Words by Tom Beckstrand | Photos by Mark Fingar
ANYONE WHO has served in the infantry or Special Operations community is probably familiar with the statement, “Ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain.” Weight isn’t a big deal until you’re carrying something for hours or days at a time. Under those conditions, every last ounce needs justification to stick around. There is currently a wave of lightweight AR-pattern rifles floating around the market. Although few people carry a rifle for more than a few minutes at a time, the push for lighter and smaller is a natural extension of rifle development. No one wants to carry heavy weight unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Patriot Ordnance Factory (POF) has always been at the forefront of AR development. I first heard of the company over a decade ago from one of my Special Forces teammates that was as much of a rifle enthusiast as I am, if not more. He spoke highly of POF, and in the subsequent decade, I’ve learned why.