By now you can probably tell that Front Site Post is all about getting information from the source. We really like working with companies who aren’t afraid of filling us in on information, and we feel that in the long run it helps both the company and the consumer. So after we wrote our first article on Primary Weapon Systems, Todd (PWS’s VP of sales & marketing) shot some more info our way so that those of you who don’t already know a good deal about PWS can be well informed (If you have not had the chance, please check out the first PWS article)!
Primary Weapon Systems was originally founded in 2005 under the name AK Concepts Inc. with the goal of building collector grade Yugoslavian AK-47 rifles. During development of some weapon enhancements, the J-Tac47 was created. The J-Tac47 is an aftermarket accessory designed to hold the muzzle down and reduce felt recoil in order for the shooter to stay on target without the extreme over pressure of other devices on the market.
This lead to numerous customers, enthralled with the performance of the J-Tac47, requesting a version for the AR-15. Development started on what ultimately became the TTO and ultimately led to the production of the FSC556 – the original flash suppressing compensator. This patented design holds the muzzle down on target, compensates for the torque of the rifle, reduces felt recoil and suppresses enough flash to keep it out of the shooters optics and line of sight. With the product line expanding into the AR-15, AR-10, HK91 and FAL, the name was changed to AK Concepts, dba Primary Weapons Systems.
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The company officially changed the name to Primary Weapons Systems, Inc in 2008. With the fascination for the AK-47 platform but the historical love of the AR-15, PWS began developing a retro-fit piston kit for the AR-15 in 2006. This kit fit on carbine, mid length and rifle length systems and was sold throughout the United States. In 2008 a project was started to take what had been learned from the retro-fit kit and apply it to a 7” barreled AR-15 based rifle that was later dubbed “The Diablo”. This long stroke piston driven system features an operating rod that is attached to the carrier and a piston that is attached to the operating rod – very similar to the AK-47 that it was modeled after. Shortly after the release of the Diablo (now the MK107) PWS released the full line of MK1 series uppers and later complete rifles. In 2010 development on the MK2 system was started which centered its development on the MK212, a 12.5” 7.62×51 designed to be a lightweight entry weapon with devastating capabilities.
Today PWS employs more than 30 people in their facility in Boise, Idaho. In addition the complete line of compensators as well as the MK1 and MK2 series rifles, PWS has also developed a sporting line of products including a straight pull biathlon style .22 in the footprint of the Ruger 10/22 platform.
As always, stay glued to FSP as we bring you reviews of Primary Weapon Systems products in the near future. To read about PWS and their products head over to their website by clicking here.