Sifting threw the latest and greatest rifles can be a daunting task. Put your self at a convention the size of SHOT Show and it can quickly become an impossible task. Its only when a weapon jumps out and smacks you in the face that you notice it. Walking through the lower floors of the show, I happened into just that smack in the face. Battle Arms Development. Cutting through the ridiculous costumes and epic Star Wars themed booth porn, I found the OIP–the lightest AR-15 I’ve ever held, and it is about to be in production.
The OIP Carbine will be built by Bentwood Gunsmithing. Weight is the primary concern. “Ounces Into Pounds” represents a concept anyone who has ever carried a weapon can truly understand and appreciate. Coming in at 3.8 lbs. unloaded and without optics this rifle is a featherweight. Fully loaded with a lancer 20 round magazine and an Aimpoint H1, the rifle still comes in under 6 lbs. The OIP is the lightest AR 15 on the market. The plan is to produce the gun in limited numbers–100 rifles a year. The price for this flyweight: $2879.
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