Two Months After Gun Control, Stag Arms Prepares To Ship Connecticut-Legal Rifles

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Stag Arms will begin shipping its new, Connecticut version of the AR-15 military-style rifle to retailers in the state this week, two months after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law the strict gun controls that outlawed sales of Stag’s entire product line.

The new version is in some ways a breakthrough, in other ways not. Using modified components, it fires a smaller bullet, the standard .22 round, which is much less powerful than the round typically shot by military-style weapons.  The .22 bullet is specifically permitted under the Connecticut law in any firearm.

There are other companies that make a .22 version of the AR-15, including O.F. Mossberg & Sons in North Haven. So it’s not a radical design, but it gives Connecticut Stag customers access to the brand, and it gives the New Britain company sales in its home state.

Stag president Mark Malkowski said his firm worked with the state police firearms unit not only for approval in writing, but also for suggestions. The company made a few modifications that the firearms unit said would make the weapon harder to modify back into a traditional AR-15, taking larger, more powerful rounds known as the Remington .223.

Stag will assemble the first of the firearms this week after receiving components from some vendors, said Malkowski, who said he expects solid sales of the new model.

One retailer, Vic Benson of The Freedom Shoppe in New Milford, said he has already been carrying a brand of the .22-caliber AR-15.

“They’re not flying off the shelves,” Benson said. “Here’s the irony: You come in here you can buy a .22-caliber AR rifle…change the upper caliber in about two seconds. ”

Changing the upper chamber would allow the larger, .223 rounds to be fired again. “It’s illegal to do it but criminals don’t obey the law.”

The Stag version should be less easy to modify. The hope is that Malkowski’s willingness to work with the law doesn’t hurt sales any more than are already hurt. And the breakthrough is that a Connecticut company celebrating its 10th anniversary was able to move a redesigned, manufactured product onto the market in two months.

Benson, like many in the industry, has nothing positive to say about the law.  “They say we should also embrace the spirit of the law but I’ll be honest, the spirit of the law is not anything I care about,” he said. As for the gun control rules themselves, he added,  “What we had before was a big block of swiss cheese with big holes in it. Now we’ve got the same block with a whole bunch of little holes in it.”



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8 thoughts on “Two Months After Gun Control, Stag Arms Prepares To Ship Connecticut-Legal Rifles

  1. t-bone

    Unfortunatly the leaders in the CT GA have an ammendment out that would ban these in CT ( Loc No 8513).. We have until Sunday to find out!

    1. James

      Are you sitting on your A— waiting to see what you are “Allowed” to have Or are you screaming and yelling HELL NO! at every road? Yeah.. I thought so.

  2. Catherine

    The legislature worked hard to pass a new bill to make it illegal. Malloy and his cronies just want to drive Stag Arms and the others out.

  3. max

    all manufacturers, firearms and ammo, should not sell to any state that has such strict gun laws. This should include law enforcement sales.

    1. mark

      My thoughts exactly. If these weapons are so bad no one in the state should have access to them. Of course the criminals would love it.

  4. Carl

    What a bunch of window lickers! A less powerful .22 caliber? You mean, a .22 “rimfire” cartridge instead of the standard .223 Remington or 5.56mm NATO which are both .22 caliber “centerfire” cartridges. If they wanted smaller bullets, how about a 20 caliber? Why not chamber the rifle in a 204 Ruger. Or better yet, a 20 Practical. You could even go a step further and drop it down to a 19 caliber or even 17 caliber. How dangerous can a bullet the size of a pellet from an air rifle be? You people need to wake up and get some common sense. And Stag Arms…you’ve not done anything new. 22 rimfire AR type rifles have been around for 20 years or more.

  5. Lewelyn

    The “law Changes” private Companies “change to comply” then the “law Changes” and private companies “”comply” until their is no more room and your out of Business as it is intended by the Politicians….
    “to HE.. and a hand basket and move to another “friendly State that will not “change the law to change you”

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