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Adams Arms Out of Business

FancyGunz

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Maybe old news to some, but I just found out that Adams Arms (known for their nice piston AR uppers and conversion kits) is now out of business. They were bought out by their creditor in 2019-2020 and shut down.

Unfortunately for me, I happen to have one of their nice piston AR uppers. It comes with proprietary parts (like the BCG and piston system) which now seems impossible to get. Am I SOL and need to buy a new upper since it's now impossible to get spare parts? Does anyone know if interchangeable replacement parts are available, maybe one of the other piston upper manufacturers?

 

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Maybe look on gunbroker if anyone has spare parts. Or just wait until it breaks, it might not ever break. I've got m1 carbines from WWII
which look pretty beat but have not broken major parts like bolt or op rod or piston or anything. Then again, they knew how to build
stuff back then.
 

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Huh, weird. Google seems to have de-listed their webpage, if you search "Adams Arms" their page doesn't come up. This led me down the road of looking up whether they exist, which led to pages showing they went out of business.

However their site still works: https://adamsarms.net/

Google being Google again.
 

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Huh, weird. Google seems to have de-listed their webpage, if you search "Adams Arms" their page doesn't come up. This led me down the road of looking up whether they exist, which led to pages showing they went out of business.

However their site still works: https://adamsarms.net/

Google being Google again.
I ain't got a lot of skin in this game,
but whyntcha dash off a terse note to them
and report back on the response; if any. Ask about:
  • Prospects for spares going forward,
    • -and maybe-
  • if they have a diagnosis for the search engine flame-out.
Just long and polite enough to be crystal-clear English,
without really trolling them for political or economic opinions.
(If their business is on the rocks,
they don't have the energy to rant free-form about Google cancellation,
but maybe they have a rote answer we'd appreciate).
 

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@FancyGunz have you run the adams arms upper enough for parts breakage? They are designed to go for a long time if not forever. The barrel will likely be toast before the piston system. the adams arms bolt should be Interchangeable with mil spec except gas rings not necessary. they use a bolt spring to keep the bolt forward/unlock position until fully into battery. Those springs are available. the BCG is more likely to wear out the receiver extension from tilt long before the BCG itself fails.

in essence, I suggest enjoying the AA upper and not worry too much about replacement parts. Piston AR’s are becoming a relic so it was a matter of time until the AA piston system became extinct either way. They don’t solve as many problems as we all once thought.
 

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@FancyGunz have you run the adams arms upper enough for parts breakage? They are designed to go for a long time if not forever. The barrel will likely be toast before the piston system. the adams arms bolt should be Interchangeable with mil spec except gas rings not necessary. they use a bolt spring to keep the bolt forward/unlock position until fully into battery. Those springs are available. the BCG is more likely to wear out the receiver extension from tilt long before the BCG itself fails.

in essence, I suggest enjoying the AA upper and not worry too much about replacement parts. Piston AR’s are becoming a relic so it was a matter of time until the AA piston system became extinct either way. They don’t solve as many problems as we all once thought.

I have used it quite a bit with minimal wear, just trying to future proof it. The bolt design is such that it does not cause carrier tilt wear. I don't agree that piston ARs are becoming extinct, I enjoy using it way more than my DI AR - no gas in face, nearly zero cleaning required, no bcg maintenance (gas rings).
 

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I have used it quite a bit with minimal wear, just trying to future proof it. The bolt design is such that it does not cause carrier tilt wear. I don't agree that piston ARs are becoming extinct, I enjoy using it way more than my DI AR - no gas in face, nearly zero cleaning required, no bcg maintenance (gas rings).
What is this maintenance of which you speak? I thought you shot it until it no longer works then build a new one?
 

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I’m not sure who’s failing reading comprehension 101 here, but my take is they closed Adams Arms, and reopened as AA Holdings LLC, and can still service customers. Maybe I missed something??
 

