DRD Tactical is a firearms and parts/accessories company based in upstate New York, in the small town of Lyons Falls. The impetus for their founding in 2010 was a US Government whitepaper request for a 7.62-caliber rifle that could be transported in a briefcase. The company has since developed a series of rifles based largely on two key patents from that original concept, which became the Paratus rifle they sell today. These two features are a quick barrel change system and an internal recoil system. Their current lineup seeks to leverage these components in firearms that are meant to compete with more standard versions of fighting rifles like the AR-15, AR-10, and SCAR platforms, among others.
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Now, this eleven-year-old shop has announced new additions to their accessories offerings. In a recent press release, the company introduced two models of safety selector switches and a new rifle retention system. The selectors are available in both a “Traditional” and “Tactical” version, both of which are ambidextrous, but they differ from each other chiefly in their form factor. Their ARES, or “Adaptive REtention System”, offers an atypical alternative to traditional rifle slings. This two-part system uses a MOLLE-compatible receiver component that mounts to the front of a plate carrier or other webbed tactical vest. This receiver is designed to interface with a protruding post affixed to a rifle’s QD adapter or using an integrated brand’s own “Integrated Adaptor” endplate. See the manufacturer’s website and press release below for details.
“DRD Tactical New Products
Lyons Falls, NY: DRD Tactical, innovators of quick take down rifles, has announced that they’ve added a few new products to their growing brand: the Traditional Ambidextrous Safety Selector, Tactical Ambidextrous Safety Selector, and the ARES.
The DRD Ambidextrous Safety Selectors are visual improvements over the standard. They offer improvements such as ambidextrous manipulation and are AR-15 and AR-10 compatible. The Safety Selectors come in two styles: Traditional, which offers one short and one long lever, while the Tactical has ribbed anti-slip levers. Additionally, the positive lock dovetail design ensures the product won’t loosen once installed. A pin-punch is also included for disassembly purposes.
The DRD Tactical ARES is an Adaptive Retention System for rifles. This locking retention system is simple to operate and ensures rifles stay secure while offering an ergonomic, easy release. With the ARES, you can reduce fatigue and strain with the spread of the rifle’s weight across armor carriers or tactical vests and dramatically reduce undesirable movement allowed by slings. The product installs easily on any MOLLE system carrier and is compatible with AR rifle platforms and a wide variety of firearms with QD sling attachment points. Additionally, an integrated adapter can be purchased separately and is an upgrade to the end plate.
“We’re excited to be able to offer accessories which allow our customers to customize and optimize their firearms. We offer a premium brand and now we’re also able to offer the premium furniture and accessories to match,” said CEO Larry Williams. Williams continued, “It’s rewarding to be able to dive headfirst into projects like this which allow us to leverage our capabilities while enhancing the experience for our customers.”
The Ambidextrous Safety Selectors retail for $59.99 each, the Integrated Adapter is $24.99, and the ARES has a retail value of $124.99.
DRD Tactical has spent the last ten years designing and innovating take down rifles utilizing several unique technologies. The patented quick take down rifle technology allows the operator to quickly assemble their rifle in as little as 60 seconds and some rifles can be fired with the stock folded utilizing a patented internal recoil system.
DRD Tactical rifles are proudly made in the USA. DRD Tactical – Discreet. Reliable. Precise.