DRD Tactical introduces the Paratus-16

Will Fawcett
by Will Fawcett

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
Will Fawcett

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

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