Stag Arms Begins Shipping “Connecticut Legal” AR-15’s This Week
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Right after Connecticut passed some of the strictest gun laws in the nation in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, we reported that Stag Arms was going to try to produce a “Connecticut Legal” AR-15. That is, an AR-15 style of rifle that would be legal in Connecticut.
There was all sorts of talks on the net about ways to possibly make this happen from the downright weird ideas to the more practical.
In the end, Stag ended up simply making a .22LR AR-15 with a hard to swap upper receiver. Exactly how they made it harder to swap calibers isn’t clear.
There certainly isn’t anything revolutionary about a .22LR AR-15 style rifle. Many manufacturers including Smith and Wesson and Mossberg have been making similar rifles for some time.
All .22LR caliber firearms are still legal in CT, so this was apparently the only way Stag could stay in the CT market.
Given the popularity of guns such as Smith and Wesson’s M&P 15-22 (another .22 caliber AR rifle), we’re sure Stag will have a market winner here as long as it’s a reliable firearm, but we have to wonder, what’s the point really? Stag could have spent those funds promoting their already popular standard AR-15’s in other states.
According to the Hartford Courant,
One retailer, Vic Benson of The Freedom Shoppe in New Milford, said he has already been carrying a brand of the .22-caliber AR-15.
“They’re not flying off the shelves,” Benson said. “Here’s the irony: You come in here you can buy a .22-caliber AR rifle…change the upper caliber in about two seconds. ”
Changing the upper chamber would allow the larger, .223 rounds to be fired again. “It’s illegal to do it but criminals don’t obey the law.”