Few guns truly benefit from carbon fiber furniture. Difficult to mount rails to, relatively brittle and prohibitively expensive, the material can be a tough sell. However, it’s also astoundingly lightweight, conducts little heat and when it does, maintains its shape better than steel. AR-15 rifles were some of the first firearms to feature carbon fiber, but in their original form, were a poor host. Original Colt M16A1-based rifles are well-balanced due to their government-profile, pencil barrel. This makes the weight-savings afforded by carbon fiber superfluous.
Today, however, many modern AR-15 rifles feature heavy bull barrels or piston-driven bolts; both greatly shift the …read more