With the .300 AAC Blackout growing in popularity, firearm manufacturers have stepped up to fill demand. Standing at the forefront is Wisconsin gun maker Midwest Industries. While the company may not be a household name, they will no doubt soon to be one with their taming the 300 BLK cartridge.
Since 300 BLK was designed for shorter barrels, I’m checking out the Midwest Industries Combat Rail Series pistol with a 10.5-inch barrel. While the gun operates like any standard AR platform, it’s loaded with features. Features include an adjustable SB Tactical pistol brace, a one piece M-Lok free floating handguard with five slots, an extended Picatinny rail for mounting sights or optics, and a Magpul MOE grip.
At a little more than 5 pounds, the pistol felt balanced and seemed to float in my hands. Feeding the pistol factory Aguila ammo, I was able to hit a six-inch piece of steel at 300 yards in light wind with no trouble. Shooting up close was, dare I say, predictable — 1 to 2 MOA groups. While the trigger was about average, it breaks crisply and there’s no gritty feeling to the take up or reset like you might feel in other Mil-Spec triggers.
With the increasing amount of ammunition offerings and ballistic information available for the 300 BLK, the Midwest Industries Combat Rail Series pistol may actually fall into that “goldilocks zone” of a true multi role tool. It’s very well built, handles like a sports car and just a lot of fun to shoot. If you are in the market for a gun that can put in work up close or much farther than you might imagine, you can’t go wrong with the Midwest Industries 300 Blackout pistol. Retail prices range from $975 to $1,250 depending on features.