CARTY ROD & GUN
At the 2017 Shot Show I stopped by the Aero Precision booth and visited with several of their people. I had heard the name but didn't really know much about the company. I was given a detailed run down of their company and examined the quality of their products. I was pleased to learn that they are strong believers of "Made in the U.S.A."
I was also excited to learn that they are located in the Pacific Northwest in Tacoma, Wa. just up the road from Olympic Arms in Olympia, WA . Anyone familiar with Carty Rod & Gun knows that we have anchored our business on "Made In USA First" and that we have strongly recommended Olympic Arms because they are a true American manufacture that provided excellent quality at reasonable prices.
Since the announcement of the possible closure of Olympic Arms I have been searching for a new American manufacture to replace Olympic Arms if they should close. At this same Shot Show I also visited the CMMG booth and found them to be strong supporters of "Made in U.S.A." ideology. I examined their products and found them to be of excellent quality. Since that Shot Show in 2017, I have used both Aero Precision and CMMG parts for in house builds to help me decide which of these two brands would be my new manufacture of choice. I have experienced very few problems with either brand.
It is worth noting that neither of these two manufactures make their own barrels. They both use American barrel manufacturers to supply them with barrels. This is not a deal breaker for either of these two manufactures it's just good to know where your barrel comes from. Olympic Arms makes their own barrels and my experience has proven that their barrels shoot better on average then barrels costing more. Ask anyone who's shot an Olympic Arms K16 (16" bull barrel) about the accuracy potential.
Olympic Arms before the announced closure turned to pending sale, was a manufacture of lowers and uppers to many other firearms companies. Most people don't know that many of the designer brands don't actually make their own uppers and lowers, but instead contract a manufacture such as Olympic Arms to produce them. It is my understanding that CMMG is not making their own uppers and lowers. I do know that Aero Precision makes their own uppers and lowers and that they also make uppers and lowers for other brands. I confirmed with Brownells that Aero Precision does make uppers, lowers and other AR parts for their house brand. I like the fact that they are located in the pacific northwest and plan to make a visit to their facility in the near future.
I will continue to use Olympic Arms products if they stay in business and continue to manufacture their own products. I am officially announcing that Aero Precision will share the title of manufacture of choice with Olympic Arms at this time. See the custom AR15 rifles and pistols pages to see current offerings built on the Aero Precision platform. Any factory assembled rifles or pistols will be featured on this page.