DRD Tactical introduces the Paratus-16

    DRD Tactical’s Paratus-16 is making its Shot Show debut in the RSR Booth. The Paratus-16 was introduced in August of last year, and is one of the truly one of the more innovative rifles out there.


    For the uninitiated, the Paratus-16 is a quick break down semi-automatic rifle chambered for the 7.62 x 51mm round. The rifle was developed for the Clandestine Break-Down Rifle request listed on an open announcement by Joint & Special Operations Program.

    The Paratus-16 will break down to fit in a small hard case that is 16”x10”x6”, or if you prefer a Zero Halliburton Attaché case. It can be assembled and ready to fire in less than a minute, without requiring any special tools. This rifle will require further evaluation, but it is definitely and interesting concept.

    Here are the particulars of the Paratus-16:

    • Caliber: 7.62x51mm
    • Weight: 9.2 lbs
    • Barrel: Lothar-Walther 16” with 1 in 10 twist
    • Magazine Capacity: 20 Rounds
    • Buttstock/Grips: Magpul, Adjustable Folding Stock and Grips
    • Safety Selector: AR15 type
    • Trigger: Geissele 2-Stage
    • Optic Mounting Rail: MIL-STD 1913
    • Operation: Direct Gas Operated Semi-Automatic
    • Finish: Nickel Boron
    • Sights: Magpul MBUS
    Will Fawcett

    I was raised a gun nut, but to pay for ammunition I am an attorney in Smyrna, Georgia.