Who is Superior Rifle Systems?
Who is Superior Rifle Systems?
Superior Rifle Systems all started with a desire to build the best AR-15 without spending so much money on parts that didn’t matter. In other words, I don’t need a trigger made of gold in order to enhance the accuracy of a rifle.
It was my third deployment overseas and my second time in Afghanistan. We deployed to Kandahar on March 2014. While deployed, I kept thinking about what would be my dream rifle. It couldn’t just be any rifle. This rifle had to be very accurate and reliable. It wasn’t until about the middle of my deployment when I actually starting looking online, browsing many sites for the perfect AR. I came across an AR-15 made by Barrett. I also came across GA Precision. I noticed that they could create a brand new custom GAP-10 which is their AR-10 platform. Long story short I sent a down payment to get my order started on a GAP-10. But it wasn’t long until I’d cancel my order.
One day I woke up thinking, why don’t I build my own AR. So I started researching what it would take to build an AR-15. The more and more I’d research this, the more comfortable I felt about the idea. It was close to the end of my deployment so I started buying parts here and there. By the time I got home I had my basement full of boxes. It was like an early Christmas!
With minimal tools at hand, I attempted to put this AR together. Now, this AR wasn’t going to be the supreme accurate rifle that I wanted, but it was accurate enough and very reliable. I had over spent on premium parts that didn’t matter. It was with this build that I learned my lesson. For all I knew was, this thing might blow up in my face when I attempt to fire it for the first time. This rifle had a Geissele SSA-E trigger, a Billet upper and lower receiver, an M4 profile barrel (big mistake there), a Magpul UBR stock, a Noveske handguard, etc. Very, very pricy build. I didn’t know any better. But I was on my way to something bigger. I just didn’t know it at the time. It was around December 2014 timeframe when I was returned stateside and building my first AR ever.
With the AR being completely built, I packed up my Jeep with ammo and targets and headed for the mountains. As soon as I picked a good spot to shoot, I grabbed a cheap 10-round mag, loaded one round into the magazine, slid it into the magazine-well, and cocked the charging handle. I’m not going to lie, I was nervous as sh*t! I didn’t even shoulder the weapon. I just held it straight out to my right side at about hip level, pointed it in a safe direction, looked away, and pressed the trigger. It fired! Nothing blew up. I was safe, the bolt locked to the rear so the gas was good. It was all good. I tried a couple more rounds before getting completely comfortable shooting the rifle. It was a success nonetheless. To a certain extent.
So the rifle was a success in a sense that it functioned properly. But the cost was to the roof and that’s “no bueno”. My next goal was to build an SPR type AR on a budget. I ended up dishing out about 1800 dollars on this SPR build, not including the cost of the optics and scope mount. It shot very well. I was getting at least .7 MOA at 100 yards easily. I used the Rock River Varmint 2 Stage trigger. The trigger felt ok. Definitely not as crisp as a Geissele that’s for sure.
So by this point I had already built two AR’s. My mind wasn’t satisfied. I needed something better. Something official. Something similar to an SPR, but better. That’s when I came up with SARS. Yes that’s right, SARS lol. Short story on this is some people liked it and some didn’t. Heck I didn’t even know that that was the name for a disease! Lol. But it stood for Super Accurate Rifle System. That was going to be the name for the next AR-15 precision platform. I didn’t even have a company name! The boys and I were getting ready to head to NTC. For those that don’t know, NTC is the National Training Center located in Ft Irwin, CA. It is a huge training event for the US Army. While we were there, some buddies of mine were trying o help me come up with something better than SARS. Long story short, I ended up dropping the S at the end and changed “Super” to “Superior”. So I ended up with Superior & Accurate Rifle. Hence the SAR-15. I loved it. And so did everyone else. Now I needed a company name and logo. Needless to say, I found myself daydreaming about the perfect name during my downtime. Or while riding in a Humvee towards the objective lol.
I never intended to build a company, but I had great ideas and my buddies convinced me that I should. It made sense. I am sniper qualified and I know what it takes to have a reliable AR. It took a lot of testing to get the prototype finalized for the SAR-15. Three years later I had a logo, website, apparel, parts coming in, and full custom barrels of my liking. This is just the quick down and dirty as to how I became SRS. Superior Rifle Systems.
So I guess one can say the Superior Rifle Systems is a small company that takes pride in building one AR at a time. We ensure reliability and precision and only spending top dollar on the components that are detrimental to precision. I dedicate the SAR-15 to my sniper buddy that I lost in Afghanistan in 2012. The serial number will start with the letters “CB” which is a tribute to his name; Chris Birdwell. May he rest in peace.