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In this listicle, we present the 13 top tier AR-15 manufacturers list and highlight their best products, company mottos, and headquarters.

These companies have made a name for themselves by producing high-quality, reliable, and innovative AR15 rifles. 


Motto: "The Legacy Continues"

Best Known for: Pioneering the AR-15 platform for US Armed Forces in multiple armed conflicts, private securities, various government agencies and law enforcement units since the 1960s

Headquarters: West Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Top Products: Colt M4 Carbine, Colt LE6920

BCM (Bravo Company Manfacturing)

Motto: "Professional Grade Weaponry"

Best Known for: Combat-proven mil spec AR15 with the best modular keymod handguard. Since then the BCM's Gunfighter charging handle and PDW pistol grip have been signature products to make BCM rifles stand out.

Headquarters: Hartland, Wisconsin, USA

Top Products: BCM RECCE-16, BCM MK2 BFH

Daniel Defense

Motto: "Freedom. Passion. Precision." Known for: High-quality, highly accurate AR-15s Headquarters: Black Creek, Georgia, USA

Top Products: Daniel Defense DDM4 V7, Daniel Defense MK18, DDM4A1

Knights Armament Company

Motto: "Performance Through Innovation" 

Best Known for: Cutting-edge M4 and M16 handguards and military-grade accessories on standard issue machine guns and infantry rifles.

Headquarters: Titusville, Florida, USA

Top Products: KAC SR-15 E3 Mod 2, KAC SR-25 E2

FN Herstal

Motto: "The world's Most Battle Proven Firearms

Best Known for: Building military standard issue FN P90, FN SCAR 16, SCAR 17, SCAR 20S, M240 Bravo, M249 SAW, M4 and M16 rifles. When you see them, they are made by FN.

Headquarters: Herstal, Belgium

Top Products: Military collector edition M4, M16 and FN15


Motto: "Redefining The Black Rifle" 

Best Known for: Advanced piston-driven AR-15s with monolithic upper receiver Headquarters: Cambridge, Maryland, USA

Top Products: LWRC IC-A5, LWRC SIX8-A5


Motto: "Innovation & Excellence"

Best Known for: High-performance AR-15s barrels and very edgy AR15 receiver designs

Headquarters: Grants Pass, Oregon, USA

Top Products: Noveske Gen III N4, Noveske Ghetto Blaster

Palmetto State Armory

Motto: "Democratizing Freedom"

Best Known for: Affordable, mil spec quality AR-15s and components that are all built in house to cut branding and outsource labor cost. Including retro AR15s builds partnering with Harrington and Richardson

Headquarters: Columbia, South Carolina, USA 

Top Products: PSA 16" M4 Carbine Classic, PSA 16" Mid-Length 5.56 NATO 1:7 Stainless Freedom

LMT Defense

Motto: "Built for Performance"

Best Known for: Modular weapon systems and innovation

Headquarters: Milan, Illinois, USA 

Top Products: LMT MARS-L, LMT CQB16


Motto: "The World Leader in Large-Caliber Rifle Design & Manufacturing"

Best Known for: High-quality AR-15s and world class Barrett .50 BMG rifles Headquarters: Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA 

Top Products: Barrett REC7, Barrett REC10

Wilson Combat

Motto: "The Pursuit of Perfection"

Best Known for: Custom-grade AR-15s and 1911s

Headquarters: Berryville, Arkansas, USA

Top Products: Wilson Combat Recon Tactical, Wilson Combat Super Sniper


Motto: "Relentless Reliability" 

Best known for: Innovative gas piston AR15 systems 

Headquarters: Phoenix, Arizona, USA 

Top Products: POF P415 Edge, POF Revolution

Battle Arms Development

Motto: "Engineered Performance" 

Best known for their custom billet lightweight, high-quality AR-15 components Headquarters: Henderson, Nevada, USA 

Top Products: Battle Arms BAD556-LW, Battle Arms Workhorse