“Goatboy announced today in general discussion that ARFCOM has now been sold to Brownells.
AR15.com Community Members,
We have exciting news to share with you today about the future of AR15.com.
AR15.com has joined the 2nd Adventure Group family. The 2nd Adventure Group is wholly owned by Pete and Frank Brownell, and also serves as the umbrella company that owns Brownells, Inc. and other industry brands.
The Avila family will continue to run the site day to day and the same moderators will moderate the forums under the same rules for which you are accustomed.
In today’s world of social censorship and the muzzling of pro-Constitutional voices, it’s more important than ever to have a modern, forward-looking place where we can all meet, debate, discuss and create ideas to keep our Second Amendment and our uniquely American freedoms strong for generations to come.
In line with that need, the Avila family has long had a vision for making AR15.com an even more robust community for freedom-loving people like you. However, we need more resources to help make our vision a reality.
Under the new ownership structure, we (the Avila’s) can
focus on developing critical website improvements, which include, but
aren’t limited to:
•Easier to navigate forums
•A better equipment exchange
•More content production
•A host of user-friendly upgrades
We elected to partner with Pete and Frank Brownell because we’ve known them personally for years to be real advocates for both our First and Second Amendment rights. They see the importance, now more than ever, for having a free, unfiltered forum of pro-Constitutional voices and ideas to be heard. Put simply, they share in our vision for the future of AR15.com.
In the near term, not much will change. However, in the not-too-distant future, you can expect upgrades to the site aimed at improving your abilities to connect with friends and fellow community members, learn about new products, debate the topics of the day and interact with our advertisers… all in an effort to make AR15.com the ultimate voice for freedom.
We sincerely thank you for the 23 years of continued support; we can’t wait to see what the next 23 bring.
Edward, Juan & Jorge Avila
ALL HAIL OUR NEW BROWNELLS OVERLORDS!
Like any newly hired employee, Goatboy says all the things you’d expect him to say. Is this good or bad? Usually these things have not turned out well for the websites when sold. I would expect heavier handed moderation than we are already seeing on the ARFCOM. Something that has picked up over the last few years. I skeptical person may even think this heavier handed moderation and drift to more liberalism was even encouraged to make it easier to sell off.
Of course Howard and myself are both paying members of arfcom and have been for over a decade and have seen it go from awesome to not so awesome. A lot of things changed over the last 5 years. The single biggest being the banning or running off of long time expert members and gun industry professionals who use to add a lot of info to the website. Among other more distasteful trends. Mark Larue no longer has arfcom as basically his personal forum to say and do what he wants and instead its now the PSA love fest forum. I do miss Mark’s monthly giveaways. He still makes the best QD optic mounts in our opinion irrespective of his personality
Long meandering blather made slightly longer, I think we will see a rapid slide in quality of the site if history is any example. And it always is. Maybe not though. Maybe arfcom will be an outlier.