Huntertown Arms AR-15 Takedown (Big Three Writers Event Daytona Beach Florida)

Over the next few days I’ll be posting about the activities and new product announcements from the Big 3 writers event in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Big 3 is a writer get together that brings around thirty-five to forty writers together from around the country by invitation of our host. A good number of well-known companies attend and make presentations of new products as well as upgrades to established products. We also spend one heck of a lot of time on the range!

Our host for this event is Dave Fortier, a well known gun writer, and Dillard “CJ” Johnson who you may know from the book “Carnivore” which details his time in the sandbox as a Bradley commander.

What I have for you today is a new product that will be going into production next week. Huntertown Arms has a rather simple device that consist of only three parts which allows the user to takedown their AR15 in less than five seconds. The parts are shown in the photo below.

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The first part attaches to the front of the upper receiver and has a very solid fit. This part has male threads. This is followed by the second part with female threads that fits into your rail system. The third part is a ratchet that is used to manipulate the unit and remove or reattach the barrel.

The owner of Huntertown Arms explained that the average user would be able to install this kit in under an hour at most. Once the unit is installed it’s a simple matter of aligning the two main parts and rotating the rail system clockwise to attach and counterclockwise to take the AR down into two halves. This is show in the photo below.

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Everyone agreed this was a simple and ingenious invention. The very surprising part is the MSRP of only $149.00 for the complete unit. Remember that old perfectly good case you bought that was a little short for your rifle. Not anymore!

We all had questions the most important of which is will it hold zero after using it over time? The answer was it would not cause the shooter to sight the rifle in after use because of the precise fit and ratchet locking system that keeps the halves joined together with no play at all. I actually had hands on with the prototype you see in the photos and I could not cause the two halves to move in any way.

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An available date for sales to begin will be announced. Of course we’ll keep in touch and let you know. I don’t believe it will be very long. One note for the readers is a reminder this is an early prototype so it looks a bit rough. The production model certainly won’t be.

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I have requested one for TFB to review so we can give you all the details of the final form and function.

More to come—– My next report will cover the Geissele trigger group for the Tavor. This will be followed by the new Wolf line of optics which includes night optics.

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • Dale

    This is ingenious and a seriously awesome contribution to the AR market! I presume that the final version could incorporate some sort of handguard concept with ideally keymod attachment points so as to increase versatility of the design?

    • I would certainly think it would be along those lines. There was so much discussion going on I didn’t get to ask about keymods and others. I did hear him say it will fit any AR 15 in just about any configuration. I took that to mean most rail systems.
      I’m not sure if he’s coming back tomorrow but if he does I’ll clarify it with him.

      • Dale

        It will be really interesting to see how it works. One thing that I know from experience with the NSR system is that the forearm is secured by screwing into the proprietary barrel nut; that would preclude at least the NSR rails being used with this system, as well as other manufacturers’ designs that utilize a proprietary barrel nut design. Fingers crossed he comes back tomorrow!

  • ColaBox

    Im not quite sure what im looking at here. Can anyone explain?

    • gunslinger

      this replaces hardware used to secure the barrel to the upper receiver. standard ARs have the barrel nut, delta ring, spring..etc… this replaces all that. the upper receiver has a “new” barrel nut that is a “quick disconnect” concept. it is aligned for the gas tube. on the barrel end, is the other half of the “quick disconnect” setup. i’m guessing there is a housing to keep the gas tube aligned.

      remember, the gas tube on a standard ar “goes through” the barrel nut and “sits” in the upper receiver to deliver gas to the bcg to cycle a round when firing. it looks like there is a “friction” fit to keep both halves of the tube aligned now.

      i’d love to see more.

  • noguncontrol

    what about the barrel? does this thing make it a quick change barrel? or at least a user removable barrel?

    • Anonymoose

      It would be awesome to be able to change between .223 and .300 Blackout, and between 20″ and 16″ barrels without having to carry whole uppers.

      • gunslinger

        I think thats where this product will shine.

        because, really, the AR is a “take down” rifle. i mean, if you use this, would you sperate the uppper from the lower as well on a takedown situation?

      • Richard Flood

        You can already MGI MARCK 15 hydra

    • Mark N.

      To work as the pictures depict it, the whole barrel assembly/fore end would come off. And since this device is essentially a replacement for the barrel nut, it would seem entirely possible to change the barrel and keep everything else the same if you have a free floating handguard. The barrel should just slide out of the bottom of the handguard/part B assembly. Otherwise, just the whole fore end would come off, and you’d need another “Part B” for any other assembly.

  • Cymond

    If you get one for review, please consider a short video explaining how to assemble it. I’d like to see how this compares to the Tac2 system.

  • tnelson

    I have a tac2 and I like it a lot. I use it for multi-caliber capabilities and storage. I would not mind a solution that would index the tube in the same spot every time. Not sure I would reinvest in a system for that though.

  • gunslinger

    do they have a way to take down the buffer tube/stock?

    • Cymond

      Well, a telescoping stock is fairly compact already, but you could use the Law Tactical folding stock adapter to shorten the length of the receiver. However, your case will still need to be at least as long as the barrel.

  • iksnilol

    Why no love for the AK? WHY!?

    Something like this would be perfect for us trying to recreate something like the VSS.

    Hope they make an AK version if the AR one is successful.

    • Nolan

      I know that US palm was working on something like that, but I haven’t heard anything about it for a while.

      • iksnilol

        I know about that, from what I have heard nothing came out of it. I was disappointet to say the least.

    • Hunter57dor

      it would be pretty easy to make a slot in the AK reciever that the forward barrel block slides into.

      hmm…. off to find an AK parts kit! 😀

      • iksnilol

        If you do that could you post the results somewhere? Of course a link to the build thread here on TFB would be appreciated.

  • P-dog

    Rumors were that Liberty Suppressors was working with Huntertown Arms to develop a QD mount for the Huntertown line of suppressors. This is the same mounting pattern used on the Liberty Torch QA suppressor, so Huntertown obviously used the collaboration to develop this instead of the QD mount for their suppressors. Same “style” system used on the YHM QD suppressor mounts also, just different design.

  • Dilby

    Huntertown arms has terrible customer service. I am still waiting a response nearly 3 months after an inquiry.

    A warranty is not worth anything if they refuse to respond to your issues.