Testimonials

Citizen Arms

It’s  gratifying to fully test each rifle, pistol or upper that I’ve built and to see how they perform on target. But, what matters most is that my customers are happy with their ARs. Here’s what a few of them have said: 

“As the owner of two rifles that have been built or perfected by Citizen Arms, I can attest to the quality and craftsmanship that has gone into each of them. Everyone knows that Steve builds the most accurate & capable ARs, but he can also take an AR built to “factory specs” by another manufacturer and make it better. I appreciate the craftsmanship, scholarship, and quality that Citizen Arms puts into every build, repair, or modification. If you want the best AR that money can buy go with Citizen Arms. You won’t regret it.” JP – Texas

“Hi Steve. I just wanted to give you an update on my rifle. Got a chance to take it out for an SOB Tactical class in AZ and that thing is an absolute shooter! Completely blown away at how well it handles, I couldn’t be more pleased, absolutely outstanding work!!!”- Ken C., City of Lost Angels

“I’ve been a customer of Citizen Arms for several years now and have utilized a variety of services – full rifle builds (2), upper build (1), and full rifle accurization (1).  The quality of craftsmanship and service show why this company is not only unique but ahead of its peers. I was first introduced to Citizen Arms by a former co-worker of Steve’s from his Army days.  I took a chance and since then, I couldn’t imagine shooting anything he hasn’t built or tuned. The accuracy and reliability of these builds are amazing.  Shoot suppressed sometimes?  Let Steve know and it’ll work perfect all the time.  Shoot a specific type of ammunition or just whatever is available?  Let Steve know, and again, it’ll work perfect all the time. Build quality aside, I can’t express how great the customer service is when it comes to inquiries, quotes, questions, or timelines.  It’s great supporting such a genuine person, let alone a veteran-owned small business.  If you are on the fence, I’d say it’s worth an email inquiry.” –MW

“I’d heard about Citizen Arm’s carbines for a few years, so when I decided try longer distance shooing with .308, I knew exactly where to go. Steve walked me through all sorts of options for both ergonomics and customization of a sub-MOA .308, including the pros and cons of different optics and spotting scopes. Steve blends his encyclopedic knowledge of firearm construction and ballistics with real world experience, ensuring you have exactly what you need. The rifle is fun to shoot and makes shooting out to 500+ yards look easy. I loved it so much that I also asked him to build a smaller, ultra-light version next. The result is a sub-MOA .308 that only weights 7 lb. 12 oz with a scope! You can’t find the quality, accuracy, and value of a Citizen Arms gun anywhere else.”Jay F., Northern VA

“I am the proud owner of two custom builds from Citizen Arms, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the outstanding service and craftsmanship provided by Steve. His meticulous approach to understanding my specific needs, guiding me through various options, and tailoring both rifles to optimize my competition performance truly set him apart. I’ve put these rifles through rigorous adventure shooting events, and they’ve performed flawlessly, consistently delivering top-notch results. Beyond the exceptional builds, Steve has gone above and beyond by assisting me in diagnosing and fixing issues with several other rifles. He even made the extra effort to meet at a moment’s notice, ensuring my rifles were in perfect condition before a match. What truly stands out is Steve’s unparalleled responsiveness to questions, ideas, and his willingness to share his wealth of knowledge. Choosing Citizen Arms for my custom builds was the best decision for my competitive shooting needs!”Grove Scarborough

“Citizen Arms makes the finest rifles I have ever shot. I own a 9mm, 5.56, 6.5 Grendel and 7.62×39. They are far more accurate than I am. Steve Adelmann is a world-class craftsman. If you ever need a rifle, upper, custom work or an expert down-range opinion on your next rifle build, Citizen Arms is the best money you will ever spend on a long gun. –Ken Buckley

“I have been working with Steve on custom builds for a number of years. He has helped me design 8 incredible firearms across a number of different calibers and platforms. Steve has an innate ability to advise and create a custom firearm that delivers everything the customer wants, with the highest level of craftsmanship and attention to detail. He is incredibly professional, responsive, and does amazing work. In addition, he delivers all of this at a price point that’s no higher than many “off the shelf” AR’s. I am a customer for life, have referred close friends and family members to him, and highly recommend working with him for your next build. –Chris N., Maine

“I’ve been a repeat customer of Citizen Arms since 2016. Additionally, I’m a discerning one, with over a hundred firearms in my personal collection. This includes several of the most hyped brands. If I have one regret, it’s that I spent a lot of money on other rifles before discovering Citizen Arms. Since taking possession of my first CA rifle, I’ve commissioned three more, including three additional purpose built uppers in various calibers, as well as having prominent name brands in my collection TI’d and accurized by him. As the ultimate testament of faith, I’ve sent many friends to Steve. In all of the above instances, one theme has remained constant: The customer service, workmanship, attention to detail, accuracy, and reliability of Steve’s work have been unmatched. It’s bespoke on another level; all while receiving an end product that eventually becomes the workhorse of one’s collection. It’s immediately evident from your first consultation with Steve, and has remained consistent throughout the years I’ve been his customer.” –KPH

“Steve goes above and beyond in every aspect of his business. Without downplaying the perfection of the gun he built for me, the close communication, professionalism, and ease of the entire process, made for a super enjoyable experience. I’ve recommended Steve to all my friends and I’ll be coming back for my next build. 10/10.” –Jarod Stephenson

“I have nothing but great things to say about Steve at Citizen Arms. His customer service is superb. He really puts the time and effort into delivering a premium product and experience. Steve explains everything and offers suggestions. When I ask about a part I have seen online he will explain pros and cons and helps educate me on the difference. I have learned a lot from our correspondence and have had two rifles made in 6 months. I highly recommend and will be sharing his info with all my friends.” –Justin Fairall, Hanover, PA

