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Date added: 01/07/2012 CORE15 Rifle Systems 2012 SHOT Show Lineup

Date added: 12/28/2011 2012 CORE15 Show Schedule

Date added: 12/28/2011 2012 CORE15 Show Schedule

Date added: 12/15/2011 Justin Raney named Law Enforcement Sales Manager

Date added: 12/15/2011 Justin Raney named Law Enforcement Sales Manager

Date added: 12/14/2011 Swanson Sales Joins CORE15 Rifle Systems for the West Coast Region

Date added: 12/10/2011 CORE15 Rifle Systems announces the appointment of Washmon Sales

Date added: 12/08/2011 Gun Test CORE15 M4 5.56

Date added: 10/05/2011 Ken Jefferies & Associates Joins CORE15 Rifle Systems

Date added: 09/07/2011 Elite Outdoor Sports Joins CORE15 Rifle Systems

Date added: 09/07/2011 Elite Outdoor Sports Joins CORE15 Rifle Systems

Date added: 08/27/2011 CORE15 Rifle Systems

Photo1Story by: Jeff W. Zimba
Small Arms Review • Vol. 14, No. 12 • September, 2011

Early in 2009 when it was very difficult to simply pick up the phone or punch in a URL to order black rifles and accessories, the CORE 15 was conceived. With limited availability combined with ideas to improve the platform, the decision to go ahead with the old adage, “If you think you can do a better job, go ahead and do it yourself.” is exactly what they did and have never looked back.

Not wanting to be another entry-level or “plinking type” black rifl e builder, the CORE 15 team set out to develop their own unique identity. They would decide to offer both Direct Gas Impingement (DGI) guns and Piston guns, and after studying several platforms they determined that the Adam’s Arms piston system would be the one they would adopt. Even though the CORE 15 rifl es have some unique features, their signature in the black rifl e market would not be limited to one style but to a company creed that whatever fi rearms were already available elsewhere in the industry, they would strive to make theirs better. Manufacturing as many parts in-house as possible, with the list growing all the time, would give them more flexibility in their quality control. Building guns to tighter tolerances striving for quality over quantity would become their goal and remains so today. CORE 15 rifl es are manufactured with an emphasis on quality in all areas from fit to finish with the flexibility to meet the requirements of any end user.

Let’s get Technical

The rifles sent to Small Arms Review for evaluation included 3 different models. The MOE DI, the TAC Piston and the MOE Mid-Length. The Mid-Length was built on their Hardcore lower receiver and also used a piston system. An interesting note on the piston guns is their unique attention to accuracy concerns; something often claimed either non-existent or lacking by many fans of the time-proven DGI guns. While the DGI guns are barreled with a 1 in 9 twist, 6-groove button rifled version, the piston guns employ a 3-groove 1 in 8 twist polygonal match barrel.

After spending a few decades studying AR-15s, M16s, M4s and their numerous variants, it is refreshing when we look at a new design and see that there is more to it than a copy of a 50 year-old drawing with a few bolt-on accessories. When we received some examples of the CORE 15 Rifl e System for testing and evaluation, it was obvious from the start that these were not simply copies of a very common rifl e but an upgrade in many areas.

The piston operating system has three gas settings. There is a standard “Open” setting for normal use, a “Restricted” setting for use with a sound suppressor and a “Closed” setting for use when hand-cycling is desirable for optimum sound reduction. The adjustments are made with no tools necessary, only by simply depressing a springloaded button and rotating the gas plug to the desired setting.

CORE 15 receivers are manufactured from Mil-Spec hammer forged 7075-T6 aluminum and fi nished with a Mil-Spec Type III hard-coat anodized fi nish. A 6-position commercial buffer tube is used on all rifles unless ordered with the Magpul UBR stock. DGI guns employ a Mil-Spec 303 stainless steel gas tube and a magnetic particle and pressure tested stainless steel lined bolt carrier group. The piston guns are supplied with a proprietary monolithic bolt carrier (also MP and pressure tested) and bolt. All rifles are shipped with an A2 flash hider and a Dry-Lube internal finish. All supplied sights were Magpul MBUS flip-up open sights. They are

rear sight adjustable for windage and the front post is adjustable for elevation with normal sight tools. While these sights are not an expensive sight or usually used in “match” environments they work well and produce good groups.

With a focus on quality and durability, you will find a heavy Magpul presence on all these guns as an option. All rifles are shipped from the factory with Magpul PMags regardless of the configuration and a full line of Magpul furniture and accessories are available when ordering your CORE 15 rifle system or added as an accessory at a later date.

