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    Question Lightweight AR15 options

    I am looking to buy an AR for my wife for her birthday (shhhh!). I want to get the lightest weight rifle possible for her. What options are out there for minimizing the wieght of the rifle and what is the lowest weight that I can practically and affordably achieve?

    (This will be a plinking rifle so I am not concerned about mil-spec performance.)

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    Just don't buy the carbon 15 junk.

    Other than that you could do the cav-15 polymer lower. That plus a pencil barreled upper would be pretty light.
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    An out of the box 6520 or something similar should do the trick.

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    what do you have against the carbon 15 junk?

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    The Bushmaster superlight barrel assembly makes a HUGE difference in overall rifle weight. My dad has a varmint AR that has to be over 20 lbs, so I built him an Colt 653 Clone with a Bushmaster Superlight Barrel that's amazingly light.

    http://www.bushmaster.com/catalog_xm...A3F%2016SL.asp
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    Remember that as weight decreases, felt recoil and recovery time between shots increases.

    With that said, the Colt 6520 is the best compromise of weight vs. quality available.

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    under 5 lbs?

    Rob S, Good point regarding recoil. I may buy a .22LR kit so that my wife can chew up ammo cheaply and without recoil.

    I've seen specs from several manufacturers that say specific models weigh between 5 and 6 lbs. Is it possible/practical to have an AR weigh less than 5 lbs?

    Also, in reference to Bushmaster's Carbon 15, anyone have any experience with these? Does anyone other than Bushmaster make polymer receivers?

    Thanks!
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