The Second Phase of the 300 Blackout SBR Evolution.
AUTHOR: Jared Daub / VP of Design/Marketing / PUBLISHED: July 2, 2018
Change is Necessary. Sometimes we change simply to change, other times it is more strategic. Regardless of the reasons why, change is inevitable and a healthy part of our lives. Our rifle platforms are no different, welcome to phase 2 of the 300 blackout SBR build.
Many of you took the time to read through my previous blog post that I posted up here June 13, 2018. It is the most read blog on our site to date, and definitely the one that I get the most questions sent in about. This is the one year anniversary of that blog (ok, a little late I know, but I'm close enough, right?) and I am writing this to show everyone the second part of the journey of this SBR build. Before we do that, take a moment to read the previous blog post HEREso you can get familiar with the background of this setup. Without further ado, I bring you the new face of my 7.5" 300 blackout SBR build:
I get messages every week about this build, and I love sharing the journey and what I have learned. This is the next evolution of my 300 Blackout Build. Enjoy.
From first glance the most striking changes are the finish/color, the rail, and the optic, so let's start with those. Previously I had been running a Holosun 515C red dot on my blackout, and for the time it did everything I wanted it to do. What made me switch to a variable powered optic, aside from the luxury of being able to run at higher magnification, was the fact that this is my primary predator hunting rifle and a 1x red dot simply wasn't cutting it for me to identify my game and take safe shots at distance. I opted to go with a gen 1 Vortex Viper PST for the scope. My initial thoughts were that a 4x scope would be perfect for a 0-200 yard gun and the compact size of this scope would still allow me to fit the rifle in my Vertx Gamut bag folded. The price point of the Gen 1 Viper PST was also much lower than the Gen 2, although admittedly if my budget would have allowed I would have gone with the Gen 2 for the higher magnification. Running a variable powered optic presented a challenge that I wanted to solve: I wanted to have some form of backup sights in case my primary optic failed me or was fogged up/dirty when hunting. I thought about running iron sights offset but I quickly determined that those would not allow me the quickest, most accurate canted shots. I have had foxes flank me and a quick, immediate shot is necessary to land the shot, so I wanted a red dot on an offset 45 degree mount. What I went with is the Venom 3 MOA red dot on one of vortex's offset 45 mount. I simply mounted it to the picatinny on my upper, close to the forward assist.
Due to the short configuration of my rifle, and the style of rail I am running (which I will go into later) I do not have much room to fit accessories. This was my reasoning toward running the offset red dot to the rear of the scope. I simply had more room to work with and it works very well for me personally. Another option would have been to mount the optic up further, although space is much more limited near the front of the scope. The only major issue I have with the dot where it is, is that powder residue gets all over the glass after about 500 rounds of suppressed fire. My solution is to simply clean the glass during and after every range session. Keep that in mind if you opt to mount your red dot like I have. Dirty glass = obscured optic. Keep it cleaned so you can keep running. The above picture also shows my preferred trigger on this platform: The Geisselle SSA-E two stage trigger. I retained this trigger as the build progressed, although admittedly I am trying out a few different triggers for experimentation purposes as we speak. The LAW tactical folding stock adapter is also retained, so nothing new there. The Magpul grip was also retained. I simply brought it into the future with a dash of Combat Grey Cerakote. Call me crazy, but I like the magpul grip. It is inexpensive and I feel like I get a good grip on it. I didn't need anything super fancy here.
Moving up to the front of the rifle, it is obvious that I have changed a few items. I still run the inforce APL pistol light on the rail up top, and my reasons have not changed from last year. I like the paddles on this light, it is short and light, and can be used with either hand. Was it meant for rifles? No. But it has been holding up great and puts out some decent lumens for close range work. If I am hunting I will note that I usually swap this out for one of my 400 Lumen WML's for added distance reach. I am still running the Silencerco ASR brake on this build, and I still hate it. Ok let me clarify: I hate ALL brakes. I wouldn't even be running this brake if it wasn't for the fact that silencerco includes it in the Omega suppressor's packaging. Eventually I plan on swapping it our for an ASR flash hider, which I run on all my other rifles for suppressor compatibilty. I also snagged a new Cole Tac Suppressor wrap that matches the new Cerakote. This wrap has an inner and outer layer to help fight the heat that a suppressor puts off. Trust me, if you run a suppressor, you need a cover. It will help protect from mirage and protect your vehicle upholstery and backpacks when you throw the can in your car smoking hot. The wrap helps protect agains all of those things and looks cool on top of all that. I opted to run a SLR Rifleworks MLOK rail on this blackout. I met the owner, Todd, at one of the shows we were out at and I checked out his rails and immediately fell in love. This is the 6.7" Helix Rail. It is tiny, modular, and extremely light weight. Much lighter than the factory EXT 7" rail from Anderson Manufacturing and the MLOK offers more adaptability than my previous rail.
About the Author
Jared is the VP of Design & Marketing for tatargets. His role centers around content creation, marketing, photography, videography, prototype design, and serving our customers needs on a daily basis. You can find Jared on his personal Instagram page: @keystonecarry.