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7 Best .300 Blackout AR Pistols & Rifles

The .300 Blackout round was designed with short barrels in mind. So, let's take a look at some of the best .300 BLK guns -- AR pistols and rifles.

Sometimes people want some quiet time, and pistol caliber carbines are easy to suppress. However, at the end of the day, they still only fire a pistol caliber.

That’s where the .300 Blackout comes in.

Pair of .300 BLK AR-15s
A pair of .300 Blackout AR-15s.

The .300 Blackout cartridge was designed explicitly for short barrels. Where 5.56 only reaches its full velocity potential at 20 inches, the fatter .300 Blackout does it from a mere 9-inch barrel.

One of the other benefits of .300 Blackout is that it can pack a supersonic cartridge for better range and velocity or heavier subsonic cartridges for maximum suppression.

.300 BLK vs 7.62x39mm
.300 Blackout (left) has similar ballistic capabilities to the common 7.62x39mm (right) found in the venerable AK-47.

Plenty of cartridges have come and gone, but .300 Blackout is enjoying success because it doesn’t try to beat 5.56 — it complements it.

With that in mind, we’ve gathered some of the top-tier .300 Blackout rifles on the market that aim to provide you with a platform that’s quiet, maybe short, or both.

Let’s dive in and find out.

Editor’s Note: Recent ATF regulations have reclassified some AR pistols as SBRs under the NFA. To read more about these regulations and what impact they might have on your purchasing decisions, check in on Pistol Braces vs. the ATF.

Summary of Our Top Picks

  1. Best .300 BLK Bolt-Action

    Ruger American Ranch .300 Blackout

    It is affordable, simple, accurate, accepts AR-15 magazines and is ready for suppressor use out of the box.

  2. Best .300 Blackout AR-15

    Daniel Defense DDM4ISR

    This outstanding rifle lets you keep a minimum length gun without running afoul of any SBR or pistol brace workarounds.

  3. Best Compact .300 BLK

    Sig Sauer MCX Rattler

    The Rattler is small, packable, lightweight, all with Sig's excellent quality.

  4. Editor's Pick

    IWI Tavor X95 .300 Blackout

    The Tavor X95 gives you the benefit of a maneuverable gun without the headache of braces or tax stamps.

Best .300 BLK Rifles & Pistols

1. Palmetto State Armory Custom .300 Blackout

PSA’s Custom series gets slept on, even by fans of the brand.

If you didn’t know about PSA’s Custom line, don’t worry. They seem to keep it well-hidden for some reason.

Typically those who want a fancier rifle from PSA will turn to their Lead Star series of rifles. Still, the Custom series presents a capable tactical rifle with several fancy features.

The Custom .300 Blackout is available in both rifle and braced pistol configurations. They come with free-floated M-LOK rails, a 3.5-pound flat-face trigger, Magpul furniture, and a set of MBUS sights to top it off.

What you end up getting is a well-made, practical rifle that’s just waiting for a suppressor.

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While it may not be the fanciest thing on the block, it has enough bells and whistles to satisfy most shooters.

2. Ruger American Ranch .300 Blackout

When we think of .300 Blackout, it’s natural to think of suppressed use.

While the round was designed with AR-type rifles in mind, it’s become increasingly popular in a multitude of platforms, including bolt action rifles.

(Photo: Ruger Forum)

The Ruger American Ranch .300 Blackout offers shooters a bolt-action option for suppressed usage. With a bolt gun, we lose the clack-clack noise of a standard AR-type semi-auto rifle.

No reciprocating bolt and gas system means the weapon is quieter and more efficient when suppressed.

(Photo: Guns America)

Ruger wisely threaded the barrel to make suppressed use easy and accessible, and a built-in Picatinny rail makes adding optics easy. A cold hammer-forged barrel and Ruger’s Power Bedding system keep things shooting straight.

They also added the Marksman trigger to help increase accuracy. Additionally, the rifle is designed to accept standard AR-15 magazines, which makes finding spares and differing capacities easier.

Best .300 BLK Bolt-Action
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The Ruger American Ranch rifle is an awesome and affordable option for those who might not need a semi-auto action.

It’s a very accurate choice, and at around $500-600, it will outshoot almost any AR in that price range.

3. Q Honey Badger SBR

With tax stamps, once you get one, it’s likely for a product you plan on keeping forever. If you purchase a factory SBR in .300 Blackout, why not spend a little extra money to get the most gun possible?

Q Honey Badger in 300 BLK
These tiny guns have been become icons of modern military video game shooters.

The Q Honey Badger is a PDW-sized premier option for those seeking a gun in .300 Blackout.

If the SBR and tax stamp aren’t for you, you can purchase a pistol variant of the gun and have a braced .300 Blackout pistol. Either way, you are getting a fantastic option for home defense and the range.

