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Accuracy International goes bust - here's why!

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Preacherman, Mar 2, 2005.

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  1. Preacherman

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    As members will know, last week the British firm of Accuracy International was placed in receivership due to a defective batch of rifles which were rejected by the British Army. It's not known whether the company will be able to continue production.

    Here's a picture of an AI rifle that failed - it says it all! :what:
     
  2. Dmack_901

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    Yea, I'd call that a failure. I'd call it more than a failure.
     
  3. DesertRat

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    :scrutiny: Huh, doesn't surprise me. I've always been suspect about many of these high-end manufacturers who claim their wares are the best to be had at any price (usually an exorbitant one at that). As I mentioned in another post here, I found out the hard way that some of these firms are just soooo... full of themselves. Frankly, the louder a firm screams about how good their stuff is, the less likely I am to believe them.

    Case in point, I had one of the oldest and most respected 1911 custom builders in the mid-west turn a around a custom-built multiple $K 1911 that looked like a 9 year old built it. Funny thing was they always put their cute little custom in signia just aft the rear cocking serrations on one side of the slide - at least in the magazine articles that they pay to have drafted by some whiz-bang poser. Anyway, interestingly enough, they did not mark mine in the same fashion. Jeez... I wonder why.

    Now, it has always been my understanding the AI made some of the absolute best stuff out there, so perhaps this is a fluke. As we all know any of us can blow up ANY gun given the right circumstances. Anyway... this is certainly interesting news and their bankruptcy protection suggests they have deep seated problems beyond this contract that went sideways. I wonder just how many of these AI rifles peeled their barrels like that?
     
  4. P95Carry

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    That's the worst ''peelback'' I have seen .... each groove has obviously ''let go'' Strange tho - if and assuming a lot of pre-production testing, I wonder why no faults found. This sort of failure is suggestive to me of an obstruction near the muzzle .. even muzzle brake entry point ... and so residual pressure has blown whole barrel - not a confined chamber episode.

    I would be more than interested to know the full unexpurgated story on this.
     
  5. NMshooter

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    Now THAT is what I call an earth shattering KABOOM!

    Did the shooter survive?
     
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    NM - I wondered exactly that but on reflection came to conclusion that the shooter was probably totally unharmed (except in laundry division :p ) ........ the pressure release was over quite a distance and no shrapnel ..... so I'd imagine all was to sides.
     
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    Ah heck, just bang everything back together and apply some JB Weld.
     
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    On another forum the thought that the barrel flutes were cut too deep-making the barrel,in effect,too thin-was bandied about.IIRC wasn't this KB supposed to be from the first round fired?Whence the pile of brass then? :confused:
     
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    First round fired? By whom? If as I'd hope the gun (design) had had 100's of test rounds thru then - does this mean first ''customer round''?? Which again makes me think, why?? Obstruction? Oil in barrel?

    Again - I'd like the whole 9 yards on this sorry story.
     
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    :what: :what: :what: HOLEY ????!!! :what: :what: :what:
     
  11. natedog

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    How is one KB! making an entire company go under?

    If only we were so lucky with a certain Austrian firm...
     
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    They seem to have lost a government contract over this. I would guess they needed this money badly and without it that is all she wrote.
     
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    Anyone remember the SAKO Kabooms? It was a bad batch of SS-

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=108622
    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=115449
    http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=156955

    I wonder why the reaction to the alleged AI kaboom is so different? Something ugly in human nature, perhaps.

    That the alleged kaboom caused the receivership has not been stated authoritatively by any source that I've seen so far. In any case, the company was having cash flow problems for some time so it's believable that such an event might push it over the brink.


    -z
     
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    Hmmmmm

    Very reminiscent of the recent kabooms involving the fluted barrels on the SAKO V bolt action rifles.




    BlueswonderingifGastonisontheboardofdirectorsBear
     
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    The blown-up rifle looks like an AI AW-50. Bolt-action, not the SEAL rifle.

    However, it seems to have/had the SEAL rifle's brake? Test bed?

    How did these and the Sakos for that matter, survive a proof round!?
     
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    Jealousy is a *****, I suspect!
     
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    This doesn't make sense. First off I'm sure AI would have tested a gun thoroughly before giving it over to a contract proof/test. Secondly no offense, Preach but do we have any surces for this? How do we know this is why they went under? Thirdly, one peeled barrel (from what appears to be an obstruction) does not a company out of business make. This doesn't add up yet.
     
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    If a company is on the edge, a few blow ups (more than just one as I have heard) can do it. And, the fact is that most companies fail not because of a bad product but because of cash-flow. In small business, it is the main cause of failure, far above all others. AI doesn't make a whole lot of products. High price, low production rate means that when an order gets canned, it can very easily drive a company out, assuming the rifles are all suspect and cannot then be turned out onto the civilian market. If there are no cash reserves, then when the bills come in, without payment for the rifles, the bills do not get paid.

    Ash
     
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    -Are you crazy? You know what JB Weld costs??? Gimme a roll or two of duct tape, I'll have this puppy back on the line in no time.
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    Well, they could recoup by selling the remainder to the French Army. They wont know the difference and the world will be safer! :neener:
     
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  24. stealthmode

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    i like their stocks
     
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    Yeah, but not their stock. ;)
     
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