Bullpup 2016: News from Faxon Firearms

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Faxon Firearms had several new items and a number of older ones to showcase at Bullpup 2016 this year. Most people probably know of Faxon for their ARAK rifle, a combination of AR15 and Kalashnikov platform designs but Faxon probably does more business with making barrels and AR15 parts than experimenting with new weapon systems.

This is their pencil thin barrel coming in at 14.5 inches, the muzzle brake makes up the remaining 1.5 inches when it is pinned in place, to make it legal. In addition, the muzzle brake is so thin, the gas block can fit directly over it when installed.

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Of course, what would be a Faxon Booth without their ARAK right? The company had this model on hand, set up for competition, and painted with a Flying Tigers themed paint scheme.

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Faxon recently acquired the AR company Houlding, out of Madera, California. Houlding makes upper and lower receivers, in addition to complete rifles. Faxon will keep the Houlding name, but the company is currently apart of Faxon.

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Faxon is currently working on Carbon Fiber handguards, similar to what they worked on with Lancer Systems. Right now the company is putting together a handguard that locks into the upper receiver better than their previous system. In addition these Carbon Fiber handguards are fully MLOK compatible. The handguard will be $349.

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This is their Muzzlelok system. The point of this system is to allow you to install any compensator you want, without needing crush washers or shim to adjust the position of the compensator on the barrel. Thus, screw your compensator on to the required spot you want it at, then rotate the Muzzlelok counter clock wise and it locks the compensator in place. Retail is $69.99. Another version of it also acts as a thread protector if you are running suppressors as well.

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A lower, by other means. This is Faxon’s reduced weight stripped upper receiver. They’ve hollowed out the brass deflector, and hand lapped the inside of the receiver. Doing this tends to raise the price of the upper, but Faxon is bringing this to market for a price tag of around $130 for a complete one, and $99 for the stripped ones pictured.

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  • CS

    I love my Lancer Handguard but they charge and arm and leg for the small proprietary rail sections. I hope they fix this soon with an mlok update.

  • C. Kinney

    Any news about the ARAK 31?

  • iksnilol

    What about people who want the lightweight barrel but dont’ want a compensator/brake?

  • Sianmink

    Faxon barrels are usually a great value. The new CF pencil setup doesn’t follow that pattern, but looks like it would be killer on a no-compromise ultra-lightweight build.

    • You are correct. No CF barrels, only handguards.

      • Sianmink

        Ok, thanks for the clarification! How is this barrel so much different than your other pencil-profile offerings in 14.5 and 16″ that it costs over $100 more, not counting the slimline comp?

        What’s the weight on the lightweight upper, stripped?

  • Mark

    I want to know about that carbon fiber buffer tube.

    • c4v3man

      It doesn’t really matter, since it’s not really a buffer tube. Due to the piston design of the ARAK, there’s no buffer inside, allowing for a folding stock on an AR-ish rifle.

      • Mark

        The carbine shown with the carbon fiber buffer tube isn’t an ARAK so apparently it is a functional buffer tube.

    • Cymond

      Smoke Composites makes a carbon fiber buffer tube/stock that is supposedly very light weight.

  • A pleasure to have TFB stop by the booth!

    We do have a few corrections on the article.

    1- We are releasing a carbon fiber handguard, not a barrel. Retail is expected at $349.
    2- The rail is fully MLOK compatible, it is not a propreitary system.
    3- Houlding is from Madera, California.
    4- Uppers are 99 for stripped, 129 for complete with forward assist and dust cover.

    Thank you again to TFB!

    • santi

      Any updates coming on the Arak 21 extended handguard?

  • Brian

    Will you offer a stripped upper and barrel combo that will be checked for tightness around the barrel extension? That would be great for competive shooters.

    • We precision ream the bore of the upper and guarantee the perpendicularity of the front face.

      We did this to meet our competitive staffs needs and to improve on the mil spec.

  • aka_mythos

    I’m not surprised with these releases. I love the ARAK but it is heavier than a standard AR upper and anything that reduces the overall weight and brings it closer to normal is an obvious and very welcomed option.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    I appreciate when manufacturers try to lighten up products, but why would you go to great lengths to lighten up the upper receiver and yet still leave the forward assist area intact?

    A forward assist causes more problems than it solves. Why not just mill that area flat, reducing the weight even more and getting rid of a stupid FA that no one should have anyways?

  • LazyReader

    After seeing the ARAK fail so harsh on it’s torture test, I’m not particularly interested.

  • About 1/2 to 3/4 ounce.

    • Greg Anderson

      Thanks, brother.

  • Dana Wright

    Based only on the observation of the photos provided, the quality if the fit and finish appears outstanding. Love to have one in .308, is that on the board? How much would a jewel like that cost?

  • HSR47

    Rumor has it that they’re coming out with a 16″ lightweight, midlength dissipator barrel too.

  • Dracon1201

    When will that muzzle device be offered up? Will it be offered as an OEM pin and weld job?

  • RiffRaff

    Cool Stuff guys….

    But where o where is the rail extension for the arak? I need this for my bullpup, which is why I bought the ARAK.

    You’ve built a perfect upper platform for an AR bullpup, but it’s only a partial offering. Frankly I’m surprised you haven’t developed a chassis for it.

    Thanks, but seems you’ve promised the rail extension I’m losing my patience.