Blackout Rifles are all the rage at the moment and might be the breakout niche of recent times.
300 Blackout is actually the cartridge and it was designed as something of a Frankenstein’s monster between AR-15 and AK47 bullets. It offers the best of both worlds and the increased muzzle energy translates throughout the range.
It has up to 15% more energy at 300 meters than a typical 7.62x39mm round and you can genuinely take a shot at 400m plus.
With Or Without A Suppressor
It inevitably loses performance if you opt for a suppressor. 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.
Blackout Rifle: Sniper Rifle Lite
So, thanks to the improved energy of the ammunition, a Blackout Rifle is a sniper rifle lite.
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.
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.