Birch said the company was contracted by the military to redesign parts of the AR-15 to improve rifle reliability. And after a year of work, the product is being sold to civilians. Birch said the weapons are versatile and can be used for sporting, competing and hunting. “And all that is going to be done right here in Vermont. And we are a three to four man operation right now and obviously we are going to look to up that once we get into heavy production. Right now we are at low rate initial productions,” he said.
Right now, the company is making 50 rifles a month. A national distributor has contracted with the company to sell the weapons. But Birch says the company is looking to expand and contract with local stores. At full capacity, GDMI can manufacture 1,000 guns every month. That scale of production could mean a big boon for the local economy.
A big boon to the tune of 100 new jobs. I will definitely check them out since I’m in the market to get an AR.
Naturally, the TV station article has to go and find some whiny Democrat who doesn’t think Vermonters want these types of guns. I can categorically state that I know over a dozen people where I work — all of them Vermonters — who already own AR-15’s and Mini-14’s (a locally made product across the river in NH).
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