BLR-16: 5 Pound AR


2A Armament officially released its 5 pound BALIOS-Lite 16″ rifle, aka BLR-16. The rifles make use of lightweight components, including those made of titanium, to minimize weight.

2A Armament

At the core, the BLR-16 uses a machined 7075-T6 aluminum upper and lower (see Nathan’s previous report on these here.) The 416-R barrel has a pencil profile with a 1:8″ twist. The rifle uses a mid-length gas system with a titanium gas block. The barrel is threaded and topped with a titanium T3 compensator.

2A Armament uses a 15″ 6061 handguard system with your choice of KeyMod or M-LOK attachment types. A titanium barrel nut is used. A Mission First Tactical Minimalist stock and Magpul MIAD grip are also used.

rifle in box

Additional features include titanium take down pins, an ALG trigger and BCM charging handle. The suggested retail price is $2,177.

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  • James

    It’s so pretty. Makes me want to slap an M203, ACOG, and suppressor on, just to fix the whole “light weight” issue.

    • iksnilol

      I was on board with the suppressor, and the scope, but the M203 I can’t really support.

      • Kivaari

        M203s have multiple handicaps. States usually outlaw them, being destructive devices. If you live in a permissive state, just add $200 to the price. Then the ammo issue. Walmart doesn’t have it. HE requires a $200 tax. If I remember the ATF just rules the training rounds are DDs, because those little chalk marking rounds have a little powder in them. Anything that takes the fun out of life, the ATF likes it.

        • iksnilol

          Yeah… you also forgot that they make the rifle more awkward to handle and make it heavier.

          • jcl

            I often heard this complain about m203 and m320, but did Russian with their GP series grenade launcher doesn’t encounter the same problem? Despite it’s small size GP grenade launcher weight 1.4 – 1.5 kg, about the same as m203.

          • iksnilol

            I believe they encounter the same problem: about 1.5 kg on the front of your gun.

            But the GP isn’t as bulky as the M203. You can still use the magwell grip without problem, + the grip on the GP works as a foregrip.

            But I still think that all of them add too much weight forward on your gun. No way it won’t be nose heavy if you have 1.5 kg bolted to your handguard.

          • Kivaari

            Isn’t the trade off worth it? A 40mm grenade adds some serious ability to convert an ambush into an advance.

          • iksnilol

            I dunno, isn’t it easier to just carry a lightweight standalone grenade launcher?

          • Kivaari

            No. It’s like packing two M4s at the same time. It can be done, but it isn’t right. There are launcher that will attach to M1913 rails, thus eliminating the need for a “stand alone kit. So you have a tube, but you need a rail and shoulder stock to use it. Mounting a NEW system to an M4 or other similar carbine just makes sense. The army can and has bought systems like the Russian models, with the front pistol grip. With a launcher attached it is always ready.

          • Kivaari

            We had them in my NG unit. I actually never fired one. I just had to make sure they were locked up and clean. We kept the tubes in locked safes (along with BCGs).

          • Kivaari

            If you notice, I was referring to the civilian handicaps. New newer replacements seem to make more sense. Just like rifles have evolved, so have grenade launchers. If the 20-25mm tubes would work out, more troops could have a launcher and more ammo. It’s hard to pack explosives and splinters into such small packages.

          • iksnilol

            A 25mm standalone launcher would be cool. Could probably make it crazy portable, grenades don’t require long barrels.

        • Rock or Something

          Had a buddy in my unit who was assigned a M16a2/M203 combo in Iraq. He hated the weight and balance of it (and only had 2 or 3 grenades on his person when he went out, he wasn’t a 11banger), but he often told me the Iraqis were always “impressed” by the look of it.

          • Kivaari

            If you had to pack a 40mm, you should have some ammo. All that effort without ammo seems a waste. Maybe every one would carry two spare rounds for him.

