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First Women’s AR-Build clinic in Alaska

The Alaska Defenders of Freedom in association with the Valley Armory and Snow Shoe Gun Club are excited to announce the first Women’s AR-Build in Kenai, Alaska, on November 22, 2014.

Participants receive an AR-15, Custom Soft Gun Case, T-Shirt, and EvoOutdoors hat (compliments of EvoOutdoors).100% of all money above the cost of firearm and optional tool kit will go to the NRA-ILA.

Scott Hamann, founder of Alaska Defenders of Freedom and a community-minded metal artist and fabricator, has a long history with promoting the Second Amendment through raising funds for organizations such as the Friends of the NRA as well as supporting Women on Target events. Scott was interested in launching this event in order to make instruction available to women who desire to expand on their knowledge base to not only be able to handle and shoot firearms but to be able to build and maintain them.

“The future of our shooting sports, hunting heritage, and our very right to own firearms depends on the women of our country,” said Scott. “The AR-15 is the perfect platform for women to learn from as the AR-15 can be configured in so many different ways and can be put together economically.”


Submitted photo of Linda Hamilton

Gun Specifications:


  • Barrel: 4140 Nitride treated M4 profiled 16″ barrel. The nitride treating process creates a surface that is harder than chrome. Because nitride treating is a non-building process it does not change the dimensions of the barrel like chrome. As a result these are incredibly accurate barrels since they were machined directly to final dimension.


  • Upper Receiver: 7075 Forged aluminum M4 upper. These are made using an actual M4 print and have the proper T-Marks and M4 feed ramps per the spec.


  • Lower Receiver: 7075 Forged aluminum AR15 upper, the have been custom logoed for this project.


  • Bolt/Carrier: M16 8620 heat treated carrier. 9310 heat treated, shot peened, and individually magnetic particle inspected bolts. S7 tool steel extractor.


  • Furniture: Standard M4 carbine furniture with collapsible butt-stock on Mil-Spec tube.


  • Front/Rear Sites: YHM integrated flip up front sight/gasblock with hooded post, YHM flip up rear sight with dual aperture.


  • All parts are 100% made in the USA of 100% US materials.


Cost to participate is $1,000. All participants will receive and build an AR-15 with special engraved aluminum lower receiver and DPMS Oracle Kit. Participants will be instructed on proper assembly of their rifle and must be able to pass a NICS background check. The cost for participation is $1,000.00. For an additional $500.00 participant will also receive a complete Wheeler Engineering AR-15 Armorer’s Professional Kit, 89 piece Deluxe Gunsmithing Screwdriver Set and a 15 piece Punch and Hammer Set. Space is limited to 12.

Anyone interested in getting involved as a participant, sponsor, member of the press, or volunteer, please contact Christine Cunningham: christineemal at hotmail.com.


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