When we initially discovered plans by US Palm to design and deliver a brake-down AK47, we advised our readers that more was on the way. The need for compact, low or no signature platforms has been broadly ignored. You can expect that condition to change.
The Paratus was developed for the Clandestine Break-Down Rifle (CSR) request listed on an open announcement by Joint & Special Operations Program (JSOP).
The requirements as articulated by the CTTSO; under the authority of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities (ASD (SO/LIC&IC))
“The CSR shall be bolt-action or semi-automatic and magazine fed using five and ten round magazines,” the announcement reads. “The CSR barrel shall not exceed an overall length of 14.5 inches. The muzzle brake or suppressor is in addition to this 14.5-inch limit. The barrel shall have standard quick-disconnect or threaded connections for receiving suppressors. If a threaded suppressor is offered, the system shall include a thread guard. The barrel shall be removable and installable by the operator in the field. If tools are needed for installation they shall be simple and provided with the system. After each instance of barrel installation, the rifle shall be accurate to 1 minute-of-angle (MOA) or better. The CSR shall have a lightweight, folding stock and a MIL-STD-1913 rail system at the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock positions of the rifle. The 12 o’clock (top) rail shall have a 15 or 20 MOA bias and be long enough to accommodate a standard day optical sight up to 12 inches and night optics: PVS26, PVS27, and UNS-T-LR. The rails at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock shall be movable and removable based on operator preference. The CSR shall be developed and delivered as an optimized weapon system inclusive of a commercial/government-off-the-shelf 12” or less variable power day optic, bipod system, suppressor, and magazines. Developmental variable power day optics, bipod systems, suppressors, and magazines will be considered but must be justified based on improved performance or weight reduction.”
- CALIBER: .308 / 7.62 x 51mm
- WEIGHT: 9.2 lbs
- BARREL: Lothar-Walther 16” with 1 in 10 twist (Other barrel lengths are available)
- MAGAZINE CAPACITY: 20 Rounds (Comes with 2 Magpul P-mags)
- 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: NiBore (Also available in Hard Coat Anodize Black)
- SIGHTS: Magpul MBUS
- MSRP: $5,615
The good news is that agencies and specialized units can expect to see more of this development work in the months ahead. In fact, my sources seem to think that two additional offerings are in the works from competing companies.
In the interim, DRD Tactical™ Paratus is where I would put my money, if you need SR25 precision with no signature. The company has a 5.56 x 45 offering in the works and is actively considering other calibers.