By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
January 29, 2015
If you happened by the Hensoldt booth at SHOT Show 2015, you might have noticed a rather badass-looking AR-type semi-auto quick-take-down .338 Lapua Magnum (LM) anti-materiel/sniper rifle/carbine made by DRD Tactical, alled the KIVAARI. The DRD Kivaari doesn’t just look badass. It IS badass, especially when you consider it’s weight, it’s feature set (including an obvious quick-change barrel system), 10-round capacity (you get two 10-round mags), and the fact that you can break it down and pop it in a backpack. The weapon’s primary controls; the Geissele 2-stage trigger, ambi controls (safety/selector, magazine release button, and bolt catch/release) and left-side non-reciprocating charging handle should make for relatively fast and accurate shooting and reloading.
You even get an M-LOK tactical handguard/rail system and Silencerco QD (Quick-Detach) muzzle break for mounting a muzzle can (silencer/sound suppressor).
So, if you’re looking to do some very-long-range shootin’ and scootin’ with a .338 LM, and you need it manpackable, DefenseReview (DR) would advise you to give the DRD Tactical KiVAARI a very serious look.
By the way, the KIVAARI is simply the next logical ballistic step from the DRD Paratus AR-type quick-takedown 7.62mm NATO/.308 Win. sniper rifle/carbine, which is even more manpackable (since it’s even smaller and lighter), if significantly less powerful.
The following is the recent DRD Tactical press release on the KIVAARI:
“DRD Tactical to Announce new KIVAARI™ Rifle at SHOT
338 Lapua Magnum, Semi-Automatic, Quick Take Down
January 19, 2015
Dallas, GA: DRD Tactical, specializes in design and manufacturing of patented Brief Case Rifles in 7.62 Nato, 5.56 Nato and 300AAC calibers, announces the release of KIVAARI™ Semi-Automatic Rifle in caliber 338 Lapua Magnum.
KIVAARI™ is designed to be a quick take down rifle using our patented quick change barrel system. Rifle features a 24” barrel with 1/10 twist, ambidextrous controls including the safety selector, bolt catch and magazine release, Geissele 2 stage trigger, Magpul PRS adjustable stock, Magpul M-LOK™ rail for accessory attachments, left side non-reciprocating charging handle, Silencerco QD muzzle brake for suppressor use, Atlas bipod, 2-10rd box magazines, overall length 47” assembled and Tactical Taylor Trekker back pack.
Rifle weighs only 14.6 lbs empty including the bipod because it operates on DI gas system. The ability to change barrels in the field and the most compact transportable long range semi-automatic rifle is what KIVAARI™ offers to hunters, target shooters, military and law enforcement customers, with 1-MOA accuracy. It will be offered in Nickel Boron and hard coat anodized black. As always all parts and raw material are Made in U.S.A.
It will be distributed by EuroOptic LTD and will be available summer 2015.
For more information, please visit www.drdtactical.com.”
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