Own the Most Affordable Belt-Fed AR Upper in the World – SHOT Show 2019

FightLite Industries’ MCR-060 claims to be the lightest belt-fed upper receiver assembly, and it’s also simple to use. The MCR (Mission Configurable Rifle) will fit any AR15, M16, or M4 lower receiver. It’s chambered for 5.56 x 45mm NATO rounds. It is compatible with all AR15 and M16 magazines as well as M27 linked ammunition–but maybe not at the same time.

The MCR-060 is compatible with fully automatic lowers. Feed it a belt, and it’ll keep eating until you take three seconds to change the barrel.

Are you worried that the 16.25″, 1:7 righthand twist chrome lined barrel with 1/2″-28 threading can’t take the heat generated from belt-feeding this gas piston-driven little monster? Don’t sweat it: you can swap out the barrel in as little as 3 seconds so you’ll have minimal interruption to your shooting spree.

The receiver is precision milled from a billet of 7075-T6 aluminum, as are the feed cover and charging handle. The feed tray is milled from a solid billet of steel. This upper is solid and made to last.

A billet is a solid piece of metal, and this receiver is milled from a billet of 7075-T6 aluminum while the feed tray is milled from steel.

The MCR-060 upper costs $4,414.

Although it can take a belt of ammo, the MCR-060 is not too big to wield hand-held.

But, there’s also the MCR-060S. This Short version drops the barrel to just 12.5 inches but keeps all the other features, as well as the same price.

The MCR-060 comes with iron sights and rails ready for optics, but you don’t want the included iron sights, the MCR-036 and MCR-036S ship with the rails only and cost just $3,822.

The MCR-060 comes with iron sights, but you can also get the MCR-036 without sights.

If you don’t have an empty lower laying around to drop this bad boy onto, FightLite Industries would be happy to supply you a complete MCR-100 for $5,260, which weighs in at just 9.75 pounds.

FightLite would be happy to equip you with a complete rifle, the MCR-100.

Check out FightLite’s MCR-060 upper receiver right here, and check out the complete feature list below.

  • Drop-On Upper Receiver Assembly that upgrades your AR15/M16/M4 type lower receivers or rifles
  • 5.56 x 45mm NATO
  • 16.25” Quick-Change Barrel
  • 1:7” RHT, ½”-28 TPI & Chrome-Lined Barrel
  • Short-Stroke Gas Piston Operation
  • Dual Feed – Accepts ALL AR15/M16 Magazines & M27 Linked Ammunition
  • Precision Machined 7075-T6 Billet Upper Receiver, Feed Cover and Charging Handle
  • Precision Machined Billet Steel Feed Tray
  • Finish – Manganese Phosphate & Type III, Class 2 Hardcoat anodize – Black
  • Full-Auto Bolt Carrier
  • Handguard Style – MIL-STD 1913 Rail
  • Adjustable Sight Set
  • Quick-Change Barrel Handle
  • Ships with Main Action Spring, Bolt Catch, Carbine Stock Spacer, (100) M27 Links & Operator’s Manual
  • Made In USA

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  • NotMyName April 15, 2021, 8:53 pm

    Is there a version in 7.62?

  • NotMyName April 15, 2021, 8:51 pm

    Is there one in 7.62?

  • isaac roberson January 17, 2021, 11:47 pm

    Do you think you guys can make one in 300 black out

  • Charles August 24, 2020, 10:33 pm

    I see you say 4400 but their web site says 5700. Do you sell them for 4400?

  • REM1875 July 20, 2020, 4:15 am

    Confucius say “Happiness is a belt fed weapon ………and a pile of warm brass” …. (at least I think he did ……..and if he didn’t he should have !!!)

  • Davis March 3, 2020, 12:17 am

    No way! Really? The [2 cheapest models] ship with the rails only and cost just [the price of 5 complete mag fed AR-15s]?

  • Huggy February 15, 2019, 7:11 am

    LOVE the article and especially the upper being reviewed but although I am NOT an advocate of being “PC,” the use of the words “shooting spree” has some frightening connotations associated with it so might I suggest the word “spree” be changed to “fun” or “experience” or something less offensive to the Non-Gun Loving idgits who lurk these kinds of firearms related pages?
    Might make it less difficult to keep it up for others to see and enjoy.
    Just sayin’.
    Otherwise, GREAT video and overall information presented.
    Keep up the good work!

