Definitive Arms Factory Visit

    The weekend after the Big 3 Media Event at Daytona Beach, FL, I was invited to visit Definitive Arms (DA) in Saint Petersburg, Florida. DA started as a custom builder of doing magazine well conversion for Kalashnikov pattern rifles. Their patented mag-well design allows the use of Magpul PMag and USGI aluminum AR-15 style magazines on their converted 5.56mm caliber AK rifle. Since then, Definitive Arms had expanded to making other custom works and even started production of completed AKs.

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    Chase Sisgold, the founder of Definitive Arms, and in my opinion, a rapidly rising star in the custom AK builder community.

     

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    Definitive Arms specially built this 6.5 Grendel model just for the Fall 2015 Big 3 Media Event. It’s based on the Vepr 6.5 rifle but it has a lot of custom work done to it. We were using this to pounding steel targets at the 700 and 800 yards at the Big 3 Media’s long range facility with cheap steel case 100 gr 6.5 Grendel ammo.

     

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    Close up of the Definitive Arms custom 6.5 Grendel build. A folding stock adapter is added to the rear trunnion with Magpul furnitures replaced the wooden Monty Carlo stock that come with the Vepr. The DA signature mag-well conversion allows it to use the latest Alexander Arms’ E-Lander made 6.5 Grendel steel magazine. The barrel is cut back to a more manageable 18-inch length and re-crowned. The optic is a Hi-Lux CMR4 1-4x24mm scope mounted on a RS Regulate QD side mount.

     

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    My visit is actually during a private build class that was held by Definitive Arms for industry partners. The participants included Scot from RS Regulate, Matt from the Outdoor Hub and Rich from Marksmanship Trainer.com.

     

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    Everything from the AK parts kit were cleaned and layout on the build table.

     

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    The AK receiver is all jigged up to be drilled on the digitally controlled drill press.

     

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    Zak from the Definitive Arms is checking the barrel alignment for Scot (RS Regulate)’s build.

     

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    Monty the Definitive Arms shop dog is always eager to help out.

     

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    The new 7.62x39mm AKM pattern DAKM model. This is actually the shop demo/testing gun with the happy switch and the DA crew had left it unfinished on purpose. The production unit will be nicely finished with a retail price of $999. Not a bad price for a nicely AK with custom build level of quality.

     

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    Close up of the demo DAKM receiver. What a patina!

     

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    The Definitive Arms AK74 pattern production AK in 5.45x39mm. It has the same MSRP of $999.

     

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    A Close up shot of the AK74 muzzle brake and the brand new parkarized finish on the new DA production model.

     

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    A tray of AK dust covers, gas tubes and selectors are finished baking in the oven.

     

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    One of the DA shop guns just hanging near the middle of the shop.

     

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    I took off the hanging DA shop gun for few snapshots. This one-off 5.56mm Krink features a plain A1 flash hider, Bulgarian waffle magazine and a skeleton side-folding stock.

     

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    Chase’s small R&D corner at his busy shop.

     

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    Across to Chase’s R&D station is the compact CNC machine that DA uses to make small run custom parts for their builds.

     

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    Rich from Marksmanship Trainer is inspecting the sight alignment on his build.

     

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    The Definitive Arms AKX-9 9x19mm rifle with 16-inch barrel. It’s also available as pistol with or without support brace or as a factory SBR. The AKX-9 takes Colt 9mm magazine and it’s operated by blowback action. Its custom-made bolt carrier features the forward located counterweight that replaces the Krink gas piston.

     

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    I had a chance to shoot the Definitive Arms AKX-9 during the Big 3 Media Event. It’s a lot of fun to shot and not one malfunction with all the various type of 9mm ammo that we used.

     

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    The AKX-9’s custom made barrel with integral flash hider slots near the muzzle. That’s a bolt release button on the left side of the 9mm magazine mag-well just in front of trigger guard.

     

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    Writer and gear editor with articles published in major gun publications. A five year combat veteran of the US Marine Corps, Tim is also part of Point & Shoot Media Works, a producer of photography, video and web media for the firearms and shooting sport industry. Tim’s direct contact: Tyan.TFB -at- gmail.com


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