Battle Rifle Company BR4 Trident

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Battle Rifle Company is announcing their latest addition to the BR4 line: the Trident. It will be on display at the 2015 NASGW show.

The BR4 Trident is the first rifle specifically designed for MARSEC (Maritime Security) operations and shipboard usage. Built and constructed for long lasting life in extreme weather conditions, the BR4 Trident is unlike any other rifle and suited perfectly for marine environments.

“Careful consideration was given that no direct ferrous metal to metal contact was made throughout the entire rifle,” says Noah Maudalin, Battle Rifle Company Master Gunsmith. “The rifle comes in Semi and select fire models; needless to say, we are all super excited to introduce this to marine security divisions as well as the general public.”

It will be available with an 11.5″ or 16″ barrel and all major components will have a Hi-Temp Cerakote finish (including the upper and lower receivers, buffer tube, forearm quad-rail and the front sight base). The barrel is 416S Stainless Steel Hi-Temp Cerakote finished with a 1:7 twist and it also comes with a stainless steel fire control group, nickel boron M16 profile bolt carrier group, stainless steel pins and lower parts, stainless steel springs and a narrow comfort grip quad rail.

All the components are coated with Nano Technology to insure a water tight seal that prevents corrosion and rust due to wet environmental conditions.

I’m not sure what this “Nano Technology” is…  Little robots with squeegees perhaps?  🙂  Basically I think they are saying that the weapon will not change it’s paint scheme to “Rust Red” when kept aboard ship, and that it will continue to function in salt/fresh water environments.  I’ve never had to maintain a weapon near those conditions, but I can imagine the havoc that it would cause if you don’t perform consistent maintenance.  Can any of you reader speak up about challenges in that environment?

You can find more information (though it is not yet listed on their site): https://www.battleriflecompany.com/content/Our_rifles/br4_platform



Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • G0rdon_Fr33man

    Ceracoat is good and all, but I wish more guns would come Nickel Boron treated…

    • JSmath

      At least the BCG is NiB. And that’s the one place, if any, that it really should be.

  • Oaf

    Finally, a rifle made out of technology.

  • NDS

    Carbine length gas system on an 11.5″? Hard pass.

    The stainless pins and springs are a good call for maritime use, but even stainless will rust if not properly protected.

    “…coated with Nano technology” made me actually chuckle, what a ridiculous statement. My personal experience with cerakote has been very good as far as corrosion resistance. There was a large fire at a training facility near here a few years back; many weapons in the vault were ruined but the ones that were Cerakoted were thrown in a drum of kerosene and were fine.

    • BillC

      “Carbine length gas system on an 11.5″? Hard pass.” Oh really, why is that? What do you propose, pistol length? Hahaha. Insert insult here.

  • JSmath

    For a company that became the butt of a lot of jokes from their debut, they seem hell bent on attempting to make a decent out-of-box rifle.

    • Joshua

      They’ve come a long ways since their debut.

  • Lance

    Not worth a $200 tax stamp for a shorty. just stick with 16 inch.

    • john huscio

      Build one up as a pistol, put a shockwave blade on it, GTG.

  • GMJosh

    As a USCG Gunners Mate I love the idea of a weapon designed for the maritime salt water environment. We take care of our M16’s (really old full length A2’s) but it is a constant fight against the red menace. The barrel is especially bad because the finish is often scratched by the racks. Internals require constant watch for rust as well because sea spray and salt finds its way into everything and when launching a small boat from a cutter there is almost ALWAYS sea spray. Its the same way with out SIG P229s. Anything not stainless (the sights and triggers mainly) needs to be given a thorough cleaning almost daily. It isn’t like when you can go to the range and after shooting leave it in your safe for a few days before cleaning it.

    • Bill

      It’s amazing how fast SIG triggers will rust, and how hard it is to thoroughly clean them without detail-stripping the pistol. Plus, it isn’t like you can keep a trigger liberally coated with oil or grease. People who “prefer” the “genuine” two-piece steel slides never had to maintain them after exposure to salt air or high humidity.

