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January 14, 2022

Another February Message

February always creeps by too slowly for my tastes, it is a dreary, bleak month. It's too cold and snowy for pleasant range time. February is perennially a time full of apprehension about threats of further restrictions on our rights, especially our right to keep and bear arms, but more on that later. There are a few exciting announcements in this message and some good news to talk about first:

Adaptive Defense Armory Carbine

One of the projects I've been working on for the past few months that should be complete by this Spring is our very own line of ADC-15 Carbines. These high-quality AR15-type carbines will be built on our own brand of forged T6 Aluminum receivers with mil-spec Type III hard coat anodizing.

ADA Lower Example
These carbines will feature:
  • Mil-spec flat-top upper receivers (also our own brand),
  • 16" barrels (chrome-lined or stainless/nitride) expertly mounted and checked,
  • Folding back-up sights,
  • Magpul grips and stocks,
  • H2 Buffers standard,
  • Your choice of Geissele or Hiperfire triggers,
  • ...and our new, custom-designed handguards:
If you're thinking you've not seen anything quite like this before, you're correct. As subscribers to this newsletter, you are the first to see these images. These made-in-America handguards are my own custom design and will include optimum defensive carbine features like:
  • Free-floating design
  • Mlok slots on the sides, bottom, and angular sections;
  • slotted, full-length picatinny top rail;
  • front rail sections straddling the front sight and designed to accommodate G.I. sights as well as our favorite aftermarket folding sights like the PRI and A.R.M.S. #41B;
  • extra real-estate for lights, lasers, illuminating modules and bipods while mounting them as far forward as possible to reduce barrel reflection and shadowing;
  • QD swivel attachment points on the right and left side;
  • 7075 T6 Aluminum barrel nut (saves an additional ~1.5 ounces over steel barrel nuts).
Equipping a standard Mlok handguard with these features would require an additional $80 or more of accessories. The first batch will be designed for carbines with mid-length (9") gas systems and will be standard on our line of ADC-15 Carbines. Depending on popularity, our next run may include carbine and rifle-length versions as well. Anticipated price will be $180 + tax (compare that with with price of a mid-length Aero Precision Mlok handguard, or a Centurion Arms Cutout Handguard.

If you have an AR Carbine that you would like to upgrade with one of these handguards, it is a fairly easy process (and I may even run some special discounts for ADC alumni...) If your current barrel is a carbine or rifle-length gas system (roughly 7" or 12" between the upper receiver and the front sight), we will need to swap out your barrel - no big deal. I have several styles of mid-length barrels in stock to fit different budgets and needs. I prefer mid-length gas systems because they have a smoother recoil impulse than carbine-length gas systems, correct "dwell time" for gas system pressurization, lower gas port pressures (which means better barrel and bolt longevity), and 2" more length between the receiver and the front sight which means more comfortable accessory spacing.

I will keep you informed as this project progresses. If you are going to be in the market for an AR-15 or are thinking about upgrading an existing rifle or carbine. Keep this in mind. While most of the first batch of receivers are slated for rifle builds, I will be holding a few of them aside to sell as stripped receivers, ADC Alumni get first dibs on these. If you are interested, let me know now so I can reserve your receiver. Standard price on these lowers will be $120 plus tax. This price is on par with other quality lower receiver brands.

Black Rifle 101 Online Class

Speaking of AR15's, don't forget we will be holding another online Black Rifle 101 class the evenings of February 15th and 16th from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.
BR101 ad slide


In most of these newsletters, I advise you to contact your representatives regarding legislation affecting our right to keep and bear arms. I beg your indulgence for stepping up on the soapbox here for a moment, but I bring this up because recently, I myself wrote our representatives, including Senator Ben Ray Lujan, regarding the attack on our rights. I'm going to share his response in his own words:

"...That’s why I am a cosponsor of the Background Check Expansion Act, legislation that would establish new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties, including in online sales and at gun shows. ...I am also a cosponsor of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021, which would ban the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. These weapons are intended for military use, and have no purpose for self-defense or hunting.”

Whatever else the Senator may be, he is clearly not a subject matter expert on firearms, self-defense, or our Constitution. "Assault Weapon" is a political buzzword used by anti-gun activists to describe any modern, efficient firearm such as the AR15, a firearm ideally suited for home-defense. But, even supposing that it were true that these weapons are intended only for military use, that would still place them solidly in the class of weapons specifically intended by the Second Amendment to "not be infringed." The Second Amendment states: "..the right of the people to keep and bear arms..." It doesn't say "sporting goods," it doesn't say "hunting rifles," it says "arms." The etymology of the word "arms" comes from the Latin arma (“defensive arms, weapons of war, war, defense, tools”). So the Second Amendment specifically protects the right of Americans to own and use "weapons of war." Why? The Second Amendment provides us with that answer to that as well; because it is "...necessary to the security of a free state." Our Founders placed us under no obligation to demonstrate the suitability of our weaponry to be used for hunting or sporting purposes. So, when the Senator, or anyone states "I support the Second Amendment, but..." Full Stop. They don't support the Second Amendment.

As to the Senator's (and our President's) assertion that what they define as "assault rifles" or "high-capacity magazines" have no purpose for self-defense or hunting, that is a bald-faced lie, and frankly I am sick and tired of the lies. I am sure the senator is well acquainted with the facts and statistics but chooses to ignore them in favor of promoting partisan politics and extreme left-wing special interests. Facts like the FBI statistics showing rifles are less likely to be involved in a homicide than knives, blunt-force instruments like baseball bats and hammers, or even hands and feet!
FBI stats
Anyone who claims to support your Constitutional Rights, "but..." is not a worthy steward of those rights and needs to be voted out of office in favor of those who will honor their oaths to preserve, protect, and defend the United States Constitution.

I'm sad to say we are fighting an uphill battle at the moment Nationally and at the State level here in New Mexico. If you value the rights that generations of our fellow citizens have pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to preserve for you, you will continue to help in that battle - at the voting booth, by supporting pro-gun causes, and by continuing to make your opinion known to our representatives. 'Nuff said on that.


Don't forget that the next Gun Show in Los Alamos will be held at the Knights of Columbus hall on DP Road, Saturday and Sunday April 2 & 3. I am planning on having 2 tables at this show with handguns, rifles, ammunition, and plenty of parts and accessories. Stop by and see me!
"Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American… The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people." ~Tench Coxe
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