“I couldn’t be happier with my Citizen Arms 6.8 SPC rifle. Your service and communication was excellent, and the final product was as described, delivered promptly on the timeline you promised, for a reasonable price. I would recommend your services to anyone (and found you through a recommendation from another customer).” – Texas customer

I have had 2 rifles built by Steve at Citizen Arms (and several others accurized by CA) and they are, by far, the most accurate rifles I own. His customer service is beyond excellent, both before and after the sale. He’s honestly ruined other rifles for me, as with Citizen Arms I get exactly what I want without compromising accuracy or reliability. – RH

Steve, I’ve taken the Hyperlite to the range a few times now and have done a good  variety of drills with it. It shoots tighter groups than any other rifle I own and is so light that I have practically zero wobble with my red  dot when shoulder firing. This gun is just too cool. Definitely my favorite rifle I’ve ever encountered. I have full  confidence in it. Thanks again.” –Dean M.

“Steve, you’ve outdone yourself mate. The Shrek Hyperlite 5.56mm you built for me is amazing. I have 1500 rounds through it. It has run flawlessly  since day 1, not a single malfunction. In the last 6 months of owning  it, I have put it through its paces, to include 3 rifle courses with  Shrek at close quarters, 100m and 600m classes. Using only a red dot (no magnifier) I was easily able to hit at 600m  with Shrek’s coaching. For a 100m zero, I am able to have tighter groups, only using a red dot, than most people using high quality glass. It is certainly more accurate than I am and super light at 4.7 pounds. The rifle is crazy light, sub moa and everything I  asked for. Thank you for your outstanding craftsmanship and amazing  customer service. There is no doubt in my mind that your rifle is the  lightest, most accurate and most reliable AR I have ever shot!” –Gray Anderson  

“Hi Steve-Took a scoped carbine class up in WA and got to shoot out to 800 yards. Was making consistent hits on an IPSC target with the 18″ upper you  built me with 77 OTM. Was a lot of fun! Just wanted to let you know and thanks again for the great upper.” –R

“Hey Steve, I just wanted to reach out and let you know the Hyperlite is running like a dream and has already taken part in multiple training courses with excellent results. It is without a doubt, the one rifle I go to when heading for the range. Also, I’d like to get in line, as I have another in mind. Thanks again.”          -Matt

 “Steve, I bought a rifle from you awhile back and just got out to train with it. I have to say your work is top notch and it was such a dream to shoot. I didn’t put an optic on it, as I wanted to just go back to basics and train with iron sights. I’ve NEVER had such a tight shot group in the dozens of military issued weapons and the handful of commercial weapons I’ve used.” -Jim P. 

“Steve. I  finally got my Citizen Arms’ 18″ upper into a scoped carbine course.  Worked  great, even with  55g FMFBT ammo and I won the stress course  competition.  I just wanted to say thanks- really enjoying the new rifle.”-RR

Hey Steve, all I can say is ‘Wow’. Probably the easiest/most accurate shooting  gun I’ve shot in a long time.  I’ve had strangers and friends alike asking about the uppers you’ve done up for me and I can’t preach your work enough. Thanks again.”-Wilson T.

“Steve, it took me awhile, but I finally got to shoot my rifle recently. It is simply excellent. Thank you” –Tommy

“Steve, I went to the range yesterday and put 60 rounds through the new gun. Smooth, accurate and well balanced. A fun, accurate and very practical firearm. The superior quality is immediately apparent compared to my other guns. Thanks again.” –Mark

“From my initial contact with Citizen Arms, the service I received exceeded all expectations. Steve answered my questions thoroughly and timely, as well as provided guidance to help in my decision making. I purchased a 9mm AR and could not be  more pleased with the quality and performance of the finished product.  By far, my best experience ever in purchasing a firearm, and without a  doubt, I’ll be a return customer.” –Mike, Combat Veteran, 101st Airborne Divison

I took my new carbine to the range today and put 80 rounds through it. From the first to the last, it ran like a sewing machine, and I hit  virtually everything I looked at out to 400 yards.  A fellow gun club  member (who’s been gunsmithing for decades) showed up. His  post-inspection comment was, ‘That is proper ‘smithing.’ It is  everything I asked for and more, and I could not be happier!  Thank you.”  -Kenny S. 

“Steve, a quick message to say thanks and I couldn’t be happier for the AR, all the accessories, and all the attention to detail that went into it. Perfect! Received it yesterday and shot it today. Thanks!” –Dave 

“Steve, I just got back from the range and while I did not get to shoot groups  to measure accuracy, I was ringing steel every time and at any distance!  This upper is perfectly gassed as well. You really worked some magic  with that port size. I cannot wait to start competing with this rifle:  It is easily the most shootable gun I have right now. Thanks again for  such a wonderful product.”     -Jake

“I  spent some time in the Army as an infantryman and I thought I knew what  I needed for a patrol rifle. After dozens of emails, I was humbled by  Steve’s level of customer service as he talked me through the pros and  cons of everything I asked for, and went over every part of the rifle  with me. He took the time to explain his past experiences, educate me,  and offer his advice throughout the process. Fast forward to now: I’ve  used and abused my rifle on patrol and in training. The rifle has held  up and performed far beyond my expectations. I’m looking forward to my  next build by Steve.” -Zach, Texas LEO