  • nadnerbus

    It would be fascinating to see someone with the funds take a quality lightweight build like this, and run it to high round counts next to a Colt 6920. If one can get a rifle of this weight to be as durable as a milspec gun, it would really open up their acceptance.

    • Squirreltakular

      I don’t see why it would be any less reliable. The rifle that I’m building right now for my girlfriend is going to be 5.54 lb with optic and white light, and it uses a lot of the same/ similar parts. Standard weight BCG and other operating parts.

    • BillC

      You’d be surprised. The article does not mention anything about the BCG and buffer, but if it is a normal one, it should be A-OK. The ultra lightweights with the stupid, exotic, internals is where problems start. However, those are not “battle-rifles” and shouldn’t be compared to plain jain 6920s. Completely different purpose in life.

  • Jack

    I know mag Tactical disappeared like a fart in the wind but with their stuff you could build a mid four pound rifle for easy less than this. If they really wanted light weight why not a smaller handguard and non aluminum upper/lower. All it really seems like they did was make you pay a huge premium for a few pieces of Ti. But it’s America. If you want to pay for it… Rock on!!

    • Dan

      mag tactical are still around and manufacturing product, they just aren’t making uppers anymore.

  • Tyler McCommon

    That’s nice but not $2k nice.

    • Vitsaus

      Its for those whose bank account is strong, but wrists are weak.

  • Grindstone50k

    And it will make your wallet light, too!

    • Dan

      It’s a complete operator weight loss system. Put your grocery money into ammo and Shedding pounds has never been easier without using meth

  • Esh325

    As much of as I’m not a fan of the AR one thing hast impresses me is how can be made to be very light weight if one desires compared to other designs. Should ARs still be in military in the next 10 to 15 I think the next evolution will be all the steel and aluminum parts bring replaced with lighter alloys and polymers. What’s especially impressive about this ar is that it has a full length rail and all other features at 5 lbs. I suppose the downside really is the pencil barrel. The U.S. Military already seemed to have come to the conclusion that the m4 profile is lacking and have switched to a m4a1 and so pencil barrel is going to be even worst for heat than the standard m4 barrel

    • Squirreltakular

      They’re only going to a heavy barrel so that the weapon can handle full-auto fire. If that isn’t possible/ likely for you, there’s no reason not to go with a light barrel.

      • Marcus D.

        With all the mag dump vids I’ve seen, it will be an issue for some. Personally, I opted for an HBar, and yeah, that’s a lot of extra weight, coming in at 2 lbs, 3 oz.

        • Kivaari

          I just sold my fine shooting HBAR to fund another build. I looked at it and thought about it needing a nice $1000 scope (that gets low end, but great scopes) a new bipod ($150-200) and a new adjustable butt ($250). Heck, I could buy a new SBR for that, and I could pick it up without the aide of an aide. This getting old stinks.

      • Esh325

        I suppose they found it likely enough to justify it. Special forces had been using the m4a1 with a heavy barrel for years.

    • All the Raindrops

      Lightweight FF handguards, even full length ones, like MI or BCM KMR, etc, are actually lighter than barrel mounted FSP setups with traditional handguards.

  • Sianmink

    I might order some of their components for my lightweight build. There’s a lot of competition for light uppers and rail systems right now.

    • BillC

      I ordered one of their Ti gas blocks awhile ago on sale from Primary Arms for a blackout SBR build. It works, like any other block. I was worried that it may have issues because it leaked brake fluid on the confirm hole alignment test, but it has been working perfect for a couple hundred unsuppressed and couple hundred suppressed rounds. Carbon must have made a “gasket” so nothing has leaked and the rifle isn’t undergassed

  • Barney Samson

    I just bought a brand new AR15 for $400.00. It weighs just under 6 pounds. So that extra pound saved me $1777.00. I mean, do I really need or even want $40.00 hollow Ti take down/pivot pins?

    • Cal S.

      Yes, yes it does. You’re not operator enough if you don’t pay over $1,600 for an AR. Some guy told me that on that one forum.

      • Barney Samson

        New? I’M IN!! Where you see it?

        • Cal S.

          ClassicFirearms (dotcom).

    • Squirreltakular

      What make/ model AR is it?

      • Barney Samson

        dti sport lite from ecaa. Classic had them, may still but they wanted $450.

  • Cal S.

    Holy Crow! You’d think all the material they saved with the lightweight stuff would count for something on the MSRP. But no, I guess not. More overpriced ARs… yawn.

  • Kivaari

    The price is high, BUT I find it hard to do a build having good quality parts for under $1000. My last completed carbine was over $950, then adding an SSA trigger ($210) and an EOTech EXPS2 ($450) and that is with simple Magpul furniture. Add a nice aluminum fore end like this carbine and pretty soon you have $2000. This needs optics, and it just wouldn’t be right to throw a $75 Tasco or Simmons promotional scope on it. If there are ARs selling under $500, just what is the quality? I hope the BCM uppers costing $550 are worth it.

    • All the Raindrops

      This doesn’t come with a geissele or eotech. Yeah, you can easily get to 2k on a quality build if you include those parts but this doesnt.

      My last couple builds have been well under a grand (not counting optics) and no “quality” shortcuts have been taken. Name brand FF rails, barrels, irons etc.

      I suppose there must be people out there that just want factory assembled everything.

      • Kivaari

        As you noticed I mentioned $1000 as being a reasonable mark to make a project doable with a good quality rifle. One reason my last build, not counting the 2 I’m doing this month was $950 before adding the upscale Geissele trigger and a QD ETech. My point being for $2000 you can have the very fine trigger and good glass.
        My primary carbine cost a little more than $1000 without the BUIS, GG&G QD mount and Leupold scope. That more than doubles the price. This LW carbine starts high and needs (deserves) high quality optics. I wouldn’t mind having the featured carbine. It’s easy to buy a quality rifle off the store shelf. My favorite gun store has a good 20 ARs to choose from off rack. If you want to have a better trigger, he’ll install it. There isn’t a lot of profit in Geissele triggers or GG&G mounts. Add a Leupold scope in the Mk4-6-8 series and expect to add $900-3500. But you really end up with a great rifle. Yes other brands offer super scopes. I am old and set in my ways.

        • All the Raindrops

          Yes maybe I misread what you were saying. 2k is a good budget for rifle and acog/aimpoint/etc. A bit much for just rifle.

  • A 5lb AR-15 is literally the least original build you can possibly do. 😉

    JK, good job.

    • The Brigadier

      Interesting fore end, was it ever sold?

      • That is the second AR-15 prototype. You can get reproduction handguards of that type online, I’ve seen them in a few retro builds. They were never sold commercially.

  • MadMonkey

    My primary rifle is a hair over 7.5lbs with sling, optic, backup irons and AFG, and it was a lot cheaper than this…

  • Squirreltakular

    Well, this made me want to chase an even lighter goal weight than the one I was shooting for. I bet I could hit 4.5 lb. without touching the BCG or buffer.

  • Anon

    See all of you are doing it wrong. You’re not thinking of all the possibilities for the lightest ar. First you take off the stock (who really uses those?), then you remove the handguard and sights so you can point shoot like a real operator. After you have done all that you can get on with a skeletonized reciever and BCG. Now I’ve heard that the truly devoted can pray to their flat dark earth gods and unlock the final lightening procedure. You would cut and drill speed holes into the barrel and gas tube.

  • Mark H

    Pencil barrels can bend when they get to hot. H-bar is my first choice.

    • An common tale, but extremely difficult in real life. We make the lightest pencils and shooting combat courses of fire they do not bend nor can any man do it with his hands.

  • anomad101

    Nobody works for free. I have three price ranges, cheap, inexpensive, and that which I can not afford. I don’t buy cheap, and not enough money for that which I can not afford.