    • Dustin Mckain June 7, 2019, 11:44 pm

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • Greg Grey June 27, 2019, 9:13 am

      I agree. I’m a full on gun nut and bitter hater for modern western liberalism, still find that word inappropriate.

    • Mike Divens December 16, 2020, 12:55 pm

      That kind of statement is pure gold to a lawyer looking to sue the company and agents out of existence if anyone is ever hurt or killed by a firearm equipped with one of these upper. You are literally promoting your product to be used in a massacre.

  • Brian January 26, 2019, 1:05 pm

    CJ: Fake News should have the same criminal penalty (or cost) as belt-fed, burst-fire, suppressor-equipped rifles.

  • CJ January 22, 2019, 10:52 pm

    I’m for gun ownership and love the AR having spent 9 years with it in the ARMY. There are and should always be limits for what a person can buy. Should we all be able to purchase grenade launchers, C4, perhaps a howitzer I love the 8″ howitzer spend 6 years on it. but I’m not offended I can’t purchase one. The bump stock was banned because it was to close to full auto. If this technology takes off it would be banned as well I imagine. It would not be in my opinion because we are sheep or because we are lazy and don’t fight for our rights. It would be because most people want some limits in place and this may cross that line.

    • AJ January 22, 2019, 11:56 pm

      With that being said… Do tell, what gives anyone the right to put limits on someone else? Especially when those limits are placed on the law abiding, while at the same time criminals are being punished less and less.. Horrible argument. If a peaceable person wishes to own something such as this so be it. No man, of any status, has any right to limit someone else, or tell someone else what is best for them.

      • DB January 23, 2019, 1:59 pm

        AJ, well said.

      • JOHN SMITH December 27, 2019, 2:53 pm

        I totally agree with you Sir! You’re on point, well said. God bless us all…

    • Ayyyyy January 23, 2019, 12:01 am

      Kys yourself

    • Rex April 6, 2019, 10:17 pm

      Take a bath with a toaster, statist.

    • Tragik April 19, 2019, 11:54 am

      You swore to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Start acting like it.

    • Mark June 10, 2019, 6:48 pm

      Not many of us give a fuck what most or anybody else thinks.

      Dont like it dont buy one. I suggest you check the surrender rate of recently banned items.

      Nobody cares

    • Brian N August 13, 2019, 8:01 pm

      Limits? Go away FUDD.

    • lawabidingcitizen January 30, 2020, 3:36 pm

      If I had the money, I would love to own a howitzer, and a tank and any other weapon a worthless waste of human says a person shouldn’t own. Move to a country that has your same beliefs, I’ll chip in the ticket for you.

    • Rob March 24, 2020, 8:44 pm

      “Should we all be able to purchase grenade launchers, C4, perhaps a howitzer”


      “The power of the sword, say the minority…, is in the hands of Congress. My friends and countrymen, it is not so, for the powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every terrible implement of the soldier are the birthright of Americans.”

      -Tench Coxe, Feb. 20, 1788

      • Brian July 2, 2020, 12:19 pm

        Hugging this guy /\ in my mind right now.

  • Dave Blancett January 22, 2019, 5:11 pm

    This is a pretty nifty setup. I wonder if it would work in semi-auto only. And, if so, would it qualify as a non-assault weapon here in the socialist state of kalifornia? After all, it doesn’t really have a detachable magazine in this configuration. Here, in the people’s state, we are allowed magazines that hold no more than 10 rounds. Doesn’t say shit about how many rounds can be belted together. Just sayin.

  • David January 22, 2019, 2:36 pm

    Man I love this unfortunatly I will never be able to own one way out of price range. I think every american patriot should own one. Awesome

    • David S January 25, 2019, 10:32 am

      Good stuff right there. Instead of saying, “…way out of my price range.” Change that school of thought to “what can I do to better myself to put it in my price range?”

      • Brandon May 2, 2019, 1:41 pm

        😂😂😂 when gun purchases dictate your life choices you’re doing something right

  • Luis Bonilla January 22, 2019, 1:05 pm

    I just pray that this will not turn out to be in trouble like bump-stocks .
    And some asshole wants it band .

