Australian AR-15 Rifles by Wedgetail Industries

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Not deterred by now highly restrictive ownership rules in Australia, a new company called Wedgetail Industries has started manufacturing semi-automatic AR-15s for domestic sale. Named after a large Australian bird of prey, the wedgetailed eagle, the company is manufacturing many of the critical components for the AR-15 including, but not limited to:

  • Barrel
  • Bolt
  • Bolt Carrier
  • Trigger Group
  • Upper Receiver
  • & Lower Receiver.

Being that the weapon is already restricted, Wedgetail is offering the weapon in what the US would classify as “short barrel” and standard rifles. The first offerings include a 10.5″, a 14.5″, and 16″ carbine. All weapons are 100% ambidextrous, using an ambi charging handle, Norgon ambi-catch, and a Teal Blue Bravo PDQ style bolt catch/release.

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Being manufactured for a highly restricted market with few customers to defray start-up, engineering, and other costs, the Wedgetail is not inexpensive. Retail is set at $5,800+ Australian dollars for the 16″ rifle. Stand-alone uppers are also available.

The targeted market is law enforcement, goverment, and private feral animal control. Generally speaking, there are few others who can own semi-automatic AR-15s due to Australia’s restrictions.

Thanks, Richard!

 

Specs on the WT-15 Rifle (Courtesy of Wedgetail): 

WT15 series rifles are designed and made in Australia to the highest uncompromising standards. Built by professionals for professionals. The WT15 is purpose designed with ambidextrous controls and a lifetime warranty. Wedgetail Industries offers full spare parts availability, servicing and support to ensure maximum deployment time.

WT Lower Receiver

     Model– Australian made 7075-T6 lower receiver with integrated trigger guard

     Finish– Hard anodizing (MIL-A-8625F, Type III, Class 2)

     Trigger– Wedgetail Industries single stage cassette trigger

     Extension– Mil-spec 6 position receiver extension

     Sling Plate – BCM Gunfighter™ QD end plate

     Bolt carrier catch – Wedgetail Industries ambidextrous BCG release lever

WT Upper Receiver

     Model– Australian made 7075-T6 upper receiver with extended feed ramps

     Finish– Hard anodizing (MIL-A-8625F, Type III, Class 2)

     Charging Handle– BCM Gunfighter™ ambidextrous charging handle

WT Bolt Carrier Group

    Bolt :Australian made HPT/MPI (high pressure tested, magnetic particle inspected)

    Bolt Carrier : Australian made M type carrier with super slick coating

Handguard

    BCM Gunfighter™ KMR ALPHA 13 KeyMod™ Free Float Handguard

WT Barrel

     Caliber- 5.56/.223 Wylde Chamber

     Length– 16” , Steel 1/8 twist

     Gas Block– Low profile .750

     Muzzle Device– A2 Flash hider, 1/2-28 thread

Furniture

     Stock– Magpul™ CTR stock

     Grip– Magpul™ MOE grip

Optional Accessories

     Magpul™ folding sights

     Magpul™ STR stock

     Magpul™ MOE fixed stock

     30 Rnd. magazine

     ALL FIREARMS ARE BUILT TO ORDER.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Mike C

    I would think it rather difficult to break into the “market” (if they have one) for this type of rifle when most of the LEOs we saw in Sydney are already equipped with foreign made alternatives for the same or less cost.
    Whoever shelled out for this start up is either independently wealthy or is expecting a contract; no way they’d gain a foothold in the US market already oversaturated with ARs.

    • Alex Agius

      Or they want to sell to movie companies who otherwise must destroy imported guns post production, this would allow for a gun that could be retained for multiple productions.

      • Z

        All that does is make the prop company buy more weapons. Why not just return them, silly aussies.

        • Adam

          You cannot re export them… I worked in Theatrical Ordnance.. The laws are mind numbing

    • Bob

      With our ridiculous firearms laws, even the cops have to go through the embuggerance of dealing with the Attorney General’s dept for approval of their spare parts. Having these made in-country would allow them to purchase spares a lot more easily.

      • FarmerB

        Qld Police didn’t a few years ago, and customs uncovered a load of parts that had been ordered directly from the US without the paperwork 🙂

    • Nick

      There are enough people in the Australian market who can purchase ar’s to make this profitable. The major advantage of them being produced in Aus is because importing anything is an absolute nightmare and ends up costing about the same with a much longer lead time. Plus the availability of parts and what not without going through that same headache again is another incentive to buy local

    • FarmerB

      Business model is to wait until the Greens or hard left find out you exist, and then have the govt make you an offer you cannot refuse.

      • Adam

        Its called you get raided by the major crime squad, Australian federal police, Customs, etc… And the offer is, you shut up shop or else…

        • FarmerB

          That’s the lower-cost alternative 🙂

          • Adam

            Im the guy who designed, made the jigs and tooling for the Pump action and Straight pull AR lookalike for KG customs 4 years ago. All machined from Billet, All Aussie made… The Pumps were going to be $2500 and Straight pulls $2250. The Government had different ideas to us making them..