The guys at Q used to be at AAC, and AAC invented the .300 Blackout round.

Q Honey Badger train tracks
The Honey Badger was designed specifically for .300 Blackout.

With the Honey Badger, they’ve taken the AR platform and shrunk it to nearly SMG size. The barrel is a mere 7 inches long, and with a can, you still have a barrel shorter than most carbine-sized rifles.

Its PDW-sized stock (or brace) gives you an ultra-small platform, keeping the gun’s overall length at only 25 inches when fully extended.

At the shortest length, the gun is only 20 inches and weighs 4.5 pounds. For comparison, the MP5SD is 9mm, and is 23.62 inches at its shortest length, and weighs 7.5 pounds.

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The Honey Badger offers plenty of features to make it desirable, in addition to the outstanding build quality and parts quality that make it a true elite-tier AR rifle.

4. Daniel Defense M4ISR

Oh boy, let’s say you want a suppressed SBR, but the idea of a two-stamp AR is too much of a headache. Heck, that’s $400 just in tax stamps. No one wants that.

Daniel Defense DDM4ISR
Daniel Defense DDM4ISR

Daniel Defense produced the all too often overlooked M4ISR for shooters who want the combination of a short barrel and a suppressor without two stamps.

The M4ISR features an integrally suppressed design with a 9-inch barrel paired with a permanently attached suppressor that brings the total length to 16 inches.

You get a short-barreled rifle and a suppressor with only one tax stamp. The 9-inch barrel allows you to reach the max potential of the .300 Blackout cartridge while retaining a shorter length when suppressed.

This results in a very quiet but effective platform for self-defense and home defense.

Daniel Defense also provides a modern rifle platform with almost all of the accouterments, including an ambidextrous safety, Daniel Defense furniture, and a .300 Blackout PMAG.

What’s odd is that Daniel Defense kept the Keymod rails — maybe they just invested heavily into Keymod and are looking for a way to get rid of all those rails.

Best .300 Blackout AR-15
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Regardless, the DDM4ISR offers you a one-stamp option with only a 16-inch overall barrel for a light and handy platform.

Be sure to check out our video and full review of the DDM4ISR.

5. Sig MCX Rattler SBR

Sig blended the AR-15 ergonomics and the performance of a short-stroke piston rifle to produce a reliable and versatile platform they called the MCX.

Sig Sauer MCX Rattler PCB
Sig Sauer MCX Rattler PCB

One of the joys of a short-stroke gas piston system is that the gun doesn’t care much about barrel length, so you can shrink the barrel without much of a problem.

With that in mind, Sig produced the Rattler to provide the shortest MCX platform out there. The MCX Rattler comes as both an SBR model and a PCB model, which is a braced pistol.

Short barrels and .300 Blackout go hand in hand, and the short 5.5-inch barrel keeps the weapon ultra small and light, and this gun is absolutely begging for a suppressor.

The Rattler platform has been adopted by SOCOM as their PDW of choice, and it’s easy to see why. In .300 Blackout, these guns are the size of SMGs, even suppressed, but pack the power of a carbine.

Best Compact .300 BLK
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Sig’s mini Rattler also provides a collapsing stock, a short M-LOK handguard, a reduced-sized grip, and ambidextrous AR-15 controls.

Want to know more about this small guy? You can read our full review!

6. Tavor X95 .300 Blackout

Tax stamps are a real pain in the butt, so it’s easy to see why you’d want a stamp for a can but not one for your rifle platform. At the same time, you want a super maneuverable platform, so what can you do?

The bullpup design helps keep things compact without the headache of an SBR or pistol brace. (Photo: AmmoLand)

Well, allow me to introduce you to the idea of a bullpup.

Bullpups come and go, but the IWI Tavor X95 platform has endured as a solid performer. In .300 Blackout, you get a very short overall platform with a barrel length of 16.25 inches but an overall length of only 26.125 inches.

Even with a suppressor attached, the overall length is very manageable. (Photo: Silencer Co)

It’s the size of an SBR but doesn’t require a tax stamp, giving you the best of the best worlds without needing two stamps. Toss a can on, and it’s still a fair bit shorter than a standard rifle.

Bullpups are typically designed for right-handed shooters. However, you can have the weapon swapped to a left-handed configuration by IWI. The Tavor platform features a mix of ambidextrous controls to make this even easier

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You also get a modular design, a bevy of rails, and sweet futuristic looks.

Overall, the Tavor provides one of the most modular and easy-handling bullpup platforms on the market and is a prime candidate for a .300 Blackout build.

