The 300 Blackout in South Africa

| May 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

I was a little late to the party with regards to the 300 Blackout, however there were those that had seen the light and wanted to get this calibre into South Africa. Deon from Hailstorm was one of the drivers of this and actually had to register this calibre with the CFR before being able to import any of these rifles and ammunition.

North Eastern Arms first announced that they were going to put 300 blackout into production a couple years ago and Hailstorm quickly put in an order. This order for rifles was closely followed by an ammo order. PNW arms was the choice and a variety was ordered, including their sub-sonic offering. Paul from Tac SHAC was also very interested in the 300 Blackout and made sure he was one of the first to receive one of the new rifles. As far as I’m aware, Paul also made sure he had ammo on hand ahead of time.

Although it took a while for the rifles to arrive, the first offering that we saw in South Africa was from NEA, this was followed by uppers from Daniel Defense and most recently we’ve seen some uppers from Advanced Armament, the developer of the cartridge.

Barrel Length : 12.5″ (318mm)
Caliber : 5.56mm NATO, .300 BLK
Fore End Length : 9.0″ (229mm) or 12.0″ (305mm)
Gas System : Carbine
Overall Length Collapsed : 26.5″ (673mm)
Overall Length Extended : 32.5″ (828mm)
Weight (unloaded) : 6lb 0oz (2.73kg)

Here’s the first range report we saw (09-12-2013) from Paul & Lynette at Tac SHAC:

So… After almost 2 years of impatient waiting we received our North Eastern Arms 300 Blacks the week before the inaugural IDPA/SADPA Defensive Multi-Gun Nationals in Cape Town last month. I decided to run one of the guns in the competition… Had to find a sight at short notice so I visited my friends at ECM and we played ‘Barbie dress-up’ with their Trijicons until we found something in the Goldilocks zone – not too hot, not too cold, just right.

The TA26S-10 (Micro-ACOG) fit the bill perfectly!

Got Numenor to thread one of their new Black-Fyre muzzle devices to 5/8″X24 (…-FOR-SBR-S#top) and threw a bit of Ergo and Magpul plastic at her and away we went… No time to shoot her in properly though ;-{(}

But she sure does run sweet:

My first couple of stages were concerned with me checking where she was printing and then applying good old Kentucky windage to try to walk her onto the target. Not the right way to approach a competition, but it is what it is sometimes.

As far as the gun itself was concerned… What a pleasure to shoot. Follow up shots are quick and shoot to the same point as the first shots. Effectively the bullet doesn’t drop at all over 75m.

She’s expensive to shoot at the moment whilst I build up brass, but I should be reloading from early next year

Next to come along were the Daniel Defense uppers.

These are mil-spec upper receivers with indexing marks and M4 feed ramps. The barrel was a chrome moly vanadium steel, cold hammer forged, with a 1:8 twist, and 16″ S2W profile, with carbine gas system. The barrel is MP tested, and Salt Bath Nitride Finished. These come either in the V7 configuration with the DD Modular rail as above, or the V5 version with the DDM4 rail.

The latest arrival is from Advanced Armament Corp. The 300 AAC Blackout was created by Advanced Armament Corporation in cooperation with Remington Defense, under the direction of AAC’s Research and Development Director Robert Silvers.

These were complete 300 AAC BLACKOUT upper receiver assemblies, with the following features.
– 12.5″ Nitrided 1:7″ Twist Barrel, threaded 5/8-24
– AAC 51T BLACKOUT™ Flash Hider
– KAC URX 3.1 Rail

If you already own an AR15 and you’re interested in a 300 Blackout, buying an upper receiver can be a good option. I’m well aware that upper receivers can sell for close to the cost of a complete rifle, and more than the cheaper ones. I also know the process to licence an upper is the same as a complete rifle, so why just buy an upper?

Firstly, I like to upgrade my firearms, they don’t remain stock for very long. To my AR lower, I’ve added a Geissele trigger, a Battle Arms Development ambi-safety, upgraded the stock and grip, and just for kicks, I changed the buffer and put in a new buffer spring. I’m not going to be doing this to too many rifles, so for me, adding an upper makes perfect sense.

The good news is that 300 Blackout rifles, from a number of manufacturers, are now in South Africa. If you are interested in one, give Hailstorm a call or email them. They will be able to help you out or point you in the direction of a dealer close to you that can help.

If you are interested in why the 300 Blackout was created, this is all you need to know:


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