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Since there’s been a lot of talk about “assault pistols” in the news lately, let’s take a look at the world’s lightest AR-15 pistol: the Extar EXP-556 Pistol – MK 2.  (which is still NOT an assault pistol, thank you very much, CNN)

Type: Semi Automatic Gas Operated Pistol
Caliber: 5.56 mm
Magazine: Accepts any standard MIL-SPEC AR-15 magazine (comes with one 30 round magazine)
Weight (unloaded): 3 lbs 3 oz
Overall Length: 18″ (45.72 cm)
Barrel Length (including muzzle device): 9.25″ (23.50 cm)
Barrel Length: 8.25″ (20.96 cm)
Barrel Specs: 1:9 standard twist 1/2-28 threaded muzzle with included recoil reducing muzzle device
Sights: Fixed ghost ring sights with a sight radius of 12.38″ (31.43 cm)
Other Specifications and Features:

  • Lightest 5.56 mm production pistol in the world
  • Compact design with no buffer tube
  • Ergonomic pistol grip
  • Extended, integrated MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail for easy mounting of optics and accessories
  • Vertical Picatinny Rail in rear (for mounting stock or pistol brace)
  • QD sling mount socket built into rear
  • Extremely low recoil – can be held and shot with one hand with virtually no muzzle climb
  • Crisp trigger pull of 5.5 lbs
  • Integrated winter trigger guard
  • Comes standard with anti-slip free floating hand guard and recoil reducing muzzle device

The EXTAR EXP-556 Pistol – Mk 2 is MADE IN THE USA by hard working American men and women and comes with a one year factory warranty against manufacturer defects.

Check it out!