The AAC Honey Badger PDW is a personal defense weapon based on the AR-15 platform. It is chambered in .300 AAC Blackout (7.62x35mm) and produced by Advanced Armament Corporation, a subsidiary of Freedom Group. Both the rifle and the caliber used were developed in close cooperation with American special operations units to create a suitable and effective replacement for the MP5SD and similar weapon systems.
The Honey badger is an integrally suppressed assault rifle based on the AR-15 platform. The Honey Badger is almost like an M4A1, with the only difference in damage is the minimum damage, which is 2 higher at 21 minimum damage. This allows for the Honey Badger to be more effective than the M4A1 past 120 studs, especially with the tight spread. However, the Honey Badger does have 10 studs less for the maximum and minimum damage ranges compared to the M4A1, and while it is negligible, it balances out the damage differences of both weapons. Other than the damages, the weapons are pretty much the same with the similar reload speed and reload animation, as well as the same 30-round magazine size (though the Honey Badger uses .300 Blackout in its magazines compared to the 5.56x45mm in the M4A1's magazines). However, due to having an integral suppressor, it cannot put on barrel attachments like the M4A1. It also has higher recoil than the M4A1, which isn't very surprising considering it shoots a larger bullet.
Usage & Tactics
The Honey Badger is very suitable for a stealthy play style. However, it is difficult to use at longer ranges as its substantial muzzle rise can make aiming at long range difficult if the user isn't used to the recoil. Despite this, the spread is very tight and easy to control, making full-auto usable at longer ranges if the player is accustomed to muzzle rise. The player may want to treat the Honey Badger like an M16A3 or M4A1 with a normal suppressor attached. Previously, the Honey Badger was a 6HKO at long range, but eventually, the developers realized this made the weapon too weak and buffed it to be a 5HKO to balance it out because of its shorter range than the M4A1 and lower bullet velocity. Now it is similar to a suppressed M16A3 in terms of performance.
Because the weapon has an integrated suppressor, it has the worse ballistics compared to the other M4/M16 variants. It's typical for most integrally suppressed weapons to have lower velocities than their non-suppressed counterparts. It has the bullet velocity of an AK-47 ( 2000 studs / second ), which isn't too bad, but is lower compared to most other assault rifles like the M16A4 or M16A3.
The Honey Badger has excellent penetration capabilities thanks to the heavy ammunition it uses and can successfully penetrate thin walls. However, the player can't penetrate average thickness walls.
The Honey Badger is a good weapon to ambush enemies. The Honey Badger is also a good close range weapon, owing to its integral suppressor, but it is also viable at medium and even longish ranges due to its tight spread and its decent muzzle velocity for a suppressed weapon. It is a versatile option, having the best of a suppressed weapon (No muzzle flash, reduced detection range), while not compromising mid-long range capabilities, something that hinders other integrally suppressed weapons.
Pros & Cons
- Integral suppressor.
- Has better muzzle velocity than other integral suppressor weapons.
- Good hip fire performance.
- High penetration for its class.
- Good irons sights
- Easy to use.
- Moderate rate of fire.
- Predictable recoil pattern.
- High muzzle rise.
- Below-average range, but effective at medium range as any other weapon.
- Can't collect the ammunition from any weapon aside from the Carbine class.
- Cannot put on any barrel attachments.
- Low minimum damage for its class.
- While classified as a PDW in real life, it is featured in the assault rifle section in Phantom Forces.
- The Honey Badger used to be classified as a carbine.
- It is unclear if any national armed forces in the world use this weapon.
- In real life, the actual barrel is only 15 cm (6 inches) long, making it close to useless without its suppressor.
- It was added in Part 5 of the Summer Update on 7/16/2016, after the M4 and M16 revamp.
- The Honey Badger is named after the animal of the same name.
- Although the weapon is chambered in .300 Blackout, it can still pick up ammunition from most assault rifles.
- Its original stats used to be 32->19, making the Honey Badger identical to the M4A1 but with an integral suppressor but with worse range and recoil.
- The Honey Badger classification was changed to the assault rifle classification by Stylis Studios in January 2017.
- Even though the real-life Honey Badger is supposed to have similar ballistics to the 7.62x39mm round, it does less damage than the AK-47 in game. Since every weapon is automatically equipped with subsonic ammo once a suppressor is attached onto the gun, it is safe to assume that this is the same case for the Honey Badger.
- One of five weapons that can't take Barrel attachments, the other four are AS VAL, VSS Vintorez, AWS and MP5SD.
|Primary Weapons||Assault Rifles||AK-12 - AN-94 - AS VAL - SCAR-L - AUG A1 - M16A4 - G36 - M16A3 - AUG A2 - FAMAS - AK47 - AUG A3 - L85A2 - Honey Badger - AK74 - AKM - M231|
|Personal Defense Weapons||MP5K - UMP45 - MP7 - MAC-10 - P90 - MP5 - Colt SMG 635 - MP5SD - MP10 - MP5-10 - AUG A3 Para - Kriss Vector|
|Light Machine Guns||Colt LMG - M60 - Colt LMG - AUG HBAR - MG36 - RPK-12 - L86 LSW - RPK - SCAR-HAMR - RPK-74|
|Sniper Rifles||Intervention - Remington 700 - AWS - BFG 50 - Mosin Nagant - L115A3 - Railgun|
|Carbines||M4 - G36C - M4A1 - L22 - SCAR-PDW - AKU-12 - AK-12C - SR-3M - Groza-1 [NEW!] - Groza-4 [NEW!]|
|Designated Marksman Rifles||MK-11 - SKS - Dragunov SVU - VSS Vintorez - SCAR-SSR|
|Battle Rifles||SCAR-H - AK-12 BR - AG-3 - Henry 45-70|
|Shotguns||KSG-12 - Remington 870 - KS-23M - Stevens DB|
|Secondary Weapons||Pistols||M9 - G17 - M1911 - DEAGLE 44|
|Machine Pistols||G18 - M93R - TEC-9|
|Other||Serbu Shotgun - ZIP 22 - SFG 50 - Sawed Off - Obrez|