Armalite M-15 LTC: 6 Pound AR

Armalite M-15

As AR rifles became more and more popular during the past three decades, adding rails and gear became something akin to a fashion trend. Although it seems to have eased up a bit, there was a time that shooters appeared to see a full length quad rail handguard as a challenge. Every kind of flashlight, laser, forward grip, stop and switch were clamped on wherever one could find the room.

Now, there seems to be a trend away from excessive weight on America’s rifle and back to the fundamentals. Keeping pace with that trend, Armalite released the M-15 Light Tactical Carbine (LTC) earlier this year.

The M-15 LTC is a full featured AR rifle that weighs in at 6.0 pounds unloaded. In fairness, the rifle does not ship with sights, so adding any kind of iron sights or glass will add some amount of weight to the package.

Armalite chambered the base LTC in the original 5.56 NATO and uses a 16″ chrome lined barrel with a 1:7″ twist. The barrel is threaded. Armalite uses a low profile block and carbine length gas tube. As mentioned above, the gun does not have sights, but it does have a Picatinny rail on the receiver and on top of the handguard for the quick addition of them. The rest of the handguard has KeyMod attachment points. This gun carries a MSRP of $999.

Armalite M-15

Armalite also offers two additional calibers for the LTC: 7.62×39 and 6.8 SPC II. Both of these guns weigh in at 6.2 pounds but are similarly configured as the original 5.56 model.

Both of the larger caliber guns use a chrome lined 16″ barrel and mid length gas systems. These rifles carry a MSRP of $1,099.

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  • Austin

    Honestly I think 6lbs is about the lightest you would want a rifle, if you go much less than that they get harder to keep steady.

    • bull

      adding weight is much easier than removing though…

    • Sianmink

      Nice sights, a light, and a sling will quickly make a 5lb rifle 6lb.

      • Austin

        Well I think 7.5lbs is about ideal but I’m also used to carrying a 9lb 12ga through fields and around clays courses

        • Sianmink

          Add a loaded mag for another 1.1lb and bob’s your uncle.

    • PK

      Try it before you knock it. One of my favorite ARs is a touch under 5lbs, loaded and with sights.

      • Austin

        PDW stock build?

        • Jack

          PDW stocks aren’t light(if you’re talking the troy,NEA, maxim type)

          • Austin

            No but I see them used on the PDW builds, typically that’s the compromise part to get the OAL down as well as weight.

        • PK

          Lots of different choices to keep things to about 4lbs unloaded, these days. The AR I have in mind is one of the bare rifle-length buffer tubes with the simple clamp-on minimalist stock/endplate.

          • I’d love to see it and the specs!

            Mine feels like a porker with the Elcan on it. 🙁

    • iksnilol

      I don’t mind lighter since it is easy to add weight.

      I should be quiet though, AKs are light to me and STR 200s are normal for me.

    • gunsandrockets

      Sure. But if you start with a 4 pounds bare bones rifle, by the time you add sights, a loaded magazine and sling, you are creeping close to 7 pounds.

  • Joseph Goins

    I’d rather pay an extra $200 can buy a BCM Recce 14 KMR-ELWF what has a base weight of 5.6lbs. That way, I can put a Trijicon MRO with full cowitness mount, Troy folding sights, Inforce WML, VTAC sling bringing the package up to 6.8 lbs. Nice and tight.

  • Vitor Roma

    Mid lenght with the low pressure x39 must be smooth.

    • Anonymoose

      The AK is about mid-length, but it’s a piston, so the gas doesn’t have to come all the way back into the carrier.

      • jamesone

        He’s talking about the armalite rifle in the post in x39 and mid length…

  • JumpIf NotZero

    WOW! Weights basically what every other stripped AR weighs! Science!

    • iksnilol

      Not impressive considering there’s 1.5 kg ARs if you truly want lightweight.

  • Twilight sparkle

    If you’re going for light weight why would you use an m4 profile barrel? Nonsense

    For the price they could throw in some mbuis flip ups

    • Zachary marrs

      At least

    • IndyToddrick

      I love the M4 profile for my military clones, but if I wanted a light rifle I’d certainly start off with a light barrel.

      • Twilight sparkle

        I’m personally a fan of the “spikes optimum” or medium taper profile, it makes the most sense to me.

        An m4 profile seems like it’s weighted at the end to me.

        • jcitizen

          I seem to remember reading that feature can help reduce barrel vibration – I’m no expert though.

  • 40mmCattleDog

    All this BS about light weight but they use the crappy govt profile barrel. Genius.

  • Give it a mid length gas setup, the armalite adjustable trigger (my fav of three triiger upgrades I have simply due to pre and post travel adjustment is so easy.), and knock off $200 and you’d have a solid competitor.

    Otherwise, despite weight… in a store this would be viewed as a run of the mill rifle.

  • Nocternus

    This doesn’t seem all that impressive. My dad just bought an adams arms lightweight AR that weighs 5.6 lbs and is piston driven and only cost $700.

  • AirborneSoldier

    Overpriced. Use a pencil barrel.

  • L. Roger Rich

    Fashion of the year…