A 300 Blackout Upper Receiver Makes Sense

Why not both?

.223 and 300 Black Out
The 300 Black Out and the 5.56/.223 side by side.

A 300 Blackout Upper Makes Sense

You already own an AR15 in 5.56/.223 but you have been thinking about adding a 300 Blackout to your collection. However, you don’t want to spend the money on a new rifle. There is a second option; buy a 300 Blackout upper receiver and attach it to your already existing AR15 lower receiver. Since the 300 Blackout is made from .223 brass, your magazines, bolt, and lower receiver can stay the same. Also, there is no additional paperwork or extra fees on the new upper because it’s not a controlled item according to ATF. Only the lower receiver (that has the serial number on it) is considered a firearm by ATF. In other words, you can order any upper without has a hassle and have it shipped straight to your home, walk out with one from a local dealer, or from your favorite gun show.

300 Blackout Advantages

The benefits of owning a 300 Blackout are many. For one, the 300 Blackout is a 30-caliber round. You can optimize it by shooting through a shorter barrel, shoot subsonic for sound suppressor (silencer) work, or fire it from a standard carbine. In a way, the 300 Blackout is a kind of one-stop-shop for most shooting situations out to 200 yards. Some claim it still holds a punch out to 400 yards and there are numerous YouTube videos to back up that claim, like Travis Haley’s 300 Blackout Year. With the right bullet weight, you can easily shoot 300 yards comfortably all-day long. Lastly, it passes the Walmart test as coined by Doc Montana in SHTFblog.com. Simply put, if you can find ammo for it at Walmart, that means you can find ammo for it practically anywhere you go.

Typical Savings

For example, at the time of this writing, Live Free Armory officers a complete 300 BLK 16″ upper, that includes the bolt and charging handle for $299. Their basic rifle sells for $599. That’s a $200-dollar savings from having to buy a second rifle. Other companies like CMMG, Diamondback, and Aero Precision have similar offers with and without bolts or charging handles.

It’s a buyers’ market during the summer months as sales usually slow down until just before hunting season. Talk directly to a sales representative and see what they can do for you. Unless you just want two rifles, I’d opt for the upper and spend the savings on more ammunition.

If you’d like more information or have any questions, feel free to email me at Murgado.a@livefreearmory.com. Please remember that Live Free Armory is here to help you whether you choose to buy from us or not.  We believe that obtaining the right information should always be your first step.



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