BREAKING: Invincible Arms Closes Down

Invincible Arms

Invincible Arms, the Ohio company that purchased Black Forge, LLC, has shut its doors after three years of business, industry sources have told TFB. The company was helmed by industry figure Izzy Anzaldua since early 2015, and made AR-15 rifles, components, and accessories.

Invincible Arms was founded in 2013, and acquired Black Forge in May of 2015, a couple of months after former Bushmaster officer Israel Anzaldua was named President. Anzaldua has held numerous roles in the AR-15 industry, being named to executive positions at CORE 15, the ARK Defense Group (which acquired Osprey Defense), and Invincible Arms.

Black Forge Weaponry, which was purchased by Invincible Arms, became notable as an AK shop, taking Bulgarian and Molot imports and converting them to more historical or “tactical” configurations, and selling them. The company received some press in 2014 after they began selling AR-15s as well, with a catalog that included custom colors and made-to-order rifles. The company originally was based in Orlando, Florida, before moving to Willoughby, Ohio after being acquired and absorbed by Invincible Arms. After the acquisition, the Black Forge brand continued to operate under the Invincible umbrella into 2016.

TFB will report on the closure as more details become available,

The AR-15 maker’s website is no longer operating, as of this writing. Its Facebook page, however, is still up.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Joseph Goins

    As I have said for a long time, there are more companies in the industry than the consumer base can support. I’m sure they also had typical business problems, but there is no innovation with all of the small time manufacturers.

    • Squirreltakular

      Yup. Oversaturation of the market.

      • Joseph Goins

        Absolutely! Most lowers, uppers, buffers, buffer tubes, springs, pins, gas tubes, forward assists, ejection ports, stock triggers, and stock safeties are made by one or two companies that sell them wholesale to all of the manufacturers (or more realistically: assemblers). And then you add on the fact that most companies chose Magpul or BCM furniture which limits the need to buy aftermarket gear as the standard M4 collapsable stock and A2 grip (again, made by one or two companies) go the way of the dodo bird.

        • CS

          AR receievers right now are like a California Gold Rush. The only ones who really made it, weren’t the miners. It was the Hotels, Restauants, Banks, Denim Jean makers, and supporting industries that survived and thrived.

          Ammo, magazine, and barrel makers must be the ones raking in the real bucks.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            I’d say it’s mostly Ammo and Magazines. I’ve got multiple lowers sitting in the safe that I do nothing with. Mostly due to cost and with the options/cost out their now my next rifle will probably be factory for warranty and resale value.

            I’m addicted to buying AR mags when I see them for a good price. I’ve got enough for the rest of my life x2 yet I still keep buying.

          • CS

            Magpul: The Levi’s Jeans of the Firearms World.

          • carlcasino

            The original oxymoron ” Too many Mag’s.” As long as they are full it’s never too much, Kind of like water.

      • Don

        What’s killed a lot of the small companies is that people are realizing just how easy they really are to build/assemble. The people that are still buying complete rifles are the ones who don’t have the time nor the desire to build one or the people who are too lazy to read up on them or watch videos on how to assemble them.

    • micmac80

      Ideed most of the ar15 crowd is basicaly assembling parts from brownells catalogue ,something anyone can do in their garage.

      • Rousso

        Right.

        AR15 is something like a cheesburger. Mass product for the unsophisticated populace of the United States of a Merica

        • Right—unsophisticated you say. Have you spent any time here and actually been to any of our companies, ranges or gun shops?

          • Don

            You tell him Phil… 🙂 I think he meant to say AK’s are mass produced for the “unsophisticated” populace 🙂 🙂

        • OJS

          More like a Honda Civic than a cheeseburger. Run just fine from the factory, but incredible variety of aftermarket parts to soup-up the performance. Any idiot can drive a Civic, but not any idiot can blow hard enough into it for 500+HP at the wheels without blowing it to bits.- requires sophisticated knowledge.

        • Ryfyle

          I would tilt more towards the Android Platform of rifles.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        What’s funny is when some of these guys put together a crappy build for the price of a factory rifle. I see people at the range all the time with stock configuration AR15s they’ve parted out and still spend $900 without having a warranty. I’d understand if your barrel and rail selection is important but to build a Rack grade AR in this market seems time consuming.

