AAC Honey Badger
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The AAC Honey Badger PDW is an integrally suppressed personal defense weapon based on the AR-15. It is chambered in .300 AAC Blackout and was produced by Advanced Armament Corporation (AAC). The weapon is named after the honey badger.
|Type||Personal defense weapon|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Advanced Armament Corporation|
|Mass||2.95 kg (unloaded)|
|Length||24 in(609.6 mm) (fully retracted with suppressor)|
29 in (736.6 mm) (fully extended with suppressor)
|Barrel length||6 In (152.4 mm)|
|Cartridge||.300 AAC Blackout|
|Rate of fire||~800 RPM cyclic|
|Feed system||STANAG magazines|
|Sights||Picatinny rail provided for optics|
Both the rifle and the cartridge used were developed in close co-operation with American Special Operations units to create a suitable and effective replacement for the HK MP5 and similar close quarters combat weapon systems. The rifle is designed to be very convenient for military use where M16s are issued and in common use, since many similarities would exist in the fire controls, weapon manipulation, and magazines. Despite the weapon being integrally-silenced, it can be made even quieter by using 14.26 g subsonic .300 Blackout ammunition.
Kevin Brittingham, the founder of AAC, wanted to design a weapon which had the ease of use of an AR-15, but the portability of an MP5.
The Honey Badger was developed with a standard M4 upper and lower receiver, a short barrel with a very short gas impingement system and fast rate of rifling twist, integrated detachable customized silencer, and a proprietary buffer tube and collapsible stock featuring two prongs. Whilst with the added silencer, it is 7.62-15.24 cm longer than the MP5SD, the mass is nearly identical unloaded.
In 2013, AAC began focusing their efforts on the production of suppressors. “We made the decision that we are getting out of the rifle-making business,” stated Jeff Still, Director of Accessories and Silencers at Remington Outdoor Company. “We are going to focus all of our efforts on silencers and related accessories.” In 2017, Kevin Brittingham founded a new company named "Q, LLC". Along with suppressors and a bolt-action rifle of their own design, Q has also developed and marketed an improved Honey Badger.
On 6 October 2020, the ATF sent Q a cease and desist letter, asserting that the Honey Badger pistol was a short-barreled rifle. Though Q tried to resist this claim, they ceased production of the weapon, and confirmed this in an official statement on the 14th.
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