          • Max Glazer

            Thanks heaps to Liberals. They pretty much illegalized weapon ownership first and then set about doing their dirty plans.

    • Adam

      Not really, if your already a cnc equipped machine shop, start up to make an AR15 is diddly squat.

  • Graham2

    Nice looking rifles but as mentioned, not cheap. It works out at $4,364 US, UK £3,326 and Euros 3,912!

    • Alex Agius

      About the price of those custom made lever release 5.56 ar15s in the UK.

      • Graham2

        That’s why most shooters buy a straight pull rifle for half that! I think I’ll save the money and pull the bolt back each time and spend the extra on ammo…

  • Kyle

    I like that 2nd rifle without the forward assist. I don’t know why but something about it appeals to me. Also goddamn rifles are crazy expensive in Australia.

    • Anonymoose

      Forward assists are overrated anyway.

      • DanGoodShot

        In all my years, I’ve never used the fwd asst, never personnaly seen or heard of anyone using it. But, I don’t know why, I still want it there. Weird.

        • ostiariusalpha

          I’ve had to use it about half the time when I have a novice shoot an AR-15 for the first time. I tell them not to ride the charging handle, but they do it anyway.

          • DanGoodShot

            Ha! Thats funny right there. But, it was new to us all at one point. For me, Bootcamp with a neutered m4.(.22 conversion and auto sear removed.) I did get to see one recruit slammed to the deck for flanking the RDC with the muzzle. That was fun. I think I keep the fwd asst. because whenever I don’t use something and get rid of it… thats when a situation comes up that I really wish I had it. Better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it.

        • JT303

          I think it’s because we’ve come to expect it being there, and for me, there’s a very small ‘just in case’. There’s also the case of the high-speed low-drag super tacticool OD green spork operator who wants to let the bolt down quietly and needs the forward assist to send the bolt into battery.

          • DanGoodShot

            Oh, you mean the type to spend a cool $100 or so on a buffer spring because it might make a little less noise when the gun FIRES. lol. That sh@t cracks me up! I completely agree on the “just in case”.

          • JT303

            Exactly that sort of person. I laugh at people who say that I need the latest grip/ light/ forend to be tactical enough for them. The AR was designed to be light, and some people seem not to care about that. I’m no weakling, but I do appreciate a rifle that is light and maneuverable.

          • DanGoodShot

            Hell, Strength has little to do with it. One wounderful punishment in boot was to stand at the end of our racks, arms out, hands shoulder height while holding on to… wait for it…. a …. pillow. For 20 min. 85 guys in my div. Not one EVER made the 20 min mark.

          • JT303

            I can imagine that being hell. Worst I ever got was at school where I was made to stand with a foam soccer ball at arms length. I’ve never served myself, but I stick to the philosophy of not having unnecessary weight on me because it just makes sense.

          • DanGoodShot

            You got that right. I get my stones busted because I run a polymer flashlight. It’s a Surefire and it has worked just fine for the past 7 years. Why am I going to change it now.

          • JT303

            Why indeed. New designs do not invalidate previous ones. People still carry 1911s. We didn’t all get rid of our gen 2 Glocks when the Gen 3 came out, or even when the Gen 4 was released. People who constantly look for the latest and greatest are also constantly out of pocket, and they tend to be busy selling their slightly-too-old-stuff so that they can afford the new things. I’ll never understand people like that.

          • DanGoodShot

            You and me both JT! Those are the same people that will tell you everything that is wrong with your rig. Yet they haven’t owned or used anything long enough but that doesn’t stop them from thinking their the expert. I get a chuckle outta them.

          • JT303

            It’s true for a lot of things in life. What works for you may not work for somebody else and vice versa. I might advise somebody if they ask, or if they’re relying on something like a little .25, but I’ll help somebody find what works for them, and I certainly don’t go about invalidating somebody’s rig because it’s not what I like. That really is dumb. I try my best to mind my own business and steer clear of idiots. Hardly a nugget of knowledge there.

          • DanGoodShot

            Yup. I practice the smile and nod technique quite a bit. If someone is open to a conversation I’ll be more than happy to engage. But steer clear of the idiots I try. Yet, somehow they always seem to find me.

          • n0truscotsman

            I run polymer body surefires too as weapon lights. Never broken one or had problems. They’re a good option if one doesn’t want to spend more on an aluminum one.

          • DanGoodShot

            They’re also a great option if you don’t want to take out a mortgage for a flashlight too.

          • Gary Kirk

            Hell, they made us try to hold the M16 with the bayo lug on our forefinger arms outstretched.. That sucked

          • DanGoodShot

            Ouch! Ever do a rainmaker? Thats a good time right there. Its when they’d ran us so hard the cement walls and ceiling of the barracks would build up enough condensation that it would run all over the place like a cold glass of Coca-Cola on a hot summer day.

