DRD Tactical Paratus G762

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DRD Tactical have just announced the Paratus G762 Rifle. This semi-automatic take-down rifle uses 20-round H&K G3 magazines rather than  AR-10 magazines. It features a 13-inch QD Picatinny rail, FN hammer-forged 16” barrel, Magpul stock and pistol grip and a custom cut foam hard case for transport when takendown.

In other news, the Cobb County, Georgia, Sheriff’s department’s Tactical Operations Unit have adopted Paratus rifles chambered in 5.56mm and 7.62mm. This allows them to carry the rifles discretely in backpacks and attache cases or in a motorcycle saddle-bag without attracting attention.

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  • LoneSurvivorWasMoving

    An AR-10 that takes $3 magazines?
    Yes please

    • thedonn007

      CMMG made an AR-10 lower to take G3 mags.

    • El Duderino

      It’s nice to see another rifle with this. I think the main drawback is the no bolt open, right?

  • jamezb

    Does a 7.62 rifle really need OVER 52″ of “rail estate”?
    Great move using G3 magazines, though.That makes me grin.

  • iksnilol

    Again, what is the fad with using 16 inch barrels? Is it that hard to make the barrel 2 inches longer? Not because of velocity but because of the fireball.

    Other than that gripe it looks like a good general purpose rifle with inexpensive mags.

    • Clint Notestine

      get a better flash hider?

      • iksnilol

        Its cheaper.

        Personally I prefer a 20 inch barrel on 308 due to softer recoil, being quieter and less residue in the silencer due to more powder burned inside the barrel. But then again I use a suppressor/silencer which is harder to get in the US so its more of a consideration for me (a gun is pretty much useless to me if it cant be suppressed).

  • Anton Gray Basson

    If they made one that took metric FAL mags I know Id buy one.

    • Blake

      I imagine that the confusion between metric & inch FAL parts is part of the reason why this was designed to take G3 mags instead…

      • Anton Gray Basson

        I get that, just saying Id prefer it a certain way becuase I personally own 17 FAL mags. But as I read a bit more I see that its probably has more to do with the G3 mag being very close to the AR10 in lip configuration. Compare them if you get a chance

        • Al

          Good FAL magazines are very hard to find these days, and lot more expensive than the always consistent quality G3 mags. And I’d rather have the DRD than a HK91 or G3 clone.

          • Anton Gray Basson

            depends where in the world you are.

  • aweds1

    How does the rifle “take down”? Can’t you just separate the upper and lower for the same effect? Love the G3 mags! Plentiful and cheap where 20 rounders are still allowed…

    • Anonymoose

      The barrel and handguard unscrew from the receiver. Some models also use an ACR-style Magpul folding stock.

  • MZupcak

    I LOVE these DRD takedown rifles. The fact that they sell complete uppers is even more awesome.

    DRD needs to partner with ZERO Haliburton and start shipping these “kits” in aluminum attache cases!

    • Anonymoose

      They were for a while after they introduced the original Paratus.

  • Michael

    I do have a few G3 mags lying around. Will be worth a look if its not too expensive

  • Mr. Pink

    Nice concept, and finally someone in the industry used their brain and developed a modern rifle that uses G3 magazines (which are dirt cheap, extremely common, and 100% dependable – if not the best .308 caliber magazines ever built.) Should have been done sooner.

    The big fail with this project is that they’re charging over $3000 MSRP for this package (their flagship Paratus rifle, though a different design, runs over $5600!!!) and it weighs over 9 lbs without the attachments (and it’s a DI rifle too – should be lighter, right?) Sure it has a nifty takedown feature, but then again, so do most other .308 caliber rifles these days – the only difference is the Paratus takes down at the barrel, whereas other AR styles take down at 2 push pins. So realistically, you’re only saving a 8 1/2″ inches or so in difference, and complicating the reassembly, weight, and mechanism by a whole lot (and we have yet to see how it affects accuracy and repeatability.) As I recall, the demo video took about 40-50 seconds for full reassembly-to-firing.

    And when you compare it to another .308 platform, the SCAR 17, which weighs 7.9 lbs. empty, and can be taken down with 1 push pin, removing the buttstock and lower receiver, and reassembled in under 5 seconds (oh, and it can now be had for about $500 – $800 less if you know where to shop) – well, I just don’t see much advantage to the Paratus design other than it using G3 magazines.

    • iksnilol

      You forgot the most important advantage:

      You totally feel like a movie assassin when assembling it out of a hard case (bonus points if you ominiously screw on a suppressor before taking the shot).

      • 1leggeddog

        Put these in a nice black pelican gun case as well and you’re set.

        • iksnilol

          I kind of want to do something like that with a Marlin Papoose. I just wonder how comfortable it is without a forearm. Thinking about making something like a retractable forearm (think HK retracting/collapsing stock).

    • Al

      Agreed, too expensive. Pity there’s not enough room for a paddle mag release. And no bolt hold open follower on G3 mags…

  • Some guy with a ton of G3 mags

    The CMMG version would not have the bolt hold open after the last shot. It would be nice to know if the DRD Tactical design addressed this.

  • UD

    I like this. Price? Been looking for a .308 platform, or something similar…..

    • Anonymoose

      More than you make in a month.

  • 308T

    If it doesn’t take Magpul 7.62 mags I’m out.

    • Marcus

      This is pretty much the only design that I would not say that about. G3 mags are awesome, reliable, and can be found all day for 3 bucks or less.

    • Anonymoose

      The other Paratus rifles take Pmags.

  • Lance

    Looks like a copy of Ruger’s SR-762 AR-10.

  • AR1

    Now I can get rid of my PTR with a crooked triple frame.

    • FootballFan

      Lemme know if you decide to sell the PTR.

  • Anonymoose

    My pants suddenly feel uncomfortably tight…