Faxon Firearms Announced Ambidextrous Ejection ARAK-21

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Faxon Firearms has released a new variant of the ARAK-21 rifle/upper. This variant has an ambidextrous dual-ejection port, allowing ejection from either the right or the left. From the press release:

Faxon Firearms Releases Ambidextrous Ejection Window ARAK-21

First ambidextrous ejection upper receiver compatible with the AR platform!

Cincinnati, OH – Faxon Firearms, manufacturer of the ARAK platform, is proud to announce the addition of the ambidextrous dual-ejection window ARAK-21 upper receiver to its family of ARAK products.

Historically, the ARAK-21 has always been left-hand shooter friendly, but required customers to choose from a right or left-hand ejection receiver. The latest introduction allows shooters to choose their ejection side in the field, by swapping the bolt during normal field-stripping 180-degrees.

“At first glance, this is a boon to just left-handed shooters,” says Bob Faxon, President and Founder of Faxon Firearms. “But, it also has tangible benefits to right-handed shooters. During routing weapons manipulation, the dual window allows shooters to see into the chamber without having to take the firearm out of the shoulder and rotate. Press-checks, diagnosis, etc. are all faster with dual ejection windows.”

The dual-ejection window receiver models will be available with optional covers for shooters would prefer to keep either opening closed. The covers will be available in matching colors, black anodizing, FDE Cerakote, and OD Cerakote.

The ARAK-21 Ambidextrous Ejection Window is available for order now. There is no additional charge for the dual ejection window. The ambi window receiver replaced the option for left-hand only ejection.

Lead time for ARAK receivers is currently 3-4 weeks. Covers will be available in 6-8 weeks.

Faxon sent us some extra pictures of the rifle, complete with their caliber ID rubber bands:

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Faxon follows Beretta into the market for ambidextrous ejection conventional-layout rifles.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • A

    Whyyyyyyy?

    • Nolan

      Lefties?

      • plingr

        I use left hand and there is no reason for it. (if that weapon is not a bullpup)

        • Docduracoat

          I am a lefty and I own an Ar 15, M 14, M 1 carbine and AK 47.
          I can use all of them and ejection is not a problem.
          I can hand them to my righty son and he can just show leer and fire them.
          No left sided ejection port needed.
          Looking into the chamber from both sides sounds like a silly reason to have another ejection port.

          As for bullpups, thenTavor and Aug are either lefty or righty
          You have to modify them for one or the other of us to switch
          The major advance was forward or downward ejection in bullpups
          This seems like a gimmick

    • That Readin’ Rainbow

      You’re not a reader, are you? From the article: “At first glance, this is a boon to just left-handed shooters,” says Bob Faxon, President and Founder of Faxon Firearms. “But, it also has tangible benefits to right-handed shooters. During routing weapons manipulation, the dual window allows shooters to see into the chamber without having to take the firearm out of the shoulder and rotate. Press-checks, diagnosis, etc. are all faster with dual ejection windows.”

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  • Guest

    That height over bore though…

    • Which is about what a SCAR is and no one seems to complain.

      Its just more noticeable with ours since we opted to keep an AR buffer tube. If you set the buffer tube higher (we’ve made a few lowers), shooters dont notice.

  • echelon

    Now we’re getting closer. Now Faxon just needs to shave as much weight as possible and/or make a DI version and I’d be all over it.

    • sianmink

      DI with no buffer tube? FAXON PLS

    • DI is patented by DRD Tactical.

      Personally, we love the long-stroke and do not plan on changing for the foreseeable future.

      • Isaac Newton

        You mean they patented a type of DI that allows for a folding stocks, or changeable ejection ports on a DI gun?

      • echelon

        I like the long stroke too. I really like my PWS AR which utilizes a long stroke piston system. But even that is pretty front heavy and at times I find myself reaching for my DI AR just because it’s so light and nimble.

        I’m just saying – shave as much weight as you can off that thing and you’ve got a winner all around.

  • Quantum Zen

    Why not get the dual ejection option if you’re in the market for an ARAK-21? I see it increasing resale value since you can better cater to the 20% of the population that’s left handed. The only downside that I can see is one of durability/reliability in extreme, adverse conditions, but that’s why Faxon makes an optional cover. Best of both worlds?

    • We have actually found the opening helps in adverse conditions. More spots for things to get out.

  • Phil Hsueh

    Somebody needs to build a rifle that can eject either side with no altering of any kind, by that I mean it ejects alternating from right to left. I’ll be the first to admit that it would serve no purpose what so ever but it would be kind of fun(ny) to see.

  • UCSPanther

    I hear that Faxon was working on a non-AR 15 (aka stand-alone) compatible version for the Canadian market…

    • Yep.

      • UCSPanther

        If it comes to the Canadian market, I will be very interested…