  • CommonSense23

    Here is how you maintain a rifle in a maritime environment. Take CLP, hose it the entire gun down. There you go.

    • Cal S.

      But what about muh cosmoline?

    • GMJosh

      Yea here’s the thing, to much CLP tends to trap the salt especially inside the BCG. This can lead to issues with cycling and chambering. Also witch certain finishes that salt will actually scratch and wear away and cause issues over the long term.

      • CommonSense23

        Interesting, never once notices with cycyling or chambering over my career as also being a GM, then the guy who is swimming his rifle over the beach.

        • GMJosh

          Seen it happen a couple of times, all when manually cycling. Guys come back from doing a boarding go to download and either the bolt is hard to pull back because the dust cover wasn’t closed and salt from sea spray got built up on the bolt or the bolt got hung up when they were running it forward when it was empty and we were stowing them. Also and and I have no idea if this is true but we were taught not to over lube guns and never lube the ammo because it could somehow cause overpressure and cause the case to detonate. Again that was “a” school and they taught us some odd stuff. Like explaining how the M16’s gas key and tube work using the term “docking”. My instructors got weird. Again our guns are very old sad M16 A2’s that have bee rode hard and out up wet so that may have something to do with it

    • Bill

      Actually, if the gun’s already dirty, there’s nothing wrong with blasting it with clean fresh water, then drying thoroughly and re-lubing. You can even use a hotel’s shower, little bottle of shampoo and hair dryer, if you are far from home and got mired down in some septic lowland bog. Then you go to the ER for a fresh hepatitis series, tetanus shot and to have the leeches that you can’t reach or that may be in places you can’t see, and no one in your agency will touch, removed.

      I CAN’T be the only guy who’s ever showered with his rifle.

      • GMJosh

        When we would come back from doing navy escorts especially the bow 240B and the bow gunner usually got a thorough fresh water wash down with the garden hose before being allowed back in the station. We would pull the barrels and flush them along with the internals then hose off the ammo too. Dry everything off and add a thin coat of oil to the areas needed and rack them. This is the best way especially when the salt has dried on there after a 10 or 12 hour escort.

  • Joshua

    5.56 and pistol length gas systems suck.

    11.5 Carbine is the ideal short length.

    • NDS

      Yup anything shorter than 12.5″ I go 300blk. I have a 10″ SIG556 that is a 5.56 digester but it was designed at that length and runs great. Really anything shorter than a 20″ AR is some kind of compromise.

    • JSmath

      Everyone has their fantasy ideals, you included. Plenty of people have made or use pistol length systems work and in enough cases find it suits their wants and needs. No, I am not one of those people.

      My suggestion was specifically in response to NDS’s gripe about the carbine length gas system, since that seemed to be his emphasis (rather than barrel length). Seems he’s decided to switch up his story, and honestly none of this is my concern.

      • NDS

        My gripe was the difference between the gas system and barrel length. Not sure how I’ve switched up my story, since we were in agreement on the dissipator setup.

        Shorter than 12.5″ 5.56 I PERSONALLY like pistol length gas systems – all the way down to 7″ flamethrowers they run consistenty without gigantic gas ports or playing around with buffers to run a range of cheap .223 to hot 5.56. Are they the smoothest shooters? Hell no.

        Again, personal preference. I sure BRC’s 11.5 runs just fine.

        • JSmath

          I see now. Misunderstanding cleared up.

          I’m sure BRC’s 11.5 will run fine, assuming they shot it before demoing it as a display model to public. 😉

          • NDS

            Hahaha agreed, hopefully they tested it.

  • NDS

    It looks like the gas tube goes to the front sight block. I’m familiar with the fake dissipator builds; those are made for the same reason as why I said pass on the carbine length gas system… Too short of a dwell time. It’s not that they DON’T work… I mean the Mk18 is a 10.3″ on a carbine length gas system. They run like an 0.083″ gas port and it’ll cycle most .223 loads fine, and pretty much any 5.56.

