Archer Manufacturing


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Archer Manufacturing:

The company name pays homage to the wielders of some of the first precision individual weapons…specifically the Archer.

Archer was founded by a core group of people with military and security contracting backgrounds. We had a desire to build quality weapons that solved some of the issues that we ran into while OCONUS. Archer spent that time conducting R&D, streamlining our internal manufacturing and build procedures, and narrowing down what we now offer.

What are we doing differently?

Some of the issues we set out to tackle were accuracy, velocity, and reliability related (as related to shorter barrel weapons) with the AR platform. While the M16 Family of weapons (M4, M4A1, and MK18 carbines etc) are very good weapons, we wanted to manufacture AR based systems (and others) that brought more to the table in those three realms.

As we had several friends and former team mates that wanted them, we started with our AM10 line.

After deciding what we wanted the guns to accomplish we started out by designing and manufacturing our receivers in house. Following that we narrowed down aftermarket parts suppliers for everything that we were not going to manufacture ourselves and solidifying those relationships. We owe those folks a big debt of gratitude.

We had an idea on how to tackle the accuracy and velocity issues that concerned us and contacted several different manufacturers of precision rifle barrels. We ordered complete barrels and barrel blanks made to our proprietary underbore dimensions from various manufacturers of such things. We experimented with various twist rates in order to provide increased transonic range and extend our fragmentation thresholds. We experimented with various legacy and our in house modified barrel contours in an effort to determine the best contours to reduce barrel whip and save weight where we were able. We ensured the guns remained accurate and reliable with a number of quality supressors.

All of our stainless steel match grade barrel blanks are now supplied by Shilen. They have been a PLEASURE to work with and turn out a truly superb product. We contour, chamber, thread, send out for QPQ, install barrel extensions after QPQ, and then machine gas ports in house. We are very happy with our end product and believe you will be as well. Accuracy problem solved.

Velocity: While working in Iraq we started getting issued MK18’s. They were light, short, quite often more accurate than their longer barreled counterparts and were a pretty decent gun for the mission. The only issue was with the shorter barrel and issued M855 ball ammunition they were not as lethal past spitting distance and most of our shoots were against opponents in vehicles (Getting through glass etc). This concerned some of us.

Running with the proprietary underbore idea we quickly found out that we were getting some pretty respectable velocity increases and accuracy was excellent with a wide variety of ammunition. Velocity issue solved.

Reliability: The heart of the AR platform is its Bolt carrier Group. If it is not built from quality components, Shot peened/high pressure tested/magnetic particle inspected, and assembled correctly you have an expensive straight pull bolt action rifle.

We contacted Ned Christiansen from Michiguns Ltd. and begged him to build us a .308 AR version of his famous MOACKS carrier key staking tool. Ned provided us with one so that we can stake our bolt carriers in house and not worry about the carrier keys shooting loose.

We have not had good luck with aftermarket coatings (With the exception of Robar’s NP3) and found internally that good old phosphate bolt carriers retain lubrication longer than anything we have tried.

For weapons lubrication we have been using and recommending SLIP 2000 EWL for several years and are in the process of getting samples of that lube shipped with each gun.

We looked at and tried several different DPMS compatible bolt carrier groups and finally met up with the folks from Toolcraft Inc. at the SHOT show last year. They are now supplying our bolt carrier groups for all of our AR platform firearms. They are built correctly and stand behind their products. Our bolt carrier groups all carry an unconditional lifetime warranty. If you break a bolt lug or cam pin/etc…we replace it.

 

AM-10

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The Archer Mfg AM-10 begins with a precision milled, matched, DPMS pattern upper and lower receiver set machined from 7075 T651 aluminum. Available in multiple barrel lengths and calibers, we use custom Shilen blanks turned to a proprietary contour to increase accuracy and reduce barrel whip. Following contour and chambering, all barrels are QPQ finished for increased barrel life and corrosion resistance. We’ve also tuned the gas system for each barrel length to optimize cycling efficiency while reducing gas blow back when shooting suppressed.

Each AM-10 proudly features ALG Defense True Mil-Spec internals, buffer system and Quality Mil-Spec Triggers along with a BCM Gunfighter charging handle and Magpul CTR stock. Every Archer Mfg BCG comes with a properly staked gas key and is high pressure tested, magnetic particle inspected, shot-peened (HP/MPI/SP) and parkerized. Archer Mfg bolts are constructed from Carpenter 158 steel, include the SOPMOD bolt upgrade kit and our entire BCG includes a lifetime warranty.

The exterior of every Archer Mfg AM-10 is coated in H Series Cerakote and the interior of the upper receiver is coated with MicroSlick for smoother bolt function. Every AM-10 barrel is threaded to 5/8×24 TPI and an A2 muzzle device is standard. Each rifle is shipped in a Patriot Case hard shell case with high density mil-spec foam inserts.
The Premium AM-10 package comes upgraded with a Geissele SSA trigger, BattleComp BABC muzzle device, Magpul UBR stock and MIAD 1.0 pistol grip.

