DRD Tactical Rifles offers NiB-Battle Worn Finish

DRD Tactical recently started offering a battle worn finish over the standard nickel boron finish. I’m sure this will appeal to those who like the overall look of a well used and worn rifle. Check the DRD Tactical website for pricing.

TFB has posted many articles about DRD Tactical innovative takedown rifles. This post from Alex C shows the CDR15 takedown rifle in a case made for the rifle.

I have one of the DRD uppers and built my own takedown AR. It’s very simple to assemble and takedown into two parts. The upper has a handle that lays flat against the rifle when assembled. To break the rifle down you simply pull the handle back and pull the two parts of the upper apart.


Dallas, GA: DRD Tactical is happy to announce that we now offer all our complete Rifle systems with Nickel Boron-Battle Worn (pat-pending) finish. Modern Sporting Rifle owners are familiar with Nickel Boron bolt carrier groups and rifles, but this new process gives the rifle the awesome battle worn look on top of Nickel Boron. DRD is the first OEM to go with this new process for production rifles provided by Tactical Firearms Solutions.

DRD Tactical specializes in design and manufacturing of patented Take Down Rifles in 7.62 Nato, 338 Lapua Magnum, 5.56 Nato and 300AAC, in our modern CNC manufacturing facility.

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • Just say’n

    Meh. I never understood pre-ripped, stone-washed jeans either.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Agreed. I’m a sucker for made in the USA designer jeans when I’m at consignment shops, but NEVER anything that has holes I didn’t earn.

      It’s not a bad looking gun, but buying a worn-look gun is far too poser-town.

  • Vitsaus

    For those guys who just don’t have the time to take a carbine class, or you know, go to the range, or handle their rifle, but want every one else to know that they totally would do all that stuff.

    • iksnilol

      Not really, when you do that stuff and the finish gets worn the metal becomes vulnerable to oxidation. This way you get the worn/useless look (less attractive) whilst keeping the gun optimal.

      • Mcameron

        never once have i seen a rifle that has a worn finish develop rust in the worn areas….

        • Bill

          and it id did, there’s always Rustoleum.

        • javierjuanmanuel

          Not even a bit on a blued gun ? Even a sweaty 1911 resting on a fat dudes sweaty hip ?

        • iksnilol

          Then you haven’t seen many pistols.

          • Mcameron

            no, its just the ones i have were all taken care of by their owners……

            neglect any handgun and it will rust………bluing worn off a gun isnt going to rust up overnight….wipe it down with an oily rag every now and then and youll be fine.

          • iksnilol

            Still, if it depends on being wiped down all the time it isn’t durable.

            So what’s wrong with wanting to have the worn look whilst having the durability of a real coating?

  • codfilet

    Did they drag it down the driveway????

  • LV-426

    New in Box Battle Worn. LOL.

    • iksnilol

      Nib = nickel boron

      • LV-426


      • Norm Glitz

        Nickel boron = NiB

    • Cal S.

      That’s gonna be fun to explain in an Armslist listing… 😉

  • Indiana Finney

    I know, I know, I’ll get flak for this. But I like it from an aesthetic point of view. It gives the gun a sort of panache while maintaining the rust-resistant nature of the gun. I’d get this on a 1911 or AR if the price was right.

    • Swarf

      Indiana Finney wears acid-washed jeans and owns a gimme-cap bill distressing machine.

      • Indiana Finney

        Come on, now that’s not true. I see the comparison but when it comes to clothing, distressing subtracts from functionality. A NiB battleworn AR or 1911 doesn’t subtract from the functionality since the NiB is preserved, warding off rust. A firearm is a piece of art that you can have fun with, and you can treat it that way. Or not, it’s up to you.

    • I kinda like it:-)

  • Tyler McCommon

    DRD translates to $4k+ MSRP.

  • Rod Jos

    KC Jones have black NiB, though.

  • Chadd

    It reminds me of an old sword my dad had when I was a kid. I like the sharp edges on it too (the sword and the rifle). If it wasn’t so damn expensive, I’d happily buy the up, rail, and lower.

  • iksnilol

    I like it, looks crappy and worn whilst being protected from rust.

  • Cal S.

    Gee, now I know what verbiage to use when selling my granddad’s 55-70% blued 20ga fouling piece…

    • Norm Glitz

      Anything like a fowling piece? Or does it just get real dirty inside?

      • Cal S.

        A little bit of both, I suppose… 😉

  • Mcameron

    pre worn finish…..because getting actual wear is apparently too hard…..gee, people might actually have to train with their weapons…

  • Dave

    Nobody doesn’t like molten boron!

  • Bill

    Wabi-Sabi for guns. Then there are the guys who scream at every scratch. Then there’s me, who swears that THIS TIME will be the time I don’t put the idiot scratch on a 1911, after 30 years of trying.

  • SteveK

    I like that look!