UPDATE: a dealer friend of ours received an email today from distribution giant RSR Group notifying them of the following:
Remington Outdoor Company informed RSR at the SHOT Show that they will be focusing on their core hunting and shooting brands – AAC, Barnes, Marlin and Remington. Bushmaster, DPMS, StormLake Barrels and Tapco will no longer be produced, with the exception of the Bushmaster BA50.
Has Remington Outdoor Company shuttered the DPMS, Bushmaster and TAPCO brands? The main Remington website no longer lists them as part of the “Remington Outdoor Family of Brands.”
If you go to their specific brand sites, you get…nothing for the most part. No specific models listed, no products, no accessories, no online store to order specific branded items.
Going to Bushmaster.com redirects you to this.
Going to DPMSinc.com redirects you to this.
And going to TAPCO.com redirects you to this.
TTAG spoke to a Remington representative who said the direction on the brands isn’t clear at this point and they were emphasizing sporting-directed firearms from Remington and Marlin at the SHOT Show.
The American Parts Company, commonly known as TAPCO was a long-time major parts supplier and accessories manufacturer. Originally starting as a family run mail order company over 25 years ago outside of Atlanta in Kennesaw, Georgia.
TAPCO was big in the FAL, CETME/G3, AK, and SKS parts markets. They made American made 18 USC 922(r) compliant parts.
For those who don’t know . . .
Title 18, U.S.C., makes it unlawful for any person to assemble from imported parts any semiautomatic rifle or any shotgun which is identical to any rifle or shotgun prohibited from importation under section 925(d)(3) of the GCA. Regulations implementing the law in 27 C.F.R. 478.39 provide that a violation of section 922(r) will result if a semiautomatic rifle or shotgun is assembled with more than 10 of the following imported parts:
- Frames, receivers, receiver castings, forgings, or stampings
- Barrel extensions
- Mounting blocks (trunnions)
- Muzzle attachments
- Bolt carriers
- Operating rods
- Gas pistons
- Trigger housings
- Pistol grips
- Forearms, handguards
- Magazine bodies
TAPCO was the place to get US made parts to make foreign guns legal for importation and more importantly. They made replacement parts for folks who wanted to build their own.
Bushmaster and DPMS were two established names in the AR-15 world. Bushmaster started in Bangor, Maine in 1973. The company went bankrupt and was purchased by Richard Dyke in 1976 and moved to Windham, Maine.
DPMS started when Randy Luth founded Defense Procurement Manufacturing Services (DPMS) in 1985 in Osseo, Minnesota as a precision machine shop for manufacturing M203, M14 and M16 parts for U.S. military contracts.
In the later 1990s, the company employed 30 people selling Colt 1911 and AR-15 parts and accessories and moved the company to Becker, Minnesota. DPMS later began producing AR-15 style rifles. Freedom Group purchased DPMS Panther Arms on December 14, 2007, the same year it purchased Marlin Firearms.
Under Remington’s management. Both Bushmaster and DPMS had their production facilities closed and relocated around 2011. First production moved production to Remington’s Ilion, New York plant and later to their newer facility in Huntsville, Alabama.
Now it appears the Bushmaster and DPMS firearms lines are being retired and closed altogether. As a long-time owner of Bushmaster ARs, it’s a shame.
They’ve served me reliably well for a very long time. Additionally, DPMS was a great parts supplier and made parts for a lot of companies, including some of the higher end ones like Daniel Defense. I personally use a DPMS 11.5″ barrel for my SBR’ed Colt.
But with the likes of Palmetto State Armory and others utterly offering complete AR-15s for under $400 right now there’s likely not much profit in AR platform rifles.
It shouldn’t been seen as a shock, though. Colt has bowed out of the civilian AR market due to lack of sales. There is an overabundance of product and a relative lack of demand since President Trump’s election in 2016.
It appears that the combination of the “Trump Slump” and Remington’s poor management have killed two well-known names in the AR-15 world. Does that include support for the ACR as well? You’d have to think so.