    I personally don’t go shorter than 12.5″ on a carbine system and a 14.5″ midlength seems to be the best all around shooter for 5.56.

    Insert reasonable response here? I don’t really have a witty insult if that’s what Bill was looking for.

    • Joshua

      Mk18 has a gas port of .071

      • NDS

        Sorry I was referring to the commercially available Daniel Defense Mk18 barrel – you are right the mil Mk18 is 0.071. Commercial DD barrel is 0.083, down from the original 0.086 they started with.

    • JSmath

      I brought up the psuedo-dissipator builds for that exact reason, NDS. It was directly in response to what you were saying, so there’s no reason for you to explain that either. You were only stating the obvious (to people who know how guns function) as though you were making some new conclusion…

      I don’t know who Bill is nor was I agreeing with him.

      • NDS

        I was agreeing with you, not Bill. Not making any new conclusions, just my personal opinions. Not everyone is familiar with why a traditional dissipator build doesn’t run consistently.

  • INFI

    “Coated with nanotechnology” There are a ton of superhydrophobic sprays on the market. I wonder if they use one that is sprayed on or, embedded in the cerakote? That would be crazy awesome (no idea how it would stick to the gun????) Anyway, nanotechnology up in this blaster foo!!!

  • M

    Didn’t Andrew from Vuurwapenblog review them twice with with them failing basic quality checks twice? If I recall correctly the first time their ARs had handguards too short leaving exposed gas tube. the second time was a torture test and their gun went down, and the muzzle device exploded

    • borekfk

      Yes he did. You think BRC would stop with all the hyperbole after that, but apparently they haven’t.

    • We did two as well. In fact Andrew posted about the gas block a couple of years ago. Almost two years anyway.

    • 11-B-Grunt

      The gun with the exposed gas block was at a gun show, the second torture test ran flawlessly and made it in guns magazine.
      There were parts manufacturer issues early on in the company but they were addressed and corrected

  • Kivaari

    It’s a good looking rifle. While in the Navy aboard DDG-15, I never saw much of a problem with the aft gun locker. We had old guns, M1A1 SMGs, BARs, M1 rifles. I never found rust on any of them issued to me for temporary duty. They were well used, with phosphate finishes.

  • iksnilol

    Nothing wrong with exposed gas block, makes it easier to adjust if you have an adjustable gas block.

  • DW

    Nanomachines, son.

  • Chriss Kyle

    Beautiful Handguard

  • Bill

    The irony of fighting on a ship is that ranges are either really short, or really long. There are a lot of tight, cramped quarters where a short gun is needed, and, dependent on the type of vessel, there can be corridors and decks that are hundreds of yards long. Add in repelling pirates and a rifle really needs to be able to do all things at all ranges, including not self-destructing.

    • borekfk

      I remember being TAD to Security department and I always wondered why we were never issued something compact like an SMG.

    • CommonSense23

      Which a ten inch 5.56 is more than capable of handling.

      • Bill

        Probably, but having somebody up high on a bridge wing with a scope-sighted .30 cal is comforting. Thinking about it, it’s comforting in shopping malls and trailer parks, too. In a perfect world there would be a Barrett or Chey-Tac on the bridge for zorching outboard motors and perforating pirate’s waterborne technicals, or covering while a team is clearing the container ship maze o’boxes. Instead, you get fire hoses.

        • iksnilol

          It makes sense to be honest. Sure, I like the idea of politically correct violence and lighting people up just as much as anybody else. But you have to think a bit. If you light up the pirates, sure, some might be scared off. What about those who aren’t scared off? They’ll just kill you on sight, hit you with RPGs and other crap at distance, close in and mop up. Not killing them motivates them to not kill you.

          I hope you understand what I mean.

