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GUNS Magazine February 2012 Digital Edition - Page 36

The American Spirit Arms custom AR test rifle in 5.56 performed perfectly, with the heavy barrel contributing to accuracy testing. Custom Roy Huntington Editor, American Handgunner Magazine ocated in Scottsdale, Ariz. for almost 20 years, ASA does one thing, and does it extremely well—build AR-15, M16 and M4 rifles. And, being both a production and a custom shop, they can build a rifle exactly to your specifications, using their 100-percent made-in-America parts (all major parts are manufactured by ASA), and then deliver it to you personally at their shop. They offer tours, and will even allow you to watch while your rifle is being built. All ASA rifles are backed by a fully transferable lifetime guarantee, and each rifle is personally inspected by company owner Joe Sirochman before it goes out the door. L didn’t let me down. While there are many shooters more knowledgeable about the AR platform than I am, our test rifle simply looked good, and even I could tell it was a dandy. This particular rifle is a bit of a showcase of what ASA might do for you. You can start with a stock rifle (still made to extremely high standards of fit, finish and function), or chat with the consultants at ASA to work with them to create something exactly meeting your needs. While standard rifles are guaranteed to meet 1-MOA accuracy expectations, this custom rifle is guaranteed to live up to a 1/2-MOA goal. And, after shooting it, I have no doubts it can with the right ammo and optics. Some Details Based on their innovative “Side Charge Receiver” design, this concept of offside charging means your hand can clear optics, and offers a stout handle for operating the bolt. You also don’t need to lose cheekweld when running the bolt. It’s simple, non-reciprocating, elegantly engineered, solid as a rock and works as advertised. I’m sold on the idea. Other features include the forged lower receiver with EDM machined mag well, Robar NP3 finish on the upper and lower, 16" stainless steel bull barrel (1:8" twist for 5.56 or .223), ASA Picatinny-railed gas block, Ergo Grips Ambi-Suregrip and Z Float free-floating quad rail, ASA 6-position collapsible stock, ASA 4-pound trigger with anti-walk pins and easy to see Diamondhead front and rear flip-up sights. As I handled the rifle I noticed how smoothly the controls functioned, and watched for the little things like pins fitting correctly, sights mounted solidly, a crisp I know custom pistols, especially 1911s, so have some pre-conceived notions of what custom work should stand for. Superior fit over factory “assembled” guns, better finishes and a cohesive look to the package, as if it was tailored like a good suit, are all elements. The parts should look right together, be blended, fit and finished as well as possible—and be of the highest quality. The ASA rifle 36 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 2

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