Troy came out with their Pump Action Rifle (PAR) a couple years ago. I liked the idea of it because it is a 50 state legal rifle. Many states that ban AR15s due to cosmetic features often have exclusions for manually operated firearms. For a while the old Remington 7615 was one of the few options for a pump action rifle in .223. To be honest I had little to no interest in a .223 or .308 pump action. However the thought of a .300blk pump action rifle created a fire in my imagination. I tried searching but did not find much information or videos of a .300blk PAR being shot suppressed. In my opinion .300blk rifle is the one of the best candidates for suppressing and a pump action rifle would mean it would be very quiet. Almost bolt gun quiet.
I reached out to my friend at Troy and he got me in touch with their VP of Marketing. They sent me their Optic Ready PAR in .300 blk.
I was eager to try it out but was forewarned that the barrel is threaded 3/4×28 instead of the industry standard for .30 cal barrels which is 5/8×24. I contemplated getting a thread adapter but for the sake of testing suppressors from Silencer Shop, I did not want to risk damaging any suppressor due to a non concentric adapter.
With the help of my friend Keith Biddle, he lathed the old threads off and machined 5/8×24 threads. When we tried to remove the muzzle brake, Keith noticed something odd. The shim, that was used to time the muzzle brake was oblong. It was in the path of the muzzle.
We removed the muzzle brake and found these. It looks like a .30cal shim and a 5.56 shim. They rest against the face of the muzzle and the muzzle brake pushes against them.
You can see how fat the 3/4×28 threads are. I do not understand why Troy would bother machining a separate barrel and muzzle device. They have .300blk barrels for their semi auto rifles and they have 5/8×24 thread pitch. They would have to keep a separate pile of these specially threaded barrels and make a new muzzle device that only works on said barrel.
Here is Keith machining the new threads.
Now I can suppress .300blk sub sonic ammo using my Silencerco Osprey 45. One of the must have accessories is the Magpul RVG (Rail Vertical Grip). It makes running the pump action very easy.
The Optic Ready PAR comes with a 30rd Troy Battle Mag that is limited to 10 rounds. It is a simple matter of getting any other magazine for a full 30 rounds.
The rifle came with Troy’s Battle Axe stock however it is on a fixed buffer tube. This does not take advantage of the pump action system of the Troy PAR. Since the gun is pump action, there is no need for a traditional spring and buffer. There is a rod that indexes at the top of the BCG. That bar runs along where a gas tube normally would be and is affixed to the pump. The pump grip is a cylinder that slide over the barrel. There are three picatinny rails that are bolted to the pump cylinder to keep it centered so it does not hit the handguard or the barrel. And because the BCG is manually cycled, it does not have the rear section most AR15 bolts do, nothing travels rearward into a buffer tube. So you can use folding stocks. Troy sent me the folding stock for the PAR and it makes a huge difference. With the stock folded, I can put the entire PAR with suppressor attached in my Vanquest rifle bag. With the regular stock, I would have to remove the suppressor for the rifle to fit in the bag.
The folding stock has LOP adjustment and can be converted to fold either to the left or right side of the gun.
The buttpad is polymer while the rest is aluminum. It is hard to see in the night vision photo below but the polymer is darker than the anodized aluminum.
To feed the .300blk, Black Hills and Sig Sauer sent me their 125gr and 220gr to test in the PAR.
I was very surprised by the accuracy of both brands. They both performed equally. The only real difference I found was some boxes of sub sonic 220gr Black Hills ammunition was often louder.
I have been using the Nikon P-223 fixed power 3x scope. Its BDC worked out beautifully with the Troy PAR. I zeroed the crosshairs for 100 yards using subsonic loads. When I switched to super sonic 125gr loads, I found the same zero was good for 200 yard steel plates. The next subtension in the BDC is perfect for 125gr 300 yard zero Where the vertical cross hair gets thicker, is my hold for 200 yard steel using sub sonic 220gr rounds.
Here is the first attempt by my friend Brian Miller hitting steel at 200 yards away.
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Here is a video of the .300blk PAR hiting 300 yard steel. I used the Black Hills ammo for that run.
Here is another video shooting sub sonic .300blk at the same steel targets.
200 yards using Sig Sauer 220 gr .300blk ammo. Filmed with my iphone using a Meopix Adapter and Meopta Meopro HD80.
Suppressing the Troy PAR has been very pleasant. I tried a variety of suppressors and they all seem to sound similar with this setup. I did not notice much of a difference when suppressing the subsonic loads in different suppressors.
I did notice that certain suppressors were louder on other guns when they would be very quiet on the PAR.
Troy seems to have moved away from the railed fore end and gone with an ergonomic AFG style pump grip.
One issue I had with the PAR is the lock release. It is a button that pushes a rod up into the receiver. I found the rod to be rather stiff and difficult to manipulate. It was easier to simply pull the trigger. The hammer falls and hits the bolt release thus allowing the bolt to travel rearward. I wish there was a way to make the PAR slam fire. But there is no way for the bolt to trip the sear.
I am eager to try modifying this with a 9mm bolt and 9mm barrel and see if I could make a 9mm pump action.
When I first got the Troy PAR, many of my friends and colleagues thought I was mad for being excited over a pump gun. Once they saw how quiet it was suppressed, they changed their minds. This gun has so much potential. Not only is it a run range gun, but I can use this for deer hunting since it is manually operated.
The PAR retails for $799.99. For $300 more you can get the folding stock and BUIS on the National PAR. Go to worldoftroy.com for more info.