The Paratrooper from Battle Arms Development

Recently, Battle Arms Development announced it would show its Paratrooper at the 2018 SHOT Show. But, you may be asking yourself: “What is the Paratrooper?”

Four letters too long to be a hit record from Iron Maiden, the Paratrooper is a short barrel rifle (SBR) chambered for the 300 BLK cartridge. The company designed it in way to evoke memories of a World War II gun carried by airborne troops. In a way, it has a look similar to an updated M1 Carbine though the two weapon systems are very different.

This is the Battle Arms Development Paratrooper in 300 BLK.

At its core, this is an AR style rifle that uses a direct impingement gas system and keeps all of the typical placements of AR controls. However, this is decidedly not the same AR as conceived by Eugene Stoner. 

The rifle has a 7.5” chromoly steel barrel with a tapered profile and a 1:8” twist. It is equipped with a titanium gas block and a pistol length gas tube. The muzzle is threaded with an A2 compensator and 11? target crown.

This is the Battle Arms Development Paratrooper in 300 BLK.

Both the handguard and pistol grip are made of Grade A French walnut. The barrel is shrouded with a 6.7 RIGIDRAIL that is free floating and provides M-LOK type attachment points.

Taking up the rear is a VERT Stock System. It has a cheek rest that is powder coated with a wood finish to match the real wood furniture. The receiver and stock have a Cerakote finish that is, according to the company, a blended Parkerized Green Steel and Cosmoline finish. 

This is the Battle Arms Development Paratrooper in 300 BLK.

Additional features include:

  • BCM Gunfighter ambidextrous charging handle
  • Ambidextrous controls
  • Nitride steel pins
  • BAD Edition TT-15 adjustable trigger with frictionless roller sear
  • Enhanced magazine release
  • Custom hard case with high density foam
  • Two 20-round USGI magazines

Since this is a short barrel rifle, the National Firearms Act does apply. That means you have to get a tax stamp from the BATFE prior to taking possession of this rifle. Frankly, as cool as this gun looks, I’d consider it $200 well spent.