A Note from the President . . .
We’re all pleased that the “Assault Weapon” ban of 1994 has expired. This will allow you to purchase rifles that more
closely match your wishes than you have been allowed for a decade.
I was recently asked about the effect of the ban on ArmaLite® over the past 10 years. My response reflected ArmaLite’s focus
on technical improvements, and the stunning increase in the use of our rifles in the highest levels of U.S. Competition: The
President’s Match and the National Trophy Matches. Ten years ago, as an Ordnance Officer and Commander of a small
Marksmanship Training Unit, I was one of a few voices pressing the authorities and team leaders to transition to the M-16 family of rifles, and was making
rifles and parts available to the members of the Army teams I shot on as part of an effort to encourage their use. Even I had little inkling that they would
prove so successful, and would allow women and young shooters to compete against the heavier rifles then dominating the ranges. Today, few serious
shooters living in states allowing ownership of an ArmaLite National Match rifle, or rifles copied from them, will shoot an M-14.
That must provide a reminder to all of us. Next year, or the year after, those who believe that even honorable Americans should not own firearms will
return to halt production of our rifles, and then prepare to threaten your very ownership of them. All of us must remain vigilant to assure that our rifles
remain in safe hands, ours, so that we can prevent tragedy that could fuel the propaganda of our opponents. Just as importantly, we must continue to
participate in the political battles to come.
In the meantime you can rest assured that ArmaLite will maintain one of the strongest Research and Development efforts in the small arms industry.
With sophisticated Laboratory capabilities backing a great Engineering effort, you can be sure that ArmaLite’s support to government and private
purchasers alike will remain unparalleled. The information we gain is res