Houlding Precision Firearms HPF-15 Wraith Introduced

In the never ending quest to make the AR platform rifle lighter there is now a 6lb competitor out there.  The HPF-Wraith has several integral parts that are made entirely of carbon fiber.  Carbon fiber parts include the handgaurd, buffer tube with the rest of the rifle being billet aluminum.

I have never really subscribed to the ultra light weight AR platform, instead going for something that has some weight to it.  My current rifle that I am running is just shy of 11lbs, which many consider a cinder block.  I have always liked to have a slightly heavier rifle that helps to absorbs more recoil and thus becomes much faster (for me anyway) for follow up shots.

Check out the info from Houlding Precision Arms below for more information.

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhXb2xUCuto&list=UUEPTp5WMAzjh9mOrKUwRLmQ

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. Allrifles 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: www.houldingfirearms.com .



  • Zachary marrs

    Wow, deja vu

  • John

    This was already posted a day ago on this very site, and this brings no new information other than a press release. Why not just update the older article to include the press release?

    It’s very depressing what has become of this site with the drastic decline in quality and redundancy-checking of contributors in the past year or so. Next I expect a bunch of useless quizzes and arbitrarily-numbered lists.

    • Cymond

      One day.
      We’re frequently told how Steve looks at and approves every post before it goes on the blog, so how do we get so many repeats, especially in a short time?

    • zardoz711

      Next they’ll start having top 10 click through articles, and more click bait headlines

  • Mystick

    You lost me at “leading California manufacturer”…

  • gunsandrockets

    True enough it just had a thin barrel, but didn’t the original M-16a1 only weigh 6.3 pounds empty, and that included a 20 inch barrel and a forend with metal heatshields?

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Good point. I was going to bring up the same thing, but you beat me to it.

      I do have a comment about the subject, though — the original M-16 / M-16A1 achieved this light weight ( variously quoted as 6.3 or 6.5 lbs. empty ) by not only having a small-diameter, thin-walled barrel, but also by sacrificing a lot of durability in the handguards and buttstock. Unlike today’s generally durable and heavier-duty composite polymer furniture, that on the M-16 and M-16A1 was made of thin-walled, lightweight FRP which was hard but extremely brittle. It didn’t take much to fracture the handguards ( regardless of the integrated metal heat shields, the original triangular-section handguard being especially notorious for this ) or break the buttstock under duress. I used both of these early versions when I was “in”, and can personally attest to their fragility, which was most evident during bayonet-fighting activities. What confuses later users of the same basic rifles in the civilian-market semi-auto versions is that those guns have usually ( though not always ) been upgraded with the superior polymer furniture that might appear externally similar, especially in the case of the buttstock ( the handguard being switched to the polymer circular-section type ) but which are of a much higher intrinsic quality.

  • Andrew R

    But where’s the balance point??