GUN REVIEW: AMERICAN SPIRIT ARMS (THE SIDE-CHARGE AR)

Mr. Ags — January 28, 2016

American Spirit Arms (Scottsdale, AZ) is a firearms company many shooters are not familiar with, but they should be.  ASA has been a premier manufacturer for over 20 years.  Those 20 years have seen changes in the economy and a changing of ownership 3 times.  However, today new ownership has a unified focus to continue to have ASA remain highly revered in the shooting industry for their skill and innovation.  Not only are they a world class firearms company, they also specializes in manufacturing precision components for the medical and aerospace industry as well.  Given all of this, I was very honored to be one of the 125 people (it seemed like 200+ showed up) invited to participate in their range event one evening while I was at Shot Show in Las Vegas to try out their 223 rifle and their new 308 and 9mm rifles.

You may be thinking that all ARs are created equally, but you’d be wrong.  An experienced shooter can detect quality (or the lack thereof) as soon as you pick up a firearm.  Once you shoot it, then you really know.  Part of what makes ASA firearms unique is what they don’t have (the charging handle).  For years AR shooters have struggled with manipulating the charging handle once an AR has had a scope mounted to it.  In 2007, ASA perfected its side-charge technology.  The traditional charging handle on ASA’s upper receivers has been removed and replaced with a side-charge lever on the left side of the upper receiver.  This side-charging mechanism is non-reciprocating, which simply means that once shooting commences, the side-charge lever will remain stationary vs recoiling with every shot.

Testing these three rifles was an amazing experience.  The 9mm, 223, and 308 all feature the patented side-charge technology that make ASA firearms unique.  The 9mm uses Glock 17 magazines, which is a big plus in the AR platform.  Most 9mm ARs use a Colt-style magazine, or some specialty magazine you can never find in stock.  Muzzle flip was non-existent on the 9mm and greatly reduced on the 223 and 308 due to the proper use of muzzle brakes.  All three shot very smooth and every shot was dead on where I was aiming.  This should come as no surprise, since ASA’s black barrels have a lifetime guarantee of 1 MOA and their Stainless Steel barrels are guaranteed to 1/2 MOA (did I mention “for life!”).  If that’s not enough, ASA offers a lifetime warranty that follows the gun as well.  These are great guns and I highly recommend you buying one, or two, or three.

Mr. Ags writes for Joe for America and welcomes your feedback:mrags@joeforamerica.com and on Twitter: @blackswampradio

 

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Three Reasons an “Assault Rifle” is Better Than a Handgun for Home Defense

By Nick Leghorn on December 25, 2012

A while back I wrote an article stating that handguns are best for home defense. I stand by that conclusion. But there are some damned good reasons why having an AR-15 propped up against the nightstand can be a better bet than a bedside pistol . . .

 

1. Accuracy

No matter what the size of the bullet, every round fired that doesn’t hit its intended target is a bigproblem. “Stray rounds” fail to stop the immediate, potentially lethal threat. Equally, they’re dangerous to the health and safety of innocent people unfortunate enough to get in the rounds’ path.

Rifle have more points of contact with the shooter’s body than a handgun: both hands, shoulder and cheek. This makes a rifle a substantially more stable shooting platform than a handgun [note “handgun” singular]. This is one of the main reasons why an average shooter is far more accurate with a rifle than a handgun.

In addition to the body mechanics rifles are easier to sight (a.k.a., aim). It takes time, practice and coordination to align a handgun’s sights. A rifle “points” naturally; you can see where the barrel is aiming. If a home defender’s running a red dot on their rifle (a device that places a red dot on the target), its even easier to just “point and shoot.”

Under pressure, suffering the effects of a full adrenal dump, the rifle’s ease-of-use/accuracy can be the difference between life and death.

Illustrative Example:

It’s the middle of the night. You hear someone breaking down your front door. You grab your AR-15. You gather your family, call 911, put your family behind you and crouch next to your bed. You train your AR-15’s sights on the door to your bedroom.

