Ares CEO Apologizes For Firing Dimitrios Karras

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

It seems the recent Ares Armor drama may soon be resolved. After publicly firing founder Dimitrios Karras, the CEO of the company Bryce Stirlen has apologized in an open letter for the firing and his public remarks. This comes after Karras responded, telling his side of the story to TFB. Stirlen’s letter is reproduced below:

Please allow me to extend my deepest apologies to the employees, management team of Ares Armor Inc., and to those of you who have felt a connection to us. Yesterday, I violated your trust, by posting information about Dimitri Karras’ departure and our letter to him. I made a mistake, I let emotions get the better of me and I reacted in a manner that is not in line with the way that Ares Armor Inc. composes itself. I am sorry for my errors and I only hope you afford me the ability to regain the trust which we have built over the past seven months since I acquired Ares Armor Inc.

To Mr. Karras, I apologize for posting information publicly that should have remained private. Regardless of our differences and how we have clearly hurt one another – it gave me no right to disrespect you, for that I apologize.

When I met Dimitri and saw what his team built, it amazed me as I learned more about the incredible technology they developed, and the passion which fueled the company. Since Dimitri wanted to sell the company, I believed my professional experience teamed with these great people could lift the company to greater success. I fell in love with Ares Armor. More importantly, I fell in love with its people, and everything this company has done for the veteran community and will continue to do.

In closing, Dimitri was invited to my office yesterday and although both of us are emotional and have not fully resolved our differences, we made some good headway. Regardless, this should have never been put in a public forum, and I realize how wrong it was to the wonderful people of Ares Armor, Mr. Karras and our valued customers.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support for Ares Armor Inc.

Best regards,

Bryce Stirlen, CEO

Ares Armor, Inc.

While I know of Karras from his colorful response to inconsistent ATF regulation on the definition of 80% receivers, I know little of Stirlen and what may have come between the two of them.


Nathaniel F
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. He can be reached via email at

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  • Jeffrey melton Jeffrey melton on Jul 11, 2015

    I understand that arguements become acrid and harmful but that should never become public. Amature move on their part. Same thing could happen to their product line. Amatures, I won't take the chance, when the trigger is pulled the gun must go bang . Count me out.

  • LostSalmon LostSalmon on Jul 13, 2015

    I don't care about all the drama. We all just need to pull together and stand up to the Obama regime and his ATF bullies.