    • Mahatmah Muhjesbude January 22, 2019, 4:47 pm

      Well it won’t if We, the lazy Sheeple don’t let them do it? But your mind set has to change. You have to say stuff like…”well, if they try to ban this nice puppy we’ll immediately overwhelm our ELECTED legislators who work FOR US to have the appropriate law enforcement agency arrest and charge them with USCC 18-241. 242, and have them do the perp walk on MSM TV in Day-Glo orange with leg chains and cuffs for bling as an example for anyone else who wants to violate our rights with agenda based laws or otherwise.

      But we didn’t do that with bump stocks, did we Luis? Fortunately some real American Patriots like Guns America filed a Federal class action lawsuit so we still ‘get’ to keep them until the court’s final ruling. Forget about ‘praying’ Luis. Let us proactively get moving, instead.

  • Luis Bonilla January 22, 2019, 1:01 pm

    I like this upper and how it will work with AR lower .
    My only problem is , will this be legal in NJ ..

  • Dave January 22, 2019, 11:57 am

    This looks like it’s pretty much a Ares Defense Shrike upper renamed. Is Geoff Herring still behind Flight Lite? If so, I hope their customer service has improved a lot from the days when people waited years for their Shrike and had difficulty getting spare parts. Has anyone dealt with Flight Lite lately?

    • Also Dave September 18, 2020, 9:52 am

      Bit of a necropost here, but I was looking this up… apparently, FightLite is a division of Ares Defense, so you’re spot on.

  • Scott Du Pont January 22, 2019, 10:57 am

    WOW WOW WOW is all I can say simply amazing. Pricey but well worth it. With these awful states reducing mag sizes this will go right around tgat.

  • Brennan Mai January 22, 2019, 9:29 am

    “Don’t sweat it: you can swap out the barrel in as little as 3 seconds so you’ll have minimal interruption to your shooting spree.”

    Mayhaps a better choice of words is in order.

    • Andrew Elkins January 22, 2019, 10:25 am

      Yeeaaahhhh….. I second that.

    • Scott McIntosh January 22, 2019, 11:39 am

      Why? Because of fear of what others think? A shooting spree 20 years ago would not have offended anyone. Just because there are evil criminals that go on shooting sprees killing people doesn’t mean all shooting sprees are criminal and evil. Grow a pair!

      • Huggy February 15, 2019, 7:27 am

        Like speaking in public about “murdering” a “murder” of crows?
        “KILLING” a deer or elk I stead of “hunting?!?”
        How about talking with others about “Slaughter” instead of “Laughing?”
        While you are right, WRT standing up and not shirking your duty to defend your RIGHTS, it is simply NOT SMART to poke the bear while it is sleeping.
        AVOIDANCE will ALWAYS trump intentionally engaging in an all-out brawl.
        It is all about APPEARANCES as well as PERCEPTIONS.
        Especially when dealing with the less-than-educated or well-informed shooting public.
        Besides, you likely(??) live in a region where there doesn’t exist a DAILY assault on your Constitutionally GUARANTEED rights, don’t you?
        I know I do but should you live in an oppressive state like Kommiefornication or Crappachusetts, you deal with the problems as best you can ,WHEN you can and you don’t stand up as a singular person and shout “ME! ME!! LOOK AT ME AND HOW IN GONNA BE
        So you consolidate your like-minded friends and push forward as a group since MORE voices carry FURTHER.
        Lastly, how much $$ have YOU contributed to all the Pro-Gun-Rights groups to help thwart all the egregious laws being slammed down our fellow gun owning brothers and sisters?
        Yeeeaaahhh. Not one thin dime, RIGHT?!?
        Put up or shut up, Junior.

  • Neutralize Stupidity January 22, 2019, 9:13 am

    Great design. Love that it is full-auto ready and not “fixed”to be fire semi-only. This gives the citizens options and is a much welcome tool for our community.
    Should be 50-state legal considering it can be added to a less-free states capacity limited lower, but still accept any size belt. Man, that’d be a head-turner at a Cali range!
    The price is high for many budgets, but it is considerably lower than expected. This is worth saving for or using some of that tax return on!

    • AJ January 22, 2019, 10:37 am

      Even on a semi it can be a great fun gun. Bump stock and binary trigger. Even though those toys are now almost out of reach. Auto is fun. But it is also expensive when someone is not footing the bill for ammo.

