Last week we reported about the Russian ADAR company’s Ladoga straight pull bolt action rifle. Earlier, this company has been publishing images of an AR-15 pattern rifle called ADAR 2-15 that they were preparing to manufacture. And recently, the company announced that they had launched the rifle on the Russian market.
As in the case of many other companies that make AR-15s, ADAR doesn’t really manufacture these rifles but rather assembles them from parts sourced from a variety of manufacturers. Reportedly, they manufacture only the handguard, the handguard attachment hardware and the gas block. The grips and stocks have an Israeli origin. The chrome-lined .223 Remington barrels are supplied by MOLOT Oruzhie. The rest of the parts are outsourced to a Taiwanese company.
Interesting to note that MOLOT used to make AR-15 rifles called Vepr-15. Having experience with manufacturing AR-15 barrels, MOLOT has probably faced no troubles producing and supplying the ADAR 2-15 barrels.
Before the official release of the rifle, ADAR had also published images of wooden furniture (see the images below) made for this rifle. The reason they were experimenting with making wood stocks and handguards is that ADAR is related (either the subsidiary or a sister company) to another Russian company called Art-Dec Art, which is specialized in manufacturing of wood stocks. I am not sure if the wood furniture is released to the market or it was just an experiment.
As you can see, the ADAR 2-15 rifle is basically an ordinary AR-15. One may expect that such rifle will be a relatively affordable one. However, ADAR 2-15 is sold at a whopping price of 126,000 rubles which is roughly equal to $2,040. Although the first batches of these rifles were quickly sold out, I suspect this rifle will have a hard time in the market in long run.
According to the Kalashnikov Gun Magazine, in the foreseeable future, the company is planning to machine its own receivers from imported forgings. This is probably a decision aimed to decrease the price. I assume, the more parts they will be able to make domestically, the more affordable they can make these rifles.
Images from www.kalashnikov.ru, vk.com/adarguns