Hard-Core

The Mid-length piston rifle submitted for testing had a unique feature that was obvious the second it came out of the box. It was built on the CORE 15 “Hard Core” lower receiver. This receiver has a unique mag-well that is shorter than a standard mag-well and very heavily beveled. It was primarily designed for 3-gun match shooting where reload speed can make the difference between first place and not placing at all. Although we are certain it is effective in these match circumstances, there are numerous operators and end users who are just as concerned with increasing the speed of changing magazines and will also fi nd this unique design change attractive.

Less Talk, More Shooting

All testing was conducted at the Small Arms Research Test Facility in Fairfield, ME. A hot, sunny afternoon was made bearable with  the use of a 10’x10’ popup and the determined range was 50 yards from the impact area since the testing was for both function and practical accuracy  with open sights. The fi rst test was a simple function check. Numerous magazine types and a mixed batch of ammo is a common test we use to check for functionality. All of the test rifl es passed with high marks in this phase of testing. The only firearm related malfunction we noticed in several hundred rounds were a few failures to feed upon the chambering during rapid-fire exercises with one particular rifl e. When the CORE Group was contacted to ask about this condition we were notifi ed that these guns are built to extremely tight tolerances, especially the bore of the upper receiver and a short “break-in” may be more desirable than an “out of the box hammer session.”  As any well-tuned and assembled firearm, these guns are built more with accuracy as a primary consideration rather than a gun on the loose end of the tolerance scale, for “spray and pray” play. We were also informed that more parts were being built in-house now to provide matched parts with exacting tolerances rather than relying on any of the numerous Mil-Spec parts that may fall on any side of the spectrum. After a few more rounds and a proper cleaning, the problems we encountered were evidently resolved as this gun has not failed to function in any way in our subsequent trips to the range. We moved on to practical accuracy testing.

Armed with several Magpul P-mags and an assortment of ammo, a basic sightin was completed with each rifle. The ammo was all separated and we settled on WPA (Wolf Performance Ammunition) 55Gr FMJ ammo for the rest of the session for continuity. On this particular range session we had 2 test shooters. One had cracked a few ribs about 30 minutes before the testing started so we were not sure about the level of performance but we moved ahead anyway. 10-shot groups were the protocol during these tests. The first rifle out was the MOE M4 model. It is a very lightweight platform at only 5.9 pounds and well balanced. The Magpul MOE

stock, grip forearm are quite comfortable and this combination has been well received by all who have handled it. It is a “fl at-top” upper receiver, as are all the CORE 15 rifles so the mounting options are quite broad. As mentioned earlier we used the provided Magpul open sights.

This writer was the first to shoot a group. The target was a standard, full size law enforcement training target with a few 3” orange dots placed on the paper for a more consistent point of aim. The spotter was mumbling with pleasure during the first group and when it was over the first words out were “You ruined his day!” Cracked ribs and all, 8 holes were very close in the orange with the other 2 rounds cutting the same hole just outside the orange. Shooters swapped positions as the spotter became the shooter and vice versa. This was the protocol throughout the day. The second group was equally impressive, maybe even tighter.

The second rifle fired was the CORE 15 TAC Piston followed by the MOE Mid-Length on the Hardcore Lower receiver. All three rifles performed with similar accuracy. Nice groups in a shadowy impact area due to the position of the sun in the early afternoon. For open sights and firing as fast as the next target acquisition was made, we were pleased and impressed with the accuracy.

Conclusions

While Small Arms Review tested only three different CORE 15 rifles, they are available in numerous lengths, styles and configurations: from 20-inch rifl e length to carbine length and even mid-length, in DGI or a Piston operating system. They are available in a many Title I or Title II NFA configurations for agencies or qualified individuals including Short Barreled Rifles (SBR) or Post-86 machine guns available to agencies or Class III dealers with demonstration letters. If complete guns are not necessary or desired, individually and matched upper and lower receivers are available for self-builds as well as their piston system upgrade and all accessories, including several brands of sound suppressors. Anything found on their complete rifl es can be purchased as accessory at any time. The rifl es were indeed unique with a good feel. Their “Hardcore” lower receiver is innovative and will be very desirable to those more interested in competition or just for those looking for something different. There are numerous, more subtle differences the closer you look, like the CORE 15 oversized trigger guards. These are not only attractive and unique but there are at least 3 different designs and they are helpful when shooting with gloves. Since the MSRP is varied greatly on the rifl es we tested and it is based on the accessories ordered, we think you will fi nd it more useful to check their website for specific information. We are also excited about some long term testing to provide a much more detailed report with many more variables than an initial T&E project will allow.

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Date added: 08/27/2011 CORE15 Rifle Systems

Photo1Story by: Jeff W. Zimba
Small Arms Review • Vol. 14, No. 12 • September, 2011

Early in 2009 when it was very difficult to simply pick up the phone or punch in a URL to order black rifles and accessories, the CORE 15 was conceived. With limited availability combined with ideas to improve the platform, the decision to go ahead with the old adage, “If you think you can do a better job, go ahead and do it yourself.” is exactly what they did and have never looked back.