“I  contacted Steve to inquire about a pistol build in January of 2018.  After the first email I received from him, there was no reason for me to  look anywhere else as his attention to detail and knowledge of the  platform was evident. I ended up going with a 10.3” 5.56 upper and a  10.5” 7.62 x 39 upper.  He made sure to keep me up to date every step  along the way.  The only delay encountered in the whole process was due  to the brace manufacturer that I was dead set on using. Not once was  there a single time he tried to sell me something I didn’t need. As a  matter of fact, it was quite the opposite. Steve made every attempt to  save me money every step along the way and fully explain my options in  incredible detail. I couldn’t have been happier with the way they turned  out. As far as performance goes, they flat out run like an Indy car  with the reliability of a Honda Civic! They are both far more accurate  then I can do justice. I am fully convinced, and say with confidence,  that there is not another company out there in this business that offers  the customer service and quality product that Steve at Citizen Arms  does. Thanks again Steve.” -Tyler P., Louisiana

“My  AR pistol arrived today & I’m beyond pleased with the build, as it  was exactly what I wanted. Being in the gun & training business  myself, I put high service standards on myself & my business &  also on any companies I do business with. I have to say you met &  exceeded in all aspects, which unfortunately is diminishing in our  industry. I look forward to doing business with you again in the  future.” -Scott M.

“A  friend had a weapon that Citizen Arms had reworked and it was such  excellent work, I was interested to see what else they offered. I had CA  build me a 308 Precision Carbine and it far exceeded expectations in  both accuracy and craftsmanship. I’ve since had CA build two more  weapons–a 5.56 Hoplite and a 300 BLK AR pistol. I can’t begin to  express my satisfaction with these exceptional weapons. The only thing  that exceeds the accuracy and quality of Steve’s work is his customer  service. I would and have recommended his work to anyone who is in the  market for a top quality gun.” -Sam Spears, CSM USA (R)

“When  it comes to building top quality, dependable and accurate AR-15s there  is no place to go but Citizen’s Arms. Steve’s attention to detail and  customer service is second to none. Steve worked with me to come up with  a rifle that was perfect for my needs. His experience and background  make him the go to guy in the industry because he knows exactly what  works and what doesn’t. My rifle is exactly what I wanted and I couldn’t  be happier. Thank you again for the great rifle and I’m excited for my  next one.” -Tom L.

“I’ve  purchased a full build and an upper from Steve and am extremely happy  with both. His communication, attention to detail, and ability to help  guide you in the right direction set him apart. These guns are top  notch. I used to think custom builds were too expensive for my budget  but after working with Steve I realized you can get full custom firearms  built exactly how you want them for the same price as many off the  shelf guns. On top of this Steve is enjoyable to work with and  his  follow up is second to none. I’ll never buy another off the shelf gun  when I could have one built by Steve and support a hard working veteran  and his family at the same time.” -Chris N. – Maine

“Steve  is a true professional, more than many of us truly know. He is always  available and willing to answer questions and timely in his responses.  His attention to detail is unmatched in the business. He builds world  class weapons that are meant to be used but will stand up to the  punishment if put to the test. I won’t go to anyone else when it comes  to having a quality rifle built. I know I can trust this rifle with my  life and trust it to protect others lives in the performance of my law  enforcement duties. Thank you Steve” -Jerad Kent

“I  was fortunate that a friend referred me to Citizen Arms for a rifle  builds. I have experience with hunting rifles but limited knowledge  of AR platforms. Steve took the time to educate me on the pros, cons and  options for multiple calibers, barrel lengths, optics, etc for my  particular needs. The rifle is absolutely fantastic. I have used it to  hunt deer, antelope and prairie dogs with 100% success. The words “tack  driver” get thrown around a lot, but in this case it spot on. If you  look at his testimonials you’ll see that not only does he have  recommendations from guys like me who want quality rifles for hunting or  self defense but recommendations from people whose lives depend on  their firearms. That says it all. Thank you Steve for your help with my  rifle and your service to our country.” -Eric. M., Denver, CO

“I  own upward of 20 ARs and I build and tinker with many of my own, as  well. Within my collection are a variety of high-end platforms from many  of the recognized names in accuracy and performance. My collection  includes guns in various configurations, size envelopes, and  chamberings. They range from the staples to some of the more exotic  calibers. Steve has built 4 ARs for me; two guns and two uppers.   Additionally he’s accurized and TI’d several of my rifles from some of  those high-end manufacturers. Every time I get a gun back from Steve, I  always ask myself why I even bothered with any other builder or  manufacturer. The reliability, accuracy, and customer service is frankly  unparalleled by anything else I own. Steve is incredibly thorough,  responsive, courteous, and always available for any questions or  requests I have.  Most importantly, his knowledge is unparalleled by a  majority of those I’ve met in the gun business. He is always humble, yet  his opinions are informed by personal experience serving in Units that  are at the forefront of combat developments. Over the years I’ve been  going to Steve, I can clearly see why many of the prominent manufactures  in the industry retain him as a consultant. And while he’ll rarely take  credit, his fingerprints have been associated with developing some of  the sought after accessories on long guns today. Finally, and most  important to me, Steve stands behind his product. Everything he’s ever  built or worked on for me comes back done right, and if there is  anything that can ever make it better, I can always count on him to  reach out to me on his own to apply the lessons learned from his craft.  For all the reasons above, I think Steve and Citizen Arms are the best  kept secret I’ve ever stumbled upon, as a shooter, hunter, veteran, and  avid firearms enthusiast.” -K. H.

