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Old May 2nd, 2021, 10:30 PM #21
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You may want to look at the What Would Stoner Do rifle developed by InrangeTV. It is sub 5 lbs without an optic. It also may not be an "assault weapon" in MD and not require a HBAR barrel.
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Mopar and Outrider hit the key points .

Mopar linked a Carbon Fibre bbl advertised as HBAR . Short of that , you are inherently constrained by Md legal bbls . As has been mentioned , Fluted isn't automatically lighter than non- fluted , you would need to carefully read the specs .

As Outrider noted , you don't have much leeway in the basic rifle itself , the biggest thing is to refrain from adding crap onto the basic rifle .

Reality - Post '13 Maryland , a truely Lightweight AR ( .223 semiauto , traditional operating system ) isn't possible . Instead , your goal is what was originally " standard " weight , ie 7 lb or a bit under .

As discussed , subjectively the offhand balance can be at least as important to shooter perceptions as the actual total weight .
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The biggest trick to building a 'light weight' AR is to not bolt a bunch of tacticool junk on it. You'd be surprised how light a stock AR carbine is.
YES! Not to mention what ever you do you have to build an HBAR.

There is another solution; make an SBR with a 14.5" barrel. Then you can use any barrel profile you want. I went that route and have no regrets.
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AR in .22LR?

S&W M&P 15-22 SPORT .22LR RIFLE OPTIC READY

76.8 oz which is 4.8 lb
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True .

But I read an implication that OP was looking for a .223/ 5.56 . Perhaps the OP can clarify ?
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just for the books and comparisons...

Carbine #1
Poly/hybrid receiver, 16” 300 BO, w/brake, carbine gas, 12” free float, with MBUS frt/rr, and Bushnell 25 with riser = 6.6 pounds

Carbine #2
Aluminum receiver, 16” 5.56 HBAR, carbine gas, w/Phantom 5 fh, fsb with GI handhuards, buis rear, old Tasco 44 mm ProPoint w/riser = 8.1 pounds
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True .

But I read an implication that OP was looking for a .223/ 5.56 . Perhaps the OP can clarify ?
This is correct-- sorry I didn't make that clear up front.

Additionally-- the responses to the thread to this point are much appreciated, thanks gents!
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14.5" barrel SBR with BCM pencil barrel and upper. You know you want one.

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WWSD rifle, no question. Mine is pre-2013 and is almost under 5 lbs. (5.4 with optic to be exact)

Easiest way now, would be a 14.5 and go for the SBR. Or replace the Faxon pencil with the carbon fiber barrels mentioned in the earlier posts.

No need to "skeletonize" anything and the research on all the weights and trades are already done for you.
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