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Coming Soon from Mil-Spec Monkey: The Mil-Spec Armory

Brad Walker


One evening last week during SHOT Show,  I had a opportunity to sit down and chat with a couple of fellows who are spearheading a new endeavor for 2013, the Mil-Spec Armory. The Armory's President, Ari Kolokithas, and Vice President, Marty Bloem, indulged me and answered a few "Secret Squirrel" questions on the inception and emplacement of their new company.

Brad Hammond, co-owner over at Mil-Spec Monkey, had the idea to diversify the company, so he set out to create a stand-alone armory that [like MSM] focused on ingenuity and pioneering new ideas and product evolution. What formed was a company that would be able to not only sell firearms and gear but also accomplish some gunsmithing and R&D as well. So Brad teamed up with Ari and Marty to merge an equal blend of experience and technical expertise. Brad and Ari are both retired Bay Area Law Enforcement Officers. Marty [as you should know] is the original inventor and designer of the famed and popular BattleComp muzzle device found on rifles all over. Marty's artistry comes in the form of his fabrication and R&D skills, so I'm excited to see what trickery and badassery they have in store for the Armory.


They informed me that once their operation is up and running, they will be tackling light gunsmithing in-house and rolling the heavy work to Don Lazzarini, a local master gunsmith who is on staff at Stoic Ventures. Marty and the Mil-Spec Armory is also teaming up with Mike Lamb and his crew at Stoic to collaborate on product development, training and consulting.

Granted, this is just a sneak-peek into what's coming up from these guys, but you can already get an idea of what's in store. Brad and the crew at MSM already put out some great products and material. I'm sure with the team that Mil-Spec Armory has assembled, the outcome will be pretty incredible. Stay tuned for future updates and stories from the fellows down at the Armory, and we'll keep you abreast of the news as they release more information.

They hope to have the Mil-Spec Armory stood up and fully functioning by the end of February, pending parts and political legislation, neither of which scares these guys. They aim to adapt and overcome any situation they may be faced with, and that is what truly drives success.

Future information can be attained at their website Mil-Spec Armory.


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