          • Gary Kirk

            Know them all too well, Paris island in August is wonderful..

          • DanGoodShot

            I was the exact opposite. Great Lakes in February. Taking 45min to get to the chow hall cause we had to march single file, building to building because skin couldn’t be exposed to the elements for over 3 min… ahhh the good ol days.

        • Anonymoose

          Stick your thumb into the ejection port and push the bolt closed. That’s how it’s supposed to work.

          • ostiariusalpha

            That was how God and Eugene Stoner intended it. Part of the reason that Mr. Stoner created the scallop was not just to accommodate the dust cover latch, but also to be used by the shooter’s thumb as a forward assist. He figured if the scallop didn’t work then you should stop and eject the cartridge, or use other remedial actions, before you really screw something up.

          • DanGoodShot

            Eww and get my thumb all dirty?!?

        • Lyle

          I’ve used my forward assist several times. So there; I just popped your cherry. When the action gets highly fouled it can be handy. Maybe it means I’ve run the thing too dry, but stuff happens. I’d rather have it and not need it.

        • billyoblivion

          I have, but it was a very old M16, and we’d been in the field for a few days shooting blanks.

        • A Fascist Corgi

          My father claimed that people needed to use the forward assist during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam.

  • karmicforce01

    “Private feral animal control” seems like there is a market in Chicago.

    • SP mclaughlin

      or Detroit.

      • Gary Kirk

        Baltimore

    • Cleveland town!

  • MindMelder

    You didn’t run it?

  • abecido

    Snowball, meet hell.

  • WT

    Thanks the picking up on Wedgetail Industries Nathan, we appreciate the coverage that the Firearm Blog offers.
    We strongly believe that Australia should retain the advanced manufacturing skills that modern firearm production requires.
    Our focus at this stage is to provide a full service offering for Australian based customers who use AR type firearms with complete firearms, spares, servicing and training.
    Many people outside Australia may not be aware that the process of obtaining spare parts for a legally owned AR15 rifles is very difficult as you require Government approvals for a range of restricted parts. For example a replacement barrel/BCG approval process can take 6-8 months or longer, not good if its your primary tool for work.

    Keep and eye on us as we have a range of new products in the works and we have a goal to export to the USA in the near future (and no its not an AR15)

    Regards,
    Wedgetail Industries

    • KiwiShooter

      Have you considered sending these across the ditch to NZ?

    • Vanns40

      So, you build a product in Australia that cannot be sold to Australian Citizens, only to law enforcement. That’s like a firearms company here in the US selling their products to law enforcement in a State where only they can possess and carry them not ordinary citizens. Rather despicable don’t you think?

      If law abiding citizens can’t own it then neither can the police. Let’s see how they like living under the same laws as everyone else.

    • squareWave

      You should see about getting a sample to the guy who runs the Ozzie Reviews channel on YouTube. He’s a licensed feral pest controller in Queensland. Being in the USA, I’m always surprised at the stuff he manages to get. He must go through some hellish licensing.

      • Goody

        He’s a contract shooter & primary producer (farmer) makes some things easier to get, but still a bit stupid. You have your ammunition that magically becomes armour piercing if you put it in a pistol instead of a rifle, we have pump action shotguns = bad, pump action rifles = good.

    • disqus_XlYouOiadt

      A valiant effort… but, you are just perpetuating Australia’s historic guard/prisoner relationship. You’ll be better off moving to the U.S…

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Thank god I live in America!

  • jono102

    They maybe targeting the LE market due to the high associated costs and bureaucracy that the various Aussy LEO’s have to jump through just to get weapons and kit out of the US. The Aussy Govt are pretty heavy into buying Aus made kit where possible so would likely spend a little more for something comparable found domestically.

  • RICH

    And I thought that $3K was waaay too much for the AR10 that I built for myself ! ! !
    Sounds like it’s time for the citizens to call for a revolt Down Under….! ! IMHO.

    • Goody

      There are a million of us with permits out of 23 million total. Add another million for the wives & kids who know how to shoot, and we have our service men well and truly outnumbered.

      I don’t think we’ll see a fight. My hope is that we will quietly reach a critical mass of people who may consider it, and from there leverage back our fundamental rights.

      Politically, I try to explain to someone every week, that if people have a right to life (a right not to be killed) then the right to self defense follows. It is pretty simple logic, but I doubt logic alone will see through any change.

      • RICH

        You are 100% correct, Goody. The sad thing is that you should never have to fight to get something back that ‘never’ should have been taken from you in the first place. Stay safe my friend….

  • Hossi Blumengaarten

    the Aussies think the Emu Empire will cower at this they have another thing coming!!!

  • disqus_XlYouOiadt

    As Australia plans to raise future generations as docile victims, I trust President Trump will drop any military alliances with them. America has wasted too many lives and resources saving countries like this from their own stupidity. Start learning Chinese, boyos!