Over the past few years there has been a great deal of miscommunication surrounding Stag Arms. In late 2015/early 2016 reports became public that Stag had been charged with some hefty penalties by the ATF. You can Google it, but the violations basically stemmed from guns being manufactured, but not properly entered into Stag’s books (including Class 3 weapons AKA “Machine Guns”). The settlement fined Stag Arms and Mark Malkowski, Founder of Stag, and required him to sell Stag Arms.
It was after this became public knowledge that many started circulating the rumor that Stag was out of business. However, in February 2016 the private equity team at White Wolf Capital (WWC) stepped in to purchase Stag.
WWC was not the highest bidder, but it was important to Mark that the company that purchased Stag take care of its employees. You may not have heard of WWC, but they own: Stag Arms, Ballistic Advantage (barrel mfg.), Aero Precision (AR and AR parts mfg.), and several other weapon and non-weapon related companies. The last thing those of us in the gun industry would want to see is someone buy Stag and have no knowledge of the firearm’s industry, or someone who was just looking for a quick equity flip. Stag and many of WWC’s other portfolio companies, also supply many gun manufacturers with parts.
While at NRA 2016 in Louisville I had a chance to catch up with Anthony Ash, President of Stag Arms. He commented on how a lot of people were stopping by and saying they heard they were “out of business”. This was clearly not the case. I told Anthony I’d love to review a Stag AR and he obliged my request.
In the Fall of last year I had a chance to try out their Model 2 (base model AR). Overall I was very satisfied with the performance of the Stag Model 2 and how it was built. I had no feeding issues with the various types of ammunition I ran through it. Although this was a basic AR with a standard single-stage trigger, it was a very smooth pull and reset. I can safely say that Stag Arms is very much still here. The additional resources of WWC, can only benefit Stag’s future.
I highly encourage you to support Stag Arms, an iconic AR manufacturer.