NEWS ALERT: Jim Fuller Announces The Sale Of Rifle Dynamics

Rifle Dynamics owner Jim Fuller took to Facebook to announce that he was approached by a ‘group of long time friends’ to sell the company and that he has accepted the offer. Fuller has not yet disclosed the buyers nor the sale price and only offers that more information will be available soon.

Arguably the king of custom-built AK patterned rifles, Fuller states that the company he originally started to fund retirement life grew to be more popular than he ever imagined. He also said that under the new ownership, his hope is that by the end of the year, customers will be able to walk into a gun shop, actually hold, buy and carry out a Rifle Dynamics gun on the very same day. Currently, custom build are taking up to a year to complete.

Fuller makes it clear that he isn’t going anywhere and looks forward to building more guns rather than dealing with the business side of the house.

Rumors abound about the new ownership, but until we get verifiable information here at TFB, I’ll leave the speculation to other sources.


Rifle Dynamics on Facebook – Jim Fuller

Fuller


Rifle Dynamics is the trusted leader in custom Kalashnikov’s

Rifle Dynamics is the premier builder of Kalashnikov platform (AK-47, AK-74, AKM) rifles. Our rifles are built by hand from the ground up; Each part hand-fitted to create a completely custom AK with none of the questionable quality of a factory assembly. Top notch AK Builds have become our unparalleled reputation. Each individual order requires the time and attention of every member on our team. Our assurance to you is that we will not sacrifice quality for speed, resulting in a superior AK rifle our customers can depend on.



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  • Squirreltakular

    I bet it’s Century. I’m calling it now.

    • Reef Blastbody

      For as much vitriol is thrown his way, he must be doing something right for RD to have as huge a backlog as it does at their price point.

      If your hypothetical scenario is right (I don’t delve into the interpersonal relationship politics of the AK building community, I get more than enough drama at work), and it is Century, and he’s put in charge of overseeing the building of rifles, that would be a Good Thing, as he could either correct the building errors that the current crew makes now, or fire them and bring in/train new people who’ll do the job right.

      • Squirreltakular

        I was being as sarcastic as humanly possible.

    • Evan Morris

      wrong

    • Brett

      My guess is DDI.

      • KestrelBike

        But Palmetto (or rather, the parent company that owns PSA) just bought DDI.

  • Patrick Karmel Shamsuddoha

    I wonder if it’s HSP and sharps bros ?

    • forrest1985

      RD have recently collaborated quite a but with Sharps bros lately so wouldn’t surprise me

  • derpmaster

    literally who

    • A.WChuck

      Yeah, never heard of him or his company. I’m surprised the headline wasn’t started with “Breaking!”

    • thmsmgnm

      Edging and very toolish. Basically one of the original custom AK shops and one of the first to teach an AK Armorer’s Course based on knowledge gained building and going to classes in Europe.

    • Gregory Markle

      That you haven’t heard of Jim Fuller speaks more about your lack of knowledge of the evolution of AK manufacturing in the US than it does of Jim’s reputation. Believe me, anyone seriously into the business of building and manufacturing AKs knows who he is and likely took one of his build courses to learn from his vast knowledge of the platform. Great guy too, going to miss the yearly BBQ out at the Rifle Dynamics shop during SHOT Show.

  • nova3930

    Anyone who doesn’t know him look up some of his videos on the mechanics of AKs. Very knowledgeable setup and assembly of the design….

  • USMC03Vet

    One overpriced boutique AK builder down, many more to go.

    Has anybody checked on Krebs lately?

    • Reef Blastbody

      No one’s forcing anybody to pay the prices he’s asking. Or Krebs, for that matter.

      I did see the interview he did with Ian and Karl from Forgotten Weapons at the AK shoot event that RD co-sponsored in Utah several months ago, and he seemed to be very enthusiastic about helping grow the AK owning/shooting community, regardless of whether or not they were using his rifles. Seems to me he could’ve cashed out long ago and just fiddled around with builds in his garage and throw the middle finger to the endless crap talkers on the internet. I’d hope that whoever these investors are will help set up so that he can transfer his knowledge to another generation of builders.

      • n0truscotsman

        Im actually amazed that Rifle Dynamics does the business they do, not that I should be, because they have exceptional builds. Jim is a rare gem in the American AK community: somebody who knows what the eff they are doing.