“I  was recommended Citizen Arms from John “Shrek” McPhee. John was not  pushy with the recommendation, just that he had several builds from  Steve that he personally used. I contacted Steve with two different  builds that I was interested in. Knowing that I was only going to  purchase one, I wanted to compare them. Then end goal for me was to have  a highly accurate AR Pistol that was small enough for me to pack with  me in a backpack and with the least amount of weight possible. I wanted  this in a 11.5”  Steve’s patience and knowledge were great. We traded  numerous emails over the course of a month or so. When it came to the  weight it was a very important issue for me. The final product was  incredible. I received exactly what I was looking for. Steve was great  with his communication and the fact that it is his name that is attached  to this I believe he builds every rifle as he would if it was his own. I  would highly recommend Citizen Arms for a custom AR build. I am a US  Army Veteran with 24 yrs of LE experience. 20 of those years I have  spent in multiple SWAT teams. Been around enough training and weapons to  have an idea of quality when it comes to firearms. Thanks again Steve.  Until the next time!” -D. May

“The  AR 15 and AR 10 that Steve built for me are the perfect tools to  introduce my son and daughter to rifle marksmanship and long range  shooting. The craftsmanship, precision and customer service is second to  none.” -Glen Mizer, Cumming, GA

“When  you decide to purchase a custom built AR, you likely already decided  that “good” is not good enough. When I decided to have my first AR  built, I didn’t have to look much farther than Citizen Arms. Steve came  recommended from John “Shrek” McPhee, AKA The Sheriff of Baghdad, so the  legitimacy of Citizen Arms’ work was without question. I came to Steve  with the request of a 7.62×39 AR Hoplite build. You may hear that  American made AR/AK guns are crap. Well, if that was true, I wouldn’t be  writing this. Steve built what I consider to be the best gun I own. The  timing and build quality are amazing. Not to mention I can run pretty  much any ammunition out of it. It seems to chew up the Wolf 7.62 ammo  great. Weighing in at just over 6 lbs unloaded this “Hoplite” was a  great addition. The timing, the accuracy, and the flawless delivery of  my rifle is all thanks to Steve at Citizen Arms. Would highly  recommend.”  -JC

“I  just wanted to say, I’ve been using the rifle quite a bit since I got  it. Man, it’s nice!!! I can easily feel the difference. It’s also  brought out all of the faults with my other .308s having something  properly done to compare them to. I really appreciate all of your time.” -HH

​”I  had a chance to get out to the range to try out the new AR. Red dot was  dead on at 50yds–only needed to do a small adjustment to the iron  sights to match. You sir, do amazing work. I knew it was a beautiful  machine you built, but it’s exceeded my expectations for function. I  can’t wait to get back out to train with it further! Just wanted to send  one more “thank you” to you. I’m a very happy customer and will be  singing your praises to anyone who asks about my AR” –Jim P, Delaware

“Hey  Steve just wanted to give you an up date on the gun you built for me. I  figured I would shoot it a while and see what I thought of it, instead  of just shooting it once. I have been shooting it for months now and  have decided that I am now a real believer in having someone who knows  how to put a gun together build a gun. It’s awesome. I take it with me  everywhere. I’ve read a lot of places that AR’s will not function with  steel case ammo…that is a total lie. I probably shoot steel case  through it 90 percent of the time. I can’t wait to kill some tasty  animals with it this fall. Again thanks for your time and your Shooting Illustrated articles.” -Dallas

“Steve,  I’ve had the chance to go out to the range and the rifle you put  together is outstanding. I’ve gone out a few times and put a little over  100 rounds through it. I am typically shooting right around 1 MOA  groups with it. Some better, some worse. I haven’t put the suppressor on  yet but will likely do that in the near future. Also looking at taking  to a good distance range and see how far I can push it. All around the  rifle feels and shoots great! Couldn’t be happier with it. Thanks again” –Eric L

“Steve,  I love this rifle. Works perfectly. It’s the favorite of my  collection. Hard to miss, feel like I could hit anything with it.  Consistently. Awesome job–you made me a very happy man.” –Louie S

“Steve,  today I fired the rifle. Yours is the work of a master artisan. People  today don’t deliver products at that level because they don’t respect  them enough to see in them a reflection of who they are. My complete  admiration to you.” –Alex Verjovsky, NC

“Steve,  just sending you a quick email to say that I put about 300 rds through  the rifle you retro fit for me. My experience with the AR platform was  very limited (recreation shooting only). I carried and qualified with  the Ruger Mini-14 as a patrolman. If you only drive yugos and you start  driving a BMW you know the difference! My AR is definitely a BMW. Very  pleased with it. Thank you.”  –David M.

“At  the word of a well-known shooting instructor I was pointed towards  Citizen Arms for a duty capable and reliable AR-10 that would be a hand  built “full package.”  After contacting Steve we went step by step  through what I needed in an AR-10 style rifle- something that could work  close and fast as well as out to extended ranges.  In the end we  specified a 13” barreled AR-10 with a 12” MLOK rail, LAW folder, and  1.1-8x Leupold CQBSS. Steve built a gun that grouped with the specified  off the shelf ammunition tighter than my bolt rifle with comparable  ammunition. After a long NFA wait I took delivery of the zero’d and  ready to fire rifle at the end of June, since then I have put around 170  rounds through it and it has proven flawless in function and capable of  greater accuracy than I am. Up close the rifle handles like any AR  should and the CQBSS is easy to get behind. This rifle has become my go  to rifle for when I need a 308.” –M.P.

