Faxon Introduces Carbon Fiber Handguard, Low Profile Brakes and Flash Hiders | SHOT 17

Barrel and rifle manufacturer Faxon Firearms shared a partition with magazine manufacturer Lancer Systems, with whom they are partnered. One of their first shared projects was on display: An M-LOK compatible carbon fiber handguard for AR-15 rifles, which are significantly¬†lighter than traditional handguards, and which have a much lower heat transfer coefficient (they stay cool longer). The handguards’ manufacturer, Lancer, is also the partner with SIG USA, supplying OEM magazines and carbon fiber handguards for many of that company’s rifles and submachine guns.

Faxon also brought to the show their new low profile 0.750″ diameter muzzle devices, which are designed to be pinned and welded to a barrel shorter than 16″ to create a legal rifle configuration with a nominal 16″+ long barrel. The advantage the Faxon muzzle devices bring is that they are small enough in diameter to allow the gas block, handguard, barrel nut, and other devices to slip over them for disassembly, while maintaining the legal nominal 16″+ barrel configuration. These devices would allow for a “shortest possible non-NFA item” configuration for an AR-15, while maintaining the important ability to swap furniture, barrels, and perform in-depth maintenance.

The company put these two products together into an attractive ultralight rifle, weighing in at a quoted ~4.8lbs unloaded, without magazine or optic.

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 is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • dts3204

    Were is the ARAK-31? I know production problems with parts suppliers, But I hate the sound of butt buffer springs.

  • ws6ta

    The tube looks VERY similar to the Lancer carbon handguards.

    • MrFN

      Thats because they made it!

    • First sentence.

  • Reader

    I love carbon, and i hate when its fibers get cut…

  • Omer Woodruff

    When I look into display cases today it’s like a black carpet of the same thing . I don’t think I need any more of the same thing . My biggest question is how many more companies are going to make another half plastic 9 mm ? I have now started searching for guns from the 60’s and 70’s . I am not planning on a war in America any time soon . So I purchased an S&W 36 and a Remington 552 bdl . I have enough plastic .