Product Features:

  • 7075T651 Billet DPMS compatible matched receiver set
  • Shilen Match Grade barrels with QPQ finish, available in .243Win, 6.5mm Creedmore, .260Rem, 7mm-08 & .308Win
  • Midwest Industries 308 SS MLok handguard
  • Magpul MBUS PRO LR front & rear sights
  • BCG properly staked gas key, made from Carpenter 158steel, includes SOPMOD bolt upgrade kit, HP/MPI/SP tested & includes a lifetime warranty
  • Low profile gas block
  • BCM Gunfighter Mod4 (medium) charging handle
  • ALG Defense Quality Mil-Spec Trigger and True Mil-Spec lower parts
  • Magpul CTR buttstock and ASAP ambidextrous sling attachment point receiver end plate
  • ALG Defense True Mil-spec polished buffer tube and buffer system
  • Every model coated in  H series Cerakote, choose color below
  • Every model shipped in Patriot Cases hard shell case with high density mil-spec foam inserts
Calibers:
  • .243Win (1:8 Twist)
  • 6.5mm Creedmoor (1:8 Twist)
  • .260Rem (1:8 Twist)
  • 7mm-08 (1:8 Twist)
  • .308Win (1:7 Twist)

Barrel Length Options:

  • 12.5” Featuring Midwest Industries 12” 308SS MLok rail & mid-length gas system
  • 14.5” Featuring Midwest Industries 12” 308SS MLok rail, mid-length gas system & pinned/welded muzzle device
  • 16” Featuring Midwest Industries 15” 308SS MLok rail & rifle-length gas system
  • 18” Featuring Midwest Industries 15” 308SS MLok rail & rifle-length gas system
  • 21” Featuring Midwest Industries 15” 308SS MLok rail & rifle-length gas system
  • 23” Featuring Midwest Industries 15” 308SS MLok rail & rifle-length gas system
Cerakote Color Options:
  • Armor Black
  • Magpul FDE
  • Mil Spec OD Green

Camouflage Patterns:

  • Hill Country: Coyote Tan, Mil Spec OD & Magpul FDE
  • Special Edition MaroonOut Aggie-Flauge: Custom blend Maroon, Tungsten & Bright White
  • Special Edition Desert Aggie-Flauge: Custom blend Magpul FDE & Coyote Tan

 

AM-15

Utilizing lessons learned from our AM10 design and testing phase we started working up our AM15 line. We cut our own 7075 T651 billet receivers in house and assemble with our barrels, ALG Defense lower parts kits, ALG or Geissele triggers, and ALG receiver extensions, buffers, and action springs. Magpul furniture is standard. BCM gunfighter mod 5 charging handles…Toolcraft bolts, ALG defense and Geissele rail systems, the best components out there. We spend a little time polishing key components in each gun for smoother operation and are very happy with our end products. We think you will be as well.

For those who prefer forged receivers we are now offering the AM15F line with 7075 T6 forged receivers and the same quality components as listed above. Both the AM15 and AM15F line are available in 5.56 NATO and .300 Blackout from 7in pistol builds to 16in carbines.

Every Archer Mfg AM-15 model starts with a custom Shilen match grade blank rifled to our proprietary under-bore specs for increased muzzle velocity, contoured in house to specific profiles designed to reduce barrel whip, then QPQ finished for increased barrel life and corrosion resistance. Additionally, we’ve tuned the gas system for each barrel length to optimize cycling efficiency while reducing gas blow back when shooting suppressed.

The AM-15 features matched billet receiver sets are milled from solid 7075T651 Aluminum to extremely tight tolerances.  Each AM-15F starts with  7075T6 forgings which we finish-mill to ensure tight tolerances are maintained.  The Archer Mountain Carbine proudly features the PolymAR receiver set from Robar Guns, and is made from a proprietary polymer compound  for increased durability and reliability.

Each AM-15 variant proudly features ALG Defense True Mil-Spec internals, buffer system and the ALG Quality Mil-Spec trigger comes standard. BCM Gunfighter charging handle, Magpul MBUS Gen 2 flip up sights and Magpul CTR stock are included as standard while the Pistol configuration comes with the Phase 5 Hex 2 Pistol buffer assembly and Sig Pistol Stabilizing Brace. Every Archer Mfg BCG comes with a properly staked gas key and is high pressure tested, magnetic particle inspected, shot-peened (HP/MPI/SP) and parkerized. Archer Mfg bolts are constructed from Carpenter 158 steel, include the SOPMOD bolt upgrade kit and our entire BCG is covered by a lifetime warranty.

The exterior of every Archer Mfg AM-15 model is coated in H Series Cerakote for a durable finish while the internal section of the upper receiver is coated with Microslick for smoother cycling. Every 5.56Nato AM-15 barrel is threaded to 1/2×28 TPI (.300BBlk is 5/8×24 TPI) and a Mil-Spec A2 muzzle device is standard. Each rifle is shipped in a Patriot Case hard shell case with high density mil-spec foam inserts.