If you were holding a handgun, your shaking hands would make it entirely possible— maybe even probable—that you would miss. The AR may not be steady but it’s steady enough. You’re as ready as you’ll ever be.

2. Capacity

I’ve never been in a real gun battle, but I have some simulated experience.

At an event in Arizona, trainers gave each participant a Glock 19 with 10 rounds of simunition ammo. They held a “two men enter one man leaves” kind of final exam. Although my opponent had recently finished his tour of duty in the armed forces I came out ahead. But not before emptying the magazine on my handgun.

Think about that. One opponent, and I’d run out of ammunition.

While some states restrict handgun magazines to ten rounds a handgun typically holds 15 rounds. FBI crime stats show that an increasing numbers of violent assaults involve more than one attacker. If you have three attackers and 10 rounds . . . that might not work out as well as it could. Even 15 rounds might not be enough.

The AR-15’s standard magazine capacity is 30 rounds. [Note: that’s standard capacity not “high” capacity.] Again, you may not need all thirty rounds to defend yourself. You might not need any. But you might. And if you do, well, there they are.

Illustrative Example:

Imagine you’re a shopkeeper living atop a small store. A rioting mob starts smashing windows and loot surrounding stores. Some of the hoodlums outside are throwing Molotov cocktails into cars. Your entire livelihood is on the shelves of your store downstairs. Your wife and two kids are cowering in fear, afraid that they’re about to be burned alive.

You don’t know how many people are in the crowd about to light the wick on a vodka bottle or run at you with a baseball bat covered in barbed wire. Until and unless the police or National Guard arrives to restore order, you need to be prepared to accurately engage each and every person that attempts to kill you and your family.

Ten rounds doesn’t cut it. The New York Times understood this when they wheeled Gatling guns out into their lobby on August 1, 1863 to protect the newspaper from an angry mob. The New York Times successfully defended itself using the Gatling gun’s “high capacity” capabilities. There’s no reason the average American shouldn’t have the same protection.

3. Worst Case: It’s a Club

When you run out of ammo with a handgun, or it jams, or just plain stops working, you’re left with something only slightly better than a rock. And the only reason I say it’s better than a rock is that it typically has a pointy end of some sort.

When you run out of ammo with a rifle, you still have a bigass metal pipe at the end of a rather long firearm that will hurt like hell when it hits someone.

Admittedly certain “assault rifles” are better for whacking people over the head than other. The AR-15 is a wiffle bat compared to the sheer mass of the AK-47’s hardwood buttstock. But either rifle is better than nothing.

There are other reasons why an AR-15 makes a superb self-defense weapon: accuracy over long distances, reliability, recoil minimization and more. Suffice it to say, what makes an excellent rifle for offense makes the AR-15 an awesome firearm for defense.

It’s an inconvenient truth—unless you need a rifle for self-defense. At that point an AR-15 is nothing less than a godsend.

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American Spirit Arms Announces Retail Pricing for their New 9mm AR15 for Glock Magazines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Scottsdale, Arizona – January 11, 2016 – American Spirit Arms firearms and manufacturing company, manufacturer of patented non-reciprocating Side Charging uppers for AR15s announced retail pricing for their new 9mm AR15 designed specifically for Glock 9mm magazines. The new rifle will be introduced at SHOT Show 2016.

 

American Spirit Arms, maker of precision, high quality AR15, AR10 and M4 rifles, is pleased to announce retail pricing for its new 9mm AR15 that accepts Glock 9mm pistol magazines. Retail MSRP for the new rifle will be $1,599.00. Interested dealers and buyers can see the rifle at the American Spirit Arms booth #2736 at SHOT Show.