          • Bill

            I do indeed understand, but unfortunately there have been instances where crews where killed, or taken to ports and held as hostages for ransom, which made them MUCH more difficult to locate and exfiltrate. “Average” criminals look for easy pickings. To be blunt, the ones who aren’t scared off need to be killed. One could argue that hijacking a cargo ship is essentially a property crime, but I view it as a violent crime no different than carjacking a very, very big car.

            FWIW, almost no commercial vessels have weapons on board. The legal issues in ports alone make it impractical, and with crew members often being barely-vetted Third Worlders, there’s sometimes a person on the inside, and the officers don’t want to inadvertently arm insurgent crew members. The shipping companies don’t want the liability, so most adopt a seagoing stronghold approach, where the ship is essentially locked down. If everyone does their job right, pirates can board, but they can’t actually get into internal compartments.

            As the prayer goes, we are very small, and the sea is very big. Ships, and crews, have just vanished after being taken.

    • Yallan

      Are U.S and U.K the only countries that use short barreled rifles inside ships? Everyone else, including Australia seem to use submachine guns, like the MP5 and Brazil use the Uzi.The probable reason is the noise blast is magnified inside the steel hull of ships making electronic ear protection a necessity, and which only rich soldiers can afford. But the other reason in Australias case is that they don’t want to cause permanent hearing damage to civilians inside ships if a firefight starts. A suppressed sbr bullpup would be a good option but currently only the tavor seems suppressor compatible..

      • borekfk

        Hell, I remembered being issued a regular M16A3 for security work. The shortest weapon we had was the 14.5 inch barrel M4 Carbine. I’m assuming the reason we don’t get SMG’s is due to the reason that we were issued 12-gauge shotguns.

        • Bill

          If you were in a normal, steel ship, you could do worse than a shotgun. Like cellblocks in prisons, you get enough plated buckshot bouncing around a compartment, people start to behave. If you don’t want to risk ricochets damaging lines or equipment, lead buck should be soft enough to flatten and drop.

          • iksnilol

            I think shotguns are risky on a ship. Think about it, everything is metal and you are firing a bunch of BBs. One not perfect hit and that crap bounces around.

          • Bill

            That’s the point ;). Bouncing crap can be a good thing in some cases. I wouldn’t want to do it in an electronics or engineering space, but if there isn’t anything likely to be anything important damaged, and you don’t count a pirate’s left testicle as important, let it rain.

          • iksnilol

            Yeh, but bouncing crap can bounce back and ruin your day.

          • Bill

            Yes, indeed it can.

            If you’re familiar with Stingball grenades, you know that you can’t just casually toss it out in front of you. That can hurt.

      • Bill

        I think a lot of it depends on who’s doing the shooting and what they have in their inventory. Some units would have MP5SDs and some would have M16s and 870s. And your point about hearing is spot-on. On a cruise ship, where I measured corridors that are a hundred yards long with no cover or concealment, at least carpets and wall coverings would reduce some of the blast. Then again, training in derelicts, even with plugs and muffs, touching off an unsuppressed short 5.56mm was like being in a dumpster that was under attack by a couple dozen hobos on meth with sledgehammers. Even the 4-inch .357 mag revolvers that some guys had seemed like they’d cause earbleed.

        • Doc Rader

          The visual imagery of meth addled hobos attacking a dumpster wins the internet today.

      • iksnilol

        Why is the Tavor more suppressor compatible than other bullpups?

        All gas operated guns are uncomfortable if used with a suppressor and without an adjustable gas system.

  • KD

    Unlike any rifle ever…except pretty much all the other mall ninja ARs.

  • joedeats

    A little confused here, a battle rifle is accepted as a semi auto, magazine fed rifle firing a full size cartridge. This appears to be an exspensive AR which we all know fires 5.56 rounds. Yes it’s a well built, fisherman and surfer friendly AR but it’s not a battle rifle.

  • CavScout

    Publicity stunt gun. Why does it need to LOOK like a nickel plated mariner shotgun when it’s ceracoated? Because LOOKS apparently?

  • The Brigadier

    Jeez, yet another AR. At least this one won’t rust.