​​”Citizen  Arms was recommended to me by shooting mentors and friends.  On their  advice I contacted Steve and began a conversation regarding my “dream  gun.”  Steve was responsive, prompt, patient, and educational.  He  helped me to “know what I didn’t know” about the features I sought in a  custom AR.  And the extended comms, as well as the wait for the build,  was worth it!  My rifle shoots like a dream, and I’ve had no trouble  with accuracy out to 400m, with an SBR!  Steve’s customer service and  commitment to his work is almost unheard of today, and I was so pleased I  sent two more rifles to him for accurizing.  Highly and unequivocally  recommended!” -LT Ron Flowers, Allentown PD (ret)

“My  Hoplite is by far the most accurate rifle I have ever fired. I got it  right after my son was born. I knew when I ordered with Steve, it would  be an an AR I could proudly and confidently pass on to my boy when the  time comes. From order to delivery, it was an awesome experience getting  suggestions and guidance from one of the best in the craft. I’m glad my  friends sent me to Citizen Arms.”  –Matt, Cincinnati, Ohio

“Citizens  Arms Company is the best of the best in the world of AR rifles. The  attention to detail, craftsmanship and customer service is second to  none.  After being introduced to Steve by a friend/business partner and  growing a relationship with him the business is a reflection of the  owner’s integrity and honesty.  I have purchased several builds from  Citizen Arms and it is always nice to talk to Steve. (Proverbs 27:17)  Thank you for your friendship Steve.” –Bryan Foster, Roper, NC

 “If  you desire accuracy, reliability, durability, in a timely fashion with  the highest quality and craftsmanship, then contact Citizen Arms and  soon you’ll be blazing with a one of a kind masterpiece!!  I reached out  to Steve to build my custom .308 Win, he walked me thru the many  available options offering his experience and expertise, at very  affordable pricing. I requested a 1” MOA and he delivered a reliable,  accurate precision weapon with a .56” MOA average with 4 test groups,  which exceeded my expectations and certainly outperforms my abilities.” –TC, Wyoming

“I  have a difficult time providing a review for the fine work of Citizen  Arms: Anything I say will sound to good to be true and will still fall  short of the obsessive attention to detail that CA brings to every rifle  build. As a proud owner of multiple CA weapons, I know of no other AR  builder that provides better service and I know of no other AR builder  that constructs a better weapon at any price. The quality, durability,  and accuracy of a CA weapon is second to none.  CA is the first and last  name in accurate reliable AR platform rifles.” -R., Florida

“My  journey with Citizen Arms began with a recommendation and a pair of  uppers. A couple of years and several thousand rounds later all of my   training, work, and personal rifles have been upgraded to Jedi Master  Steve’s works of art. They far surpass anything else I have access to in  reliability and accuracy. Add his wonderfully patient and knowledgeable  customer service to the package  and I cannot give any higher praise,  except to the LORD above. Trust his rifles with your life, I  do!” –M. Rhodes

“I  was fortunate enough to go to the range with a great friend of mine  during a visit to Ft Bragg. The Citizen Arms Eastern Predator I fired  that day convinced me I had to have one. Steve was gracious enough to  put me in line for one and I am glad he did! My Eastern Predator (.223,  16″) is the finest weapon I have ever fired. My next goal is to actually  become good enough to take full advantage of this fine piece of  engineering.” –Mike Longo Memphis

“A  word of warning … Steve’s rifles are addictive … you can’t stop with  just one.  I’ve recently received my third Citizen Arms rifle in as many  years, and each one has been exceptional.  Beyond the high quality,  accuracy, and reliability of the finished product, the process of  working with Steve to develop the build spec for a project is a real  pleasure – his encyclopedic knowledge, responsiveness, and post-delivery  follow-up are unsurpassed.  I’m already looking forward to my next  Citizen Arms project.”  –JM, Houston, TX

“I  wanted was several basic things in a rifle: 1. powerful enough to kill a  Whitetail deer effectively. 2. Quality built, reliable, accurate. 3.  Very capable in defending myself and family in a time of need. I emailed  Steve and relayed that info and said I’d trust his judgement in  building the right rifle. He responded back in a timely manner, and with  a recommendation to go with a 7.62x39mm chamber, in a Eastern predator  model. Other than that we went over a few small preference details, and  the build started. He finished it in a timely manner, and when I  received it, everything was packaged very cleanly and thoughtfully with a  excellent owners manual. As with anything quality you can tell when you  first pick it up by the feel of it in your hands. I have friends with  home builds and box store guns, and they just felt cheap when I handled  them, and they were always seemingly having to fix something or wanting  to improve some part of it, and there goes more of their time and money.  I was happy to pay more up front, and have a complete quality gun from  day one that needed no extra improvement. 1st class service & work.  Thanks Steve!” –Mark Duran Michigan

“I  have tons of ARs and didn’t really know what a custom build was until I  had Steve build my CA Hoplite. From the start I knew it was going to be  special. Steve works in detail on every aspect of the gun he is  building for YOUR specific needs. His creation was a sexy work horse. I  can spend the day at the range with my 5.56 and slap the 7.62 x39 upper  he built for me on and I’m hog hunting that afternoon. Flawless  function, affordable and tack driving accurate.. enough said. Steve is  always available for questions and service after the build also. His  knowledge of all things guns is impressive!”-Fred W.

