DRD Tactical announced that two Georgia law enforcement agencies are now using the Kivaari rifles. According to the company one agency is a “large” department while the other is a “medium” sized agency. DRD Tactical did not elaborate on the identities of these departments.
It appears that the rifles were selected for the departments’ SWAT teams.
The Kivaari is a semi-automatic rifle that is similar in appearance to the AR-10 platform. The guns use a non-reciprocating side handle for working the bolt. Unloaded, the guns weigh about 13.6 pounds with an attached bipod. Ten round magazines are standard. The rifle ships with two magazines.
The rifles can be had in .338 Lapua Magnum and 300 Norma Magnum. According to DRD Tactical, the rifles picked by the two Georgia law enforcement agencies are chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum.
DRD Tactical is the same company that makes the Paratus takedown rifle. Likewise, the Kivaari also takes down into a backpack sized package. Fully assembled, the gun is 47″ long with a 24″ barrel. The barrel has a 1:10″ twist. The company backs the gun with a 1 MOA accuracy guarantee (when shot with Lapua ammunition.)
According to the company’s website, the pricing on the Kivaari starts at $5,000 and can increase to $5,400 with the NiB Battle Worn finish.