Q LLC sets a new standard for suppressed AR-platforms with the Honey Badger. This compact PDW was originally designed at AAC by renowned firearm designer Kevin Brittingham and his R&D team. The Honey Badger was developed at the request of U.S. special forces, who were looking to replace the aging MP5 SD submachineguns with a contemporary PDW chambered in a rifle caliber and was capable of effective suppressed fire. While the Honey Badger wasn’t chosen to replace the MP5 SD, it did inspire Kevin Brittingham to found Q LLC and begin producing an improved version of the Honey Badger for the civilian market.
The Honey Badger’s overall design is heavily focused on use with a suppressor. The 7-inch stainless steel barrel maximizes the potential of the .300 Blackout cartridge, and the 1:5” twist rate is ideal for stabilizing heavy subsonic bullets for supreme accuracy at mid to long range. An adjustable gas block allows the rifle to be adapted for different ammunition types. In addition to its suppressor optimizations, the Honey Badger is remarkably compact and lightweight. It measures in at a mere 19.75″ (in an SBR configuration), and weighs just over 4 lbs, making the Honey Badger roughly the same weight and overall length of a standard MP5. The ultra lightweight of the Honey Badger can be attributed to a machined aluminum handguard and receiver, and the forward assist has been removed to shave off a little more unnecessary weight. In terms of customization, the Honey Badger features a full length picatinny rail with more than enough space for optics, iron sights, and clip-on night vision/thermal devices, and M-LOK sections on the handguard allows for the use of lights, lasers, grips, and other accessories.