All barrels should have fluting, this one is way under 2 pounds, and makes for a very light weight rifle build. With the flame fluting its a shame to cover it up with a 15 inch hand guard, but those are the only hand guards I use. In the past the problem has always been, when you but together a completely equipped rifle i.e. sling, optics, sights, light etc, then stick in two 30 round magazines coupled together, and you have a very heavy package, which is not practical for a go to or bug out weapon. If you're looking for a completely equipped AR15 under 8 pounds, this is a pretty good start.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Rodney Jennings from TX on 8/17/2016