Advanced Armament Corporation
|Key people||Robert Silvers, John Hollister|
|Products||Firearms, weapons, sound suppressors|
Kevin Brittingham founded Advanced Armament Corporation in 1994 to manufacture sound suppressors, having previously been a distributor for GEMTECH, another suppressor manufacturer. Under Brittingham's direction, AAC grew to be one of the largest suppressor manufacturers in the U.S., including a number of small military contracts. Of note, one of AAC's chief suppressor designers is Robert Silvers, creator of the PhotoMosaic. In 2009, the company was purchased by Remington Arms and became a part of Freedom Group. Shortly after the acquisition, Brittingham's employment was terminated, along with a number of other prominent AAC employees. Robert Silvers remained at the company as a leader of research and development.
AAC has been responsible for numerous innovations with regard to sound suppressor development, among them interchangeable pistons to allow suppressors to be exchanged among firearms with different barrel thread patterns, fast-attach rifle silencers, and the use of lightweight titanium. The company produces numerous "lifestyle" products related to AAC and/or the NFA firearms community, including T-shirts, stickers, etc.
AAC's suppressor lineup includes models suitable for virtually every firearm caliber between .22 Long Rifle and .50 BMG. Rimfire models include the Prodigy, Pilot 2, and Element. Centerfire pistol caliber suppressors include the Evolution series and the Ti-Rant series, both of which use an interchangeable piston system in their Nielsen device. Centerfire rifle suppressors include the M4-2000 (used by numerous military units including the Navy SEALs), the Cyclone and Hunter (for .30 caliber rifles), and others.
The company's Titan-QD Fast-Attach suppressor is used on the US Army's M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle and the Remington MSR (Modular Sniper Rifle). The suppressor eliminates 98 percent of muzzle flash, 60 percent of recoil, and reduces sound by 32 decibels.
- Element: The Element is a "thread-on" suppressor for handguns and rifles chambered in .17 HMR, .22 lr and .22 WMR.
- Pilot 2: The Pilot 2 is a "thread-on" suppressor for handguns and rifles chambered in .22 lr that is user serviceable.
- Prodigy: The Prodigy is a "thread-on" suppressor for handguns and rifles chambered in .22 lr that is user serviceable and uses a “mono-core” design.
- Scarab: The Scarab is a "thread-on" suppressor for handguns and rifles chambered in .22 lr
Integrally suppressed rimfire firearms (discontinued)
- Dragonfly: The Dragonfly is an integrally suppressed Ruger Mk II pistol.
- Phoenix: The Phoenix is an integrally suppressed Ruger 10/22 rifle.
In 2011, AAC was awarded a $14,201,731 contract for the muzzle brakes that they produce known as the "Brakeout". This contract was procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce and Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division.
American Silencer Association
AAC has been instrumental in forming the American Silencer Association (ASA), a nonprofit trade association "to further the pursuit of education, public relations, legislation, hunting applications and military applications for the silencer industry". Additionally AAC partners with the National Rifle Association in grassroots lobbying efforts to educate voters about firearms legislation.
300 AAC Blackout
The 300 AAC Blackout cartridge was created by Advanced Armament Corporation in cooperation with Remington Defense, under the direction of AAC's President Kevin Brittingham. The round is very similar to the .300 Whisper cartridge created years earlier by SSK Industries, but AAC submitted the cartridge for SAAMI standardization and allows any manufacturer to use the specifications. This has led to far wider adoption than the .300 Whisper, which is proprietary to SSK. This round has the same overall length and width as the popular 5.56 mm NATO round, except it fires a 30 caliber bullet. These dimensions allow the 300 AAC Blackout to be used in existing magazines designed for M16 or AR-15 rifles. Because the rim of the cartridge is identical, the same bolt and carrier can be used between calibers.
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