 

“This is an attractive, cost-sensitive approach to shooting at the range or outdoors,” said Phil Tomczyk, CEO of American Spirit Arms. “Just grab some 9mm ammo and go have fun with your pistol and rifle. Glock 9mm pistol owners can now purchase a highly accurate American Spirit Arms AR15 rifle designed specifically for Glock magazines, eliminating the need for taking multiple ammo calibers to the range. Our new rifle does not use an adapter and comes standard with our patented, non-reciprocating Side Charging upper technology.”A non-reciprocating side charger moves the T-handle to the side of the AR, making it much easier to quickly charge the rifle without breaking cheek lock or target acquisition, or struggling to reach a T-handle under optics. When shooting, the side charger handle flips flat against the upper, remaining stationary and out of the way until needed, making for a quicker, cleaner, non-snag charging solution.

For further information, contact Brandi Edelstein at 1(480) 367-9540 or Brandi@americanspiritarms.com. American Spirit Arms, 16001 N Greenway-Hayden Loop, Suite B, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. www.AmericanSpiritArms.com. SHOT Show Booth #2736.

 

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New 9mm AR15 for Glock Magazines for SHOT Show 2016

American Spirit Arms Announces a New 9mm AR15 for Glock Magazines for SHOT Show 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Scottsdale, Arizona – December 14, 2015 – American Spirit Arms firearms and manufacturing company, manufacturer of patented non-reciprocating Side Charging uppers for AR15s announces that it will introduce at SHOT Show 2016 a new 9mm AR15 that accepts Glock 9mm magazines.

American Spirit Arms, maker of precision, high quality AR15, AR10 and M4 rifles, and its new ownership group, is pleased to announce it is expanding its tactical rifle lineup with a new 9mm AR15 that accepts Glock magazines. The new rifle will be formally introduced at SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada in January. See the new rifle at American Spirit Arms’ booth #2736.

“This is a rifle we have wanted to do for a long time,” said Rob Dunaway, President of American Spirit Arms.

“Glock 9mm pistol owners can now purchase a compatible American Spirit Arms rifle and only bring one caliber of ammo to the range or outdoors. So many firearms owners have a 9mm Glock in their collection, it just makes sense to have a compatible, highly accurate tactical rifle platform for 9mm ammo. Our new 9mm rifle also comes standard with our patented non-reciprocating Side Charger technology.”

A non-reciprocating side charger moves the T-handle to the side of the AR, making it much easier to quickly charge the rifle without breaking cheek lock or target acquisition. When shooting, the side charger handle flips flat against the upper, remaining stationary and out of the way until needed, making for a quicker, cleaner, non-snag charging solution.

For further information, contact Brandi Edelstein at 1(480) 367-9540 or Brandi@americanspiritarms.com.

American Spirit Arms, 16001 N Greenway-Hayden Loop, Suite B, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. www.AmericanSpiritArms.com . SHOT Show Booth #2736.

 

 

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ASA’s NEW DPMS-Compatible .308 Side Charging Upper is now Available for Pre-Order!!!

American Spirit Arms Announces Its New DPMS-compatible .308 Side Charging Upper is Available for Pre-Order!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Scottsdale, Arizona – December 8, 2015 – American Spirit Arms firearms and manufacturing company, manufacturer of patented non-reciprocating Side Charging uppers for AR15s and .308 rifles announces that its new DPMS-compatible .308 Side Charging Upper for the DPMS LR-308 platform is available for pre-order.

American Spirit Arms, maker of precision, high quality AR15, .308 and M4 rifles, and its new ownership group, is formally introducing the latest addition to its line of non-reciprocating Side Charging uppers – a DPMS-compatible .308 Side Charging Upper for the DPMS LR-308 platform – at January’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new DPMS-compatible LR-308 upper, will allow DPMS LR-308 owners to easily upgrade to the latest AR technology. Together with an American Spirit Arms nitride coated barrel, shooters can achieve .5MOA with their existing DPMS LR-308 platform.

The new DPMS-compatible LR-308 upper has a MSRP of $399.99 and pre-orders are being accepted now. The upper is in production and shipping will commence in mid-February.

