when everything dried up, I managed to get a New Frontier Armory poly lower....sat around for years before I had a friend give me a hand putting it together with basically all mil-spec parts. I kicked around the idea years latter for a lite AR build. Started reading up on what’s out there and decided I can do it while maintaining a budget of $400. So I pretty much shopped sales, BF2018 & 19, and the like. Finally got everything put together. All that’s left as of now is to head up to JJ’s and see how it shoots...went over budget just a bit, I’m going to say including shipping on some parts plus the lower come in around $500. Total weight is at 4 lbs, 13.6 oz.

New Frontier Armory lower. $ xx
Spikes Tactical lower parts kit. $ 50
Mil speck buffer tube/ parts. $ 30
Hogue 15* handgrip. $ 16
MFT stock. $32

AR Stoner stripped upper. $50
AR Stoner gas tube. $10
Brownells lite BCG M16. $90
Lite 12” handgrd/durkin tactical $40
Aluminum barl. nut/Chinesium $10
Gas block. $12
Bear Creek pencil 16” bbl. $60
Thread protector. (NO flash suppressor)
$ 8
Charging handle(Brownells) $10
Shipping. $ ?

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There's still room to lighten it up! Gotta get it under 4! :)
You’re right... Faxon barrel would shave 4 oz, but costs an extra $100 from what I paid for the Bear Creek .223 Wylde one. Titanium loose parts like gas block, magazine catch, take down pins, etc would save 1/2 weight of mil spec parts, but again add about another $150 to the build. Definitely though of, but wanted to keep a budget in mind...
 

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14.5" pinned/welded would shave a little too but at some point you reach diminishing returns on investments.

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Can see the muzzle but if it's a birdcage that's 2oz right there. Grip could be changed too.
 
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I did a lightweight build a couple years ago. I comes in at 5 lbs., 14.7 ozs. (no magazine) and 6 lbs. 2.8 ozs. (with empty 30-round magazine). Here are the specs on it.

Upper Receiver:
AERO PRECISION Stripped Upper Receiver
Strike Industries Lightweight Forward Assist - Blk
Strike Industries Enhanced Ultimate Dust Cover - Standard/Blk
Strike Industries Charging Handle w/ Extended Latch - Blk
LaRue Tactical 16" 5.56 PredatAR barrel (mid-length) w/ M4 Feedramps
LaRue Tactical Low Profile Gas Block (.625") and Gas Tube
SLR Rifleworks Synergy BCF 5.56 Mod 1
SLR Rifleworks Helix 11.7" MLOK Handguard (HELIX-11.7ML)
SLR Rifleworks M-LOK Handstop Mod 2 (HS-ML2)
Battle Arms Development M16 Bolt Carrier Group - Black Nitride Finish (BAD-BCG-M16)

Lower Receiver:
McKay Enterprises A2 Lower Receiver (stripped)
Battle Arms Development BAD-EMMR Enhanced MODULAR Magazine Release - LG/Blk
Battle Arms Development Sabretube (Mid)/QD Endplate/B.A.D.-BS Stock Combo
Battle Arms Development Carbine buffer and Buffer Spring
Battle Arms Development Enhanced Takedown & Pivot Pin Set
Elftmann Tactical Ambidextrous Push-Button Speed Safety
CMC LANTAC E-CT1 Single Stage Flat Trigger 3.5LB Release
Forward Controls Design Augmented Bolt Catch/Release (ABC/R-F-BLK)
TYRANT DESIGNS CNC Mod Grip (Medium Chevron Panels)
CORE15 Trigger Guard

Optic/Sights:
HOLOSUN Paralow HS403A Red Dot Sight - 2 MOA
MAGPUL MBUS PRO Front & Rear sights (Blk)

 

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