Some would argue that the current firearms market is oversaturated with AR style rifles. This may be true, but this will generally lead to a situation where prices on existing models are driven down, making them more affordable. I know I have seen quite a few sub-$500 AR-15 rifles lately. I suspect you have also.
Another consumer benefit to supply exceeding demand is innovation (or at least variation) by manufacturers. Typically, we might expect to see more colors, calibers and other options as companies try to differentiate themselves from the competition when trying to earn your dollars.
DPMS has a new rifle that is moderately priced and slightly different. It is called the Lite 16M.
The Lite 16M is a 5.56 NATO rifle with, as the company states, “everything you need and nothing you don’t.”
Here are the basics of the gun:
- forged 7075-T6 upper and lower
- mil-spec fire control group
- 16″ barrel made of 4150 steel with 1-9″ twist
- carbine length gas system
- AAC Blackout flash hider (does not mount suppressors)
- M-111 modular, free floating handguard
- A2-type pistol grip
- Pardus stock
- one Magpul 30-round PMAG
- no sights/optic
- 7.5 pounds (unloaded), 32″-36″ OAL
- MSRP: $869
So, what do you think? Did DPMS come up with a gun that is priced right for the current market? Does it stand out from the competition? Does it truly have “everything you need and nothing you don’t?” I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.