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Stag Arms Model 9 Review by Jeremiah Futch

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Since its inception in 2003, Stag Arms has been manufacturing quality, mil-spec modern sporting rifles at an attractive price point. When I learned that I was going to be able to spend some quality time with Stag’s innovative and market-ready, 9mm carbine, the Model 9, I shouldn’t need to describe my excitement and anticipation to see how this thing would fire.

The Stag Arms Model 9 is a 9mm carbine that at first impression, appears to be a standard AR-15 type rifle. It uses a true AR-15 upper and lower receiver with 7075-T6 forging. The Carbines are machined in-house at Stag, and then hard-coat anodized to the proper mil-spec Type III standard. Out of the box, the Model 9 weighs a mere 6.8 Pounds, and measures 32.5″ collapsed and 35.75″ extended. So not only is this rifle compact and light weight, but also easy to conceal when carried on a mission or trip to the range.

The Model 9 wears a carbine-length barrel with Diamondhead VRS Drop-In Modular Handguard, which are both cool looking and comfortable. Another plus is that they’re made by Diamondhead USA – America.

The receiver holds the dimensions of a true AR-15 upper and lower, so you can swap out parts like the trigger and furniture to truly customize it for any AR-15 made part on the market.

On the inside, the Model 9 is like every other AR in Stag’s catalog, which gives you the added confidence that you’re getting a quality product! The barrel is a 4140 steel tube, button-rifled to a twist of 1:10—which stabilized my 9mm 147gr competition, 124gr NATO Full Metal Jacket, 115gr ball and 124gr hollow point defense, when I tested the rifle at the Fort Lewis – Range 43. All in all, 500 rounds were fired in total, and not one was left to disappoint through this incredible machine.

Stag altered the mag-well of the lower, machining it specifically for a 9mm mag—a seemingly common sense step, but not one that goes unnoticed. At the rear of the mag-well is a fixed-blade ejector to eject the spent brass to the side.

The bolt on a 9mm AR is different from a 5.56 because as a semi-automatic blowback design, there’s no need for a rotating bolt. This means that the rifle is recoil operated, so the recoil is a tad rougher than that of a gas operated AR. While it’s only a 9mm, you don’t have any of the recoil reduction of a gas system to help you. Not a deal breaker if you know how to find a different load or position to handle the recoil bounce.

With a standard Mil-Spec charging handle, and small (.154”) trigger pin, the 32 round magazine cycles without issue.

Accuracy is simply brilliant. My PCC was very reliable, had zero malfunctions and shot every round I put through it.

The best part about Stag’s Model 9, is range accessibility. As many of you who shoot longer range targets know, indoor ranges aren’t the biggest fans of rifles, understandably so. But if you got to an indoor range, and can shoot a handgun, you can shoot a Stag Arms Model 9!

The Stag Arms Model 9 had a long list of pleasant surprises while shooting – and let’s not forget that because it’s a Stag, it’s also available in a left-hand version!

The Model 9 is fun to shoot, economical (thank you ammo Gods) accurate and able to accept all the normal accessories for an AR.

Knowing it came from the hands of the folks at Stag, with their history of innovation and market research, I knew I was in for a treat with this gun. The company has relied on the end-user feedback to ensure they are producing market-relevant products, and this was no exception to that standard.

www.stagarms.com

Jeremiah Futch is the Head Combat Marksmanship Instructor for 1st Special Forces Groups (A) Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Committee. He is a professionally sponsored shooter competing in USPSA, Multi-gun and 3 Gun competitions. Futch consistently places in the top 50 at multiple National Championships, and is currently the USPSA Washington State Champion in Carry Optics Division. His title sponsors include Grey Ghost Precision, Blade-tech, Vortex Optics and Rainier Ballistics.

Stag Arms New ‘Stag 10 6.5 Creedmoor’ Now Shipping

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

New Britain, CT – Stag Arms announces that the new Stag 10 6.5 Creedmoor is now available, with the Stag 10 (6.5 Creedmoor/.308 Winchester) left-handed models available for pre-order. The Stag 6.5 Creedmoor was first introduced at the 2017 NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

The rifles feature a 22” 416R Stainless Steel barrel chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor with a 1/8 twist for long-range accuracy. The Stag 10 series features a Stag slant cut and includes uniquely designed parts for the lower to guarantee the best fit between receivers. The remainder of the rifle is designed to utilize the DPMS platform for maximum compatibility.

