Bushmaster Firearms – a well-known American manufacturer of AR-15 rifles and carbines and manufacturer of the ACR Adaptive Combat Rifle – announces its re-establishment in Nevada after almost two years of hiatus due to the bankruptcy of the previous parent company, Remington
Bushmaster Firearms International, one of the best-known American manufacturers of AR-15 based rifles and carbines for the past 35 years, recently annunced its return on the global markets from its new company headquarters in Carson City, Nevada.
The Company and its products – well regarded for their quality, durability and performance by both civilian and professional users worldwide – had been absent from the global scene since early 2020. Originally headquartered in Windham (Maine), Bushmaster Firearms International had been purchased by the Freedom Group of Companies in 2006 and moved to Madison (North Carolina) in 2011.
The parent entity was renamed the Remington Outdoor Company in 2015, after the Cerberus Capital Management holding corp. had divested itself from the Freedom Group two years prior.
In January 2020, the Remington Outdoor Company announced that Bushmaster, DPMS and TAPCO had ceased operation as the company "would be focusing operations on its core hunting and shooting brands"; Remington itself would go bankrupt – for the second time in two years – only a few months later; a bankruptcy auction in September 2020 saw its brands and assets be sold separately to different buyers.
Bushmaster Firearms – which, according to their press release, is not an affiliate with any other firearms manufacturing companies – has so far announced the return of multiple AR-15 platforms in 5.56mm caliber; plans have been laid for the return of .450 Bushmaster caliber firearms in the near future... but that's not all.
Bushmaster Firearms is indeed already teasing the return of the ACR Adaptive Combat Rifle in a "perfected" version.
As you may remember, the ACR – manufactured by Bushmaster for civilian and law enforcement sales, then later by Remington Defence for military sales – was the production-grade version of the legendary MagPul Masada prototype.
Bushmaster Firearms International had acquired the manufacturing rights for the platform in 2008, and made the ACR available for commercial sales in early 2010.
The Adaptive Combat Rifle never achieved the expected level of market success that was predicted back when the MagPul Masada was first showcased.
Numerous observers today chalk that lack of success up to a long list of mistakes in the handling, manufacturing, marketing and pricing strategies for the design committed by the previous incarnation of Bushmaster Firearms and by their parent companies (Freedom Group first, then Remington Outdoor Company).
The now re-established Bushmaster Firearms International doesn't seem too keen to make the same mistakes again. On our side, we can't help but rejoice for the return of a solid, well-respected manufacturer. We will keep our readers informed on future developments.