AAC Honey Badger
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|Type||Personal defense weapon|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Advanced Armament Corporation|
|Weight||6.5 lb (2.9 kg) (unloaded)|
24 in (610 mm) (fully retracted with suppressor)
|Barrel length||6 in (15 cm)|
|Cartridge||.300 AAC Blackout|
|Rate of fire||~800 RPM cyclic|
|Feed system||STANAG magazines|
|Sights||Picatinny rail provided for optics|
The AAC Honey Badger is an integrally suppressed personal defense weapon based on the AR-15. It is chambered in .300 AAC Blackout and produced by Advanced Armament Corporation (AAC), a subsidiary of Remington Outdoor Company. The weapon is named after the honey badger.
Both the rifle and the cartridge used were developed in close cooperation 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 having an integrated suppressor, it can be made even quieter by using 220 grain subsonic .300 Blackout ammunition.
The Honey Badger was designed to be a combination of the quiet MP5-SD and the lethality of the M4. Kevin Brittingham, originally the founder of AAC, wanted to make something that had the ease of use of an AR-15 but the portability of a 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 suppressor, and a proprietary buffer tube and collapsible stock featuring two prongs. While with the added suppressor it is 3-6 inches longer than the MP5-SD, the weight is nearly identical unloaded.
As of 2013 AAC is focusing their efforts on the production of suppressors and getting out of the rifle production market. While in transition to suppressor production, the project was shelved and Sig Sauer launched their Sig MCX products that has replaced the Honey Badger as the versatile PDW. “We made the decision that we are getting out of the rifle-making business,” says Jeff Still, Director of Accessories and Suppressors at Remington Outdoor Company. “We are going to focus all of our efforts on suppressors and related accessories.”
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