Holy Fireball! FightLite’s Bandito Pistol — SHOT Show 2023

Fighlite’s Bandito is not an SBR.

We’ve seen FightLite’s AR pistol before, but at first, it had only a pirate raider grip. Now with a solid “sawed-off” (for lack of a better phrase) style grip, you can get two hands on the Bandito and hold it firmly. The buttstock is not a brace, so this will not be affected by the ATF’s SBR rules.

The Bandito mounts to standard AR-15 uppers, but the lower is significantly different. It’s a modern take on the mare’s leg shotgun shape and the whole gun is just 21.25″ long.

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This new grip allows for two-handed operation.
The butt stock is not a brace, it doesn’t extend, and it’s not compatible with other AR stocks.
AR users will have an easy time with the controls, but the lower is reshaped much more like a mare’s leg shotgun.

The Bandito’s barrel is just 7.25″ long, so the RipBrake is essential for keeping recoil under control and directing the fireball to the sides so you can still see your target.

The forend has a flare to help keep your hand behind the blast. It’s available in both 5.56 NATO and 300 Blackout, and the barrel is threaded appropriately for each caliber so suppressor use will be easy.

The buffer tube is not like standard ARs. It is modified and travels downward into the grip, rather than straight back into an AR stock.

FightLite’s RipBrake is essential for keeping the 7.25″ barrel on target, and the flared forend keeps your front hand safely behind the blast.
The left side also has standard AR-style controls.
The buffer tube is not like a standard AR; it’s angled downward into the grip.

FightLite Industries’ SCR Bandito pistol is available now in both 5.56 NATO and 300 BLK. MSRP: 1,199.99


  • CALIBER: 5.56x45mm NATO, or 300 BLK
  • WEIGHT: 4.2 Lbs.
  • OVERALL LENGTH: 21.25″
  • BARREL LENGTH: 7.25”
  • HEIGHT: 5”
  • WIDTH: 2.25” (Widest Points)
  • BOLT: MIL-Spec, 8-Lug Rotating Bolt
  • BARREL: 4150 Vanadium, Gas-Ferritic Nitrocarburized
  • 5.56 NATO (1/7 RHT with ½-28 tpi Muzzle Threads)
  • 300 BLK (1/8 RHT with 5/8-24 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)
  • ORIGIN: 100% Made in the U.S.A.

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  • Willard January 31, 2023, 5:51 pm

    Not a SBR? Umm sure, if you say so. Calling the grip a butt stock (which was dumb IMHO) sounds kind of rifle like to me. Gotta love gun companies that go out of their way to force the ATF to make new rules that infringe on our 2A rights even more. I’m anxious to see how long it takes the ATF to say this is no doubt a SBR. Good for you if they don’t.

  • Rouge1 January 31, 2023, 9:24 am

    Cuck speak. Did you wear your burka to please the covidiots as well?

  • a11four1 January 30, 2023, 11:07 pm

    FightLite Firearm engineers, company legal team, marketing; “The butt stock is not a brace, it doesn’t extend, and it’s not compatible with other AR stocks”.

    BATFE; Dammit!

  • David January 30, 2023, 10:39 pm

    Is this going to be available in CA?

  • Darth Kur January 30, 2023, 11:30 am

    I’m wondering what exactly justifies the $335 increase from this one versus the $865 Raider from the previous article linked above? They look identical other than the shockwave grip on the Raider. If so that Mare’s Leg stock is a pricey little piece of plastic.

  • James Spangler January 30, 2023, 10:33 am

    Dang it man, this would be the CAT’S MEOW chambered in 5.7×28.

  • Mike in a Truck January 30, 2023, 9:50 am

    All ya need is a leg scabbard to carry it and play Wanted Dead or Alive!

  • Maurice A Paquette January 30, 2023, 9:09 am

    With all the shooting going on in the streets now, we really don’t need something more easily contained. Once the gun haters hear about this they will scream bloody murder about all style AR guns demanding to get rid of them.

    • Darth Kur January 30, 2023, 11:34 am

      Who cares? To hell with walking on egg shells on account of a bunch of tyrannical, pearl clutching morons.

  • ejharbet January 30, 2023, 9:07 am

    300bo is always going to be the better round in my opinion for short barrels. id run this with 20rd mags and a green dot holosun 407 mounted as low as I can get it. maybe a Kenai chest rig.
    it’d be fun and unique

  • ejharbet January 30, 2023, 9:01 am

    300bo si 556 no

  • Chief January 30, 2023, 8:36 am


  • Louis January 30, 2023, 7:53 am

    Oh boy, I am always puzzled when such names are given to firearms and moreover when they are publicised. It seems that some really want to feed the anti-gun lobby. It looks like a toy for young kid and anti-gunners are happy to use that to describe the pro-gun community. We must look better than that if we want to get the credit we deserve. Just my opinion.

    • Robert Malcom January 30, 2023, 8:06 am

      What antigunners need is to sit down and shut up. There’s no such creature as common sense gun laws in the US. According to the Constitution, no gun legislation is legal. You can’t look at it as a single violation against our rights, but two. You can’t look at the 2nd without doing so through the authority of the 10th. The Constitution establishes who has authority over gun ownership by virtue of the 2nd to the people also restricting anyone from restricting gun ownership. Literally, any and all gun laws are violation of our 2nd and 10th Amendments.

    • kc (sire/your majesty) January 30, 2023, 8:31 am

      Anti gunners are going to hate it regardless. It’s just what they do.

  • Lucky gunner January 30, 2023, 3:53 am

    I don’t see how this can take standard uppers. Where does the BCG travel to when the gun cycles? A standard BCG travels straight back into the buffer tube, and there is no way for it to angle downward as it travels, which would be required for it to go into this guns grip.

    • M92PV4U January 30, 2023, 5:36 am

      Proprietary bolt carrier

  • Jeff Gerken January 29, 2023, 11:31 am

    Will this be available as a kit so I can add my pistol upper?

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