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I have used it quite a bit with minimal wear, just trying to future proof it. The bolt design is such that it does not cause carrier tilt wear. I don't agree that piston ARs are becoming extinct, I enjoy using it way more than my DI AR - no gas in face, nearly zero cleaning required, no bcg maintenance (gas rings).
You mean "carrier design." AA uses a milspec bolt with the gas rings removed.
 
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Maybe old news to some, but I just found out that Adams Arms (known for their nice piston AR uppers and conversion kits) is now out of business. They were bought out by their creditor in 2019-2020 and shut down.

Unfortunately for me, I happen to have one of their nice piston AR uppers. It comes with proprietary parts (like the BCG and piston system) which now seems impossible to get. Am I SOL and need to buy a new upper since it's now impossible to get spare parts? Does anyone know if interchangeable replacement parts are available, maybe one of the other piston upper manufacturers?

did you read the entire article?

"It was announced and advertised at the beginning of April that Adams Arms LLC’s assets would be auctioned as a turn-key operation, including all tangible and intangible assets. AA Holdings will continue the Adams Arms brand. AA Holdings will fulfill all customer orders and honor all Adams Arms life-time product warranties."
 

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How nice can it be if you already need spare parts for it??

I remember when Microtech came out with their version of the Steyr Aug.. People were saying how great the weapon was because everytime something went wrong, Microtech would send them free parts.

I knew a guy that had one and it was CONSTANTLY having problems, yet he swore up and down how great the weapon was because they would send him parts, eventually they stopped sending parts lol.
 

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Shocker.

None of their stuff was ever “nice” it was aimed at skinflints trying to take shortcuts.


This segment is “lwrc, hk, or don’t bother”.
Meh. I have an LWRC and two Adams arms piston guns (I used their conversion kits) and both Adams kits are top notch. I have abused one of those guns quite a lot and it has been flawless. You can still buy kits I am sure and if you are concerned just by a conversion kit as spares. I actually have a couple of gas blocks and tubes and a couple of BCGs as spares so could convert to gas if I ever needed to.
 

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Shocker.

None of their stuff was ever “nice” it was aimed at skinflints trying to take shortcuts.


This segment is “lwrc, hk, or don’t bother”.

There's also the ARAK from Faxon (as far as AR piston uppers go). No experience with it myself, but looks like it would be fun and a good name. Too expensive though.
 
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I remember when Microtech came out with their version of the Steyr Aug.. People were saying how great the weapon was because everytime something went wrong, Microtech would send them free parts.

I knew a guy that had one and it was CONSTANTLY having problems, yet he swore up and down how great the weapon was because they would send him parts, eventually they stopped sending parts lol.
Glad I bought the real Steyr AUG A3 NATO. (ie it takes standard AR Mags) The only problem
I have had with it was using Wolf Steel Cased Ammo. The Cases would stick in the Chamber.
The Solution was to run a Mag of Brass Cased Ammo after a Mag of Steel Cased. This would
clean the chamber and the Steel cased did not stick anymore.

Malodave
 

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I remember when Microtech came out with their version of the Steyr Aug.. People were saying how great the weapon was because everytime something went wrong, Microtech would send them free parts.

I knew a guy that had one and it was CONSTANTLY having problems, yet he swore up and down how great the weapon was because they would send him parts, eventually they stopped sending parts lol.
I had one, never gave me any problems, not that I shot it a lot. I am glad I dumped it before they went under.
 

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Glad I bought the real Steyr AUG A3 NATO. (ie it takes standard AR Mags) The only problem
I have had with it was using Wolf Steel Cased Ammo. The Cases would stick in the Chamber.
The Solution was to run a Mag of Brass Cased Ammo after a Mag of Steel Cased. This would
clean the chamber and the Steel cased did not stick anymore.
LOL at your field-expedient palate cleanser.
[rofl]
 
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LOL at your field-expedient palate cleanser.
[rofl]
My AUG A3 was made by Sabre Defense. It was one of 1870 units made. When Sabre
went Bye Bye with the ATF's help for selling stuff out the Back door. It became an
instant Collectors item. The Price for it jumped to over $3K, since the USA made
Steyr AUGs were now out of business. They are being made again by a different company.

Malodave
 
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