        • SlowJoeCrow

          Yeah, I bought a lower, because that was all the cash on hand at the time, then I did the math on buying a build kit and tools. Now I have a used M&P 15 Sport for about the same price as a lower, a PSA build kit, and a tool kit. I will still build that lower at some point because I want to do the project, and I want a match rifle style configuration.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            The SW M&P15 is a great gun for the money. What gets me are the guys building uppers out of parts when they could buy a PSA or a complete rifle like you did. They buy have a not free floated barrel and a hex screw gas block instead of a factory gun with a warranty for less money. I almost bought another stripped lower after the orlando shooting. For $75 it’s crazy not to put a few back.

        • plus they cannot sell or transfer the ar-15 they built from a parts kit.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            They can sell or transfer it. They will take a hit in value though.

          • wrong. no serial number no legal sale or transfer.

            from the atf :a license is required to manufacture firearms for sale or distribution. The law prohibits a person from assembling a non–sporting semiautomatic rifle or shotgun from 10 or more imported parts, as well as firearms that cannot be detected by metal detectors or x–ray machines. In addition, the making of an NFA firearm requires a tax payment and advance approval by ATF.

          • Kevin Sanderson

            Building a gun from a stripped lower, it has a serial number. You’re confusing parts kit guns with 80% lower receivers.

          • did you not read the start of the thread? lower recievers with serial numbers are sold by ffl dealers. lower recievers without serial numbers can be bought from brownells catalogue. this is what a large part of the ar crowd is now doing.

          • Kevin Sanderson

            Those are not lower receivers. Those are 80% lowers, as in, they are not legally considered weapon receivers. Brownells cannot send you a lower receiver without a serial number on it, that is a flagrant violation of federal law.

            An 80% lower receiver requires a lot more work than most people understand. I know experienced machinists who do whole batches of them at a time to put back in their rainy day fund, but Johnny Drillpress will have a hell of a time accomplishing the feat in his garage.

            I guess you need to clarify, or rather you need to understand, the difference between a “parts kit,” which is typically all of the piece of a rifle, unassembled, without a lower receiver, and an 80% lower receiver, which is an unserialized, non-weapon that can be legally manufactured into a weapon by an end user, but cannot be transferred legally without a couple more hoops to jump through.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            When you buy a stripped lower there is a serial number. You are not manufacturing the firearm as that was already done. So you can build your own.

          • carlcasino

            Question? 10 or more IMPORTED parts? I interpret Imported as being from outside the Continental United States or does it mean Imported from Dallas TX to Houston TX.?

          • imported as defined by trade law. so foreign made or that came from another country even though it may have originally been made in the us.

  • DW

    Invincible they weren’t?

  • BigFED

    Not unexpected! Not that many years age anyone could count on one hand MSR the number of manufacturers! Now every TomHarryDick is lining up to get in one the action! Bound to be more!

  • BigFED

    We had one guy that insisted on building his own. This guy couldn’t stack two Legos on top of each other!!! So he brings in his Frankengun and wants us to “check it out”! “How?” we ask. Check his assembly specs and test fire he says! He obviously gets irate when we make it clear we don’t do that, especially for FREE as he expected. So “Not only NO, but HELL NO!” we say. He storms out, goes to another range where he starts to fire it. He has a couple of MALFs so he cajoles one of the guys there to test fire it! A couple of rounds into it, it starts to MALF then IT KABOOMS!!! The “test shooter” is on his way to the hospital with injuries to his left arm! Best we can figure out, major head space problem!!! Not with just the rifle, but also the GUY THAT BUILT it!!! Last I heard the injuries were not that bad (any is bad enough), but shooter is suing the owner for not telling him that it was a Frankengun! Apparently, he tried to pass it off some kind of ready made, do it your self, pre-fab kit!

  • floogy

    Yet another fly by night company to take advantage of the panic buying. Not saying they made bad guns because I don’t know, but obviously they only existed as long as people were willing to pay full price for off brand guns.