Fightlite’s unusual AR-style lower receiver doesn’t wear a pistol grip or even have an attachment point for one, which gives the carbine an unusual, bordering-on-traditional profile without abandoning the modern sporting rifle’s durability and performance. In 2020 the company added the warmth of wood to its line, a version that American Rifleman had a chance to test drive.
The company’s Sport Configurable Rifle (SCR) lineup was first introduced in 2014 and each feature a MIL-STD 1913 flat top upper receiver for fast and effortless optic mounting. Although the original design wore synthetic stocks that sported a similar look to the Remington 870, each of the 16 different versions available today wear real wood.
Fightlite SCRs, which are manufactured and engineered in the United States, accept most AR-15 parts, including magazines, barrels, upper receivers and more. The design allows owners to change chamberings with the press of two captive pins to swap out the upper receiver.
MSRPs start at $1,170 for a carbine with a walnut stock and hand-guard, or you can choose from wood laminates in nutmeg, pepper and forest camouflage for the same price. Regardless of your selection, all SCRs are chambered in 5.56 NATO and barrel length is 16.25" with a 1:9" twist rate.
Top of the line models come with a Fightlite, free-floating MLOK handguard. MSRP for any one in that quartet—available in the same furniture mentioned above—comes in at $1,280. The barrels in this version are threaded for muzzle devices.
The guns weigh between 5.8 and 6.2 lbs. and ship with five-round-capacity magazines, which makes them a good option for anyone living in more restrictive areas of the country. The receivers are constructed from aerospace-grade 7075-T6 aluminum and feature MIL-A-8625 F black hardcoat anodizing. Barrels are 4140 chromoly and wear a manganese phosphate finish.