Stag Arms, known for being the first left-handed AR15 manufacturer, has also created their first left-handed AR10 platform. Available in both 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Winchester, the Stag 10 series offers consumers the choice to shoot without compromising comfort, and enhancing the shooters natural position.

“Ever since we announced the Stag 10 series, we’ve received an overwhelming response as to when these would be available and whether they would be offered in our famous left-hand configurations. We are very excited to release the 6.5 Creedmoor to the market today, while simultaneously launching our Stag 10 .308 left-handed models,” said Stag Arms Marketing Manager Christopher Berlinski.

The Stag 10 6.5 Creedmoor can be purchased at www.stagarms.com. These models are currently on sale, while all of Stag Arms’ non-sale items receive 20% off for the Stag Arms Independence Day Sale. FFL dealers that are interested in Stag products may contact sales@stagarms.com to receive dealer information.

Stag Arms to Dramatically Increase Manufacturing and Distribution Footprint 

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

We are about to see some next-level manufacturing begin to enter the market from Connecticut gun maker Stag Arms – as the company has announced that it has been acquired by White Wolf Capital, LLC, a private investment firm that began operations in late 2011 and is focused on management buyouts, recapitalizations and investments in leading middle market companies in the Defense Industry and Manufacturing market segments.

With this acquisition, Stag will have access to a higher level of distribution and contracting vehicles through White Wolf, who have a strong history of building companies in the firearms, manufacturing and distribution lanes (to name a few).

Stag will also be able to expand their R&D capabilities through this new line of capital; developing new platforms and products with a higher degree of innovation and engineering for the end user.

Since its inception over a decade ago, Stag has remained at the forefront of innovation; first by offering 100% American made, left and right-handed MSR platforms, and then by designing new models and features based on customer recommendations.

Most recently, Stag’s team has been working overtime developing a new .308 and a new 9mm Carbine; further proving that the company maintains a forward thinking mindset to deliver the best possible products to their customers.

It’s thanks to their understanding and attention to their customers wants and needs, that they developed their left-handed platforms to use a mirror imaged upper receiver, and have the ejection port reversed for left-handed shooters. The safety selector control is also on the right side of the lower receiver, to ensure maximum capability.

Unlike many other “black gun” manufacturers, Stag truly stands behind their products and their customer service.

“One of the main reasons we were so excited about Stag, was largely in part because of their reputation with their customers,” stated Elie Azar, Managing Director of White Wolf. “We have always known Stag to maintain a foundation of reliable products and customer service, no matter what the situation.”

Stag Arms is known for its mil-spec quality. The products that come off the company’s assembly line are built to perform in virtually any given situation; from defensive to hunting, competitive and 3-Gun competitions. Further attesting they genuinely pay attention to each of their customer’s wants and needs.

The company quickly became a market leader and one of the largest MSR manufactures in the United States, with their model commonly known as the “Stag-15.” Their specialty models intended for 3-Gun competition and varmint rifles in .223 Rem., as well as chambering guns in .300 Blackout has kept them at the top of the market.

While the details of the transaction with White Wolf Capital have not been disclosed, Stag will now operate under a new FFL out of its New Britain, Conn., facility. And it’s with this new chapter that Stag will be able to manufacture newer and more innovative products to the industry, and dramatically expand their footprint with a fresh new Leadership and Management team.

White Wolf Capital is no stranger to the firearms industry, having previously acquired Aero Precision, Ballistic Advantage, VG6 Precision and Fall Machine, Co., to name a few.

Azar added, “We are very excited to add Stag to our portfolio of outstanding companies in the firearms industry. Stag is an iconic brand with a well-deserved reputation for product excellence and world-class customer service. We look forward to partnering with Stag’s strong management team and employees to grow the Company through new and innovative product offerings. In addition, we are delighted that Mark Malkowski, Stag’s founder, has agreed to remain engaged with the Company as a consultant. Mark’s deep knowledge of the industry will be invaluable as we build upon the excellent foundation that he put in place.”

Malkowski commented, “It is with great enthusiasm that I hand off ownership of Stag to the White Wolf team. I feel fortunate to be able to transition the business I started from scratch to a team that shares my philosophy and passion for the industry and who recognizes the exceptional capabilities of Stag’s dedicated employees.”

All of Stag’s rifles come with an industry leading lifetime transferable warranty and an infinite shot guarantee on the barrel.