Not wanting to be another entry-level or “plinking type” black rifl e builder, the CORE 15 team set out to develop their own unique identity. They would decide to offer both Direct Gas Impingement (DGI) guns and Piston guns, and after studying several platforms they determined that the Adam’s Arms piston system would be the one they would adopt. Even though the CORE 15 rifl es have some unique features, their signature in the black rifl e market would not be limited to one style but to a company creed that whatever fi rearms were already available elsewhere in the industry, they would strive to make theirs better. Manufacturing as many parts in-house as possible, with the list growing all the time, would give them more flexibility in their quality control. Building guns to tighter tolerances striving for quality over quantity would become their goal and remains so today. CORE 15 rifl es are manufactured with an emphasis on quality in all areas from fit to finish with the flexibility to meet the requirements of any end user.

Let’s get Technical

The rifles sent to Small Arms Review for evaluation included 3 different models. The MOE DI, the TAC Piston and the MOE Mid-Length. The Mid-Length was built on their Hardcore lower receiver and also used a piston system. An interesting note on the piston guns is their unique attention to accuracy concerns; something often claimed either non-existent or lacking by many fans of the time-proven DGI guns. While the DGI guns are barreled with a 1 in 9 twist, 6-groove button rifled version, the piston guns employ a 3-groove 1 in 8 twist polygonal match barrel.

After spending a few decades studying AR-15s, M16s, M4s and their numerous variants, it is refreshing when we look at a new design and see that there is more to it than a copy of a 50 year-old drawing with a few bolt-on accessories. When we received some examples of the CORE 15 Rifl e System for testing and evaluation, it was obvious from the start that these were not simply copies of a very common rifl e but an upgrade in many areas.

The piston operating system has three gas settings. There is a standard “Open” setting for normal use, a “Restricted” setting for use with a sound suppressor and a “Closed” setting for use when hand-cycling is desirable for optimum sound reduction. The adjustments are made with no tools necessary, only by simply depressing a springloaded button and rotating the gas plug to the desired setting.

CORE 15 receivers are manufactured from Mil-Spec hammer forged 7075-T6 aluminum and fi nished with a Mil-Spec Type III hard-coat anodized fi nish. A 6-position commercial buffer tube is used on all rifles unless ordered with the Magpul UBR stock. DGI guns employ a Mil-Spec 303 stainless steel gas tube and a magnetic particle and pressure tested stainless steel lined bolt carrier group. The piston guns are supplied with a proprietary monolithic bolt carrier (also MP and pressure tested) and bolt. All rifles are shipped with an A2 flash hider and a Dry-Lube internal finish. All supplied sights were Magpul MBUS flip-up open sights. They are

rear sight adjustable for windage and the front post is adjustable for elevation with normal sight tools. While these sights are not an expensive sight or usually used in “match” environments they work well and produce good groups.

With a focus on quality and durability, you will find a heavy Magpul presence on all these guns as an option. All rifles are shipped from the factory with Magpul PMags regardless of the configuration and a full line of Magpul furniture and accessories are available when ordering your CORE 15 rifle system or added as an accessory at a later date.

Hard-Core

The Mid-length piston rifle submitted for testing had a unique feature that was obvious the second it came out of the box. It was built on the CORE 15 “Hard Core” lower receiver. This receiver has a unique mag-well that is shorter than a standard mag-well and very heavily beveled. It was primarily designed for 3-gun match shooting where reload speed can make the difference between first place and not placing at all. Although we are certain it is effective in these match circumstances, there are numerous operators and end users who are just as concerned with increasing the speed of changing magazines and will also fi nd this unique design change attractive.

Less Talk, More Shooting

All testing was conducted at the Small Arms Research Test Facility in Fairfield, ME. A hot, sunny afternoon was made bearable with  the use of a 10’x10’ popup and the determined range was 50 yards from the impact area since the testing was for both function and practical accuracy  with open sights. The fi rst test was a simple function check. Numerous magazine types and a mixed batch of ammo is a common test we use to check for functionality. All of the test rifl es passed with high marks in this phase of testing. The only firearm related malfunction we noticed in several hundred rounds were a few failures to feed upon the chambering during rapid-fire exercises with one particular rifl e. When the CORE Group was contacted to ask about this condition we were notifi ed that these guns are built to extremely tight tolerances, especially the bore of the upper receiver and a short “break-in” may be more desirable than an “out of the box hammer session.”  As any well-tuned and assembled firearm, these guns are built more with accuracy as a primary consideration rather than a gun on the loose end of the tolerance scale, for “spray and pray” play. We were also informed that more parts were being built in-house now to provide matched parts with exacting tolerances rather than relying on any of the numerous Mil-Spec parts that may fall on any side of the spectrum. After a few more rounds and a proper cleaning, the problems we encountered were evidently resolved as this gun has not failed to function in any way in our subsequent trips to the range. We moved on to practical accuracy testing.