“My  Citizen Arms AR10 has proven to be a much better rifle than my  capabilities. Every time I push my limits the gun answers with a  predictable precision that impresses me every time. I will continue to  grow into my rifle throughput my lifetime & one day give it to my  son. Thank you Steve!” –Team SOFAST / www.sofastactics.co

“I’ve  bought three complete Rifles and had one upper modified by Citizens  Arms, and they are by far the best AR type rifle that I’ve own/shot.”-Tim, FL

“After  competing with a Remington MSR, and an SR-25, I decided to get a gas  operated rifle in an alternate caliber to try and bridge the gap between  the larger caliber .300 Norma and the standard 7.62mm gas gun.  My  thinking was that I would sacrifice some accuracy on the far end, and  make up for it with the inherent speed and ease of reloading an AR based  weapon.  The first time I used my Citizen Arms 6.5mm Creedmoor AR, I  got two first round hits at 1000 yards, and went on to win the match.   I’ve since used it in two more matches, and in 719 rounds have not  experienced a malfunction.  (It’s rare to go through a match and not see  someone in your squad have fits with their gas or bolt gun)  I have  several very high-end rifles of varying calibers.  When reliability,  accuracy, ease of handling and maintenance are considered, my Citizen  Arms comes out on top across the board.” –Bob Shalala

“I  was referred to Steve by a co-worker and friend. I had seen his rifles  mentioned in the past by SOB Tactical, but didn’t really pay attention  at the time. I now understand what the hype is about. Steve goes above  and beyond to give the customer what he wants out of a custom rifle and  the end product is perfection. From the test targets, to the spec sheet  to the overall customer service, you cannot go wrong with a Citizen Arms  built rifle. This was my first CA rifle but won’t be my last.” –Brian C, South Carolina

“Citizen  Arms is a great small business that puts the customer first in every  part of their business. I’m proud to own three of their rifles. Steve  does top notch work and makes sure to get every detail from you when  placing your order. The phrase “you get what you pay for” is still as  true today as it ever will be. You may pay an extra buck to get one of  these finely made American rifles but rest assured you will not be  unhappy with it. I trust these rifles to protect my family, put down  coyotes and bring down Kansas whitetail deer.”-DG

“I  purchased a Hoplite 300 ACC upper with a 16 inch barrel and ACOG for my  Colt AR. It is my favorite rifle for hunting and the range. I shoot sub  MOA groups at 100 meters with Hornady 110 Vmax. I was so happy I then  asked  Steve to build a precision 308. Steve worked with me taking my  criteria and adding his suggestions for my build including optics. He  also helped me with the necessary paperwork to get a suppressor that is  compatible with my rifles. If you have a question he is quick with a  response. I could not be more pleased.” –Pete, NC

“Steve  of Citizen Arms was highly recommended to me by John McPhee the Sheriff  of Baghdad. The level of quality, value and customer service you get  from Citizen Arms is uncompromising. He could not have been more patient  with questions and concerns, he offered valued and experienced advice  when choosing different components for the rifle. Steve is an affable  fellow and masterful rifle builder that I would exclusively buy rifles  from….from the beginning Steve without arrogance, but solid confidence  simply stated “this rifle will not fail you.” I am an absolutely  satisfied and pleased customer who will be back again.” –Midwestern Law Enforcement Officer

“Anybody  wanting a custom AR built personally for them that encompasses customer  first service, quick responses answering any and all questions,  detailed product descriptions, and a rifle package that makes any other  manufacturer an amateur. Check out Citizen Arms.” –Mike S.

“I  bought an AR-10 from Citizen Arms trying to build something similar to  the M110 I used to have. I took it down to Rifles Only for a five days  course and was able to hit 10″ plates at a 1000 yards. The rifle has  surpassed my expectation completely and shoots better than the M110 in  my opinion. I first came across Citizen Arms when I was taking courses  from some former Tier 1 instructors. Once I saw they endorsed his work I  knew this company was for real and haven’t looked back since.”-Curtis A.

“Heard  of CA by word of mouth, wanted an AR builder semi local for a build for  my wife’s birthday. I submitted my form for the build and the rest as  they say is history. Wife LOVED her rifle, and I have been going back  ever since. The knowledge is literally PHD level concerning this  platform, and you will not get better customer service from anyone. I  support Veteran Owned and Operated Small Business as much as I can,  being prior service myself, and I have found what I consider the premier  builder ,as far as what I am looking for ,and will go to no one else  when it comes to the AR platform.”-Butch T, NC

“I  bought my 7.62×39 AR from Citizen’s arms after seeing a top shooting  instructor use one and decided to do something nice for myself. I wanted  something completely custom and unique so I contacted Citizen arms and  Steve was able to make my dream rifle a reality all the way from parts  down to the extremely cool blue stealth urban camo paint job all within  my budget (btw, many off the rack rifles cost as much or more than my  custom beauty)! The look and accuracy of the rifle exceeded what I  expected to get and the entire process was extremely easy and enjoyable.  For anyone thinking about getting a high end AR, I highly recommend  Citizen Arms”. –Dave Waller, Texas

“I  will not buy another build from any other company other than Citizen  Arms, period. I contacted Citizen Arms via email regarding a possible  project and received an immediate response. Steve worked with me over a  period of 3 months to hammer out exactly what I wanted. That included  numerous email exchanges with his guidance and experience, while there  was zero pressure for the sale. The end result was not only the best AR  build I have, but one of the best customer service interactions I have  experienced. This is business how it should to be conducted. A craftsman  standing behind his product, and delivering above and beyond  expectations.”-Max B., AZ

“After  owning 2 custom guns from Citizen arms, I can confidently say that  there is no comparison or substitute in the industry for a Citizen Arms  rifle.  The guns’ accuracy and reliability are second to none, and I  sometimes joke that there must some magic involved with how in the world  they get them to group so well. But the real thing that sets these  rifles apart from the crowd is the service.  Never have I purchased  anything from anyone so willing to help and answer questions to make  sure I am completely satisfied.  Both the firearms and the people that  build them are world class, and I’m glad I was introduced to them.” -Austin Ledbetter, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.

“Wonderful…  Shot some Winchester through it and was very, very pleased. What a  great weapon!!! Thanks again …. Really couldn’t be more happy!! “-Richard B.

“Just  wanted to follow-up on the Hoplite.  After several range sessions, I  want to report that it has exceeded my expectations and is truly  amazing.  Consecutive one hole groups are standard using regular Freedom  Munitions 55gr ammo at 50 and 100 yards with backup sights…I will be  contacting you regarding a .308 soon.” –Derek R.

