Review: Doublestar ARC 300 Carbine In 300 Blackout

The Doublestar ARC 300, or Always Ready Carbine, is chambered in .300 Blackout with some rather nice features. In this episode of TFBTV, Patrick takes the new ARC 300 out to the range in hopes that the rifle will buck the typical AR fatigue that plagues many shooters. With components like the Doublestar Mortar Plate and the nice Samson rail, the ARC 300 should perform well!

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and TFBTV Host. He is a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially overly modified plastic handguns, precision rifles, and AR based things. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at TFBpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Jared Vynn

    So a basic M-Lok free float that required tightening and a non adjustable stock on an adjustable buffer tube are positives? For .05 more pounds and about $400 less you can get a similar spec PSA that has iron sights and a magpul stock so you can actually use the multiple position buffer tube.

    Not a very informative or engaging video.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      Sorry you feel that way. There isn’t much about the rifle that sets it apart from others on the market with the exception of the stock, the rail and the muzzle device. Everything else is pretty run of the mill.

      I don’t pick everything I review, just present what I have on hand.

      • Jared Vynn

        The presentation and clickbait style description is what I have an issue with. It didn’t do anything for the ar15 fatigue considering there was nothing unique at all or even interesting about the rifle, and most of the video is shooting it from a rest from a perspective that doesn’t include the targets which is extremely dull.

        It’s an overpriced and bland AR15 in today’s market, the Samson rail is nothing special and there are hundreds of companies producing similar and the stock was already done before and merely removes functionality with no real gains.

        Maybe get more into the issues like that muzzle device, the loose rail, the poor staking, etc.. try filming more actively by getting the target in the shot or calling where the shots hit.

        • Heywood57

          I have to agree.
          Watching someone pull the trigger is like watching paint dry.
          More time should be spent on the item being reviewed
          and less time watching the reviewer pull a trigger.

        • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

          I told you about all the negatives and didn’t leave them out. Sorry you didn’t pick up on them. Maybe pay attention next time?

          • Jared Vynn

            Now you are being rude and obnoxious, if you can’t take a little criticism maybe you shouldn’t be doing reviews. I obviously know the negatives given how I had them in my comment, but you breezed right by them barely giving any time or analysis into them.

            An AR15 that costs that much shouldn’t have issues like an improperly tightened handguard or poor staking on the castle but and that would have been a much better place to focus more time instead of boring shots of you just bench shooting.

            A negative review can be vastly more entertaining and informative. You could have gone into the disappointing use of simply milspec lower parts on a rifle that costs over a grand, many of us tend to be sensitive about pricing and value so addressing those concerns is a good idea.

          • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

            I understand that a negative review is more entertaining, I also don’t like doing them.

            I mentioned that I wish it had a better trigger, but the use of quality mil spec parts is in line with rifles in this price range. I will never harp on negatives, my aim is to lay things out and let you decide what you think.

            I personally would LOVE to do more in depth reviews and talk more about what I like and what I dislike about a firearm but there are time constraints and many people like to watch someone shooting. I get complaints from both people who feel there is too much shooting as well as not enough and too much talk. I have to take everyone who views into account.

            I probably will alter my review format quite a lot after I get through the footage I have shot already. I feel like it is time for a change a format change would do a lot of good.

      • Haulin’ Oats

        Where’s the target pictures and accuracy testing?

        • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

          In the trash where they belong. It is a 2 MOA gun with the ammo I had on hand. Nothing worth mentioning really.

          • Bradley

            The attitude you guys have really baffles me. You are producing content for a blog that relies on advertising revenue from the amount of people who read and watch that content. When people tell you what they want from that content, albeit not completely politely, you argue with them and tell them they’re wrong. I’ve seen others smarting off when people complain about spelling, grammar, etc. Just because something doesn’t matter to you that doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter to others. Why would you not want input about what would allow you to produce content that might appeal to a wider audience?

          • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

            I do take all of this into account, believe me. I am not brushing off his suggestions on accuracy testing, but in many cases it really adds nothing to the review unless it is better than normal of far worse than normal. 2 MOA is about in line with a rifle of this build quality and price point based on my experience. It also could perform better with a different ammunition.

            The reason I don’t include accuracy tests often is that what ammo is used impacts the results greatly as does environmental factors. When you are talking about a run of the mil AR, there is very little to be learned from a group in my opinion.

            If that is what the masses want, I will be glad to include it into the videos going forward.

    • mazkact

      Don’t give me a reason to buy more stuff from PSA, really. No doubt in my mind that PSA has the best deals going right now in all AR stuff. If they list a deal of the day for a 20″ AR 10 as cheap as they have been listing their other AR 10’s I am a goner, Wife will just have to understand or not.

      • Jared Vynn

        22mods4all has an ar10 20″ upper for $479 with BCG. I haven’t bought anything from them in a while, but the parts and uppers I had were solid enough.

        Just feel like you need another inexpensive option to mull over, and you could always just say it was always in the safe.

  • Suppressed

    I just like the look on Patrick’s face in video freeze-frame or whatever it’s called.

    • Jared Vynn

      Thumbnail is what it is called I believe.

  • datimes

    “AR fatigue” That’s the phrase I’ve been looking for some time.

    • PersonCommenting

      I really hope during this downtime we can see some new takes on some classic guns. More revolvers and more rifles and shotguns with some wood on them. Not fudding out here. Just like to see some new takes. Heck id rather see semi autos with some blued steel and wood. Not even bolt guns or pumps.

      I love my ARs and have my fair share of tactical pistols but wouldnt mind seeing something different.

      My next gun is going to be either a smith and wesson classic model or a Cz 527 maybe a BAR

  • Raginzerker

    Why a pistol length gas system?

    • Duray

      It’s what the industry is moving toward for blackout. Gives more reliable cycling, especially with subsonic.

      • Raginzerker

        Oh alright, figured there was a reason

  • pun&gun

    AR-15s are reliable, cheap, and infinitely customizable. Non-AR rifles with similar capabilities seem to start at around $1800USD, but can bring a few possible improvements over the older platform: fully symmetrical ambi controls (including bolt catch and release), adjustable comb, folding stock, more robust and ergonomic forward charging handle, theoretically cleaner operating system, and quick-change barrels. None of these improvements alone, however, are worth the price increase. If I’m ever going to buy a non-AR rifle, I want it to have *all* these improvements, along with what I’d consider to be baseline stuff the AR already offers (aftermarket trigger pack compatibility, aftermarket grip compatibility, CHF free-floated barrel, MLOK handguard, light weight). So far, only the HK433 seems to check close to all those boxes (missing the aftermarket trigger/grip support, and with a proprietary MLOK alternative). Why a rifle designer can’t just go for gold on these things is quite beyond me.

    • Jared Vynn

      Actually a similarly spec’d rifle is available for about $900 from PSA. But it comes with Iron sights and a proper telescoping stock.

      For the cost they were asking you could probably get most if not all those upgrades you were talking about on the PSA rifle.

      • pun&gun

        Some, but despite its modularity there’s only so much you can do with the AR platform. You can get a side-charge upper (but then it reciprocates, I think), a LAW tactical adapter (but can’t fire while folded), ambi safety, ambi mag release (except it’s not symmetrical and wears the finish on the left side), and there really is no good solution out there for ambi bolt controls on an AR. The best I’ve seen is Falkor’s system, and to get that you have to give up a few other things, like a decent magazine release.

  • Tim Mulverhill

    Its a Samson Mfg SX rail, not a Seekins. You can clearly read it in the video.

  • Tim Mulverhill

    It is a new Samson SX rail, not a Seekins. You can clearly read the name in the video.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      I misspoke. You are correct.

  • mazkact

    Listen to the music at the end. I think we learn either Patrick’s leprechaun name or His rap name, or maybe it’s a Chinese/Irish dish, Kung Pow O’malley . I like it Kung Pow O’malley 😉

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      It made me laugh. I couldn’t help but include it.