Check out the video of Rob Garrett test-firing DRD Tactical’s CDR-15 rifle below!

DRD Tactical, based out of Dallas, Georgia, offers takedown rifles in 5.56mm NATO, 300 BLK and 7.62mm NATO that utilize the AR-platform design with standard upper and lower receivers. I recently had the chance to test the CDR-15 in 5.56mm NATO. This rifle’s billet-crafted upper receiver is modified to accept a removable barrel and rail, which allows the CDR-15 to be broken down quickly. The 16-inch, hammer-forged, chrome-lined barrel is Parkerized, and the carbine utilizes a mid-length gas system. Surrounding the barrel is DRD’s 13-inch, quick-detach handguard. The billet-crafted lower receiver features a Magpul CTR stock and a Magpul MOE pistol grip.

As with DRD Tactical’s other offerings, the CDR-15 comes in a hard case with custom-cut foam lining. The case is designed so you store the handguard and barrel assembly in the top portion, while the upper and lower receiver (with optics mounted) can be stored in the lower portion with optics mounted. An optional tray is available that sits under the receivers and has cutouts for a service pistol, six or more magazines and other miscellaneous gear. This is a great feature that puts a complete tactical kit in one case.

DRD Tactical is a relatively new company, but its truly innovative products have helped it earn a reputation for being “tool makers for clandestine missions.” Established in 2010, DRD Tactical’s first project, the Paratus, was designed to compete in the Joint Special Operation Command (JSOC) Clandestine Break-Down Rifle proposal. Designed to fit in a briefcase, the Paratus features a folding stock, which necessitates a gas and recoil system that does not rely on a buffer tube extension. The Paratus proved successful, but the design was expensive to produce.

To learn more about the CDR-15, check out the video and keep your eyes peeled for the September 2014 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, available on newsstands and digitally May 27, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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