    • AJ January 22, 2019, 10:38 am

      Also I wonder how that would work being belt fed at a Cali range. I think it would be hilarious when the libtard’s shit their pants for not clarifying”magazine”. But then the definition would be changed again.

      • Dave Blancett January 22, 2019, 5:16 pm

        AJ, most people at kalifornia ranges are like-minded and not of the libtard variety. The would be no soiled underwear

        • AJ January 23, 2019, 12:04 am

          Oh I’m not talking about range goers my friend. Muzzle report tends to reach out. I remember when we were shooting tannerite and using bump stocks one summer in Illinois, on private property. Plenty of berm available, all safety precautions accounted for. But that didn’t stop people from flipping out in town.

          Also, pictures speak. If someone shows a picture of this thing to someone at work and a democommie catches wind, they’ll probably make it out to be another mass shooting.

          Personally, I say to each his own. I love the idea of belt fed anything. Fun times. And the like-minded individuals you speak of are probably practical thinkers who mind their own business.

          I just find it funny when ignorant sheep try to tell people they can’t own something because it looks scary. And I know for a fact that if these things take off, there will be a scapegoat to ban them. Just like how no one outside of the firearms community knew what a bump stock was until Vegas. When some how the shooter utilized one while simultaneously using a bipod. Which to my knowledge is rather impossible due to the operation of bumpstocks.

  • Mike in a Truck January 22, 2019, 9:06 am

    As a “M60 Baby” that humped one more miles than Id like to forget this looks cool.Price is uncool.Problem is the Armalite and its offspring was never meant to be a squad automatic. And the M60 had to be safety wired to keep from shooting itself apart.It would be interesting to see a torture test done on this new gizmo. Anybody got an extra 5g’s laying around?

  • Mahatmah Muhjesbude January 22, 2019, 9:01 am

    Pretty cool workmanship but like a lot of eye candy it sometimes isn’t as ‘sweet’ as you thought it would be…
    especially in an actual tactical situation. For a single individual in a tactical blast where the average ‘hot’ time wouldn’t be that long before somebody would win–or lose–or make the prudent decision to fall back, retreat & regroup, or completely disengage during a very limited real time confrontation, what would be the significant advantage over a tac-vest brace of six or eight mags and a C-mag in the gun? Not much. Unless you are holed up in a flxed position and they are swarming at you rapidly. But then how many ‘more’ rounds over about a thousand can you carry on you? And then there’s the price…? But after the reality check, I’d probably have one if I had the money to piss away. But not before a had a semi-auto belt fed Ma-Duece, and a few Barett’s etc. etc. Besides, an upper like this was already done a few years ago, and never really riled up the firepower fans.

  • BigC January 22, 2019, 8:28 am

    $4400.00??? You’re idea of “affordable” and mine are like night and day!!!

  • Brian January 22, 2019, 8:03 am

    Yeah the anti gun peeps shouldn’t get to worked up about this video

    Sometimes we are our own worst enemy

    • Joe January 22, 2019, 9:39 am

      I figured it would be great for people in states with a standard capacity magazine ban…. No magazine of any capacity to worry about.

  • josh January 22, 2019, 7:30 am

    Fightlite? Hahahahahahahahahahaha. Hey Red, still waiting for details on those foreign military contracts…

  • Jesse January 22, 2019, 7:23 am

    Ban all magazines I have belts now. Brrrrrrr

  • Cam January 22, 2019, 6:28 am

    $4,000? They can keep it.

  • Sam January 22, 2019, 3:53 am

    This isn’t the cheapest upper around. Well maybe now, but Slide Fire sold a complete rifle that was belt fed or mag fed for little over $3,000. And included an MOD slide fire stock! Is nice though! I’m not a fan of the front rail setup as it’s very tall and awkward looking. Still would love to own one! Good thru sell just the upper so be most people don’t want the lower like Slide Fire sold. Get one while you can! They’ve been trying to ban mags and have done so in capacity limits across the entire country so without a donut a belt fed gun will not be sold in a year or so and that’s just a guess when the next president hammers is again on so called assault weapons. If I had the money now I’d buy one but I’ll never be able to afford a luxury item of this price. Great it can be used with any standard lower which SF’s didn’t as it was partially milled into the lower so it had to be sold as a complete package.

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