[SHOT 2018] Battle Arms Development’s Paratrooper & Tanker .300 BLK SBRs, Prototype Charging Handle

    Battle Arms Development introduced two SBRs chambered in .300 BLK with 7.5-inch barrels as apart of a new historically themed product release. The difference between these two SBRs is the fact that on the Tanker, the buffer tube is a separate piece from the lower receiver, attached to it via a short buffer tube, (MSRP is $2,999.99). Battle Arms Development calls this the BAD-CSS VERT PDW Stock System. However with the Paratrooper model, the telescoping stock is machined into the lower from 7075-T6  billet aluminum (MSRP $3,050.00). This is their BAD-PDW Monolithic PDW Lower Receiver & VERT Stock System.

    Other than those design differences, both SBRs are made with actual custom Grade A French Walnut wood used on the pistol grip and the forend. The cheekpiece appears to be made from wood as well, but upon closer inspection, it is actually a stainless steel metal cheekpiece using a finishing process that creates that walnut texture (UV stabilized, simulated wood powdercoat finish). Both SBRs are direct impingement and weigh around 5 pounds unloaded. Both will come with assorted Second World War era boxes and accompanying accessories. It must be noted that these are essentially custom SBRs and are made to order.

    Also on display was the companies ambidextrous charging handle design. Unlike previous ambidextrous charging handles that utilize a system of levers at the rear of the “T” handle to actuate the other side when pressed, Battle Arms Development’s version uses an experimental lever that goes the width of the “T” handle and encloses it. Two screws work within lateral cuts inside the handle so that it can be actuated from the left, the right, or even right down the middle. At the same time, the locking lever is being depressed, thus freeing the charging handle from the upper receiver and bringing the bolt to the rear. Note that the example shown in photographs isn’t at all a production sample, and is simply a prototype that Battle Arms Development wanted to show attendees at the show. In fact, it is still in its raw form, right out of the CNC machine.


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