Exclusive: Lighten Up with 2A Armament BLR 16 Rifle

Out of the box, this 2A Armament rifle weighs 5 lbs. — a lightweight in its class. You can tell as soon as you pick it up. Add a full magazine and an Aimpoint optic and the weight goes up to 6.2 lbs. By most measures, this is still quite light. To be clear, I’ve not had to carry a rifle all day while wearing combat or tactical gear, but I have earned a Gunsite certificate, graduating from their Carbine course. And that required carrying, loading, and firing about 700 rounds from an AR-15 over three days of intensive instruction. So I can say, based on my experience, a lighter rifle would have been appreciated. I would guess the same sentiment would hold for those who carry a rifle for long hours on regular patrols.


Shooting this BLR 16 is awesome — reliable, accurate, steady, sure. You don’t really tire of holding it at aim so you just keep shooting and shooting. Every one of my buddies who tried it loved it. They all expected it to be heavier, based on its appearance. It wasn’t.


Besides the light weight, my favorite features on this 2A Arms rifle include the following: the minimalist stock, the BCM Mod4 charging handle (medium latch to make support hand charging easier), and the light weight. Which I think I already mentioned.


There’s a lot of good things going on with 2A’s BLR 16. Here’s the rundown the company’s website:

LOWER RECEIVER – CNC machined 7075-T6 billet with flared mag-well, hard coat type-III anodized, rear tensioning screw, rear takedown spring retainer, screw in bolt catch pin.

UPPER RECEIVER – CNC machined 7075-T6 billet “slick side” mil-spec port door, retained port door rod (No E-clip to lose!) M-4 feed ramps, machined indexing marks.

BOLT AND CARRIER – 8620 machined body with QPQ process, 9310 machined bolt, cryogenically treated, MPT, QPQ process, BCM-mod4 charging handle.

BARREL – 16″ Pencil profile, 416-R stainless steel, mid-length gas system, 5.56 NATO spec chamber, 1 in 8 twist, 1/2×28 thread, QPQ process, titanium gas block.

RECEIVER EXTENSION – Mil-spec 6-position 7075-T6, standard H-Buffer.


HANDGUARD – 15″ 6061 extruded BL-RAIL,  M-LOK, or KeyMod, titanium barrel nut.

MUZZLE DEVICE – Titanium T3 compensator, suppressor mount, timed with steel shims.

STOCK/GRIP – MAGPUL MIAD Grip, Mission First minimalist stock.

LOWER PARTS – Mil-spec safety, magazine catch, bolt catch, through drilled titanium takedown pins.

TRIGGER – ALG-ACT trigger group with optional light or heavy hammer spring.

WEIGHT – 5.0 pounds based on options.

Ships with one MAGPUL P-MAG and die cut foam box

Comes in M-LOK or KeyMod mounting solutions — the one you see here is the M-LOK — and retails for $2,177.00.

— Mark Kakkuri

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