“Interest in our new DPMS-compatible LR-308 upper is very strong”, says Phil Tomczyk, CEO of American Spirit Arms.

“So many people were calling us, we decided to take pre-orders in advance of the formal product introduction at SHOT Show. SHOT Show attendees can see the new upper in our booth #2736 or in the new products Showcase.”

A non-reciprocating side charger moves the T-handle to the side of the AR, making it much easier to quickly charge the rifle without breaking cheek lock or target acquisition. When shooting, the side charger handle flips flat against the upper, where it remains stationary and out of the way until needed, making for a quicker, cleaner, non-snag charging solution.

For pre-orders and further information, contact Brandi Edelstein at 1(480) 367-9540 or Brandi@americanspiritarms.com.

American Spirit Arms, 16001 N Greenway-Hayden Loop, Suite B, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. www.AmericanSpiritArms.com . SHOT Show Booth #2736.

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American Spirit Arms Announces a LR-308 compatible .308 Side Charging Upper for SHOT Show 2016

Scottsdale, Arizona – November 12, 2015 -American Spirit Arms firearms and manufacturing company, manufacturer of patented non-reciprocating Side Charging uppers for AR15′s announces that it will introduce at SHOT Show 2016 a new DPMS-compatible .308 Side Charging Upper for the DPMS LR-308 platform.   American Spirit Arms, maker of precision, high quality AR15, LR-308 and M4 rifles, and its new ownership group, is pleased to announce it is expanding its line of non-reciprocating Side Charging uppers to include a new DPMS-compatible .308 Side Charging Upper for the DPMS LR-308 platform. The new DPMS-compatible LR-308 upper, will allow DPMS LR-308 owners to easily upgrade to the latest AR technology. Together with an American Spirit Arms nitride coated barrel, shooters can achieve .5 to 1 MOA with their existing DPMS platform.
“This is an exciting new product for us,” said Rob Dunaway, President of American Spirit Arms. “For the first time, DPMS .308 owners can upgrade to a precision quality, non-reciprocating, side charging upper that allows the shooter to stay on target and easily cycle the rifle. Those benefits plus the speed of a side charger also appeal to competition shooters and hunters.”A non-reciprocating side charger moves the T-handle to the side of the AR, making it much easier to quickly charge the rifle without breaking cheek lock, target acquisition or fingernails. When shooting, the side charger handle flips flat against the upper, out of the way until needed, making for a quick, clean, non-snag charging solution.

“We also get a lot of women shooters that mention our Side Chargers make shooting really easy for them, but we believe that everyone benefits from using our Side Chargers. The T-handle is simply old technology,” commented Phil Tomczyk, CEO of American Spirit Arms.

For further information, contact Brandi Edelstein at 1(480) 367-9540 or Brandi@americanspiritarms.com. American Spirit Arms, 16001 N Greenway-Hayden Loop, Suite B, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Be Sure to stop by and Check out all our New Products for 2016 @ SHOT Show Booth #2736.

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The New American Spirit Arms Is Proud To Announce Evernham Sales Associates As New Sales Representatives

The New American Spirit Arms Is Proud To Announce
Evernham Sales Associates As New Sales Representatives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

American Spirit Arms Announces Appointment of Evernham Sales Associates as new Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma Sales Representative

Scottsdale, Arizona – November 4, 2015 – American Spirit Arms firearms and manufacturing company announces that Evernham Sales Associates, Inc. has been engaged as their sales representative for Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma, effective immediately.

American Spirit Arms, maker of precision, high quality AR15, AR10 and M4 rifles, and its new ownership group, is pleased to announce it is expanding its dealer and key account product sales team with the addition of Evernham Sales Associates in the states of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

“We are proud and excited to be partnering with a truly revolutionary firearms manufacturer like American Spirit Arms. ASA brings a unique re-imagining of the AR15 to market with its side-charging handle system. Coupled with exceptional machining capabilities, ASA AR’s are not only unique, but extremely well engineered and executed”, said Mike Evernham, President of Evernham Sales Associates.

