ArmaLite wants you! Not just your money—although the family firm wouldn’t mind exchanging some of your hard-earned cash for their new M15A4 “Case Ready Carbine.” They want you to become an ArmaLite dealer. While ArmaLite’s Communications Director won’t say exactly how the Illinois-based company selects their dealers (an ffl license would be extremely helpful), Arthur Steadman says the call to arms reflects the manufacturer’s “ongoing success.” He’s equally sanguine about the hard numbers involved. “We’re pleasantly happy about it,” the former newsman doesn’t reveal. One thing’s for sure: the small arms maker isn’t so small (is it Mr. Bond). “ArmaLite is a complete firearms company with our own Engineering, Quality Assurance, Machine Shop, Assembly, Warehouse, Marketing, Sales, and Finance divisions,” the Germanically-capitalized press release boasts. “ArmaLite’s broad customer base includes private gun owners, police agencies including the Illinois State Police, federal agencies in support of the Anti-Terror Assistance Program, and international customers.” Such as? [crickets chirping] Never mind. What of that Case Ready Carbine Carmine?

“Law enforcement and military customers want a gun they can drop, smash on the concrete, pick up and fire,” Steadman told TTAG. “The Case Ready M15 offers that kind of dependability. And if you break an [additional] optic, you can use the emergency flip-up sight.”

Uncoordinated, ffl-holding, aspiring ArmaLite dealers need apply. Luckily, the rest of us can also buy the exact same rifle used by the po-po and G.I. Joes. God bless America, eh?

As part of my quest to ask the world’s stupidest question, I wondered (aloud unfortunately) if the M15A4’s emergency sight would severely diminish the capability of the weapon, compared to a big ass scope. “Oh I don’t know,” Steadman said, preparing to reward my epic logic fail with a tasty quote. “You can shoot something on the moon with some of these scopes.”

The Case Ready Carbine is one of those limited run deals, whose run is strictly limited to how many the company can sell. $1,1220 later and even the clumsiest shooter is good to go.

Item Number: 15A4CBA2RS

  • Caliber: .223/5.56 X 45 mm NATO
  • Barrel: 16″ Double Lapped, Chrome Lined\Chrome Moly Vanadium
    MIL-B-11595-E
  • Rifling Twist: RH 1:9″ 52-69 Grain Ammo
  • Muzzle Device: Flash Suppressor, Threading:1/2″ – 28
  • Front Sight Base: A2 Front Sight Assembly
  • Upper Receiver: Forged Flattop with Picatinny Rail, 7075-T6 Aluminum
  • Lower Receiver: 7075-T6 Aluminum (forged)
  • Trigger: Tactical Two Stage, 1st Stage 3.5 lbs – 2nd Stage Approximately 5-6 lbs.
  • Overall Length: 35.6″
  • Weight: 7 lbs.
  • Finish: Anodized Aluminum Upper/Lower Receiver, Manganese Phosphated Steel Barrel
  • Accuracy: 2 – 2 1/2″ MOA
  • Included with carbine: One MI Flip-up Emergency Rear Sight, 30 Round Magazine, Sling, Black Case, Owner’s Manual, Limited Lifetime Warranty

3 Responses to ArmaLite: Case Ready, Dealer Deficient?

  1. Whew! For a second there I thought you’d snagged a photo of my recent build! Note the mid-length upper which is more aesthetically pleasing than the more common “shorty” upper that the military uses. It’s looks better because the military gets to use a 14.5″ barrel, whereas we civilians are forced to use a longer 16-16.5 incher. The longer upper receiver keeps the BATF compliant 16″ barrel from looking freakishly long. It also gives a bit more sight radius when using iron sights.

    Not a bad looking rifle, and ArmaLite has an established name that is well respected. Was that price $1220? That sounds about right, puts it on the mid-to lower-end of the built AR’s from the likes of Colt, S&W, DPMS, etc.

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