Black Rain Ordnance’s BRO Urban Rifle

Black Rain Ordnance’s BRO Urban rifle chambered for .300 Blackout.

Having decided, grudgingly, to join the 21st Century, I am now, a blogger (or so they tell me). I hope you will cut me some slack, since I have only a vague idea how to do this. Obviously, it will be about guns, and I have a lot of opinions on the subject that you may—or may not agree with. Anyway, it should make for some interesting conversations.

Getting right to the point, I was asked recently to do a “T&E” (test and evaluation) of a rifle from an innovative manufacturer called Black Rain Ordnance. This company was founded in 2009 and specializes in the “Modern Sporting Rifle.” They pledge to hire the best machinists to produce rifles “any gun enthusiast would be proud to own.”

The test rifle is Black Rain’s BRO Urban model and is an impressive-looking piece of work, chambered for .300 Blackout. I haven’t had the opportunity to shoot it yet, but if it shoots like it looks, it’ll be pretty bueno.

Of course, the .300 Blackout is designed to be used with a silencer, so I will be focusing on this rifle with the company’s proprietary silencer and subsonic ammo.

Black Rain’s Fallout 15 receiver is sculpted precision.

The rifle is built on what Black Rain calls its Fallout 15 lower receiver. This is no ordinary AR15 lower. It (and the matching upper) can only be described as “sculpted.” Each contour is cut and squared precisely. Where the usual forward assist is rounded, this one is cut hexagonally, as are all other rounded surfaces. The effect is esthetically pleasing and reeks of precision. I like it.

Changing gears for a moment, I think this is a good time to talk about terminology. First of all, I’ll bet most of you noticed I used the word “silencer” to describe the device designed to muffle the noise of a fired shot. My guess is that a few of you said to yourselves “This fool doesn’t know the correct name of this device is ‘suppressor.’”


This is one of my hot buttons. Yes, most silencers do not thoroughly silence a gun shot, but that is irrelevant. The inventor of the silencer is Hiram Percy Maxim, the son of Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim who invented the Maxim machinegun.

Maxim, the inventor, called it a silencer.

If you want to own one, this device is regulated under the 1934 National Firearms Act, the same as a full-auto machinegun. You will need to submit an ATF Form 4, along with a $200 check or money order and wait for the best part of a year for approval.

When the approved form is returned to you, you’ll see the federal government calls it a “silencer.” So, despite what your internet “experts” say, it IS a silencer.

Over the coming weeks and months you’ll probably notice I have several such hot buttons, but this one is enough for now. I suppose we are about to find out whether this blog strikes a chord with you—or falls with a thud. We’ll see.

Story by Stan Skinner

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