When you walk into your local gun shop you will most likely see dozens of AR-15’s…

And they range all over the map in price and quality even though they’re the same basic design and platform—so why is there a difference in price and so many brands?

It comes down to, first, the individual components used in the rifle and their quality—all of which determine accuracy, performance, reliability and the lifespan of the rifle.

Even more important…

In fact, this is probably the MOST important factor…

There is a HUGE difference between rifles that are built on a large scale, much like a gigantic car factory utilizing “assembly line” methods…

Versus the hand-built, step-by-step, methodical method we use to build the Patriot Patrol AR-15

First, we carefully selected each and every part so that they work together—synergistically—towards our ultimate goal of building the ultimate “do-it-all” rifle…

Then your rifle starts its life as a box full of parts…

The first step is a quality-control inspection of every, single, part.

Each part is inspected—by hand—by Carter…

To make sure certain parts are in “spec”, calipers and gauges are used extensively to measure for exacting tolerances…

Again, every single part must meet or exceed the Mil-Spec guidelines…

So, every single part needs to be checked to see if it meets our quality control process BEFORE building even starts.

You see, we live in amazing times where there are a vast number of manufacturers making components for the AR-15 platform, which is a blessing and a curse…

It’s a blessing, because there has never been more access to more, different, improved AR-15 components…

It’s also a curse, because tolerance stacking and improper quality control processes lead to failures right out of the box with many of these parts…

Worse, if multiple parts are even slightly out of tolerance… then when combined together… these small imperfections quickly add together and can make your entire system unreliable.

That’s why our inspection process is so critical BEFORE we even begin!

For example…

We have had to send back barrels to the manufacturer because the gas hole sizing is .0019 too big…

Most gunsmiths or home-builders would not measure or care about such small details, but we know it’s absolutely critical for proper functioning of a rifle you can trust with your life…

That’s why every part is measured, tested and inspected before we start.

Only once we have the right parts, verified they meet our high-standard of quality after careful inspection, can we begin…

Then, and only then, are all the parts cleaned, prepped, and prepared for assembly…

And at this point, it’s a truly hand-built process…

Each part is methodically assembled, taking extreme and meticulous care in fitting, alignment, and securing…

For example, nearly every important part of an AR-15 has an official “Mil-Spec” torque spec…

Lesser gunsmiths, armorers, and home builders use the “monkey tight” method…

But each part has a very specific torque spec that should be followed for maximum reliability and function.

This process continues for many hours…

Step-by-step…

Until finally, a functioning, complete AR-15 is produced.

But the process doesn’t stop there.

Multiple function-checks are then performed to ensure everything is in working order…

And then another round of, redundant, checks for proper torque specs on crucial parts is performed…

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