Former Anvil Arms Operator Arrested on Felony Charges

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Anvil Arms LLC, based in Lakeland, Florida, was a AR-15 manufacturer that abruptly ceased operations during the height of the AR-15 boom when the Managing Member, Jonathan A. Kruger, was terminated and the company ceased operations. Legal action was taken against Kruger by the new acting manager, Milton Disser, who alleged Kruger had removed all of the equipment, inventory and records from the Anvil Arms premises. Less than three months later the company was liquidated.

Kruger had been well liked by the shooting community but many were angry when the company went under because they had paid for, or sent parts for engraving, but never received their money or parts back.

Jonathan Kruger

On 3 May 2011 Kruger was arrested in Polk County, FL on two felony charges, one for attempted delivery of methadone and the other for grand theft, and one misdemeanor charge of petit theft.

According to members of ARFCOM, Jonathan Kruger was a Registered Nurse in Polk Country. A search at the Florida Department of Heath shows that a Jon Kruger, with an address in Polk County, was licensed as an RN until 30 April. I spoke to a former police officer who said the charges filed against Kruger match to the modus operandi of drug diversion by someone in health care, such as an RN at a hospital.

Kruger arrest sheds light on the Anvil Arms saga. Drugs addiction would explain why the company accrued a lot of debt and suddenly went under at a time when the industry was at its strongest.

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  • Gerald

    Shame about this one. Seems like he was a decent guy, minus the addiction. Lets hope he manages to clean up in prison, and hopefully gets back into the business in a few years.

  • http://eaglesnestonline.org Bob

    Sorry to hear of this. I bought two lowers from Anvil and had them plus one other engraved. Jon was a really nice person to deal with — took me into the workshop area and showed me a few tricks of the trade, so to speak. I was there three times, I think, and he was the same on each occasion.

  • JohnB

    I also bought several AA lowers years ago and dealt directly with Jon. He was a super nice guy and I recommended AA to a lot of friends based on his superb customer service and product. We then did a massive group buy of engraved AA lowers and he dropped the ball on us big time.

    • http://personal Garry A.

      Sorry bro, I bought dozens of lowers from Anvil through Jon personalized , as a record of my re-sales and warranty on my “rifles”. He was the coolest guy to deal with . But alas, as a retired CO , I know that even with rehabilitation and prison time , he won’t be able to continue in the business , sadly as he has racked up a FELONY. Therefore he no longer can apply nor possess an FFL that is needed to sell or deal within the BATFE guidelines .

  • http://bestshotdirect.com Joseph Dyer

    I knew Jon and bought Class III firearms from him, We did Gun Shows at the same venues. Jon always struck me as the nicest Guy. The guy you wanted as a good friend! I hope he gets over the rough spots and gets on with his life. I would still consider Jon a friend and do business with him if he got back into the gun business! How has this turned out? Either way good luck Jon The Family misses You and Yours! If you need a friend call me!

  • Tom Fernandez

    I helped Jon film his videos when he was launching Anvil Arms (3 point tactical sling demonstration for example). He was a decent man to work with, his family was wonderful, and he seemed to be starting what was turning out to be a successful career. We all hit downright hard times in our life but we are still ourselves. I will always remember Jon as a good man; it just appears he’s fallen on difficult times. Thoughts and prayers sent your way sir.

    Tom Fernandez
    (843) 655-8944

  • Rich Newfield

    it’s a shame what has happened to this man. we all have had our ups and downs, even when times are tough or going great as well. hope he keeps his chin up, gets himself through whats happened and go back to doing what he seems to love……..GUNS. i never had the opportunity to meet this gentleman, i just happened to come across his online video about the specter 3-point tactical sling. i was very impressed with how fast he manuvered (i know incorrect spelling) the 3-point sling. he sold me on wanting to get one for my ar 15 (which i am in my 3 day waiting period). i’ve always wanted an ar 15 for as long as i can remember. i look forward to high quality videos like the one i described previously, as i am just getting into the ar 15 gun owner community. hats off to you sir. GOD BLESS AMERICA & GOD BLESS MY AR 15. LOL

    • NonConformist

      I knew that anvil went under but not why. Sad as i always liked Jon and even had worked out a deal to receive some receivers from him for reviews at various forums before they went TU. I liked the man and loved their products, plus they were a Florida company and I always strive to support local business. I had hoped they would rise from the ashes and continue business.

  • Jay McGranahan

    I have two Anvil Arms AR15′s and they are top quality guns. Jon was a great guy and knew AR’s well. I’m sure he will come out of this fine with some hard work. Prayers for Jon and his family.