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Joe Lucania and me in front of a life sized Devil Dog logo

Joe Lucania and me in front of a life sized Devil Dog logo

I had no shortage of gun stores, ranges and manufacturers to tour while on the road last month in the Midwest. Of course when I went through Illinois I had to stop and tour the facility of Devil Dog Arms. I own two of their ARs that I use in 3 Gun competition. I have big sis (308) and lil (.223) sis. I actually received my 308 DDA-10B semi-auto from them first. They really had not hit the market yet with those but I was able to get one of the first ones. And a beauty it is. I just received its little sister the DDA-15B  in 223/5.56. They match perfectly in color and details. I have been trying to enter the Heavy Metal division at 3 Gun matches if they offer it so that I can shoot the 308. If not then I use the 223 for Tactical Optics division. Devil Dog Arms is a veteran owned company by Joe Lucania and his business partner Dave Rybacki. And yes with a name like Devil Dog you are correct in assuming Joe is a Marine.

We arrived at the Devil Dog facility about 6:00 on a Friday evening. Joe and Dave stayed late to meet us there. Although I am sure they would have been there anyway. These guys are working day and night. In fact they do have a night shift now to keep up with orders. Not a bad problem to have. I remember when I met Joe at Shot Show two years ago. That was the depressing year after the Sandy Hook disaster and

One of 4 milling machines in the Devil Dog facility

One of 4 milling machines in the Devil Dog facility

Big Sis and Lil Sis Devil Dog Arms Cerberus ARs. All mine

Big Sis and Lil Sis Devil Dog Arms Cerberus ARs. All mine

the atmosphere at Shot was rather gloomy. New AR manufacturers came out of the wood works. Joe had recently started his company as well but I liked what he had showed me and I liked that they were going to be making all of the parts of the rifle in house. He had built a custom AR for Natalie Foster of Girls Guide To Guns and they were working together on a line of custom colors of ARs for women. I had mentioned I wanted a 308 semi-auto for the Heavy Metal class of 3 gun. Two years later Joe sent one of his first models in a NiB-X (nickel Boron-Extreme) coating. The 308 bcg is also coated with the NiB-X and it runs so smoothly and is easy to clean. Love! He also put my 30calgal logo on one side of the magwell. In fact anyone can order a “30CalGal” Cerberus rifle from his website. I will being doing several detailed reviews of the rifles shortly. For now, back to our tour.

Rifle hand guard from stick of aluminum to finished product

Rifle hand guard from stick of aluminum to finished product

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Pile of charging handle forms fresh from milling machine

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Natalie Foster’s Girls Guide To Guns color coatings line of AR’s

Me shooting the Devil Dog Arms - 15B Cerebus

Me shooting the Devil Dog Arms – 15B Cerberus

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Devil Dog Arms indoor shooting range

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Carbine Drop-in. Replacement for M4 plastic handguard

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Unlike many AR manufacturers, Devil Dog Arms makes nearly all parts in house. They do not assemble a bunch of AR parts from other manufacturers. I watched as four huge milling machines were hard at work cutting billet lowers and uppers, hand guards, charging handles and more. I could sit and watch manufacturing all day. I am fascinated by the engineering skills of others. They even have in house laser engraving machines. Yes they will build rifles for other companies and they do. One of my favorite parts of the tour was the in house shooting range. After checking out many of the rifle builds we put “a few” rounds down range with some of their company and personal guns. They have a range not only for testing products but they teach classes for carry permits and firearm safety. They also have a class to build your own Devil Dog AR. How awesome is that?

I have used my two rifles in a couple of matches now and they have been flawless and draw much attention. At my next range outing I will take some more detailed photos of my rifles and shot groups and their specifications. Ask you favorite dealer if they are carrying Devil Dog and stay tuned for more rifle details.

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