Titanium Parts Now From DS Arms

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The “race to the bottom” in terms of AR weight has been heating up for quite some time, now hitting boil. Fantastic sub 5 lbs rifles are available from 2A Armament with other production manufacturers not too far behind. Lightweight components are now available from major OEMs including pencil barrels, lightweight carriers, carbon fiber handguards, and a multitude further.

However, lightweight has not necessarily meant light on the wallet. Typically removing metal or choosing light alloys has had a significant premium attached to it. DSA, known typically for their FAL (including one Titanium FAL) rifles and related accessories has taken a big stab the the high-cost low-weight market with their new titanium AR components.

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So far, five items have been released including 2 A2 style flash hiders (a short and a long version), a buffer tube locking right, hammer/trigger pins, and a set of titanium take-down and pivot pins, none of which crests $40. Weight savings from steel is typically 40% or more (the long A2 is only 1.45 ounces.

All are manufactured from  grade 5 Ti-a6AL-4V material (which from the manufacturing side of me is high-quality stuff) designed for a lifetime of beatings. The material is not pure titanium but an alloy appropriate for high-heat environments while maintaining rigidity and strength.

All are available for sale direct from DSA or their retail network. Check out their website for additional information and details (including an awesome how its made video). 


Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry in weapon design, operations, and sales. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs. He loves tinkering, gunsmithing, NFA, and MSRs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com


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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Im concerned that soon guns will become so light that they will require some sort of tactical tether to keep them from floating away from the operator while operating.

    • 12judges

      New definition of “air guns”.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Maybe the operators can simply float to their targets while holding on to their lighter than air rifles.
        Brand new Tier 1 tactics.

  • Xtorin O’hern

    um, i seem to remember something about high velocity gasses eroding the titanium cylinders in S&W revolvers when shooting light .357 bullets, what stops the same thing from happening to titanium muzzle devices?

    • Komrad

      by the time the gasses get to the muzzle, they’re much slowed and cooled

      • Xtorin O’hern

        i remember seeing a titanium muzzle brake used on a 16 inch AR-15 once, it was throwing bright blue sparks like the 4th of july

    • dP

      Maybe they should market it as a flash enhancer? Burning titanium is quite sparky.

  • Anonymoose

    I would really like a titanium Type 3 FAL with a bull barrel, folding charging handle, SPR stock, CASV, stripper clip dust cover (with a 6×48 M240 ACOG), and suppressor, but that would probably take my entire income for the next 3 years.

  • Blake

    Personally I’m looking forward to stuff made out of this (notably, bicycles): http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/news/a13919/new-steel-alloy-titanium/

    • Anonymoose

      Carbon fiber has already taken its place as the top-of-the-line bike parts material. You can probably get titanium components thought for the parts that absolutely have to be metal.

      • Blake

        In cycling, if you’re racing (or for some other reason low weight is your absolute top priority), then by all means get a carbon bike.

        Titanium is spiffy but it’s extremely difficult to work, expensive to source, and will never be an “everyman’s material” as a result (unless something radical changes). It’s also not as strong as higher-end steel alloy cycle tubing (e.g. Reynolds 853, etc). Reynolds provides a good comparison: http://www.reynoldstechnology.biz/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/rtl_steel_alloys_extract.pdf

        For the rest of us that want something durable, inexpensive, easy to work with & repair, these new aluminum/steel alloys hold promise for bikes as light & inexpensive as aluminum, and strong & workable as steel. Which beats titanium on 4 counts.

  • Anon

    People are always trying to race to tur bottom, but I say why not go higher? Where is my all steel ar upper and lower?

    • Anonymoose

      I remember something years ago on TV about the Army Marksmanship Unit using all-steel M16A2s with handloaded boolits. I do know Turnbull makes a color case-hardened carbon steel AR15 and AR10s.

  • Kivaari

    And, the point is to get where? Well, the point is to empty the wallets of people that think saving a quarter once is worth replacing parts that don’t weigh much using the original materials.

  • Kivaari

    I remember when adding weight to the M16A1 gave use a better handling rifle. I also remember that the new SOCOM M4A1 added weight to the barrel under the handguards was desirable. Perhaps if the customer uses a pencil barrel would save quite a bit more than replacing these small parts with over priced parts.

  • buzzman1

    Cheaper idea. Get some 10 lb dumbbells and start working out.

  • DwnRange

    A2 flash suppressors are the first thing I toss when folks seeking a “more” accurate AR15 rifle ask me to make it shoot better – A1s are more accurate, they only cost $8 and folks ’round here don’t lay on the ground to shoot. (Vortex G6 is better still, but the cost of those has risen over the years)

    That and some trigger TLC and most leave happier than a condom salesman at the bunny ranch.