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  1. I’ve had one of those American Spirit Arms uppers for a couple of years now.

    I like it a lot, it’s great for a scoped rifle.

  2. Interesting to see the ‘buck and ball’ concept back. I suppose some testing will be needed to gauge real performance.

    Happy to see another good .30 carbine bullet, IMO an underrated cartridge and perfect for many home-defense applications, provided you aren’t using ball. I’d love to see some more modern stock treatments for the M1 Carbine, the thing needs rails!

  3. Mas, any follow up on the FBI sting arrests? Who got hit? Was it done publicly?

  4. Google search on FBI sting, Las Vegas should turn it up. It was on the front page of the Vegas paper. From the story, it sounds as if they were simply doing business as it is customarily done in some other countries.

  5. “I’d love to see some more modern stock treatments for the M1 Carbine, the thing needs rails!”

    Choate has a sidefolder.

  6. Obviously I’m not party to the events, but the entire thing sounds a bit off. I hope this is winnowing of the chaff and not an attempt by the fed to get their hands into yet another industry. Thanks for the show updates Mas.

  7. Mr. Ayoob,

    Love your daily reports on the Shot Show, wish I could be there. Thank you! Please keep us updated on the Smith and Wesson fiasco!

    Again, thanks,

    John Robinson

  8. Thanks for the reports Mas.

    Hmmm . . . I’d be willing to bet a couple of copper coins on the Rhino turning up on Sci-fi show as a futuristic handgun.

  9. In a way, it is a shame that H&K dropped their semi-auto 91 and 93 and now will make another of the infinite AR15 clones. There are so many now that it is very confusing. I wonder what it will offer that the competitors don’t? I looked at a number of competitive models in recent weeks and I don’t see much room for many more versions. We have US, German and countless other copies. How about a real Swiss one for a change? No copies from Finland yet, either.

  10. Just FYI, American Spirit Arms (ASA) used to have a really bad reputation. I don’t know if they are still under the same management though.

  11. “In a way, it is a shame that H&K dropped their semi-auto 91 and 93 and now will make another of the infinite AR15 clones.”

    And it is a shame they quit making their P9S, P4, and P7 pistols.
    As for HK going into the AR-15 business, they will have a real hard time competing with the many lower-priced brands – even top ones like Bushmaster – in this economy. HK is German for “overpriced” – so selling essentially the same AR-15 for much more than Bushmaster’s will be near-impossible.

  12. @ Suburban… American Spirit Arms is under new ownership / managment and their customer service and reputation has changed dramatically. The previous owner was awful. The new owner and current employees are wonderful and customer service is awesome. Their warranty on their products is among the best in the business. A friend of mind (who owns an ASA AR) and I stopped into their Scottsdale factory a couple weeks ago, just to see what was new and we received an impromptu tour of the factory (they make their own uppers and lowers and other accoutrements in house) and we also got a detailed low down on the left-side charging upper as well.

    B/c of their hospitality and hard efforts to put the customer first, I’m going to be building my first AR from their products. Besides, although I don’t live there anymore, it’s a good way to support the economy of the town I was born in. 🙂

    Good write up Mas, I’ve always enjoyed your work.