“Your  builds are the best out there Steve. I ran mine all day back in April  during an SOB Tactical training class and it ran flawless. The work you  put into these rifles is amazing.”  –Eric Connor, Arkansas

“Steve  is a consummate professional. I emailed numerous gun makers before  learning of Citizen arms and their responses were few and very vague.  Steve responded immediately and answered all questions no matter how  sophomoric or perhaps naive they could seem to a veteran of the armed  forces. His knowledge and expertise serve to provide the customer with  a  high quality product that is far superior to both assembly line and  other custom firearm makers. I will never go to anyone else other than  Citizen Arms for rifles. In a market saturated with overpriced rifles  and myth, Citizen Arms stands atop with superior customer service and  knowledge which results in a product that is second to none.” –Colin S.

“JP  and Larue build excellent rifles, you build superb (almost perfect)  rifles. I’ve got all of them and shoot yours 99% of the time. I’ll never  buy another  gas gun from a high dollar dealer or seller. If you can’t  build it I’m not going to shoot it.”-Chad A.

“Building  my Hoplite with Steve was like being fitted for a custom suit with one  of the world’s best tailors.  We walked through every detail together,  assessing all of my needs, and addressing everything I could expect from  my finished rifle.  When I finally got it in my hands, it was even  better than I had imagined. Steve not only met, but exceeded my  expectations – a feat I rarely see anyone pull off.” –Brad Thor, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“I wanted to build a accurate hunting round for my Citizen Arms .308. After experimenting with many reloading factors, powders, primers, cases, and seating depth, I developed a very reliable and accurate load for my custom built CA rifle. It is the most accurate gas operated rifle I’ve ever seen or shot. I shot five consecutive, 5 shot groups well under 1MOA. Most were around 1/2″ MOA. My rifle was outfitted with a Bushnell elite tactical HDMR scope with Horus H59 reticle. Using the Strelok ballistic program and muzzle velocity data, the program would provide sight hold for the target at any range. I’m proud to say that my CA rifle put the bullet on target at any range selected. Thank you for building my rifle and all the assistance concerning ballistic programs, Horus vision, and answering my long distance shooting questions.”  –Steve J., Virginia

Citizen  Arms is by far the most unique manufacturer of AR styled rifles in the  world. I purchased two custom rifles, one in .223 and the other in .308.  Steve was able to take my unique requests and produce two extremely  accurate and reliable rifles. When I do training courses for local law  enforcement and allow them to shoot both rifles, they are amazed by the  craftsmanship, reliability, accuracy and the price. CA rifles sell  themselves. There is no other manufacturer that has the individual  background and talents that Steve possesses to produce high-end,  extremely accurate and most importantly, combat reliable AR-style  assault rifles that will meet your specific shooting requirements at an  economical cost. I recommend a CA rifle for any individual that wants a  great rifle or LE officer that needs the best when it counts.” –CK

“I  have 2 custom rifles that Steve has built for me. They are masterpieces  and are extremely accurate. Like my home computer, they can do so much  more that I can make them do. True precision.” –Bill W. Fayetteville, NC

“I’ve  been exposed to many different weapons in my career; HKs, Knights  Armament, Daniel defense, and Larue  to name a few. Nothing else I’ve  shot even comes close to my Citizen Arms AR. Having shot a fair bit I  did some research before buying my own platform, checking around on  forums, at work, and running my friends guns to find what I liked. I  wasn’t satisfied with what I found until my brother introduced me to  Steve at CA. If you’re in doubt over what to buy I challenge you to talk  to anyone who has a CA weapon. Steve is a master craftsman and his  weapons are works of art. Other guns want to grow up to be my gun.” –Patty O’Keefe

“I’ve  been carrying AR-style carbines for over 30 years in both military and  contracting roles. Putting aside a government issued carbine and getting  behind the trigger of a CA carbine is like stepping out of a ’73 Vega  and climbing into a Porsche. It’s a completely different gun. I love the  5.56 carbine Steve built so much I bought one for my daughter. A .308  from Steve is in my not too distant future. If you want a precision  carbine, leave the Bushmasters and whatnot on the shelf in the gun store  and contact Steve. You won’t regret it.” –Scott Carter, North Carolina

“As  a specialized surgeon my life involves precision work with precision  instruments…you get what you pay for…seek out the best and you will  not be disappointed…I have both Hoplite 7.62×39 and match grade  7.62×51 ARs. No regrets.” –Steven P, North Carolina

“Citizen  Arms is, without a doubt, one of the finest custom firearms  manufacturers I have ever dealt with. I will never consider using  another company. Their attention to detail and strive for perfection is  unparalleled. I never knew a rifle’s accuracy could be improved the way  they did with mine. Their accurization process is unmatched and proven!” –Greg Windmiller

I  have had custom guns built by some of the best gunsmiths in the  country. Working with Steve has been a great experience from start to  finish, very professional. Some good gunsmiths do great work but are  lacking in the communication/customer service dept. Not so with Steve,  everything was handled very efficiently and the rifle he built for me  exhibits great quality and workmanship.” –Stefan Bolin, Naples FL

“Steve  / Citizen Arms has the rare ability to build a weapon with not only  quality and craftsmanship but accuracy and durability.  If I could carry  a CA gun in combat I would, hands down.” –ML

“Most accurate weapon I have ever fired” –GB

“Citizen  Arms builds very accurate and very reliable rifles. Steve has built me  556 and a 308 ARs. Both are impressive rifles. His customer service is  great and he’s very receptive and knowledge able. I won’t buy another  off the shelf AR. Thanks Steve.” –Mike E

