DRD Tactical introduces the Paratus-16

DRD Tactical’s Paratus-16 is making its Shot Show debut in the RSR Booth. The Paratus-16 was introduced in August of last year, and is one of the truly one of the more innovative rifles out there.


For the uninitiated, the Paratus-16 is a quick break down semi-automatic rifle chambered for the 7.62 x 51mm round. The rifle was developed for the Clandestine Break-Down Rifle request listed on an open announcement by Joint & Special Operations Program.

The Paratus-16 will break down to fit in a small hard case that is 16”x10”x6”, or if you prefer a Zero Halliburton Attaché case. It can be assembled and ready to fire in less than a minute, without requiring any special tools. This rifle will require further evaluation, but it is definitely and interesting concept.

Here are the particulars of the Paratus-16:

  • Caliber: 7.62x51mm
  • Weight: 9.2 lbs
  • Barrel: Lothar-Walther 16” with 1 in 10 twist
  • Magazine Capacity: 20 Rounds
  • Buttstock/Grips: Magpul, Adjustable Folding Stock and Grips
  • Safety Selector: AR15 type
  • Trigger: Geissele 2-Stage
  • Optic Mounting Rail: MIL-STD 1913
  • Operation: Direct Gas Operated Semi-Automatic
  • Finish: Nickel Boron
  • Sights: Magpul MBUS

Will Fawcett

I was raised a gun nut, but to pay for ammunition I am an attorney in Smyrna, Georgia.


  • Looks like an HK556 but more personalized 🙂

    • john907442001

      I don’t see any HK556 at all. I see more of a ZM-WEAPONS LR-300

  • John Doe

    The rail looks so bulky.

  • kevinp2

    Typo: Caliber: 7.62x5mm

    • TRich

      Brand new calibre introduced at the Show… The 5mm give it zero ballistic capability haha 😛

  • It is a really nice Take-Down-Rifle. But one thing, i want to know is:
    How much time needs the assembly, when you´re stressed, for example in Case of a attack?

    • Hawk

      All you paranoid preppers make me sick.

      • gunslinger

        um.. what?

        • Hawk

          “In case of attack?” What on earth do you expect to happen? Why are you concerned with assembly time under stress, are you planning on someone storming your house?

          • Cymond

            “The rifle was developed for the Clandestine Break-Down Rifle request listed on an open announcement by Joint & Special Operations Program.”
            The rifle was explicitly designed for military work in a hostile environment. It can be disassembled and reassembled quickly. It’s not a bizarre question, then, to ask how quickly in a hostile environment. After all, that is it’s explicit purpose.

          • Hawk

            Are you deployed overseas, or are you just an average schmuck?

          • Cymond

            Oh, I fully admit that I’m an average schmuck. Hell, I’m not even a very good shot. That’s beside the point. We’re discussing a rifle and it’s merits, not ourselves. Personally, I have no use for or interest in the rifle beyond mental curiousity. That doesn’t mean we can’t discuss it’s capabilities.

          • tacticaltshirts.com

            While there are a lot of internet liars, there are some professionals on these forums. Be that as it may, the weapon was designed with that feature in mind. It’s reasonable to ask about the ability to put together. That can be measured in ease, time, complexity or tool-free.

            Maybe he’s a bush-pilot? Maybe he drives a sports car? Maybe he just like’s the cool factor?

  • @ Chris The time is dependant on the operator and how much practice time he/she puts in to be quick.

  • Matt

    Cool, but not $5615 cool!

  • Sam Suggs

    was the company involved in any way with that Hook Man bullshit on Hawaii Five O