Knight’s Armament Co. is announcing the release of the SR-15E3 Carbine MOD 2. It features a chrome lined, 16-inch hammer-forged barrel (1 in 7 twist), improved three-prong flash eliminator, the 14.5 inch URX 4 handguard, the new MOD 2 gas system, as well as extras such as the ambi QD swing swivel sockets, the 6 Position SOPMOD stock, fully ambi lower receiver controls, extended charging handle, and folding front and rear 200-600 Meter Rear Micro iron sights . . .
Best of all, the entire package rockets in at a surprisingly low 6.6 lbs. Students of the gun will recall that the original M16 A1 was also 6.6 lbs. As a former infantry officer, I can honestly say that the push towards lighter, faster weapons is a welcome change from the full quad-railed monstrosities of years past.
I’m also a big fan of those long rails, since that gets the front iron way out near the muzzle for a longer sight radius.
I’m also really digging these new flat panel kits designed to interface with the KEYMOD system. They were hella comfortable and “grippy,” for lack of better words. Definitely on my short list of “need to get” items.