Be Heard: Weight

In this week’s Be Heard segment, we will be talking about weight. I am not talking about how much you weigh but rather how much your rifle weighs.

I think most of us would agree that defensive rifles must possess 3 vital attributes: Reliability, Accuracy, and some measure of Durability. Those are all important but were does weight fit into equation? The market is being flooded with lightweight accessories and light weight carbines at a dizzying pace. It seems that every rail manufacturer is making a slim configurable free float tube that weighs less than plastic hand guards and turning out rifles with light weight barrel profiles (pencil barrels).

How important is the weight of your rifle to you? Do you have to give up any functionality or performance to keep your rifle light weight? Is a lightweight rifle less capable in any way? Are there times for the common gun owner that having a light rifle is a disadvantage?

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One Response to Be Heard: Weight

  1. Dann in Ohio June 3, 2012 at 03:14 #

    I’m a bit new to setting up AR’s, but my goal was to stay below 10 pounds with accessories and fully loaded with 30 rounds in the magazine…

    My new Ruger SR-556c weighs in at 9.8 pounds with accessories and a 30 round loaded PMAG…

    You can view it here:

    I don’t think I’m giving anything up in this configuration and I’m not sure cutting the weight by a pound or two will really matter for a home or self defense rifle.

    My similarly equipped Ruger Mini-14 weighs in at 8.6 pounds.

    Dann in Ohio

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