AR-15 Manufacturer List Thread


June 13, 2009, 12:15 AM
How bout a list of AR rifle and parts manufacturers- There must be hundreds?-?

S&W :D
SI Defense

What big name and obscure manufacturers do you know of?

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June 13, 2009, 12:27 AM
Can't forget Stag..


Daniel Defense

June 13, 2009, 12:32 AM

Rock River
Double Star
high standard
jp enterprises
superior arms

im sure there are more

June 13, 2009, 12:36 AM
Define "manufacturer".:) Most of those guys can be crossed off the list for not actually making anything themselves. Assemblers like my company "make" AR15s. They are a parts gun.

June 13, 2009, 01:04 AM
just put down "Continental Arms" as the universal AR manufacturer, since that is who supplies alot of the parts or machinery to make said parts.

Very few businesses make everything in-house. Colt is probably the only one nowadays, since they've been at it the longest.

June 13, 2009, 01:06 AM
im pretty sure sabre makes everything in house too.

i saw it on the outdoor channel or national geographic or something like that.

i could be wrong, but it sems like i saw them milling out the forgings.

June 13, 2009, 01:12 AM
Colt makes the M4 lowers but outsources the commercial ones.

CMT, LMT, Superior Arms, Mega Machine Shop, Kaiser Defense, Tac Innovations, LAR Mfg make lowers for themselves and pretty much everyone else. A lot of the bolt carriers are CMT with the bolts being small shops. Oly Arms makes all major components in house ie lowers, uppers, barrels, carriers, etc.

June 13, 2009, 01:25 AM
Why are we providing such an extensive list...? To facilitate politicans' drafting of the new AWB that includes them all...???

June 13, 2009, 01:35 AM
yeah, when i come for your guns i want to know what to look for

June 13, 2009, 01:40 AM
You think the government can't figure out who all the 07 FFLs are in the country and what types they make? You are aware that us manufacturers have to report annually about the firearms we make?

June 13, 2009, 03:22 AM
Bushmaster, DPMS, both manufacture rifle parts, and barrels, in fact both are the largest and second largest AR-15 manufacturers in the world.
In fact Bushmaster was manufacturing 1000 barrels a week recently for the demand. Many companies go to these guys for their rifle parts, then call the rifles their own.
Remington are made by these other 2 manufacturers (R-15 bushy, R-25 DPMS).
Does anyone know how much S&W actually manufactures of the M&P15?
Id say there are a few that make most of the parts used by all of them. Some make specialty parts, and features for their own rifles, but dont make the base rifle parts.

June 13, 2009, 04:11 AM
Bushmaster makes barrels and that's about it. They subcontract everything else but are parts assemblers like most other "manufacturers".

S&W doesn't do squat for their ARs.

June 13, 2009, 04:22 AM
last time i checked CMMG parts were made by LMT

does anyone know trhis for a fact?

Dan Forrester
June 13, 2009, 04:26 AM
Who makes S&W receivers? I have a stripped one sitting in my safe I obtained through a trade.

Thanks, Dan

June 13, 2009, 08:57 AM
Depends on what you mean by "make". There are only about 4 forges that "make" the initial hunks of raw aluminum blanks.

Some of those blanks go to machine operators that do the final work on the forgings and etch the manufacturers name on them.

Some go to the big names who do the machine work in house.

Some of the machined receivers are finished in house some are sent out to have the finish work done.

Almost no company does 100% of the work on receivers in house. So, if you want to be picky, you could say that there are few/no true AR manufacturers. Most are lowly assemblers.

June 13, 2009, 09:44 AM
S&W doesn't do squat for their ARs.

Not true. I visited the S&W plant in Springfield and saw raw AR forgings there sitting among a pile of other forgings they do on site. At the very least, S&W does the CNC-ing of the receivers.

June 13, 2009, 11:14 AM

too freaken many

everyone who doesnt make one is going to eventually just like with 1911s.

Olympic arms is one of the primary makers of lowers I know that much.

June 13, 2009, 11:15 AM
LAR Mfg makes the lowers for S&W according to LAR Mfg.

June 13, 2009, 11:38 AM
From Bushmaster themselves (being that they have manufactured ARs longer than all but about 2 companies), some quotes for those who think that they only make barrels and outsource everything else.

"Barrels: We machine our Barrels from either the best grade Chrome-Moly Vanadium Steel, or 416 Match Grade Stainless Steel."

"Forged Front Sights: The front sight base is not a casting. Bushmaster uses only steel forgings which are far superior in tensile strength."

"We machine our receivers"

"Bushmaster also produces equally high-quality parts for their AR15 rifles, including AR15 stocks, upper receivers, and lower receivers."

June 13, 2009, 11:44 AM
All of this sentinent, that companies only assemble these rifles and they are like lego kits. Some have better reputation than others; they must do something differently that sets them apart? Lest all assemblers be equal, this is not true.

June 13, 2009, 11:56 AM
Some have better reputation than others


June 13, 2009, 12:03 PM
There are a few exceptions but 90% of all the AR brands out there (being cautious with words) are about the same since they use the same parts. The few companies that are trash are Blackthorne/Vulcan/Hesse and others like them.

Boutique shops that simply assemble ARs, like my company, can produce a quality weapon if they properly assemble it of quality components. I'd beware of companies that don't state what parts brand they use.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
June 13, 2009, 12:13 PM
So what have we got here, in terms of comprehensive list?

Brands of Uppers and/or Lowers and/or complete Rifles, IF you count GP uppers as "AR15" types.
1. Colt's
2. Noveske
3. Daniel Defense
4. LMT (Lewis Machine & Tool)
6. Sabre Defense
7. Smith & Wesson
8. Charles Daly
9. Stag Arms
10. Bushmaster
11. Rock River Arms
12. DPMS / Panther Arms
13. Olympic
14. Yankee Hill Machine (YHM)
15. Del-Ton
16. Superior Arms
17. D.S. Arms
18. Wilson Combat
19. Remington
20. Armalite
21. POF
22. Roggio Arsenal
23. Nodak
24. Fulton
25. Spike's
26. Double Star
27. Les Bauer
28. White Oak Armament
29. KKF
30. Tactical Innovations
31. Southern Gun Co.
32. Model 1 Sales
33. Anvil Arms
34. Sonju Defense
35. High Standard
36. JP Enterprises
37. Ruger
38. SI Defense
39. Vulcan/Hesse

Notice I didn't say "makers", but rather "brands" of ARs.

Who are we leaving out?

Dan Forrester
June 13, 2009, 03:25 PM
You also have LBR Arms of Long Island. They hammer forge their M1A receivers but Iím not sure about their AR 15 receivers.

Check out the pictures at the bottom of this link:

Now thatís how an M1A is supposed to be made!!!


June 13, 2009, 04:31 PM
Bohica Arms is now making lowers from billet aluminum (not a casting like jdh talks about) and also a single shot from steel. Reported that a regular steel lower is on the way. They are sold through Primal Rights, and first deliveries are expected in a couple of weeks.

Here is their steel single shot.

So add them to the list.

June 13, 2009, 05:38 PM
Made in Iowa!!

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