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Another AR? You betcha! The Houlding Wraith’s claim to fame is it tips the scales at a svelte 6 lbs. and comes with a lot of upgrades, standard. Things like their HPF-Curse muzzle brake, Cerakoted finish and a Geissele Super Dynamic 3 Gun trigger. As Kyle, the pseudo Soviet, was no doubt paid to say, the Wraith comes with 3-gun performance straight out of the box. But don’t hold that against the gun. MSRP is $2499 with case. Press release after the jump . . .

Houlding Precision Firearms, a leading California manufacturer of AR style weapon systems and accessories, is announcing their latest rifle, the HPF-Wraith. See the Wraith in action on FPS Russia’s YouTube channel.

The HPF-WRAITH is a six pound ultralight rifle for the hunter, gun enthusiast or competitive shooter. It is an AR-15 style rifle chambered in .223/5.56. The features that are “add-ons” with other manufactures after the initial purchase are integrated into the HPF design for a value-added product that benefits the end user. Just like all of the HPF-Rifles, this rifle includes the HPF family of products: Receivers, Muzzle Brakes, Handguards, Stock and the HSS Coated BCG. All rifles are US Made, Cerakoted, include a limited lifetime warranty, and are “Ready to Win”, RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX.

To begin, the HPF-WRAITH starts with the HPF-Curse muzzle brake. This efficient muzzle brake, designed for competition shooting, has 60° off set porting to prevent muzzle rise and smaller ports to prevent muzzle blast on the firing line. The 16” match grade, mid-length gas system barrel with 1:8 twist ensures optimum reliability and accuracy. Next is the newest member of the HPF family of handguards, the HPF-NMX Handguard. This carbon fiber Handguard is made of 100% ultra-light carbon fiber, not wrapped or painted, and finished with billet end caps. The NMX has the latest Magpul M-Lok accessory rail system slots in all positions for maximum versatility (key mod version shown above). The ergonomic octagonal shape of the NMX ensures a sure grip and includes the very light, aluminum HPF-Barrel Nut.

Despite its lightweight feel, the quality and durability have not been compromised. The HPF-WRAITH includes the HPF-15 Receiver Set which is CNC machined from solid blocks of 7075 T6 billet aluminum and custom fit to exacting tolerances. Each receiver has an octagonal reinforced design that allows for superior rigidity and durability. The HPF-15 Lower Receiver has an integrated trigger guard, flared and beveled magwell for efficient speed loads and every HPF-15 Billet Receiver is mil-spec hard coat anodized for a beautiful and durable finish. As a testament to their attention to detail, a complete American flag is intricately engraved on every trigger guard of the HPF-15 Lower Receiver.

The HPF-WRAITH build is completed with the Geissele Super Dynamic 3 Gun trigger (SD-3G). This single stage, 2.5 pound competition trigger with a flat trigger shoe was chosen for its short reset and winning performance. Next, a Low Mass Bolt Carrier Group, CNC machined with extra material relieved for low mass weight. All components are nickel Teflon coated for lubricity and durability. Gas key is properly staked and the BCG wipes clean. Continuing with their devotion to lightweight yet strong, Houlding has created the HPF-ULStock. Like the NMX Handguard, the ULStock uses real (not wrapped or painted) ultra-light carbon fiber for the buffer tube. The stock is available in both carbine and rifle lengths and is finished with billet aluminum butt plate and threaded adaptor. Lastly, a low pro gas block, medium latch charging handle, Magpul pistol grip, sights and BAD Lever complete this rifle.

Houlding Firearms will be offering an introductory price of $1999 for the HPF-WRAITH Rifle but only for a limited time. MSRP is $2499 and includes a Flambeau rifle case. All of the HPF products are available for purchase on their website:

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  1. “Things like their HPF-Curse muzzle break”

    I might be wrong, but I think that should be muzzle brake, not break.

  2. If you are looking for a very light 5.56mm that costs less than $800 and is quite accurate with a scope (Leupold 1.5-4x MarkAR Mod1), folds with a magazine in the well and weighs around 5lbs with the scope, check out the Kel-Tec 16C (aka the 16 Charlie). This is not the hyper pricey tacticool AR, but it is a piston-drive, very accurate little gun. You may have to do some searching on Gun Broker – found mine with a dealer in Alabama and got it for a total of $720, including shipping and my local dealer’s fee. AND it fits nicely in a Wilson tennis racquet case for that “stealthy transport” look.

  3. It’s amazing what some people are willing to pay for an AR. Oh, wait… it’s competition ready. Silly me… I understand now!

  4. Got to agree with allot of posts. Over two grand for any AR no matter what’s on it is a rip off, unless it’s got a giggle switch.

  5. Or you could build a normal AR and put a lightweight stock + CF handguard on it.

    For probably a 1/3 of the price complete.


  6. Nothing notable here. MAG Tactical AIR-15 (4.8lbs) and the Christensen Arms CA-15 (6.2lbs). Both superior rifles at more reasonable prices. Even better, you can buy AIR-15 parts. Magnesium-aluminum alloy is the state of the art right now. Light, with none of the carbon-fiber downsides (huge cost, potential very serious issues if done improperly or under extreme stress). I love that skeletonized bolt carrier group on the AIR-15, but in my fantasies I swap out the pencil barrel for a Christensen Arms carbon fiber wrapped barrel to put under the magnesium-aluminum alloy handguard (could be a BCM KMR) for superior rapid-fire performance (the carbon fiber-wrapped barrel like a bull barrel in performance and thickness, with better heat dissipation, at a weight more like a heavily fluted or very thin barrel).


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