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Posted: 4/18/2010 10:54:24 AM EDT
Has anyone ever done a break down of all the QUALITY FF rails on the market by weight??

Just looking for somthing lighter than I have..

Thanks
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 10:56:18 AM EDT
Pretty sure it's the DD M4.

If you don't need rails there are a couple carbon fiber tubes that are even lighter.
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 10:56:52 AM EDT
Nope it has to be a rail system..

Link Posted: 4/18/2010 10:57:40 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/18/2010 11:01:22 AM EDT by cml2501]
I'm working on the same sort of project - a ultra light AR with a full rail.
Here's a great list:

http://www.03designgroup.com/technotes/ar15-upper-receiver-weight-comparisons

The Daniel Defense 9.0 Lite rail is the lightest I think - 0.8oz
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 11:17:00 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/18/2010 11:17:31 AM EDT by liberty057]
DD's is the lightest if i remember correctly. Slightly lighter than LaRue's... Someone put together a huge page with upper and rail weights. I have the bookmark at home I think. The link above was what I was looking far. Nice work.
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 6:54:41 PM EDT
All I know is when I got my DD rail from UPS I was a bit concerned that they sent me an empty box. until I opened it
Link Posted: 4/18/2010 7:25:57 PM EDT
midwest and yhm were the two lightest by weights listed on their individual sites IIRC.
Link Posted: 4/19/2010 2:15:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By cml2501:
The Daniel Defense 9.0 Lite rail is the lightest I think - 0.8oz


Wow that is light.

Link Posted: 4/19/2010 3:27:48 PM EDT
I weighed my Troy Extreme with the barrel nut and such and it was lighter than the nut and plastic handguards it replaced.
Link Posted: 4/20/2010 5:37:12 AM EDT
Thanks for the info guys..
My Vltor VIS 9.0 is really heavy and I am bored with it so I am thinking about changing it up..

Link Posted: 4/20/2010 5:49:54 AM EDT
The DD M4 rail is the absolute lightest. They are just a hair lighter than their Lite counterparts. M4 rails use aluminum barrel nuts as opposed to steel barrel nuts with the Lite rails.
Link Posted: 4/20/2010 5:57:32 AM EDT
Originally Posted By beavo451:
The DD M4 rail is the absolute lightest. They are just a hair lighter than their Lite counterparts. M4 rails use aluminum barrel nuts as opposed to steel barrel nuts with the Lite rails.



So you are saying the regular DD rail is lighter than the DD Lite rail??
Thanks
Link Posted: 4/20/2010 7:44:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/20/2010 7:44:39 AM EDT by Marksman14]
Originally Posted By skeeters65:
Originally Posted By beavo451:
The DD M4 rail is the absolute lightest. They are just a hair lighter than their Lite counterparts. M4 rails use aluminum barrel nuts as opposed to steel barrel nuts with the Lite rails.



So you are saying the regular DD rail is lighter than the DD Lite rail??
Thanks


Yes, but IMHO the clamping mechanism on the DD lite rail is far superior to that of their "M4" series rails.

The weight difference is not enough to worry, and the difference comes from the barrel nut itself, not the tube. IE, it will be close to the receiver and from a balance standpoint you wont notice a difference.
Link Posted: 4/20/2010 9:36:41 AM EDT
A little old but still very resourceful.

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pwswheghNQsFnUZMkZNF2DQ&gid=0

I'm looking to go with a monolithic modular rail system (like the Mega or OBR Lite) on my next build. Where I can add individual rail pieces to keep weight down.

http://www.megamachineshop.com/armscatalog/MTS-MODULAR/loader.html
Link Posted: 4/20/2010 3:33:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By skeeters65:
Originally Posted By beavo451:
The DD M4 rail is the absolute lightest. They are just a hair lighter than their Lite counterparts. M4 rails use aluminum barrel nuts as opposed to steel barrel nuts with the Lite rails.



So you are saying the regular DD rail is lighter than the DD Lite rail??
Thanks


Yes, but like the other poster says, the difference is negligible. I too prefer the Lite rails, but when you are talking about the absolute lightest, it is the M4 rails.
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