First Look: Faxon Ion X Hyperlite Rifle

All the features you want, and weighing under five pounds without an optic or magazine,

posted on August 13, 2023
ION X Hyperlite

Faxon Firearms has just released a new AR-15 variant based off the ION FX5500 rifle, the Ion X Hyperlite rifle. This new carbine is designed around keeping the AR-15 carbine extremely light. As a result, the new Faxon Ion X Hyperlite weighs less than 5 pounds unloaded. Its barrel has an advanced low profile design and includes a three-port muzzle brake, helping the Faxon Ion X Hyperlite to be extremely lightweight but also very handy and easy to maneuver. The slim profile of the muzzle brake allows you to remove the gas block and or barrel nut without removing the muzzle device.

To boost their lighter weight and maneuverability, Faxon outfit these guns with a carbon fiber handguard and a light weight “Faxon Gunner” M-16 style bolt carrier group. "Our goal at Faxon Firearms has always been to deliver unrivaled quality and value to our customers," said Dustin Wallace, Director of Marketing & Customer Service at Faxon Firearms. "With the introduction of the Faxon ION-X Hyperlite 5.56 Rifle, we are taking that commitment to the next level. This rifle combines exceptional performance, lightweight design, enhanced aesthetics, and unmatched durability, making it an excellent choice for serious shooters."

Faxon Ion X Hyperlite Specifications:

  • Action: Semi-automatic
  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Barrel Length: 16 inches
  • Receivers: X-tra Lite AR-15 upper and lower set
  • Weight: 4 pounds, 15 ounces

The Faxon Ion X Hyperlite rifle has a starting price of $1,625 and is backed by Faxon Firearm’s limited lifetime warranty. Besides the standard black finish, customers may also opt to purchase a Faxon Ion X Hyperlite with a titanium Cerakote finish for an extra $75 on top of the base price. To learn more about this rifle or other products from Faxon, please visit


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