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Smith and Wesson AR15: who actually makes it?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Spitpatch, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Smith and Wesson gas-piston carbine. Does Smith actually make this gun, from the ground up? Or, who builds it for them, who makes the barrel, etc.
     
  2. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    A year or two ago, S&W moved the production of most of their AR parts in house. I would assume this would apply to their piston gun as well, but am not 100% sure. I don't know if they contract out their barrels, but would assume they do.
     
  3. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, that helps some. With a bit more time for this thread, I hope some "AR experts" will chime in.
     
  4. DavinFelth

    DavinFelth Olympia Member

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    http://tinyurl.com/3f7j7e2

    :)

    From what I read, they used to buy parts from Stag. But, it looks like it's been all in house for a few years now.
     
  5. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Everything about it is fine except the trigger. Like a rusty barn door. A Timney fixes that issue.
     
  6. Ampster

    Ampster Looking across to Whidbey Member

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    As far as I remember, there are about 4 major manufacturers of AR lowers, and S&W's are manufactured and labeled (S&W) by Stag Arms... I could be wrong as that info is at least 6 years old.
     
  7. Lloyd Braun

    Lloyd Braun Vancouver Active Member

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  8. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Five year old list.

    I think S&W is doing the finish machining on the raw forgings but I don't know who is supplying the forgings. They do barrels from blanks, don't know who supplies the blanks. The lpk parts and bcg parts are probably from several different venders.
     
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    bshnt2015 CA & WA Member

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    I thought CMT and Stag were the same company. I understand most of the parts were Stag, a co-worker has one, I got to look at it and I could see some Stag markings on his.
     
  10. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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  11. Iceberg

    Iceberg Forest Grove Active Member

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    CMT is a long time mfg of AR parts & is the parent company of Stag; the father runs CMT & his son runs Stag Arms. I personally feel that they would have been way better off to spin off the retail/commercial side of the business w/ the Continental Machine & Tool (CMT) name (like LMT did). Many folks do not like the Stag company name & the silly logo even though they make many of the parts used in other rifles.