It is not often I see something so cool I have to stop and look, even if in practical use it has to be ridiculous. But the FightLite SCR pistol grabbed my attention. Part pirate gun, part AR, this is one of those products that make even the most cynical ask “ How does it work?” It looks like the Sand People on Tatooine should be carrying it, but I am pretty intrigued.
- CALIBER: 5.56 NATO
- WEIGHT: 3.9 Lbs.
- OVERALL LENGTH: 20.25″
- BARREL LENGTH: 7.25”
- HEIGHT: 4.5”
- WIDTH: 2.25” (Widest Points)
- BOLT: MIL-Spec, 8-Lug Rotating Bolt
- BARREL EXTENSION: MIL-Spec 8620
- BARREL: 4150 Vanadium, Gas-Ferritic Nitrocarburized
- 5.56 NATO (1/7 RHT with ½-28 tpi Muzzle Threads)
- RECEIVERS: Multi-Caliber with Captive Push-pin Takedown
- Aerospace Grade 7075-T6 Forgings
- GRIP: High-Impact Synthetic Polymer (model shown)
- HANDGUARD: Aluminum alloy, Magpul M-Lok®
- ALUMINUM FINISH: MIL-A-8625F Black Hardcoat Anodize
- STEEL FINISH: MIL-Spec Manganese Phosphate
- MAGAZINE: 10 rd. Detachable (Can accept any AR15/M16 Magazine)
Impressions & Pricing
The FightLite pistol is an AR upper, chambered in 300 AAC or 5.56. Not only do they sell complete guns, they sell just lowers as well. The upper is Mil-Spec, so anything you have laying around will work. The magic is in the lower and bolt.
The heart of the system is the FightLite proprietary bolt, which eliminates the AR buffer system entirely. In place of it, this gun’s bolt has a tail, very much like a Benelli shotgun. This tail engages a recoil spring that is built into the birds head grip, allowing the gun to cycle with a much shorter overall system. This is a brilliant workaround, and I am guessing quite pleasant to shoot. If the Benelli system can dampen full house 12 gauge, it should be overkill on 5.56.
This is one of the most impressive pieces of engineering I have seen, and the price is pretty sweet too. MSRP is $865, not bad at all in the AR pistol market. It makes for a very small overall package, and it has my attention. This is worth checking out, look for a full review in the spring.
For more information about FightLite, click here.