TFB’s Weight Omnibus Part 3.1: Stragglers!

    The most consistent request I received in the comments of my Weight Omnibus posts (if you didn’t catch them, here are Part I, Part II, and Part III) was to continue to expand the content of this series, both in the guns measured and the analysis of them. Further analysis will have to wait until another day, but earlier this week I received the chance to weigh six more firearms to add to the 58 I weighed for my original three posts. So, here is the TFB Weight Omnibus Part 3.1: Stragglers!


    59. BERETTA ARX-100

    Weight, Rifle: 3.110 kg, 6.858 lb

    Weight, Magazine: Same as 64, 0.116 kg, 0.256 lb



    60. CZ S805 BREN (Soon-to-be SBR)

    Weight, Pistol w/ Adapter: 3.130 kg, 6.902 lb

    Weight, Stock: 0.370 kg, 0.816 lb

    Weight, Magazine: Same as 64, 0.116 kg, 0.256 lb

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    Weight, Rifle: 2.602 kg, 5.737 lb

    Weight, Magazine: 0.110 kg, 0.243 lb

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    62. KEL-TEC PLR-16 (Pistol)

    Weight, Pistol: 1.674 kg, 3.691 lb

    Weight, Magazine: Same as 64, 0.116 kg, 0.256 lb



    63. NORINCO TYPE 81, 5.56mm

    Weight, Rifle: 3.402 kg, 7.501 lb

    Weight, Magazine: Unknown, no magazines exist



    64. SIG MCX, .300 AAC Blackout

    Weight, Rifle: 2.970 kg, 6.549 lb

    Weight, Rifle w/ Iron Sights: 3.064 kg, 6.756 lb

    Weight, Rifle w/o Handguard: 2.776 kg, 6.121 lb

    Weight, Magazine: 0.116 kg, 0.256 lb

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    Well, there you have it. Really, one thing this shows is that the SIG MCX is an excellent development of the AR-15, adding no weight at all vs. the Colt 6920, while making several improvements (not the least of which is the facilitation of a folding stock!). The Kel-Tec PLR-16 is impressively light, weighing just a little over half what the S805 Bren pistol weighs without the stock, although the PLR-16 may suffer in other areas. The Norinco Type 81 is a really interesting rifle that is neither fish nor fowl, combining an SKS-style short-stroke piston with an AK-type bolt, and other features. At just over 7.5 lbs, it’s a competitive rifle weight-wise, and really except for a few minor flaws is an underrated rifle.

    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. He can be reached via email at [email protected]