Take-Down AR-15: The Head Down Products “Deceptus”

    The DRD Paratus is cool, but the Head Down Products “Deceptus” takes the take-down rifle to a new, more elegant, level. The Deceptus uses a specialized barrel nut, upper, and handguard; the rifle is otherwise AR-15 compatible. The break-down design allows the barrel to be removed from the receiver in under 30 seconds without tools. The take-down system is sourced from the makers of the Paratus, DRD Tactical.


    We reached out to Head Down products asking about the rifle and a few features. Interestingly, the break-down action allows the rifle to change calibers quickly and easily. Head Down mentioned that they will sell custom caliber kits so long as the caliber is AR-15 compatible (300 BLK, 6.8, 6.5, 7.62×39, 5.45×39, etc.)

    Image courtesy of OMG Custom Guns of NJ.

    Image courtesy of OMG Custom Guns of NJ showing the barrel nut. Photo is of a forged receiver (billet is included with the Head Down offering). 

    The Deceptus retails for $1999.00 The rifle comes complete with a discreet case. It can fit the rifle, a suppressor, and a few standard AR-15 magazines. Head Down includes a Lancer Advanced Warfighter Magazine and warranties the rifles for life.

    Until we get our hands on one for a TFB review, Sootch00 has an excellent “breakdown” of the rifle (see what I did there?):

     Caliber: 5.56 NATO

    Barrel Length: 16″ HDP Profile
    Gas: Carbine Length
    Rate of Fire: Semi-Auto
    Rifling: 1/7″ RH (5.56)
    Handguard: DRD Tactical Quick Detatch Handguard
    Stock: 6 Position Stock
    Pistol Grip: Plastic Grip
    Magazine: 1 x 30rd Lancer Magazine
    Muzzle Device: A2 Flash Hider
    Length (Overall Length): 36.6″
    – Mil-Spec Carpenter 158 bolt carrier group HPT & MPI with properly staked gas key
    – Standard Mil-Spec GI (6lb) trigger
    – Phosphate & Chrome Lined 4150 Steel Barrel
    – Precision milled billet upper and lower receiver
    – Integral trigger guard
    – Type III hard coat anodize finish
    – Flared magazine well
    – All of our rifles ship with Modern Spartan Accuracy Oil and Carbon Destroyer
    – All 5.56mm lower receivers are marked “CALIBER: MULTI”
    – Custom hard rifle case (24″x16″x10″)
    – Rifle For Life Warranty

    MSRP: $1999
    UPC: 854303004520
    SKU: DEC-556-B

    Photo courtesty of C.O.P.S.

    Photo courtesy of C.O.P.S.

    Nathan S

    One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

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