The AR-15 Discreet Carry Kit from TAC2

The AR-15 Discreet Carry Kit from TAC2 is a barrel removal system and fore end used to break down any AR-15 to fit into a brief case but still be available for quick re-assembly. We have some specs on the conversion kit, pictures, a video and some ideas for practical survival applications.


First, what is the thing? According to the Tac2 website:

TAC2 – DISCREET CARRY AR15/M16 KIT – This is a “no tools required”, barrel changing system, designed to work on your current AR15/M16 rifle/carbine. The system is designed to use a low-profile gas block, and allows your AR15/M16 to be broken down into three major components, for quick barrel changes, as well as covert concealment (DISCREET CARRY), or storage. A 16-inch barreled AR15/M16, with a collapsible stock, red dot sight, and two 30 rd. mags. can be carried in something as small as a briefcase. Full assembly and loading to firing condition can be accomplished in less than 30 seconds, with ease.


  • QC (Quick Change) Barrel nut and lock plate
  • a 7-inch or 12-inch free float fore-end
  • fore-end lock ring
  • all made from 6061 T6 Aircraft aluminum, and black anodized


Here are some pictures from, who sell the kit along with a couple of briefcase options. Their basic kit starts at $225, and is $250 if you include a leather briefcase with pre-cut foam. (Click for Larger Pictures. All Pictures are from

Parts Kit
Parts Kit
7 or 12 inch Forend Tubes
7 and 12 Inch Forend Tubes
Upper and Briefcase
Upper and Briefcase
Barrel and Case
Barrel and Case
Full Storage
Full Storage
Heavy Case Option
Heavy Duty Case Option

Survival Considerations

Obviously, there are some survival situations where you don’t want your AR in a briefcase in pieces, but other times it just might save you, or at least allow you to hold on to your gun.

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In an urban survival situation you will be just another business person with a briefcase, (and hopefully an Urban Survival Bag). I really don’t have to tell you how important it will be in a time like that to keep your weapons private until absolutely necessary. You could also use it to avoid a martial law type gun collection like was used after Katrina.


This video also comes from What really impressed me was how thin and normal looking the briefcase appears. Also, I read a comment by the designer of this system, and although they advertise 30 seconds or less assembly, he says you can do it in 15-17 seconds easily with some practice.

What Do You Think?

Many people will immediately think of problems with your optics, which is the obvious problem. However, the designer says

My personal gun has an Eotech, and will go back to hitting a 1″ paster at 25yds. with ease, and an 8″ plate at 150yds.

Would you use this system?


Joel Jefferson
Written by Joel Jefferson

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20 thoughts on “The AR-15 Discreet Carry Kit from TAC2”

  1. I have a .45 ACP Taurus 1911, .45 ACP Taurus P145 Millennium (more concealable), a .40 S&W Sigsauer P229, and a .357 Colt Python . If you need definite knock-down power, my .45 ACP Taurus 1911 or my .357 Colt Python will definitely do the nasty number. If I need to carry concealed, I'd use my .45 ACP Taurus P145, because it is a lot smaller than my other pistols and much easier to conceal.

    No matter which hand gun I choose, I know that practice is essential to gain the confidence and skill in hitting what you want to take-out. This is very vital, practice, practice, practice!!!…….

  2. Having a carbine that can hide in plain site is awesome. Obviously not a first line of defense (I CCW fof that) but a great piece of insurance! Ive always found the AR pistols to be clumsy at best. Concealable only in off-body carry or under long, heavy coats its almost as difficult to employ effectively as a broken down AR. An SBR or carbine is superior to any pistol platform and would be an amazing asset to have available in any sudden scenario. This would be great to store in an office or travel with you to your hotel room. If its ATA approved for air travel Im definitely going to get one.

  3. I don't really understand the need for this product. I can separate or re-assemble the upper and lower on my AR in about 3 -5 seconds by pushing two pins. But more importantly, I have some MAJOR concerns about just screwing on my barrel by hand. I am very particular about my equipment, and I want it to be consistently reliable. If I am going to bet my life on it, I'm not going to take a gamble on a product that could easily result in catastrophic failure. BTW, I have an AR pistol, and have an attached harness/clip system. The buffer tube rides comfortably in front of the shoulder, and I can conceal it under a hip length coat. It is also very easy to deploy, and very effective within 25 yards. Like K. Pinkerton, I went with the pistol instead of the SBR. I did not want to pay an extra $200 for the tax stamp, and also the pistol is legal to carry loaded with a Handgun Carry Permit in my state.

    • becaue its shorte,r the upper even disassymbled from the lower with a 16 inch barrel is at least 25-26 inches long this way its only about 18 inches total

  4. Looks pretty darn handy . One way to move your weapons around without attracting undue attention . That thing looks like it could have a cordless drill in it or just about anything , Weapons dont even come to mind from an observers standpoint .

  5. I have a Kel-Tec sub2000 and six (6) thirty round mags as well as a Glock 19 with three mags in a laptop bag. Easy to carry and no one questions the bag.

    • I also have and prefer the sub 2000, and also carry mine the same way, with my Glock 17 with 3 mags.. I have 2-30 round mags, and my wife wants me to buy a few more..Isn't she great. We feel the Big O will try to get the larger mags restricted.

  6. Its in a Briefcase! Sweet set up.

    In a life or death situation you would need a means of defense much faster.

    But none the less it is discreet and powerful ounce applied. Cool deal.

  7. Another example of GOING GREY…I found this site 4months ago and its on my shopping list.Again how important is it to be grey????…Very, what others dont know wont hurt you,and I want to be able to keep under the radar as much as I can.Loose ships Sink ships…just saying

  8. Kel-Tec also makes the plr 16 pistol. shoots 5.56 or .223. comes with a 10 round mag. will also take standard m16/ar15 20 &30 round mags. it has a 9.5 inch barrel and no buffer tube. fits in a briefcase with out having to take anything apart. you can also get a forend that has 1913 rails on it to mount just about anything you want to it.

  9. For the difference in the length of having the upper and barrel connected or not connected, I think this is a solution looking for a problem. Upper and lower joined in just a few seconds is fast, and nine more inches of length on the case is not a big deal. Spend the time and effort on making a case for two halves and sell it – I'll buy one.

  10. Why the dissing? This is just another option for those that desire something new and different. Back in the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's the old fogies wouldn't let go of their steel and wood firearms. Plastic and aluminum instead of wood and steel? Sacrilege!! A plastic frame instead of steel? Sacrilegious! A pistol that has a cylinder and holds more than one round? Heaven forbid! They built breakdown rifles as far back into the 1800's with no issues. It's a good thing that Colt, Winchester and Glock didn't listen to the naysayers here.

  11. It makes a great travel gun, I keep mine in a laptop case, it literally takes 60 seconds or less to uncase and throw together, i tested it, no loss of zero as optics stay with upper, the only trick to it is getting your gas tube lined up, but with practice you can assemble in less than 20 seconds


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