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Another post in this forum has rekindled my interest in building a carbon fiber AR. I'm finding all sorts of receivers on GunBroker, but I was wondering if there were any other online retailers who carry the carbon fiber parts.

Since this gun would be a "fun project", I'm thinking about using as much carbon fiber as I can get. Stock, grips, receivers, free-float tube, etc, etc... It'll probably break the bank, but that's what projects are for, right?
 
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Check with Red Jacket. They made one for an AR build called the Katana.

Whoops, they made a hand guard. I haven't seen a carbon fiber receiver.
 
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Yeah, sounds cool. I'd consider balance though. If all of your weight reduction is on one else, the other end is going to be much heavier and that could throw off your aim a good bit.
 
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Check with Red Jacket. They made one for an AR build called the Katana.

Whoops, they made a hand guard. I haven't seen a carbon fiber receiver.
I think they just copied Jerry Miculek's design right. He brought it in and they copied it to make multiple Katana's. Or did they add the carbon fiber after his original design. Whatever its a light rifle. I got to check out these Carbon fiber parts, would be interesting to have a 4 or 5 lb rifle lol. Oh you changed it okay so they just made the Handguard?
 
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Bushmaster makes some type of composite AR...both the lower and upper receiver are a carbon composite. I haven't heard of any negative comments so far. As for polymer or composite lower receivers, there's Plum Crazy and Vulcan Arms. Plum Crazy is good to go, but I've been warned to stay away from Vulcan Arms...I don't know why though.
 
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You can get carbon fiber wrapped barrels too. I have held bolt guns with wrapped barrels and they are really light. I have a PRI carbon fiber fore grip that isnt all that light because of the threaded metal end for the barrel nut. I have held some metal fore ends that were scary light.
 
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Discussion Starter #8
Bushmaster SuperLight Carbine with Red Dot

Superlight Carbon-15 with 16" light profile barrel with telescoping stock and red dot sight

Caliber: 5.56mm or .223 Rem.
Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds (accepts all M16/AR-15 type)
Overall Length: 34.5” [87.63 cm]
Barrel Length: 16” [40.6 cm]
Rifling: 1 in 9" R.H. twist/ 6 grooves & lands
Weight w/o magazine: 5.1lbs :cool:
Weight of empty magazine: .25 lbs [.11 kg]
Weight of loaded magazine: 1.0 lbs. [.45 kg]
Mode of Operation: Gas Operated / Semi-Automatic
 
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I have a Bushmaster Carbon 15. It is very light. No issues with reliability as round count passed 2,000 mostly steel cased .223 and some Federal 5.56.
 
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I wish PCF would make a plastic upper to go along with their plastic lower.

That would make for an ideal 22 conversion gun or maybe even lightweight varmint hunter in 223/556.
 
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