        I wish more companies would aspire to follow the Rifle Dynamics example rather than doing the same stupid s–t over and over again, expecting different results, still churning out mediocre or crappy builds.

      • USMC03Vet

        “Community”

        It’s a business. Don’t drink all the kool aid, it’s mostly sugar.

    • Jon E

      An expansion is a bad thing?

      • USMC03Vet

        It was for DDI.

    • Malthrak

      Neither appears to be going anywhere, Jim just wont own and run the business end of things anymore and will just do gunsmithing.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      First off, not down. Expanding if anything.

      Second, with that kind of backlog Id say he could get away with charging even more and still be cranking them out. You must be one of those guys who think if it aint free then its overpriced. The price of Hi Points is just getting offensive these days isnt it?

    • CavScout

      Your clueless. He’s not hurt from a lull in the industry like the junk assemblers are. He has plenty of backorder and probably always will. But he didn’t get culled.

      • USMC03Vet

        Perhaps, but I’m not a fool with my money.

        • BortPuddingGod

          The troll is strong with this one.

  • Seth Hill

    “Each part hand-fitted to create a completely custom AK with none of the questionable quality of a factory assembly.”

    While that is great when you buy the gun, this makes it hard to replace parts in the future since they are not standardized parts.

    • Reef Blastbody

      I thought that applied to all AKs. Not like they have an equivalent of US mil-spec for ARs to work off of.

    • Stephen Paraski

      They are “Standard Parts” as far as Trunnions and Bolt Carriers. Those are the parts US Manufactures get wrong. AK must have forged Front Trunnion and Bolt. I can see billet at rear, but but not front, even in milled.

  • demarcus

    It’s hard to sell a new wasr 10 for $700,let alone one of those.

    • Stephen Paraski

      There is a guy in Detroit area on armslist my son and me did quite a bit of business with in past an SKS and Eastern European AKs that got into IO Incs big and has them on armslist locally in $600 and up range. We tried IO spares, buying from there subsidiary Royal Tiger and the only part worth using are barrels for $59. At least they claim Nitrated. I think latest batch of Romanian parts sets killed them. Intersting the build up to Clintons Media guaranteed Victory that drove prices sky high, Trump winning has not had a effect on lowering price points yet on Imported Com-Block items. My son did pick up a sans receiver Mak 90 ban model for $50 with out trigger pins. He would like to see Hughes Amendement scrapped as Dad was a early customer of Buddy’s from Tapco in late 90s when AMD 65s were going for $69 and FAL for $99 and he has a storage unit full of parts That people only want front trunnies off. SBR needs to go too. I do not play no more, Duty Disability former DPD.

      • Stephen Paraski

        Clarification: The definition “SBR” needs to go. It is merely a Carbine. The absurdity is seen in “Mares Leg Carbines” classification. It is a “Rifle” know matter how you look at it and AI would like a front grip an a Glock 21. I have a Cervical Spinal Injury and had to get rid of my Combat Commander that saved my life twice on streets of Detroit late at night. Fullers stuff is nice and I would like a Bridgeport and a Lathe if City of Detroit would Honor my Legal Agreement reached in Federal Court.

    • Gregory Markle

      Then why is it almost impossible to get a spot in his build courses at $3,000+/attendee and how come they’re eight months out on new orders? The difference is that a WASR 10 isn’t worth $700 and everyone knows it, while a custom spec RD build is a different creature altogether for a different market.

  • FOC Ewe

    Who is going to do build classes? That is the only question that matters at this point.

  • Brett

    First I was Scared and sad. Then hearing Mr. Fuller speak, I am relieve and happy.

  • Ryan L

    Well Palmetto teamed up with/bought DDI right. Maybe Atlantic Firearms looking for a dance partner?

  • West Street

    I had the pleasure of working for Jim for a very short while a few years ago, learned more about the AK in that short time than any other in my life. He knows his stuff. Hopefully the new owners will listen to him when it comes to building stuff. Best of luck.

  • Gary Kirk

    For the love of God, please do NOT let it be freedom group..

  • Bub

    I bet it was Freedom Group. They have a history of doing interesting things with great companies.

  • Bub

    Best wishes to Jim and his new partners whoever they might be.

  • Tp

    A good 50% + of the time a good little company like that is sold things turn into all about $$$, and the product goes to hell, lets hope this isn’t one of those cases.