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Bender43718 01-19-2012 04:56 AM

What about the new AR comp windham
Do you think they will have same quality as bushmaster because they are ex workers?

Quentin 01-19-2012 02:44 PM

From what I've seen and read the Windham, Maine BMs are better than the new ones made in Ilion, NY.

There are better choices for the same money so you might look elsewhere.

Bender43718 01-20-2012 05:11 AM

They are not BM firearms it is a entirely different company!Windham is a brand new company using Old BM workers.

Quentin 01-20-2012 01:40 PM

Do you have a link? Same machinery? Same suppliers?

I'm curious, what makes you interested in trying a brand new company?

tellmaster207 01-20-2012 01:56 PM

They're not a brand new company.
The same owner who sold Bushmaster bought back his old facility & hired back his old employees. He did update some of the machinery. Most was still up to date.
I wouldn't be surprised if one or more of his employes are members here.

Quentin 01-20-2012 02:06 PM

I bet there's an interesting story behind all this. And I wish them well but doubt the quality will be good enough to take a chance on this new venture when there are so many proven ARs already.

mjkeat 01-20-2012 02:12 PM

It would be nice to have another quality AR on the market. The thing is if I'm not mistaken, same people, same machine, same product. I'm not holding my breath. Kicking old habits doesn't happen over night.

tellmaster207 01-20-2012 03:05 PM


Originally Posted by Quentin
I bet there's an interesting story behind all this. And I wish them well but doubt the quality will be good enough to take a chance on this new venture when there are so many proven ARs already.

I'm not worried about their quality. Same machinery, parts & employees.
I think they sold out @ a perfect time. But getting back into the already flooded market is kind of risky. Maybe they think they're going to get back all their clientele & those lucrative DOD contracts.

I think the manufactures needs the new "must" have weapon. With so many company's concentrating on building AR's, 1911, building & importing AK's that some company will have the financing & vision for the next big thing.
FN (among others) have some nice rifles with some nice technology Behind them. They are not getting the following of the the common everyday buyer because of high prices & the lack of readily available aftermarket bling. Anybody build an FN90 lately?

I really hope than Windham Weaponry will become a leader again in the firearm community. They have cash, skill & a great reputation behind them. But how will they stand out is the question.

Quentin 01-20-2012 07:53 PM

Well here is one story:
Who is Windham Weaponry? | | Gun and Gear Reviews, Hunting and Outdoor Products, Video

Nice story, rehiring employees that Bushmaster let go in Windham, ME to relocate to their Ilion, NY plant with DPMS. But that's not enough reason to put them on the GTG list.

ebbs 01-20-2012 11:18 PM

Hey fellas, I haven't been too present on the forum because of time, but wanted to add my 2 cents about the "new" Windham setup...

First off, not just same plant employees (30 some if I remember right), but the same executives as well. Dick Dyke is the one who had money from the sale sitting in his pocket and felt a moral conviction when he saw "his" people finding themselves out of work. Windham's leadership still has major inroads with other related companies. I'm generally a skeptical person, but after shaking Richard Dyke's hand, looking him in the eye, and doing the same with Sales VP Mark Eliason, I feel like they're in it for the right reasons. Add the fact that they're building CA, NY and NJ legal ARs right off the line, and it shows they care about shooters all over the US, not just the ones in free states.

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