“I’ve  owned many different ARs and I must say Citizen Arms is a stand-out.  The build-quality is unlike I’ve ever seen. Steve takes attention to  detail to the nth degree. Accuracy is Hollywood movie good…if you do  your part, the gun will absolutely deliver. I was introduced to CA while  training with John at SOB Tactical,  who instilled the correct fundamentals of marksmanship and made it   easy to hit steel at 600m with a non-magnified Eotech. CA’s Hoplites  are lightweight so shooting during a full week of training enhanced my  ability to focus on the basics. I had zero failures in a thousand  suppressed rounds, even though I didn’t clean the rifle all week. It was  utterly reliable, even when running super hot. Crazy sub-moa accurate  out of every CA build, including a .308 Win. I’ve experienced no better  customer service than with Citizen Arms. Steve will help you sort out  build details or questions. I had a gas block issue with my .308 carbine  when shooting suppressed so he immediately diagnosed and fixed the  problem with a couple week’s turnaround. It’s been flawless ever since.  Steve has the experience and know-how to help you create an amazing  rifle that you and yours will enjoy for years to come. I cannot  recommend Citizen Arms enough.” –Donkey

“I  just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the rifle. It is by  far the best one I have ever bought. My wife and I had the time of our  life trying it out on the range. After about 800 rounds through a span  of about 3 days we left with no malfunctions and very confident in it.  It is truly a work of art. I cant wait to buy my next platform from  you.” –Jason Douglas

“Steve, I just shot my new blaster for the first time this past week… All I can say is this is one of the finest weapons
I’ve ever shot! Thanks.” –Greg L., North Carolina


I  just wanted to let you know that I don’t think I could be any happier  with my .308. I think your costumer service and work is in a class of  its own. I shot my best with it yesterday with a .6 MOA group at 100  yards. I plan on doing more business with you. Thank you for all your  help. God Bless you and your business” –David G.,Kansas

“Having  Citizen Arms upgrade my AR15A2 gave me 2 highly accurate uppers to  support my growing training business. My recent tactical pistol and  carbine course (held at the SIG Academy) confirmed the exacting  standards of Citizen Arms’ work. Multiple types of ammunition over 2  days of sun, rain, mud, gravel, and awkward firing positions proved the  CA 16″ upper could stand up to the test.  Never a misfire nor jam, and  accurate to nail driving standards.  Thanks Steve!” -Mr. Kelly D Venden, Criterion Tactical, LLC, CriterionTactical.com

“When I contacted Steve I not only wanted a very accurate gun, but also one I could deer hunt with. I got both. With the Hornady SST I can get within 1/2 MOA and at 400 yds within 1.5inches. I could not be happier. Thanks Steve.”   –Danny Watson, Kenly, NC

AWESOME Friday, picked up my new Citizen Arms custom 3-Gun today and took it to the range. All I can say is WOW, it blew my Stag 3 away in performance. If you are even thinking about getting an AR 15 rifle check out Citizen Arms first. You will not be disappointed and you will get an accurate, affordable rifle that is better than any off-the-shelf gun at your local shop. You customize your car, why not have the AR of your dreams. Don’t settle for the econ model or the cool QUAD AR the shops push. These are priced right and are fully accurized during the build process. So that they will out perform the rack/shelf guns.” -Alan Condon, NY

“In  over 50 years of shooting, I’ve neither personally owned nor was I ever  assigned a firearm that matched the incredible quality of fit and  function as those that Mr. Adelman has built for me.  Steve is a  perfectionist with the highest professional standards, and of the guns  he’s built for me, the reliability, accuracy, and finish of each gun is  second to no other custom gunsmith I’ve encountered.”  Sam Joseph, CSM USA (R)

“I  wanted a special rifle and sought advice as I did not know where to  start. A friend recommended Citizen Arms and I inquired and found what I  was looking for and made my purchase. But the follow up support that  ensued was what I wanted to discuss. I have often had questions, whether  ammunition or loads etc. and have emailed Steve Adelmann and always  received a very timely and thorough reply, usually within 24 hours! I  have sought additional information regarding night vision assistance,  etc and again received a very thorough, very timely response! Thanks for  what you do!” –Steve B

“Steve  Adelmann’s idea of customer service is second to none. He has helped  myself and my department immensly in the past and continues to do so to  this day. Whether it’s technical support, gunsmithing, refinishing, or  troubleshooting Steve always goes above and beyond to ensure that we  have the best products and services available.” –P. LeRoy, Pinehurst, NC Police Department

“My  Citizen Arms rifle is truly a masterpiece! This was my first  “custom-built” rifle and I had never worked with Steve before. In fact, I  had planned on buying a rifle from a well-known quality maker of ARs.  However, a friend recommended I call Steve before I made my final  decision.  Wow, did I make the right decision in going with CA!  From  the very first conversation with Steve, I was beyond impressed with the  amount of time he spent answering all of my questions, discussing every  single piece of the rifle.  The conversation lasted over an hour, and  there were several follow up emails. His focus on satisfying the  customer is unmatched. When you are in the market for buying a  custom-made rifle and you find yourself questioning if you should spend  the money, STOP! You will never regret your decision to buy a CA rifle.  They are worth every penny! Shortly after I received my rifle from CA, I  attended the F.A.S.T Inc.  Combat Rifle and Pistol training class in Texas and won the “Top  Shooter” award. I credit most of that victory to the quality of that  rifle. There is no doubt I will be purchasing another one from Steve in  the future, either for my son, or one more for me.”
Mike Bruecks, Vice President, Intrepid Global Security Solutions

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