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Ares Armor Acquired by Lake House Capital Management

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Ares Armor has recently announced their acquisition by Lake House Capital Management. The full release can be read below.

In the United States of America, you can mix business with pleasure. Here is living proof.

Lake House Capital Management, LLC, a Hinsdale, Illinois-based holding company is pleased and proud to announce it has acquired all the assets of Lycurgan, Inc., (doing business as Ares Armor). Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed at this time.

U.S. Marine, Dimitri Karras, who served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, founded Ares Armor in 2010. Headquartered in Oceanside, California, Ares Armor is the leading supplier of 80 percent lower receivers, and develops and manufactures high quality American-made firearm parts to legally build your own weapons. The business also proudly develops, manufactures, and sells innovative tactical gear, combat body armor, and more.

“We thank and respect Dimitri Karras for his patriotism, service, and defense of our country and its Constitution,” says new Ares Armor CEO, Bryce Stirlen. “We value his vision and efforts with Ares Armor, and truly wish him all the best in his future roles in the company.”

Ares Armor customers can expect to experience no disruption in quality or service during the management transition. But like when anyone buys a house, Lake House Capital Management has much it loves about Ares Armor, but also has some areas where it wants to make changes and add its own touches.

“Great people and great products have built Ares Armor into the successful business it is today,” adds Stirlen, a gun enthusiast, husband, and father. “Our main focus is to now build a better foundation to support the explosive growth the Company is experiencing.

That said, to be clear, one area where we will not waver is in loyal defense of the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and protecting the rights of all Americans to bear arms.
We are very excited about an even brighter future for Ares Armor, and believe our customers will be excited about it, too.”

Amended: New Ares Armor CEO, Bryce Stirlen. “In response to feedback about our Veteran heritage, we maintain and stand strong unwavering from our Veteran status. Of Veterans, by Veterans, and for Veterans.”

Ares Armor Reacts (In Crayon) To Recent ATF Ruling Letter on 80% Lowers

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Ares Armor has been at odds with the BATFE for some time over the sale and manufacture of “80%” lower receivers for AR-style weapons. Most recently, they have contacted the The Honorable B. Todd Jones, Director Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to request clarification of ATF Ruling 2015-1 regarding the use of gunsmithing services or machine shop support in the transformation of “80%” lower receivers into finished firearms. Considering the additional issues raised by this most recent ATF Ruling, Ares Armor’s letter requesting clarification was certainly warranted. Particularly considering the ruling may contain tidbits that exonerate Ares Armor from any alleged wrongdoing (by the same BATFE that issued the ruling) in selling “80% complete” lower receivers. What really makes this one over the top, is the attached set of crayon drawings.

This is NOT a receiver

This is but one example from the graphic. Read the rest here. If you have any interest at all in this ongoing issue, we suggest you visit for the full request for clarification letter.

Certainly Inspired

Friday, November 14th, 2014


A little over a year ago, Are Armor introduced the Derma Plate Carrier which features this unique buckle from AustriAlpin. During this week’s SWAT Roundup in Florida a new buckle appeared from a different manufacturer.


It’s not an exact copy, but it was obviously created to accomplish the same function. Certainly inspired. Barring any IP issues, let the market decide.

Ares Armor – Remora Speed Shotshell Holder

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014


The Remora Speed Shotshell Holder was designed by Ares Armor in collaboration with Gunnery Sgt. Ray Conard – Active Marine Corps EOD Tech and SOTG Instructor. Constructed of .120 Kydex, the Remora is designed to attach to a Magpul MOE 870/500 forend and holds two 12ga shells. Tension is fully adjustable with the turn of a screw.

The Kydex Remora Speed Shotshell Holder is available in Black. Allow 2-6 weeks for delivery as all Ares Armor Kydex products are built to order.

Ares Armor – ATF Deceives Federal Magistrate

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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The latest news from the ongoing dispute between Ares Armor and the ATF shows that Ares Armor successfully obtained the Affidavit used to obtain a search warrant against them. The Affidavit shows that the ATF intentionally deceived a Magistrate Judge in order to justify their actions. Following this, Ares Armor now plans to file an additional suit against the ATF, to recover damages and force the ATF to destroy all stolen information obtained from the Ares Armor computer systems. You can read the full Affidavit by clicking the image above. Additionally, the following link features a letter written by Dimitri Karras, CEO of Ares Armor, which clearly outlines many of the errors made in the Affidavit.

