Knight’s Armament Company has teamed up with SureFire, LLC to announce the KAC Templar, an AR-15 pattern rifle with integral SureFire Warden-SDblast diffusion/direction. The Templar is not subject to NFA tax stamprequirements for short-barreled rifles (SBRs) or suppressors, butdelivers many of the benefits of a suppressed SBR in a defensive orpatrol-rifle role.
Upon first handling the KAC Templar, it is immediately impressive howcompact and well-balanced the rifle is, with the SureFire Warden-SDblast diffuser nestled neatly within the end of the full-length freefloating aluminum M-Lok handguard. Knight’s Armament permanentlyattaches the 2.4-inch Warden-SD to a hammer forged and chrome lined13.7-inch barrel, resulting in a 16.1-inch legal barrel length exemptfrom state or federal SBR restrictions.
The SureFire Warden-SD blast diffuser integrated into the Templar is anew version which marks a significant evolution of SureFire’s existingWarden muzzle device product line. The new Warden-SD combines all ofthe best features of a linear compensator with a specially designedexpansion chamber which directs the vast majority of blast andconcussion directly forward of the shooter’s firing position. Thisgreatly reduces the overpressure effects to either side of the muzzle,as well as limiting the dust clouds that can quickly obscure visibilitywhen shooting from a prone position.
The Knight’s Templar rifle includes all of the high end features youwould expect of a KAC product, including well-designed and cleanlyintegrated ambidextrous controls for magazine release, bolt release, and fire/safe selector. This is a hard-duty rifle intended to deliverperformance under the worst possible conditions, and it shows.
MSRP for the Templar has not been announced, but is expected to be in line with KAC’s premium pricing for their civilian-market rifles. Thenew SureFire Warden-SD will be available separately from the Templar andwill retail for $180.