Introducing the Dual Taper Lock system, available in the Quantum DTL rifle. Blackout Defense is the first in the industry to design a method of mounting the barrel and handguard that is both self-centering and resistant to axial movement.
Tapers are well known across industries to be one of the best self-centering mechanical fasteners for critical, continuous load, and loads under thermal expansion. The DTL system harnesses the power of taper locks to secure and center the barrel.
The DTL system uses two tapers and two interlocking barrel nuts. The taper on our custom barrel extension mates with a taper on the I.D. of the first barrel nut; the second taper on the barrel profile mates with a taper on the I.D. of the second barrel nut.
This guarantees the centricity of the barrel and upper bores while stabilizing the chamber. The DTL design delivers a smoother shooting experience while prolonging barrel accuracy by providing rigidity and harmonic dampening right over the chamber.
It also provides an exceptionally rigid base for mounting the handguard that does not result in handguard deflection, while also substantially reducing POI shifts from impact and trauma to the rifle.
The barrel in the DTL system features a heavy profile and precision-machined thermal expansion rings. These rings encourage the barrel to expand in the direction of the bore rather than to deflect and shift MOA when under extreme heat.
The Dual Taper Lock system works in conjunction with our proprietary tapered barrel extension and tapered barrel. This provides a “push-pull” relationship ensuring bore centricity of the upper receiver and barrel.
Prolonged shooting creates a lot of heat, which can be the enemy of precision. Hot metal expansion becomes irregular. The thermal expansion rings featured on our DTL barrel guide the barrel to expand in the direction of the bore rather than to deflect and shift MOA.
Thanks to the dual taper mounting system, the proprietary handguard mount delivers extreme rigidity between the upper receiver and handguard. No handguard deflection while keeping the barrel in place when exposed to extreme impacts or trauma.
The Performance Series barrels start with premium 416-R stainless steel bars that are gun-drilled and reamed at standard production speeds in 5R rifling and 1:8 twist. The blanks are then fully stress relieved and precision air gauged before profiling, threading, and chambering begins.
The Quantum series lower receivers are equipped with our patented Presslock™ technology. The Linear Compression Pad ensures a tight, rattle free fitment, essentially “bedding” the upper and lower receiver together while eliminating carrier tilt.
Our uppers and handguards feature precision drilled pinholes for perfect monolithic-like alignment and anti-rotational rigidity.
The DTL handguard features 7 sides of M-LOK compatible slots front to back. Combine that with our full length picatinny top, and your accessories can be configured exactly the way you want them.
Zero pre-travel. Zero post-travel. Combined with our short and positive reset design, the Zero trigger is exceptionally smooth, crisp, and fast.
The ambidextrous design allows for multiple ways of use, no matter your shooting side or position.
Its modular design lets you easily swap from a standard 90° to 45° throw simply by removing the detent pressure and rotating the drum 180° inside the lower receiver.
Billet steel low profile rear QD plate with anti-rotation limits for ambidextrous sling use.
Our carrier is manufactured from 8620 steel, while our shot-peened bolt is made from either 9310 or carpenter 158. The bolts are batch high pressure tested and individually magnetic particle inspected after heat-treat to ensure no microcracks.
CALIBER: .223 Wylde
COLORWAY: Clear Anodize/Burnt Bronze Cerakote
BARREL LENGTH: 13.9″ Midlength w/Pin & Weld Dead Air Compatible Muzzle Device
MUZZLE THREADS: 1/2-28
GAS SYSTEM: Midlength
WEIGHT: 6.875 lbs
O/A LENGTH (COLLAPSED): 13.9” barrel: 31.5” collapsed
TRIGGER: Blackout Defense ZERO™