Faxon Firearms is showing the new ARAK-21 uppers at the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The units are piston AR uppers designed to be used with any milspec lower. The ARAK-21 has a folding charging handle (non-reciprocating) that can be user-located on the right or left side of the gun.
The ARAK-21 is available in 5.56 NATO and .300 BLK. The units are designed to swap barrels and calibers very easily. Current barrel lengths are 12.5″, 16″ and 20″.
Due to the design of the Faxon 21, no buffer tube is needed, so you can have a very short pistol AR or a carbine-style AR with a folding buttstock. Faxon had examples of each on hand. My favorite of the bunch was the .300 BLK with a 20″ barrel. That would make a sweet hog gun.
The Faxon rep advised the company would be making lowers later in the year. Make sure you check out Steve’s article for more information on these uppers.