7. B&T SPR300 PRO

Who says bolt action rifles can’t be cool? The B&T SPR300 PRO is a bolt action .300 Blackout rifle platform with a 9.8-inch barrel, and it is just downright cool.

The short barrel combined with an extremely long suppressor allows for insanely quiet operation. (Photo: TFB)

It is available as a rifle platform with a minimalist folding stock or as a pistol variant.

The stocked SBR model featured an adjustable cheek riser and folds tight to the left side to make for a very compact package. The barrel length is great for squeezing the most out of the .300 Blackout with a suppressor while still being shorter than most conventional rifles.

This rifle boasts some impressive accuracy and has a sub-MOA reputation, and is designed for close-range precision — or, as B&T describes it, “discretion.”

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Here, you get a rifle and suppressor combination that promises Hollywood-style performance in terms of suppression. In the short time I spent with the gun, the loudest part was the projectile hitting the target.

B&T’s ultra-compact and ultra-accurate SPR300 isn’t cheap, but it’s dang sure impressive.

Final Thoughts

The .300 Blackout is superbly capable, versatile, and efficient. It’s big, heavy, and capable of being used in short platforms without a huge velocity penalty.

Subsonic .300 Blackout
Subsonic .300 Blackout rounds.

It really is a wonder round that compliments the weaknesses of the 5.56 caliber. A .300 Blackout may not replace your 5.56 rifle, but it will do some things that your 5.56 can’t.

These are some of my favorite .300 Blackout rifles, but what are yours? Let us know in the comments below! Don’t forget to also check out our article on the 5 Best .300 Blackout Scopes and Optics: Correct Drops!

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    Chuck Cochran

    I've the PSA 11" pistol Upper mated to a Noreen 80% Lower a buddy let me use his CAD/CAM to finish out. Absolutely love it. Unfortunately, unless the Brace rule gets tossed, I'll either have to swap out the barrel or find a 5" long muzzle device to pin and weld to the existing barrel if I ever want to shoot it in public again.

    March 2, 2023 9:56 pm
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    Silky Johnson

    PWS doesn’t get mentioned…again?! 300BLK guns are usually suppressed, and piston systems are a better option than DI systems when running a suppressor.

    March 1, 2023 2:44 pm
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    Carl E.

    I bought a PSA pistol and couldn't be happier. Added my can on it and with subsonic rounds it's really quiet. I've shot this very heavily over the past 2 years suppressed and unsupressed. Never had an issue.

    March 1, 2023 2:07 pm
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    SWS Rifles - I own 3 and they are amazing. Very accurate and there is no gas back to the face at all. all are one stamp guns.

    March 1, 2023 9:55 am
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    Paul F

    And seriously why do we have to wait for approval to post a comment?
    Don't treat us like children (even though some act as such) the 1st ammendment is under attack just as much as the 2nd is (youtube, facebook, the MSM, etc......).
    Those of us who believe in and support the constitution, need to support the constitution fully in all its amendments not just when it agrees with our personal views.

    March 1, 2023 6:39 am
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    Paul F

    Ok now best 8.6 blackout list.

    March 1, 2023 6:34 am
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    The JTAC ELF OWL 1:5 or 1:7 twist is a awesome light weight shooter and for $1500 for a custom built chassis rig it is not a bad value.

    February 28, 2023 11:33 pm
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    Monte Walsh

    Well…I know it’s not the best, sure isn’t the fanciest….but, a few years ago on a whim I bought a PSA dissipator upper in .300 blk, pistol length gas system. I’ve put it through a number of different configurations and different optics for fun. It’s currently a flat top using fixed sights and A1 stock. Pretty much a coyote gun now, the accuracy is unreal with reliability to match. It is a handy caliber to have.

    February 28, 2023 9:18 pm
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    Unsolicited Assistance

    I understand wanting to include a bullpup in the list, but not the selection of the X95 - since it’s not being imported in 300blk anymore and hasn’t been in any retail shop in a long time. The Desert Tech MDRx in 300 is a more appropriate (and roughly equivalent) choice.

    February 28, 2023 8:13 pm
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    John doe

    I think the best 300 blackout is the diamondback. Very under rated. But with a great optic it should definitely be in the top ten

    February 28, 2023 7:01 pm
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      We have a DB 300 blk pistol in our house, and it is a very nice gun!

      February 28, 2023 7:09 pm
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    8. Make one yourself.

    February 27, 2023 11:11 am
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      February 28, 2023 6:07 pm
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      ddano olson

      I assembled mine from a 16" carbine 80% kit and milled two 80% lowers one aluminum the other a polymer- just because. Must have done alrirght cuz it operates just fine-as it should- and is open sight accurate out to 175 yrds( length of my land). And all built for under 400 $ AND on an installment payment plan ta boot.

      March 1, 2023 10:56 am
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