Olympic Arms

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Olympic Arms
Industry Weapons
Predecessor Schuetzen Gun Works (SGW)
Founded 1956 (1956) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Founder Robert Schuetz
Headquarters Olympia, Washington, United States
Key people
Brian Schuetz, president
Diane Haupert, CFO
Tom Spithaler, Sales Director
Products Rifles, Pistols
Website http://www.olyarms.com
Footnotes / references
Purchased Safari Arms in 1987

Olympic Arms, Inc. was a manufacturer and marketer of AR-15 and M16 pattern rifles, carbines and pistols. The company briefly manufactured Colt 1911 (M1911) series 70 style pistols under the name "Safari Arms".


Olympic Arms, Inc. was founded by Robert C. Schuetz and began as Schuetzen Gun Works (SGW) in 1956, manufacturing barrels in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Prior to that Mr. Schuetz had been partnered in business with well-known gunsmith P.O. Ackley. In 1975 the company moved to Olympia, Washington, and while its business in rifle barrels and barrel blanks thrived, it also began manufacturing complete custom bolt-action rifles. In 1982, Schuetzen Gun Works began to manufacture AR-15/M16 rifles and components under the trade name of Olympic Arms, Inc, while custom bolt-action rifles continued to be produced under the SGW brand.[1]

Olympic was the first to introduce features now seen as commonplace on AR-15 rifles. It was one of the first companies to produce free floating aluminum hand guards, pistol caliber conversions, and AR-15-based pistols. Olympic manufactured many AR-15s in calibers other than the standard 5.56×45mm. Olympic was the first in the industry to offer AR-15-style firearms in 9×19mm and .45 ACP, 10mm Auto, 7.62×39mm, and the Winchester Super Short Magnum cartridges.[1]

In late 1987, the company purchased Phoenix, Arizona-based M-S Safari Arms, adding the M1911 pistol to its lineup under the name Safari Arms. In January 2004, the Safari Arms product name was discontinued, and all 1911-style products were then manufactured in the Olympic Arms facility in Olympia.[2]

In 2005, Olympic Arms revived the 1955 Whitney Wolverine pistol for the .22 Long Rifle cartridge, with a black polymer frame instead of the original Whitney's blue-finished aluminum alloy frame.[3][4][5]

In February 2013, Olympic Arms announced that the company would no longer sell its products to New York law enforcement officers or agencies, following the state's passage of an assault weapons ban.[6][7][8]

On January 25, 2017, Olympic Arms announced via email and Facebook that it will cease operations on Feb 28 2017.[9] [10]


  1. ^ a b Gash, Steve (14 July 2010). "The ARs of Olympic Arms". In Dan Shideler. Gun Digest 2011. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. pp. 44–47. ISBN 1-4402-1561-8. 
  2. ^ "Olympic Arms, Inc.". Blue Book of Gun Values. Blue Book Publications. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Whitney Wolverine Owner's Manual" (PDF). Olympic Arms. July 2005. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Downey, Jim (20 February 2012). "Review: Olympic Arms Whitney Wolverine .22 LR". Guns.com. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Tartaro, Joe (5 August 2013). "Gun Review: At Long Last, the Whitney Wolverine". Bearing Arms. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Olympic Arms, Inc. announces New York State sales policy will no longer serve first responders". Daily Caller. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Olympic Arms Drops New York Law Enforcement Customers". POLICE Magazine. 14 February 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014. In an open letter, the company's president, Brian Schuetz, said the new law was unconstitutional and state lawmakers who passed the law should apologize. 
  8. ^ A.W.R. Hawkins (14 February 2013). "Olympic Arms to Cuomo: Repeal Ban and Apologize or No Business with NY". Breitbart. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Olympic Arms, Inc.". Olympic Arms Inc. Facebook page. Olympic Arms. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "AR-15 Manufacturer Olympic Arms to Close". www.shootingillustrated.com. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 

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