This new opportunity with White Wolf Capital allows the company to continue providing their customers with the best products the industry has come to know and love. Over the last 13 years, Stag has offered high quality, low cost rifles, and this acquisition will only reinforce that dedication to providing extraordinary craftsmanship at a great price point. We can expect to see great things coming from Stag!

www.stagarms.com

Stag Arms – Stag 10 6.5 Creedmoor

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Creedmoor 2 - Copy

Stag Arms will be debuting the new Stag 10 6.5 Creedmoor at the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings. The Stag 10 6.5 Creedmoor is, as name implied, chambered for the increasingly-popular 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge. The Stag 10 6.5 Creedmoor features a 22″ 416R stainless steel barrel, with 1/8 rifiling, 5/8×24 barrel threads, and a LanTac Dragon Muzzle Brake. The handguard is Stag Arms’ 16.5″ free float model, which will be offered in either M-LOK or KeyMod. The rifle comes complete with Magpul furniture (PRS stock, MOE grip, and LR/SR PMAG), and a .308 QPQ Nitride BCG.

www.stagarms.com

Stag Arms to Introduce New Stag-10 and 10S .308 Models at Shot Show 2017

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Stag-10 2

Stag Arms LLC, manufacturer of the world’s first left-handed MSR, is pleased to announce their entry into the .308 platform with the Stag-10 and Stag-10S. These .308 models have been built with both the outdoorsman and tactical operator in mind. Each model will carry Stag’s industry leading lifetime transferable warranty and infinite shot barrel guarantee.

The Stag-10 and Stag-10S feature a QPQ Nitride BCG for corrosion resistance, a VG6 Gamma Compensator for maximum recoil mitigation, a lightweight Diamondhead VRST 308 Handguard with Keymod mounting system for modular accessory mounting and a single stage trigger with Magpul enhanced trigger guard.

“Over the last 13 years, Stag has offered high quality, low cost rifles,” said Anthony Ash, President of Stag Arms. “The Stag-10 models will only reinforce that dedication to providing extraordinary craftsmanship at a great price point, and we offer our lifetime transferrable warranty to stand behind it.”

The Stag-10 model features an 18” chrome lined barrel with a 1/10 twist for long range precision work and a Magpul Fixed Rifle Stock to provide the shooter with a stable cheek well and a consistent eye relief.

The Stag-10S model features a 16” chrome lined barrel for easier rifle manipulation in close quarters while retaining accuracy out to distance, and a Magpul ACS buttstock to compliment the shorter barrel with adjustability and a cheek well.

Both models will be available in the coming months.

Visit Stag Arms at booth #20349 at Shot Show 2017 to see them firsthand. To learn more about each product go to www.stagarms.com.

Stag Arms Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Violations, Company To Sell

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

  
Yesterday, Stag Arms President pleaded guilty to a single felony count of possession of an unregistered machine gun. In the plea deal, Malkowski agreed to step down as well as sell the New Britian, Connecticut-based company in addition to paying a fine of $100,000. Stag Arms not only surrendered its FFL to manufacture, Malkowski will also no longer be able to own a firearms company.

Today, Malkowski is scheduled to plead guilty in US District Court in New Haven to a misdemeanor count of failure to maintain firearms records.

Stag Arms’ issues were first noted during a routine ATF inspection in July 2014 where they found numerous record keeping errors as well as missing machine guns which turned out to be either unregistered or misregistered.  Most of the issues revolve around a failure to serialize receivers which must be accomplished within seven days of manufacture.

Stag Arms issued this statement:

NEW BRITAIN – Tuesday, December 22, 2015 – “Stag Arms, LLC today announced that the company and its founder, Mark Malkowski, have reached a resolution with government officials stemming from an investigation that began last year relating primarily to the timing of recordkeeping during the manufacturing process and compliance with federal firearms manufacturing and registration requirements. Both Stag Arms and Mr. Malkowski cooperated fully with the government throughout the investigation. While both Stag Arms and Mr. Malkowski believe that public safety was never compromised, they have agreed to enter guilty pleas and to pay significant fines, because doing so is in the best interests of the company and its employees. Mr. Malkowski has also agreed to transition the business to new ownership and is in advanced talks with a potential buyer. Mr. Malkowski will continue as a marketing consultant to the business and the industry for a period of time following the sale. Stag Arms takes its obligations to comply with all laws and regulations very seriously and has made comprehensive changes to ensure that similar problems cannot happen again and that best compliance practices are maintained in all of its operations.” 

– Stag Arms, LLC