The HPF Wraith – 6.2 Pound AR

hpf ar15 wraith

Houlding Precision Firearms (HPF) announced they are now selling a 6.2 pound AR-style rifle called the Wraith. The Wraith uses a carbon fiber handguard and stock to help reduce weight. To tame increased felt recoil from a light gun, the Wraith comes with a HPF Curse muzzle brake.


  • 16″ barrel, 1:8″ twist
  • carbon fiber handguard with Magpul M-Lok or KeyMod rails
  • uppers and lowers machined from 7075 T6 billet aluminum
  • integrated trigger guard
  • flared & beveled magazine well
  • Geissele Super Dynamic 3 Gun trigger
  • low mass bolt carrier group that is nickel Teflon coated
  • Magpul pistol grip
  • BAD lever
  • rifle comes with Flambeau rifle case

It seems FPS Russia got one of the rifles to shoot:

MSRP is $2,499. HPF is offering the guns at $1,999 as an introductory price.

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  • Zachary marrs

    Why? Why a 6.2 lb comp gun? Whhhhhyyyyyy? Why another fpsdoofus viedo? Why? Why, tfb, why?

    • Zachary marrs

      Also, boo hoo, my m1 carbine weighs 5.5 lbs.

  • John

    You can custom build a lighter weight rifle on a GWACS polymer lower for half the introductory price of this gun.

    • Cornelius Carroll

      I was just about to comment exactly that.

      • TyroneAlfonso

        Or you could build marginally less or equal weight one that is all metal. I really don’t understand the point of this article. Just repeating the manufacturers BS selling points for the newbs and other easily impressed buyers. No informed thoughts or comments, just hocking their nonsense.

        How about an article on how I can save on my car insurance by switching to GEICO. Lame.

  • So it weighs the same as an m16a1.

    • Vitor

      Well, without being one of the most unreliable service rifles to ever come to service.

      • John

        That was the original M16, not the A1, and only because they were:
        *issued with incorrect, excessively dirty ammunition
        *issued to soldiers who had never even held, much less been trained on, an M16 in their entire lives
        *issued without basic training or even an instruction manual
        *when issued, soldiers were told that the M16 cleans itself

        It was a criminally botched deployment and it’s haunted the AR-15 platform of rifles ever since, and idiots STILL believe it when people say the platform is unreliable.

        • sauerquint

          It’s not that everyone that thinks an AR is unreliable is an idiot. It’s that so many of us have seen them BE unreliable. Even new ones.

          • Commonsense23

            If you buy crap guns you really shouldn’t expect good results.

          • sauerquint

            And ARs are crap guns that sh!t where they eat. That’s the problem and it’s always been the problem.

    • Russ

      The A1 is a superior design in many ways. Weight, lethality, and yes, reliability. It has zero differences from the A2 or A4 in the gas operating system and yet shares the same sustained rate of fire as the M1903, M1 Garand, M14, and all M16s. It is accurate out to five hundred meters and can hit a man sized target with iron sights (although well attenuated at that range). From 0-300 meters, it’s balance of weight, unit of fire/weight, high lethality and yes, reliability, make it the best rifle I believe we have ever fielded. It’s drawbacks are fragile hand guards, conical front sight, straight delta ring, and crappy rear sight. You can buy de-milled A1s for $450 and rebuild them. A must do project 🙂 That is all.

      • JT

        Make sure to replace the non-chromed barrel out and don’t buy your ammunition from McNamara 🙂

        • Russ

          Good advice! By the time I used it, it was squared away. My first PMI was a salty old bastard and he was an admirer.

  • gunslinger

    so what’s the lightest AR?

  • Zobeid

    Hmm… I have a Cavalry Arms plastic lower half and a Fulton Armory “Legacy” upper half (which is basically like a M16, pre-A1). It’s 5.5 pounds empty. It has the full 20-inch pencil barrel, and no muzzle brake, just the old 3-prong flash hider. Recoil is not an issue. I mean, it’s still 223 Rem. How are you going to get any kick out of that?

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Ah that stock 😀 classic!

  • Ryan

    Interesting, my recent lightweight build was 6lb, 1oz and cost around
    $1800. Parts were Noveske LW 16″ barrel, JP LMOS BCG and buffer, Ace
    Skeleton Stock with 1/2″ rubber pad, Geissele HS NM trigger, Noveske NSR
    13″ rail, Surefire MB, Aero Precision side upper and mega machine
    lower. No polymer pieces.

    • Russ

      Cool. and bravo!

  • dan citizen

    Meh, still a pound heavy.

  • ColaBox

    That above image, is a mag inserted or is that a stand with the base cut out?

  • Engr

    Really weird design choices for a lightweight rifle. Almost like it was designed by people with conflicting goals.

    Low mass bolt carrier? Good for weight.
    Billet upper and lower? Bad for weight.

    Carbon fiber handguard? Good for weight.
    15″ length handguard? Bad for weight.
    Carbon fiber stock? Good for weight.
    Huge muzzle brake? Bad for weight.

    End result? A very expensive, but not particularly light, rifle.

    • insider

      I too was wondering why in the hell they’d use a billet receiver set when they’re trying to make it light. The forged stuff is considerably lighter.

  • AEH

    Quit odd that these rifles don’t seem to have any caliber.
    I suppose the caliber is (at least) .223 Rem, but it could even be an airsoft gun, because
    on the website of HPF the caliber(s) are nowhere to be found.

  • raz-0

    You can chop off a decent chunk of weight and price by going with a round ap custom carbon fiber forearm. Also can probably shave some weight by going with a small effective comp like the dynamic resistance comp. Use the money to go for a magnesium lower, and it should be very very light.

  • Secundius

    What’s the objective here, Too give your position away???

  • Andrew R

    But where’s the balance point?