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With lots of firearm options available on the market, selecting the right one can become a task for the discerning user. One model starting to stand out amidst the varied options is the Faxon ION-X Hyperlite AR15.

The Significance of Weight in a Rifle

ION-X Hyperlite

The weight of a firearm, especially in the AR15 category, can significantly impact its usage and functionality. The Faxon ION-X Hyperlite AR15 seems to stand out because of its adaptable weight, which offers a range of potential benefits:

  • Ease of Use: With military-issued M4 carbines, their weight is around 6.36 pounds (2.88 kg) at the bare minimum. On attaching additional accessories, they become considerably heavier, potentially leading to fatigue during extended periods of use. Here, lighter alternatives like the Faxon ION-X Hyperlite step in, offering an enticing alternative that cuts down weight without compromising performance.
  • Maneuverability: In several circumstances, swiftness in movement and reflexes can be critical. Lighter weight aids in facilitating easier aim and mobility, proving beneficial in stressful circumstances.
  • Prompt and Accurate Target Acquisition: Lighter firearms potentially reduce strain on the shooter, frequently resulting in quicker and more accurate shots. 

The Faxon ION-X Hyperlite AR15, known for its weight management, is beginning to find favor among enthusiasts and professionals alike as it seeks to address many common challenges faced in the field.

The Features of the Faxon ION-X Hyperlite 

ION-X Hyperlite

Setting the Faxon ION-X Hyperlite AR15 apart from other rifles is its approach to firearm design, creating a distinctive appeal.

Making Lightness and Precision Attainable

The Faxon ION-X Hyperlite AR15’s design focus was on maintaining optimum performance levels while cutting down on weight. This is a boon for users who have to engage in long shooting sessions, reducing fatigue and potentially enhancing accuracy. 

Understanding the Impact of Barrel and Muzzle Design 

Central to the functionality of the Faxon ION-X Hyperlite AR15 are its 16″ 5.56 NATO pencil profile barrel and its 3-port muzzle brake design. The barrel’s design contributes to the rifle’s lighter weight and supports accuracy, while the muzzle brake design allows practical functionality by facilitating the removal of the gas block or barrel nut without necessitating the disassembly of the muzzle device.

ION-X Hyperlite, High-Performance Components

ION-X Hyperlite

A firearm is not an assembly of individual parts but a harmony of components functioning together. The Faxon ION-X Hyperlite AR15 seeks to embody this philosophy with high-functioning components that integrate these ideas. Some examples include an adjustable gas block that facilitates practical performance adjustments and a durable, heat-resistant carbon fiber M-LOK handguard that adds to the gun’s usability by being easily customizable.

Th ION-X showcases unique qualities that set it apart in the lightweight AR15 market. For those exploring future purchases of AR15 rifles, this offers an option that seems to be more than just a lightweight rifle. 

Want to know more? Head to their website and read more about what Faxon is calling the best lightweight AR15.

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  1. Golly Molly, you can do better than this.

    Was this a writing exercise for the author to essentially say the same thing over & over in different ways ?
    Hyperlite, Hyperlite, Hyperlite !!!
    So… how much does it weigh ?
    Inquiring minds want to know.

    And it is tagged as “Gun News”.
    Should be “sponsored content “.

    Was this AI generated ?

    • Sound,
      What the heck do you think you need a forward assist for? When Mr. Stoner designed the gun, it didn’t have a forward assist. It was an Army add on.

      • After about 800 to 900 rounds of regular M193 without cleaning, when inserting a new mag, frequently rounds won’t chamber without a forward assist. After even more rounds, it sometimes won’t chamber at all without the forward assist.

        in Vietnam, soldiers died while trying to clean their M16s during firefights to get them to cycle before the forward assist was added.

        This isn’t a problem for recreational shooting but if the SHTF, you’ll need a forward assist.

        • I never clean my AR (except the barrel and chamber) I’ve got well over 2000rds through it.

          EVERY time I’ve used the forward assist, on any rifle, it made the problem into a bigger problem. If the round won’t chamber, something is preventing it. Jamming the round into that chamber means you’ll have to mortar the gun to get it unstuck, which is hard on everything .

          Just say no to forward assist.

        • No one worth their salt is buying an ultralight AR for SHTF, so, no, I see no reason to have a forward assist on it. Then there’s what Clint Smith said: “why would I beat something into the chamber that don’t want to go on its own?”

  2. Complete Rifle Weight: 4.93 lbs
    Imagine not writing that in your article and having the audacity to consider yourself a journalist. What a non-information garbage patch of an article.

  3. yeah, the writer was too busy gushing over it to actually provide any details or other things like wholesale cost /MSRP ,barrel details, receiver construction etc

  4. Not a bad rifle just not my cup of tea. It appears to be a no forward assist liposuctioned AR-15 that incorporates carbon fiber, etc. I don’t use pencil barrels on anything however I use Faxon Big Gunner .308 barrels because they perform well enough and the weight is manageable; purchasing Faxon barrels requires close inspection with a no questions asked free return policy.
    My unloaded AR-15 carbines with an A2 carry handle, FN M4 barrel, Sadlak gas block, A1 Stock and sling weigh 7lbs 6oz. My unloaded iron sight Aero .308 builds with a 6-9″ bipod, Faxon 20″ Big Gunner, PRI gas block, A1 Stock, etc. weigh 9lbs 10.6oz.

  5. I could see that big@ss brake as a worthwhile tradeoff if this were an ultralight .308, but it seems at odds with the touted design philosophy.

  6. As a former ground pounder I can tell you weight is important. Always tried saving it everywhere except my weapon. Maybe things have changed.

  7. The article is missing one very important element:
    a byline identifying the Faxon advertising agency copywriter.

  8. I dont know about light being better at pointabilty and hitting target, I’ve got two 870’s one has a twenty inch barrel and( yuck) plastic stock and the other one has a 30 inch barrel and wooden stock. The 30 incher gets on target and tracks much better.
    And yeah, you buy a 6lb rifle then keep adding junk until it weighs more then a Garand and ain’t near as good.

  9. Show of hands, who here thinks they are going to experience fatigue over extended use or clearing a building anytime soon?
    Pencil thin barrel. Okay. Put 90 rounds through it in rapid fire, how much POI shift was there from the first round to the last round?

  10. This is a press release disguised as an article, that misses the two biggest questions: how much does it weigh, and about how much does it cost.

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