Ares Armor Files Lawsuit Against ATF For Return Of Seized Property

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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Return of Property

Ares Armor has filed a suit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for a return of property seized during the March 15th raid on Ares Armor’s Oceanside location. Approximately 5800 unfinished AR-15 polymer lowers were confiscated during the raid. Reportedly, the BAFTE missed their initial deadlines under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act, leading to the lawsuit. The entire suit can be read by clicking the image above.

Ares Armor – Polymer 80 AR-15 Receiver Kit

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Polymer Lower

Ares Armor is now offering an improved polymer 80% AR-15 lower receiver kit. The new kit fully complies with the GCA of 1968, featuring a solid core with no indexing marks.

Polymer Lower 2

The lower receiver features a solid core design, stiffened magwell, and beefier buffer tube housing, with a unique, no-thread pistol grip area unique to these lowers.

Complete Kit

The kit comes with a one-time use polymer jig and all of the bits and end-mills necessary to complete the 80% lower. No machine shop required.

The new kit is currently available in Black on the Ares Armor website.

Ares Armor – Archimedes AR15 Lower Parts Kits

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Archimedes AR15 Lower Parts Kit

Ares Armor has recently released the Archimedes High Quality Lower Parts Kits for the AR-15 platform. Ares partnered with CMC Triggers, Ergo Grip, and Prince50 Designs, among other companies, to create the kits, which come in two configurations: Flat Trigger and Curved Trigger:

Flat Trigger

  • CMC 3.5lb Flat Trigger with the new style anti-walk pins
  • Gavel Ambidextrous Safety Selector
  • Ares Armor Ergo Grip
  • Prince50 Extended Takedown Pin
  • Billet Trigger Guard
  • All other standard required parts such as: Mil-spec bolt catch, detents, springs, etc.

Curved Trigger

  • CMC 3.5lb Curved Trigger with the new style anti-walk pins
  • Gavel Ambidextrous Safety Selector
  • Ares Armor Ergo Grip
  • Prince50 Extended Takedown Pin
  • Billet Trigger Guard
  • All other standard required parts such as: Mil-spec bolt catch, detents, springs, etc.

The kits are currently available at 33% of the total value of the combined parts, so take advantage of the deal while you can.

Ares Armor Writes Letter To ATF Director Todd Jones

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

At approximately 1015 AM PDT, Saturday, March 15th, the BATFE executed a search warrant on Oceanside, California-based Ares Armor, seizing 80% AR-15 polymer lowers manufactured by EP Armory, as well as private customer information. In response to this action, Dimitri Karras – CEO of Ares Armor, wrote a letter addressed directly to B. Todd Jones – Director of BATFE:

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Letter to Todd Jones

In this letter, Dimitri, citing specific examples of prior court rulings and product manufacturing methods, outlines his reasoning as to why the 80% polymer lowers manufactured by EP Armory and later seized by the BATFE cannot be classified as a firearm. Dimitri requests that any seized 80% lowers be returned to Ares Armor. Additionally, he also requests that copies of private customer information that was obtained during the raid be destroyed.

BATFE Raids Ares Armor

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

At around 1015 AM PDT, Saturday, March 15th, the BATFE executed a search warrant on SoCal-based Ares Armor. Several websites have reported that this raid was illegal because Ares Armor had been granted a Temporary Restraining Order earlier in the week by a federal judge of the US District Court, Southern District of California. This TRO prevented BATFE from executing a warrant based on what Ares Armor considered incorrect information regarding the 80% AR-15 lowers from EP Armory they had been selling.

Unfortunately, for Ares Armor, District Judge Janis L. Sammartino of the United States District Court, modified the TRO Friday afternoon. His order prevents Ares Armor from divesting itself of inventory and records. This prevents them from destroying or removing any evidence BATFE may be after. Also, the modification To the TRO clarifies that it does “not restrain lawful criminal proceedings.”

link to TRO modification

Ares Armor claims they were willing to give BATFE any unsold 80% lowers but that they would not provide BATFE with a list of their customers. This was the primary reason Ares Armor sought out the TRO in the first place.

BATFE asserts that Ares Armor has had in its possession thousands of firearms in the form of 80% lowers and, as they do not possess an FFL, this is a serious issue.

Ares Armor on the other hand, sold what they thought were perfectly legal, non-firearms in the form of 80% lower receivers for the AR-15. This means that they are only 80% complete and cannot function. Heretofore, it has been perfectly legal for individuals to purchase these non-firearms, which are simply machined aluminum or polymer and complete them on their own, for their own use, without serial number. BATFE has long held 80% receivers are non-firearms. We await to see what rule changes will be announced by BATFE that may affect the status of all 80% completed firearm blanks.