It’s tough to find a truly new innovation in the AR world. The tried-and-true platform has seen improvements in individual components, but more accurate barrels and crisper triggers are a dime a dozen these days.
FoldAR believes its new Folding Rifle is ready to shake up the market for good. The Texas-based, veteran-owned company makes all their components in the U.S., and their proprietary technology can shrink an AR’s overall length to that of the barrel.
At this point, details are a bit sketchy. We’ve reached out to FoldAR for information on specs and MSRP, and we’ll update this article when we receive word.
For now, their website’s FAQ page is the best place to get info. FoldAR plans to begin shipping in the fall. Their product will include a lifetime warranty, and the company assures its customers that the rifle maintains zero even after repeated deployment and thousands of rounds fired.
The unit adds less than 4 ounces to the overall weight of the rifle and is compatible with most aftermarket AR parts. Exceptions include the “the upper, forearm, barrel extension and gas tube.”
If this idea sounds familiar, that’s because F&D Defense released their XAR Invicta folding rifle in 2017, and they’re currently offering a complete upper for $1199.
Here’s where things get interesting.
FoldAR claims that they are the “original inventors and patent holders” for this folding rifle technology. FoldAR says it designed and manufactured all of F&D’s folding firearm products and maintains exclusive ownership to all manufacturing equipment, processes, and rights to produce the components.
“F&D was provided licensing rights by FoldAR to the product but did not meet its contractual obligations which resulted in a termination of our agreement,” the company claims on its FAQ page. “As a result of this experience, we realized the only company who could bring this product to market correctly would be us which led to the birth of FoldAR.”
F&D Defense, they say, is no longer manufacturing their folding AR and is selling its remaining inventory.
We spoke with F&D Defense CEO Brian Shirley, who said that while he does not dispute FoldAR’s claim to the technology’s patent, his company has filed a lawsuit pertaining to the “contractual obligations” FoldAR references.
FoldAR is owned by Corby Hall, who also owns East Texas Machining and Manufacturing, according to public documents. Shirley says that Hall’s company was paid to provide equipment that would allow F&D Defense to manufacture their XAR Invicta, but East Texas Machining and Manufacturing hasn’t followed through.
“At this point in time F&D’s future manufacturing the XAR will be determined by the litigation process,” Shirley told GunsAmerica. “F&D denies any wrongdoing and any default on any agreement between F&D Defense and East Texas Machining.”
Shirley says his company filed a claim in Oklahoma, and Hall has filed counterclaims in Oklahoma and Texas.
We’ll keep you posted as more news develops. In the meantime: