Sigh … LaRue Issues Press Release To Say They Will Not Release Information

LaRue’s secrecy makes even Magpul look like a communications machine. They just issued a press release saying they don’t wish to say anything about everything, especially their new barrels. The full press release …

In the case of those patiently waiting on their LaRue rifle, we’ve been making an all-out effort to make it true.

It’s no secret that information regarding our rifles is closely-guarded, but it’s now time to let folks know what we’ve been up to for well over a year. Building rifle barrels from scratch straight out of 12′ long bars has been one hell of an endeavor.

Without going into much detail, for some time now we’ve been pressured by more than a few outside interests to bring the manufacture of our barrels in-house. This in no way is a reflection of the barrels we have outsourced since way back when – we spec’d them out, inspected them in, and are damn proud of their performance over the years. LaRue rifles in customer hands are renowned for their accuracy and will provide many years of outstanding service.

The decision to make our own barrels was a natural progression for this company’s quest to do it all. It took a substantial investment in modern equipment, infrastructure, engineering, training and R&D. It also simplifies supply chain management when it’s coming from in-house. All of this has taken time, quite a bit more time than originally estimated.

Judging from results we’ve been getting, LaRue barrels might well one day be considered among the finest barrels found on production rifles. As you know, we set the bar high, and spare no expense.

As proud as we are and as much as we’d like to share more, we’re keeping the specifications close to the chest. We can and will say our reputation for accuracy and performance will remain unblemished.

Mark LaRue

Without a doubt they make excellent rifles. Unfortunately their poor communications and their extreme backlog of orders means I get their customers emailing me on a regular basis to complain that they are not getting their guns. I just tell them that their situation is the same for everyone else, and if they would like to see a gun in the near future, they should cancel their order and look elsewhere.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • TangledThorns

    Isn’t the wait list at two years? There are other very nice rifles you can buy now.

    • I believe the wait is 18 months now.

      • Samuel Suggs

        why are they still receiving order then, why would anyone wait a year and a half for an ar-10/15 when they could get a virtually identical rifle custom made for them with fake LaRue® logos machined onto all the appropriate parts by some unscrupulous gunsmith I mean everyone a the three gun match will ooo and aaa just the same they never have to know

      • corey

        I don’t believe there is any set waiting list time, it all depends on the type of rifle you order and what barrels they are getting. They are still working on some orders from early 2012 and are still backlogged on orders that they shipped only pre-ban lowers, Those lowers have to ship back and be assembled into rifles WHEN they get the barrels BEFORE additional rifles can be built. And they only shipped lowers for orders until about 12/2012. They are now building some of those with the field barrel option. So, it can be anywhere from 18 to 24 months, or more. I’d estimate new orders probably will have a waiting time of over 2 years at this point unless they get their internal barrel manufacturing wound up to full capacity very soon.

  • Samuel Suggs

    Who cares its not like their producesing anything not Availible from multiple sources

  • LSUTigersFan

    I am gladly waiting on mine. If you want something now, buy something you like and enjoy the hell out of it. I know what I want. I knew I would be waiting for a LONG time, and I am prepared to wait. To each his own. It’s how Ron Swanson would want it…

  • That guy

    When I win the lotto, I’ll buy someone’s spot in the waiting list. Until then, I’ll just buy something else. There are those that are willing to wait, but for the rest of us, we can find something in the mean time.

  • Samuel Suggs

    ok so hypatheitcally can you remotly take possesion of a rifle reciever blank on paper that is legally an actual reciever as to avoid a ban

    • Cymond

      I’m pretty sure possession would have to be real, not virtual. Also, the last time, it wasn’t enough to have a pre-ban receiver, it had to be assembled into a banned gun before the ban. For example, you could not take a pre-ban Ruger 10/22 and drop it into a folding stock. It had to be a 10/22 that had a folding stock before the ban. Of course, that last part was basically unenforceable, but it was still the law. Now, I make it a point to put everything into a folding pistol grip stock, at least temporarily.

  • Ian

    So LaRue, like everyone else in the industry just got tired of not being able to source enough barrels (and LW, their main supplier was having import trouble) during the buy everything crisis. I really love the PR spin.

    • Samuel Suggs

      its only slight media spin its not like their infering that their new barrels are “game chainjas” the use of the term “more than a few outside influences” is a fancy way of saying we couldent get enogh damn barrels

  • allannon

    To be fair, they make very high-quality guns, and a waiting list like that is hardly unique.

    I wouldn’t do it, but if you’re not in an immediate need for an AR I don’t see a problem.

  • FormerSFMedic

    First of all, who cares? The market hasn’t yet recovered from the buying frenzy of 2013 so situations like this shouldn’t surprise anyone. It is what it is. If you want a Larue then get on the waiting list but there’s no need to hate on them just because they’re in the same situation as pretty much every other AR manufacturer.

    Second, to those here that say you can get the same rifle elsewhere, I assure you that is not the case. Are there great products out there on the market built by other companies? Yes, but the Larue OBR variants have no equal. I say that from experience. There is not another AR on the market that can claim the accuracy with reliability that Larue can.

    • Samuel Suggs

      why is this the case