Why Buy A Blackout Rifle?

Noveske Blackout Rifle

AAC 300 Blackout pistols are all the rage at the moment and might be the breakout niche of recent times. But the rifles have kind of slipped under the radar.

Change that. Buy a 300 Blackout rifle and prepare to be amazed.

The range is normally fairly limited as this is just a niche gun. But check out these suppliers for a great selection of rifles chambered in 300 Blackout at the right prices.

300 Blackout is actually the cartridge and it was designed as something of a Frankenstein’s monster. A more powerful AR-15 with better range and the kind of suppression only pistol caliber carbines can provide. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? it really isn’t.

It offers the best of both worlds and the increased muzzle energy should be a slight advantage. AAC Blackout is generally optimized for SBRs and AR pistols, so the rifle doesn’t give you as much more power or velocity as you might hope for. But still, it’s better.

It has up to 15% more energy at 300 meters than a typical 7.62x39mm round and you can genuinely take a shot at 300 yards plus.

Now the top end AR-15s are closing that gap thanks to stressed handguards etc, but 300 Blackout should be able to find the same gains. Maybe…

So with the AR-15 tech applied to the AAC 300 Blackout ammo, we could be looking at the next gen AR-15 and hunting rifles.

With Or Without A Suppressor

It inevitably loses performance if you opt for a suppressor and the subsonic ammunition it was designed for. But without one you get a supersonic shot.

It’s a great option for short-barrel AR-15 style builds and a 9″ Blackout barrel is pretty much the equivalent of a 14.5” barrel with standard M4 ammo.

We love the long line of 300 Blackout pistols, too, we really do.

Blackout Rifle: Sniper Rifle Lite

So, thanks to the improved energy of the ammunition, a Blackout Rifle is a sniper rifle lite. It even features in our list of approved sniper rifles here.

It’s also a proper hunting weapon and you’re guaranteed clean kills if you hit the right spot out in the field. That’s important, it makes for a better rifle and it’s more humane.

You still have to optimize every part of the gun to keep that long-range accuracy, though.

Don’t Go For A Bargain Basement Blackout

So don’t cheap out when it comes to your Blackout Rifle.

Noveske have some stunning weapons in the $2000-$3000 price range on Rainier Arms.

Over on Brownells, you can find a much cheaper Anderson Manufacturing AM-15 at $649.99, which comes with a solid reputation. Inevitably, though, you get what you pay for.

Save Money on Blackout Bulk Deals

Ammunition can be expensive, too, but you know if you need the absolute best. If long shots are a part of your repertoire, then invest in the  best and go for match grade ammunition at discount rates.

You Can Do An Easy DIY Blackout

If you have an AR build then you can simply switch the barrel to try your hand with a Blackout and you don’t need to buy a new rifle at all.

If you like it, then you can order a whole new upper receiver, which makes the switch a simple matter as and when you want.

You can have a suppressor on the Blackout upper, too, if you’re making too much noise, and a scope set up specifically for this barrel.

Start with a 8.5″ Noveske barrel from Rainier Arms that  can give you a massively potent, snubnose blackout rifle. It will give your AR-15 a sawn off look and it should be on a par with the power and accuracy.

Build a Series of Specialist Guns

You can have to separate guns, set up for different optics, which you can choose according to the circumstance. If you’re hunting close range then the AR-15 does just fine.

If you’re aiming for three-pointers, you’ll be glad to have to Blackout as a fallback plan.

And when you start looking at a custom gun, the sky is the limit. You can build a relatively cheap ATI Omni Hybrid Maxx based project on plastic receivers, or order a Wilson Combat receiver set and start from there.

It’s your money, and your call…


  • Nick Hall

    Nick is a lifelong gun enthusiast who has a simple mission. He wants to find the best deals for guns online and help you make the best choices with weapons your life may depend on one day.Nick won a minor league shooting competition at the age of 11 and it all went from there. Now he runs one of the biggest firearms websites on the net and his work has featured in Playboy US, Tatler Asia, Forbes and a whole host of national magazines and websites.

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