I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on how to lower the weight of the front end of an 20" AR? Although it is not unbearable, it certainly could be better. I would like it to be more balanced (if that is at all possible). I am starting from scratch. I have 20" barrel, front sights, plastic forend, and an tacticle 6 position stock.
Is it an HBAR or gov't profile?
Get it profiled (turned down on a lathe to make it skinnier)
Get it fluted (length wise cuts in the barrel)
Chop it to 16"
Sell it and buy a 16" barrel
I have a HB 16" and would like it lighter also even though it balances fairly well.
ADCO and AR15barrels.com both can recontour and/or flute your existing barrel for much less than the cost of a complete new barrel.
I know they are all the rage right now but do you NEED a collapsible stock? I must be the only person in the world that prefers a fixed stock. I have purchased a few A1 stocks to replace the A2 fixed stocks. They are shorter and lighter but wouldn't look goofy on a 20" rifle. Have you seen a CAR stock on a 20" rifle? Seems like neither fish nor fowl if you know what I mean.
A well balanced rifle but heavier rifle feels better between the hands than a lighter poorly balanced piece IMHO.
When it comes to stock weight for balancing out a muzzle heavy weapon I think they go, heaviest to lightest, A1, A2, M4, CAR. I know someone will correct me momentarily if I am wrong.