A-Square

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A-Square
Type Private
Industry firearms
Headquarters Chamberlain, South Dakota, U.S.
Area served Worldwide
Products Firearms, Ammunition, Projectiles
Website a-squareco.com

A-SQUARE COMPANY, LLC was a manufacturer of rifles, ammunition and bullets based in Chamberlain, South Dakota in the United States. The company was one of 19 that are members of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturer's Institution.[1][2] The company's focus was on its firearms for hunting large dangerous game. This was reflected in the selection of larger caliber chamberings in the company's rifles.

A-Square manufactured rifles usually came with stainless steel barrels as a standard feature. The barrels on the rifles use epoxy resin to bed the barrel to the stocks. Magazine boxes were manufactured from plate steel for rigidity and were also welded to the receiver. A-Square rifles were engineered to allow the firing pin to retract further into the bolt body than other firearms (.400 in (10.2 mm)). This increases the force of the firing pin on the cartridge within the chamber.[3]

Available calibres for A-Square firearms range from those designed for large, dangerous game (curiously including the somewhat obsolete .416 Taylor) through to smaller calibre rifles (.243 Win).

A-Square also held the patent for the Monolithic Solid Bullet.[4]

Change in Controlling Interest[edit]

From 2010 to February 2012 Sharps Rifle Company LLC owed an 80% controlling interest in A-Square of South Dakota LLC and 67% controlling interest in A-Square of Wyoming.[5]

The Closing of A-Square[edit]

In October 2011, all A-Square employees were let go from both the Chamberlain, South Dakota ammunition plant and the Glenrock, Wyoming rifle plant.

On 15 February 2012, the A-Square Company ceased to exist. Owner and founder Art Alphin led Sharps Rifle Company LLC, CEO Michael Blank to shut down both A-Square of South Dakota and Wyoming along with Sharps’ main operations in St. Louis.

M. Blank conveyed ownership, all of the equipment and intangible assets belonging to A-Square of South Dakota LLC and A-Square of Wyoming LLC to the new Sharps Rifle Company Inc., CEO Kevin Tierney and his partner William Martin.

Due to fiscal insolvency and a new company vision neither the ammunition plant in South Dakota or rifle plant in Wyoming will be reopened.

References[edit]

  1. ^ SAAMI Membership, company website, accessed 28th April 2009
  2. ^ SAAMI Member Companies Website, accessed 28th April 2009
  3. ^ Walter, John (25 March 2006). Rifles of the World. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. p. 45. ISBN 0-89689-241-7. 
  4. ^ U.S. Patent 4,811,666
  5. ^ "A-Square's Alphin charged with obtaining grant by false pretenses". The Glenrock Bird 4 (28). February 20, 2011. 

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