The state of Mississippi is getting their first AR-15 manufacturer coming to Ridgeland, as high-end AR-15 manufacturer Talon Ordnance sets up shop:
It’s only 10 jobs, but that’s not stopping three of Mississippi’s highest officials from lauding a new gun maker.
Talon Ordnance announced Friday in a news conference at the state Capitol that it plans to set up shop in Ridgeland to make high-end assault weapons modeled on the AR-15.
The company, led by CEO Clay Baldwin, says it hopes to start turning out rifles in early 2014, making several thousand in the first year. From 15 percent to 20 percent of production would be fully automatic rifles meant for police and military use. The rest would be semi-automatic rifles aimed at individual buyers. They won’t be cheap, though, with price tags starting at $2,500.
Baldwin said the owners will invest millions of dollars in the ventures and hope to increase employment to 50 over time, expanding to make shotguns, pistons and ammunition. He said that Talon is a business venture, but the military veteran and lawyer described himself as a “patriot.”
“The founders of this project, all Mississippians themselves, decided what was needed in our state was to form a business that would send a clear message to the rest of the country, and indeed to the rest of the world, that Mississippi was not only supporting firearms freedoms, but promoting firearms freedoms,” Baldwin said. “Our company has the great honor of producing a product that is directly linked to the preservation of freedom and the protection of self and family at home and abroad.”
Talon Ordnance appears to be aimed solidly at the AR-15 competition market, particularly 3-gun competitors and perhaps the emerging National Defense Match course of fire. I’m not sure if the reference to “pistons” in the article is suggesting that they will be make aftermarket piston conversion kits for DGI ARs, or if it is a typo, and the company is instead going to be producing a version of the 1911 pistol as the web site seems to hint.
I’ll be interested to see what they come up with once products starts hitting the market, and like any new company in the industry, I wish them the best of luck.