Posts Tagged ‘Hodge Defense’

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Tuesday, November 26th, 2013


Took this photo during a recent visit with Hodge Defense.

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Friday, September 13th, 2013


Impressions of the Hodge Defense AU-Mod1

Monday, August 26th, 2013

I’m jealous. A buddy of mine who is a member of the SOF community and an avid hunter and shooter in his spare time recently returned from about 9 months in Afghanistan. He purchased the first commercial Hodge Defense AU-Mod1 from DSG Arms. He picked it up yesterday and went right to the range. Afterwards, he brought it to my house to gloat. I’ve got a carbine that Hodgie built for me but these production guns are sweet. He provided me with these notes.

The first thing to understand about the Hodge Defense Systems AU-Mod 1 rifle is, it is a work gun. It is an AR-15 style rifle which is built based on years of experience, trial, error, and what works best in a variety of environments for individuals who carry a gun for a living. It achieves an almost unattainable balance between modern technology, classic aesthetics, simplicity, and rock solid durability by using proven components and a level of attention to detail that is few and far between in most production guns.


The first impression of the AU-Mod 1 is when picking it up; the balance is uncanny and leaves you with the instant disbelief the rifle utilizes a Government Profile, Cold Hammer Forged 16” Barrel and a 13” rail. Holding the rail in the vicinity of the barrel nut, the AU-Mod 1 is virtually neutral in your hand. However, once you understand the rifle was designed to swing like a custom hunting shotgun, it instantly makes sense. The rifle effortlessly points where you direct it, without unintentional over travel often found in unbalanced rifles. Additionally, the attention to detail and carefully selected components such as the full-serration bolt catch, teardrop forward-assist, ALG QMS trigger, mid-length gas system, Geiselle rail, and machined selector are all paired to provide the best blend of accuracy, dependability, and performance. The AU-Mod 1 is built to the specification of a Gunfighter, for Gunfighters…Now you get it.


A quick zero and break-in, the first commercially sold AU-Mod 1 averaged 1 – 1.5 inches at 100 yards utilizing Milspec M855 62-Grain (Green Tip) across multiple groups.


Although, at first glance, some might say there are rifles on the market capable of achieving better results, it is important to note that many of those rifles are tested with match grade ammunition and such a statement would be comparing apples to oranges. Furthermore, the standard for M855 62-Grain Green Tip, is approximately 4 inches at 100 yards. Therefore, the Hodge Defense Systems AU-Mod 1 is capable of accuracy roughly 75% more effective than the standard for the ammunition it was used with during the first range session.


The AU-Mod 1 borrows from proven and the most valued ideals in the shooting sports and applies those considerations into a Milspec platform that is truly impressive. As with many users, often times an individual acquires a production rifle and immediately modifies several components on it; the AU-Mod 1 is built from the ground up with all of those desires accounted for by including the best components available for a gun of this nature. All that has to be added from the time it is taken out of the shipping case is back-up iron sights and/or an optic if desired. As those items are significantly about individual preference, Hodge Defense felt it best to leave those choices to the individual. Hands-down, the rifle is truly extraordinary in a classic package with rock solid durability that is likely to rival the finest cutom AR-15 style rifles available today.


Hodge Defense News

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

A couple of updates from our friends at Hodge Defense. First off, the AU-MOD1 guns are shipping to dealers. Already, DSG Arms has them available for order.


•Upper & Lower Receivers Mil-spec, forged 7075 type III hard coat anodize
•Barrel 16″, CHF, CL, Gov, MID, Micro Pinned GB, A2
•BCG M16, HPT, MPI, staked, 158 carpenter steel
•Fire Control Group ALG QMS
•Selector Reversible billet steel
•Handguard Geissele MK IV 13″
•Charging Handle BCM / Vltor
•Buffer H2 or H1 (request only-H2)
•Receiver Extension 6 pos, Mil-spec, sling plate, Ambi HK or MASH
•Stock Magpul CTR, with enhanced butt pad
•Trigger Guard Magpul MOE
•Mag Catch Mil-Spec
•Bold Catch Full Serration
•Forward Assit Tear Drop

And…Daniel Defense and Hodge Defense have entered into a strategic alliance whereby Daniel Defense may subcontract production of firearms and/or components for military orders or foreign military sales. Pretty cool huh?


Commercial Carbine No 1 from Hodge Defense

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

The elves at Hodge Defense have been hard at work building up carbines.


This is AU-MOD 1 No 11 and bound for DSG Arms. They will be receiving this rifle and several like it soon. I got a chance to handle one of the prototypes last week and I’m very impressed with the workmanship and choice of components.