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TNW Firearm’s new Aero Survival Rifle LTE weighs less than 4 lbs and takes down.

We’ve seen TNW’s Aero Survival Rifle in a few different iterations over the last few years. But the LTE is a significant change from its beefier big brother. The LTE weighs in under 4 lbs.

Like the originals, the LTE’s barrel completely detaches for easy carry in a backpack, or probably the console of your truck. TNW uses a patented design to lock the barrel back in place.

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There is a long distance between where the barrel meets the chamber (with a keyed connection) and where the barrel nut locks onto the receiver which reduces any room for wiggle. Coupled with their cone-shaped coupler, they say this gun holds zero with an optic.

This patented barrel mount helps the rifle keep zero even after takedown.
The ejection port can be set to either side of the gun.

The direct blowback action has a reciprocating charging handle that can be mounted for right- or left-handed operation. The safety can also be set to either side.

Most interestingly, the ejection port can also be set to eject from either side.

The LTE takes Glock mags and AR grips and stocks.

Ports on both sides, the vented top Picatinny rail, the m-Lok slots (at 3, 6, 9), and the pencil-profile (threaded) barrel all make this gun a lot lighter than the originals. Oh, and it takes Glock mags.

M-Lok slots at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock.

The LTE has a FAL-style trigger with just three parts that also weighs in at about 4 lbs. The steel parts are parkerized, while the aluminum receivers are hard anodized. It comes with a Mission First Tactical stock and Kriss grip but is compatible with any AR stock and grips.

TNW’s new Aero Survival Rifle LTE will be available this summer for $899.


  • Barrel length: US 16.25”
  • Barrel Twist: 1:10
  • Overall length: US 33.0″
  • Overall length (Collapsed Stock): US 29.5”
  • Breakdown dimensions with barrel removed: US 17.25”
  • Available calibers: 9mm
  • Magazine configuration: Glock pistol style
  • Left or right handed ejection and charging
  • Weight: 3.95 lbs
  • Coating: Hard Anodized
  • Action: Semi-automatic, direct blow back
  • Safety: Sliding safety and integrated child trigger lock

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  • WFG January 20, 2023, 10:44 am

    This is reminiscent of my A-model UZI, one of the first orders, in Dade County FL. Sweet, and would stow in a small hard gun case. 22 .25 X 8.50 in. and just made it in a Samsonite hard briefcase, popular at the time, with the stock folded in both.

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