Product Features:

  • Receivers available in 7075T651 Billet matched set, 7075T6 Forged set or Robar PolymAR
  • Shilen Match Grade barrels with QPQ finish, available in 5.56NATO and .300Blackout
  • Geisselle MK8 MLok handguard on Pistol and SBR models, ALG Defense EMR V2 or 3 handguard on Rifle model
  • Magpul MBUS Gen2 front and rear sights on forged and polymer models
  • Low profile gas block
  • BCG properly staked gas key, made from Carpenter 158steel, includes SOPMOD bolt upgrade kit, HP/MPI/SP tested & includes a lifetime warranty
  • BCM Gunfighter Mod4 (medium) charging handle
  • ALG Defense Quality Mil-Spec Trigger and True Mil-Spec lower parts
  • Magpul CTR buttstock and ASAP ambidextrous sling attachment point receiver end plate
  • ALG Defense True Mil-spec polished buffer tube and buffer system
  • Pistol model includes Phase 5 Hex 2 Pistol buffer assembly and Sig Pistol Stabilizing Brace
  • Every model coated in  H series Cerakote, choose color below
  • Every model shipped in Patriot Cases hard shell case with high density mil-spec foam inserts

Calibers:

  •  5.56 NATO (1:7 Twist Shilen match barrel, 1/2 x 28 TPI threaded muzzle)
  • .300 Blackout (1:7 Twist Shilen match barrel, 5/8 x 24 TPI threaded muzzle)

Barrel Length Options:

  • 7” Pistol featuring the Geissele 7”  MK8 MLok rail, Phase 5 Hex 2 buffer system and Sig Stabilizing Brace
  • 9” Pistol featuring the Geissele 7”  MK8 MLok rail, Phase 5 Hex 2 buffer system and Sig Stabilizing Brace
  • 10.3” Extreme Duty rifle featuring the Geissele 9.5” MK8 MLok rail and Inconel alloy gas tube
  • 14.5” Backpacker featuring a lighter Recce profiled barrel, ALG 13” EMR V2 MLok rail and pinned/welded muzzle device
  • 16” DMR build featuring a Medium contour barrel and ALG 15” EMR V2 or V3 MLok rail (specify when ordering)

Cerakote Color Options: 

  • Armor Black
  • Magpul FDE
  • Mil Spec OD Green

Camouflage Patterns:

  • Hill Country: Coyote Tan, Mil Spec OD, Magpul FDE
  • Special Edition MaroonOut Aggie-Flauge: Custom blend Maroon, Tungsten, Bright White
  • Special Edition Desert Aggie-Flauge: Custom blend Maroon, Magpul FDE, Desert Sand

Additional Options:

  • Geissele SSA Trigger
  • BattleComp BC2.1 muzzle device compatible with Gemtech HALO, Gemtech Titanium HALO and AAC Omni suppressors
  • BattleComp BABC muzzle device on .300Blk
  • Magpul UBR Buttstock
  • Law Tactical Gen3 Folding Stock Adapter

Archer Mountain Carbine

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While attending SHOT show we swung by to visit with Freddie Blish at Robar and check out their new PolymAR-15.

Being completely honest, we didn’t think that we were going to like them. While working at a training center CONUS in between deployments as a contractor the company I worked for had purchased 84 polymer lower receivers. In short they were absolute garbage. I actually broke one when taking it out of the box…so I was not expecting much. Every single issue of concern I had with those other polymer receivers had been addressed on the Robar receivers.

After talking to Freddy, we picked up a couple of receiver sets and built them with the same quality components as listed above. After running them for several months we have decided to offer the Archer Mountain Carbine built on Robar’s PolymAR receivers. If you are interested in a lightweight and easy to carry carbine that is very accurate please look at the Archer Mountain Carbine. Currently available in 5.56 NATO and .300 Blackout.

 

Kanon 12 Shotgun

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The Kanon 12ga starts with a Remington Model 870P pump action shotgun featuring an 18” barrel, Improved Cylinder choke, and 2 round magazine extension. Following an inspection and function check, the Archer Shotgun Action Enhancement Package is then applied. The receiver, loading port and ejection port are dehorned and polished. The barrel is backbored, forcing cone lengthened, and bore and chamber are polished to a mirror finish for enhanced feeding and extraction while producing tighter shot patterns and reducing recoil. The magazine tube exterior and receiver interior are coated with Micro-Slick while the mag tube interior is polished to a mirror finish for smoother function. We install the Volquartsen Exact Edge Extractor, SBE Aluminum Tactical follower and Big Speed safety to increase reliability. The XS Ghost Ring rear sight, XS banded Tritium front sight, MagPul SGA forward sling mount and Micro Flush rotation-limited rear QD mount are then installed. Finally, the barrel and receiver are coated in the Cerakote color of your choice for a long lasting and durable finish and delivered in a Patriot Case.

The Kanon 12 ga is a tribute to one of our teammates who was tragically killed in Afghanistan onkanon December 26th, 2013 and is named after his Explosive Detection Dog (EDD). Lee was a Veteran SWAT officer turned security contractor, and the only job he loved more than law enforcement was that of “Daddy”. His daughter meant everything to him and, in his memory, a portion of the proceeds of each Kanon 12ga will be contributed to a trust established for her college education.