Evernham Sales Associates represents sporting goods manufacturers throughout seventeen Midwest and Central Southern states.
For more information contact:

Evernham Sales Associates
9535 E. 59th St. Suite B1
Indianapolis, IN 46216
317-545-1100
www.EvernhamSales.com

“We are very pleased to partner with Evernham Sales Associates in the key states of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. They are very knowledgeable and provide exceptional service to their dealers and key accounts and understand why precision made, extremely accurate AR side-charging platforms are the future of tactical rifles,” commented Phil Tomczyk, CEO of American Spirit Arms.

For further information, contact Phil Tomczyk, CEO, at Phil@americanspiritarms.com.
American Spirit Arms, 16001 N Greenway-Hayden Loop, Suite B, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. www.AmericanSpiritArms.com. SHOT Show Booth #2736.

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American Spirit Arms Side Charger

The American Spirit Arms Side Charger Receiver is the latest evolution of the AR-15 platform. The ASA Side Charger Receiver features our patented non-reciprocating charging handle on the left side of the receiver. This means the shooter no longer has to break cheek weld or take the rifle off the shoulder to manipulate the charging handle, which can cut down the time it takes to perform a reload or malfunction drill. The Side Charger Receiver also makes the rifle much easier to use with magnified optics. The shooter no longer has to try to reach under an optic to charge the rifle or rely on extended latches that can catch on gear or cause traditional charging handles to flex.

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ASA- SPR 308 Revealed

ASA-SPR 308 Revealed
American Spirit Arms is Proud to announce the New Light Weight 308 Highly accurate Side Charger Rifle is now In Stock!!

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The NEW American Spirit Arms Announces Appointment of Blue Ridge Marketing as new Southeastern States Sales Representative

 

Scottsdale, Arizona – August 19, 2015 – American Spirit Arms firearms and manufacturing company announces that Blue Ridge Marketing, Inc. has been engaged as their southeastern sales representative, effective immediately.American Spirit Arms, maker of precision, high quality AR15, AR10 and M4 rifles, and its new ownership group, is pleased to announce that Blue Ridge Marketing will be managing dealer and key account product sales in the southeastern states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

 

“Our group is very excited for the opportunity to represent American Spirit Arms in the southeast,” said James Hopkins, Vice President of Blue Ridge Marketing. “The AR-tactical market is strong with a particular demand for unique, quality, made in America products. American Spirit Arms delivers on all of this and more.”“We believe the patented side charger system that ASA offers is a game changer in the AR industry. With the charger being moved from the back to the side of the firearm now, there’s an AR that’s completely scope-friendly making ASA rifles a great choice for hunters or any shooter wishing to cycle his rifle without lowering from point, ” added Hopkins. “Backed by a lifetime warranty, we know our dealers will want to stock these fine products for their customers.”Blue Ridge Marketing is a North Carolina based agency representing sporting goods manufactures throughout the southeast United States. For more information contact:

Blue Ridge Marketing

P.O. Box 2069

Morganton, NC 28680

540-206-2874

www.blueridgemarketinginc.com

jhopkins@blueridgemarketinginc.com

“Blue Ridge Marketing understood perfectly our desire to build and market the next evolution of highly accurate AR15, AR10 and M4 rifles,” commented Phil Tomczyk, CEO of American Spirit Arms. “They are the premier sales group in the Southeast and will introduce ASA rifles and our patented side charger to a huge new customer base. This partnership is ideal for the NEW American Spirit Arms company and our commitment to using independent sales organizations as strategic partners. We are currently talking to other sales organizations about the east, Midwest and Texas sales regions.”

 

Interested sales organizations should contact Phil Tomczyk, CEO, at 1-480-367-9540 or Phil@americanspiritarms.com.

American Spirit Arms, 16001 N Greenway-Hayden Loop, Suite B, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. (480) 367-9540. www.americanspiritarms.com.

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