I just got word through a friend in the know that AAC is cancelling all of their 10/22-SD orders effective immediately. The stated reason for the cancellation is that AAC is too backlogged with their “standard” silencer orders for already established lines of cans (of which I just added one more order to their pile today, actually), but I think something else might be going on behind the scenes as well…
When I went down to AAC last year and interviewed Kevin Brittingham, I got the inside scoop on their (then) upcoming 1022-SD. Apparently Ruger wasn’t playing ball with creating an NFA item fresh from the factory floor, so AAC took the “screw it, we’ll do it live” approach. They decided to buy 10/22s from Ruger (or a distributor), modify the rifles themselves and sell them rather than going through Ruger’s chain of command and offering them through Ruger’s catalog.
The original concept was fantastic. And no doubt driven by Kevin’s own experiences teaching his son how to shoot (and the beneficial role silencers played in that experience). There’s no question that these things would have been in high demand. But since their purchase by Freedom Group, the parent company has been slowly bringing them into the fold of the other portfolio companies like Remington and Marlin. I get the feeling that this might be Freedom Group trying to play nice with Ruger.
That’s not to say their stated excuse isn’t valid — AAC does indeed have a massive backlog of silencer orders since the industry boom began and the decreasing NFA wait times will definitely keep demand high. I know one distributor who has 113 silencers currently backordered with the company. They’re waiting for orders to be filled before even starting the NFA paperwork for the customers.
There’s no doubt that they need to focus on filling existing orders before creating demand for a whole new manufacturing-intensive product, but I feel like that’s something Freedom Group could have thrown manpower at and fixed.
Or I could be completely wrong. Politics was never my strong suit. But I calls it like I sees it.