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.
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.
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 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 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:
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.
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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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.
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.”
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.
Many are interested in the innovative Derma Armor Carrier designed by Jon Zum and introduced earlier this year by Ares Armor with its custom low profile cummerbund featuring buckles created in conjunction with AustriAlpin. But, the reality is that most must use an issue armor carrier. Ares has heard your pleas and is offering the Derma Universal Cummerbund Kit retrofit that will work with most front opening armor carriers.
Donning and doffing is accomplished with their custom made attachment from AustriAlpine, meaning no more noise from hook and pile tape. It also adds a release to the system so that a non-releasable carrier is now releasable via pull cord attached into the system. Finally, the DUCK offers a triple bungee design not found anywhere else.