TFBTV: Hands On With DRD Aptus | SHOT 17

In this episode of TFBTV Edward O takes a quick look at the Aptus rifle from DRD Tactical. The take down 5.56 rifle is the offpsring of the Paratus .308 take-down rifle. We managed to get our hands on one of the rifles on the floor at Shot Show 2017 and look at the basic disassembly process.

The Aptus is a direct impingement system, and retains a substantial number of AR-15 components, but does use a proprietary bolt carrier group in order to allow for a folding stock setup. Its currently set to ship in Spring 2017 and MSRP is set at $1695.

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Edward O

Edward is a Canadian gun owner and target shooter with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Crawling over mountains with tactical gear is his idea of fun. He blogs at TV-Presspass and tweets @TV_PressPass.


  • Joseph Goins

    BREAKING: Edward O. actually looks at the camera when he does a video!

    • A bearded being from beyond ti


  • Noir

    I dont get the point of take-down AR-15 since every Ar-15 is already take-down with just to pins..

    • Suppressed

      The ability to separate the upper receiver and barrel/handguard is the key component of this gun. I tried taking my AR down and putting it in a backpack once. The upper just wasn’t going to fit no matter what I tried. For a regular nobody like me, this wasn’t a big deal. But for professionals, having something like this would enable them to get from A to B with a rifle and not attracting much attention in the process.

      I think it’s cool and would get one if I had lots of disposable income and I already had the other 20+ guns I want, but neither of those are happening anytime soon.

    • Amplified Heat

      Barrel + receiver is always gonna be pretty long compared to any other element of the gun; that’s why the standard AR15 is not a true takedown gun. A better question is why bother with a folding stock arrangement when the barrel can come off (leaving two halves roughly the same length)? I’m guessing it’s just because the assembled gun can be made a bit more handy that way, and they prefer the AR-18 style return spring setup I’m guessing the gun has.

      • Anonymoose

        And it can be made even handier if you use an 11.5″ or shorter barrel.

  • Uniform223

    I’ll admit it I’m looking forward to this rifle and hope they refine it more before they push it out to the market.

  • Well that looks like a pocketful of fun.

  • Vitor Roma

    *Talks about the unique bolt carrier group
    *Doesn’t show the unique bolt carrier group


    • Amplified Heat

      It would appear there’s some kind of overhead return spring arrangement that allows for a folding stock, likely behind the gas key, so it’s not like there’s all that much of a mystery here.

  • Gus Butts

    I really like Edward O. and his videos, and not just because we’re both Canadians. I really can’t blame him for having a hard time making eye contact with the camera as I have a really hard time making eye contact with him because he’s so cute. In related news, I also like this rifle. Not for the take-down aspect of it in general because I have no use for it but just having a nice little DI rifle with a folding Magpul stock is very attractive.

  • Wow!

    I would have bought a Paratus if the Dolos didn’t come out. Then again, I love the ACR stock so I may still buy one one day… if I ever thought any stock rifle was worth more than $1000.

  • Anonymoose

    I expect to see this in the next James Bond movie.

  • mig1nc

    I wonder how similar the internals are to the Daewoo K1