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The PDR (Personal Defense Rifle) is a compact,

A Magpul PDR in reality, with a red dot sight attached.

bullpup-style 5.56x45mm carbine being developed by Magpul Industries. Although the project was abandoned, it has garnered some attention, largely due to its "futuristic" appearance. The system consists of a gas-operated bullpup that was intended to replace some submachine guns, M9 pistols and M4 Carbines in an ultra-compact firearm.

It is known in the Battlefield series as the Personal Defense Weapon-Rifle (PDW-R) and appears as the PDR-C variant.

Battlefield Play4FreeEdit

PDW-R Render BFP4F
Unlocked at Level 32
Damage 26-11
Damage multipliers x 2.1 (head)
Magazine size 25 rounds x 4 magazines
Starting ammunition 75 + 25 rounds
Maximum ammunition 150 + 25 rounds with Extra Magazines
Reload time 3.2 seconds
Rate of fire 600 rounds per minute
Velocity 700 m/s
Range PDW-R Range BFP4F
Recoil Hip:
· 1.34 Up
· 0.20 Left
· 0.80 Right
· 0.74 Up
· 0.11 Left
· 0.44 Right
Firemodes Fully automatic
Kit P4F Engineer Symbol Engineer Kit
Source of statistics Battlefield Play4Free Comparison Tools
Inventory slot Primary weapon
"This state of the art Personal Defense Weapon uses standard NATO 5.56 rounds, giving it good damage delivery over all ranges and a long reach for a SMG-type gun, especially when fired zoomed."
— In-Game description

In Battlefield Play4Free, the PDW-R is available as a purchasable weapon for the Engineer Kit. It has average stopping power at close range, but it suffers at long-range combat, taking up to 9 shots to kill a foe at full health.

Battlefield 3Edit

Magpul Battlelog
Unlocked at Rank 32
Damage 25 - 14.3
Magazine size 20 + 1 rounds
30 + 1 rounds with Extended Magazine
Ammunition 5.56x45mm NATO
Starting ammunition 105 + 21 rounds (MP)
93 + 31 rounds (MP with Extended Magazine)
Maximum ammunition Standard:
· 294 + 21 rounds (SP)
· 168 + 21 rounds (MP)
Extended Magazine:
· 279 + 31 rounds (SP)
· 217 + 31 rounds (Co-op)
· 155 + 31 rounds (MP)
Reload time 2.5 seconds loaded
3.4 seconds empty
Rate of fire 750 RPM
Velocity 430m/s
Range 645m
Recoil 0.2 up
0.2 left
0.4 right
Spread zoomed 0.4 - 3.0
Spread unzoomed 1.5 - 7.0 standing
1.0 - 7.0 crouching
0.75 - 7.0 prone
Spread increase per bullet 0.1
Spread decrease per second 11.0
Firemodes Full-automatic
Three-rounds burst
Faction Flag of the United States United States Marine Corps
Flag of Russia Russian Ground Forces
Kit All kits
Dogtag(s) Proficiency
PDW-R Master Dog Tag
Source of statistics
Inventory slot Main weapon
Unlocks Reflex (10 kills)
Laser Sight (20 kills)
Suppressor (30 kills)
Holographic (40 kills)
Tactical Light (50 kills)
Extended Magazine (60 kills)
M145 MGO (70 kills)
ACOG (80 kills)
Kobra (90 kills)
IRNV (100 kills)
PKA-S (125 kills)
PK-A (150 kills)
"Developed as a Personal Defense Weapon, the PDW-R differs from most other PDW concepts by utilizing the standard 5.56mm NATO rounds of the M16 or M4. This allows the PDW-R to share magazines and supply lines with standard troops while its short length and bullpup configuration allow the PDW-R to be easily operated in CQB. Though it lacks the accuracy of a rifle, the PDW-R has a greater punch at longer ranges than other PDWs."
— Battlelog description

The PDW-R was first seen in the four-page fact sheet from EA.


It is used by enemies during the campaign in Kaffarov, in the dark room prior to the target range, equipped with various optics and the Tactical Flashlight.


It appears during the Co-Op campaign in Hit and Run.


In multiplayer, the PDW-R is an all kit weapon unlocked at level 32, belonging to the PDW section. The weapon possesses a moderate rate of fire and kick, with the same damage figures as most carbines (25-14.3). The PDW-R also is the only PDW to benefit from being a bullpup weapon which increases its hip-fire accuracy and movement speed while aiming down the sights. The iron sights are also very clear and easy to use, meaning that players just learning to use the PDW-R should have little to no trouble with target acquisition. The weapon's magazine holds 20+1 rounds. This can be upgraded by utilizing the Extended Mags attachment, which brings the ammo count to 30+1.

While the PDW-R does hold many similar traits to carbines (damage figure, accuracy and hipfire), it does come up short compared to carbines in terms of having a comparatively slow bullet velocity, as well as not being able to equip the heavy barrel. As such, it shouldn't be considered an actual improvement over many carbines available to the engineer class. It does however, like the AS VAL, offer a more versatile play-style than standard PDWs to the recon and support class that utilize more cumbersome weapons.


Battlefield 4Edit

Bf4 magpulpdr
Damage 24 - 15.4
Magazine size 30 + 1 rounds
Ammunition 5.56x45mm NATO
Starting ammunition 124 + 31
Maximum ammunition 124 + 31 (SP)
Reload time 2.5 seconds (loaded)

3.4 seconds (empty)

Rate of fire 750 RPM
Velocity 460 m/s
320 m/s (suppresed)
Range Carbine range
Recoil 0.26 up
0.15 left
0.35 right
First shot recoil multiplier 2
Recoil descrease per second 18
Spread increase per bullet 0.098
Spread decrease per second 15
Firemodes Automatic
Source of statistics
Unlocks Reflex (RDS) (10 kills)
Laser sight (20 kills)
Compensator (30 kills)
M145 (3.4x) (40 kills)
Flash Light (50 kills)
Muzzle Brake (60 kills)
Holo 1x (70 kills)
Suppressor (80 kills)
ACOG (4x) (90 kills)
Canted Ironsights (100 kills)
Heavy Barrel (110 kills)

The PDW-R appears in Battlefield 4 as a PDW for the Engineer class. It now uses 30-round magazines by default.


The PDW-R is unlocked by completing the Gold assignment in Suez by scoring 5,000 points. It is equipped with a HOLO, Laser/Light Combo and Heavy Barrel. It sports an ERDL Naval finish.


Unique among PDWs, it has the same damage and range as the average Carbine, along with a moderate recoil and rate of fire.

It does the most damage at range in its class, tied with the UMP-45. However, it cannot equip any variant of foregrip, while the UMP-45 and Carbines can. It does have the advantage of high mobility and hipfire accuracy, because of its bullpup layout.

Overall, the PDW-R gives the player a similar option to Carbines, but trading increased tactical options for better close-range handling.


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