Armed with several Magpul P-mags and an assortment of ammo, a basic sightin was completed with each rifle. The ammo was all separated and we settled on WPA (Wolf Performance Ammunition) 55Gr FMJ ammo for the rest of the session for continuity. On this particular range session we had 2 test shooters. One had cracked a few ribs about 30 minutes before the testing started so we were not sure about the level of performance but we moved ahead anyway. 10-shot groups were the protocol during these tests. The first rifle out was the MOE M4 model. It is a very lightweight platform at only 5.9 pounds and well balanced. The Magpul MOE

stock, grip forearm are quite comfortable and this combination has been well received by all who have handled it. It is a “fl at-top” upper receiver, as are all the CORE 15 rifles so the mounting options are quite broad. As mentioned earlier we used the provided Magpul open sights.

This writer was the first to shoot a group. The target was a standard, full size law enforcement training target with a few 3” orange dots placed on the paper for a more consistent point of aim. The spotter was mumbling with pleasure during the first group and when it was over the first words out were “You ruined his day!” Cracked ribs and all, 8 holes were very close in the orange with the other 2 rounds cutting the same hole just outside the orange. Shooters swapped positions as the spotter became the shooter and vice versa. This was the protocol throughout the day. The second group was equally impressive, maybe even tighter.

The second rifle fired was the CORE 15 TAC Piston followed by the MOE Mid-Length on the Hardcore Lower receiver. All three rifles performed with similar accuracy. Nice groups in a shadowy impact area due to the position of the sun in the early afternoon. For open sights and firing as fast as the next target acquisition was made, we were pleased and impressed with the accuracy.

Conclusions

While Small Arms Review tested only three different CORE 15 rifles, they are available in numerous lengths, styles and configurations: from 20-inch rifl e length to carbine length and even mid-length, in DGI or a Piston operating system. They are available in a many Title I or Title II NFA configurations for agencies or qualified individuals including Short Barreled Rifles (SBR) or Post-86 machine guns available to agencies or Class III dealers with demonstration letters. If complete guns are not necessary or desired, individually and matched upper and lower receivers are available for self-builds as well as their piston system upgrade and all accessories, including several brands of sound suppressors. Anything found on their complete rifl es can be purchased as accessory at any time. The rifl es were indeed unique with a good feel. Their “Hardcore” lower receiver is innovative and will be very desirable to those more interested in competition or just for those looking for something different. There are numerous, more subtle differences the closer you look, like the CORE 15 oversized trigger guards. These are not only attractive and unique but there are at least 3 different designs and they are helpful when shooting with gloves. Since the MSRP is varied greatly on the rifl es we tested and it is based on the accessories ordered, we think you will fi nd it more useful to check their website for specific information. We are also excited about some long term testing to provide a much more detailed report with many more variables than an initial T&E project will allow.

Photo5

Date added: 05/09/2011 Tom Cistola Joins CORE15 Rifles Systems

Core 15 Rifle Systems is excited to announce the addition of Tom Cistola as Sales Manager of Dealer Programs. A Georgia native, he’s been an avid hunter and shooter from his youth and has served for over 10 years in the shooting sports community. Tom started his in over-the-counter gun sales, before managing the firearms and hunting department of the 20,000 sq. ft. God’s Country Outfitters in Albemarle, NC.  In his most recent role as a factory representative for Champion Safe Company he vastly improved dealer relationships and increased sales by 20%, primarily by focusing on after-the-sale service.

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“We know that Tom is the right guy for the job and will help us build a sales force who understands our customer’s needs,” commented Israel M. Anzaldua, Vice President of Sales and Business Development. “With Tom aboard we bring more depth to our team as we go forward and build Core 15 into a brand name company.”
With a strong background in ballistics, bench rest shooting, and hand loading Tom will undoubtedly prove to be a valuable asset to our Sales Team. We welcome Tom Cistola to the Core 15 Rifle Systems and Blue Grass Armory Family.

About Core 15 Rifles:

Founded in 2009 Core 15 Rifles supplies AR-15/M-16 M-4 Type rifles to Commercial, Law Enforcement, Government and International Markets. We offer a complete line of parts and Accessories for the Ar-15 M-4 Platform. We also build a 50 caliber BMG and 308 bolt Action Rifle in our Bluegrass Armory Division. Based in Ocala Florida we are building a rifle that is exceeding the Military Standard at a great price point.

Contact us:
Israel M. Anzaldua
Core 15 Rifle Systems /Blue Grass Armory
Sales & Customer Service: 352-401-9070
Fax: 352-401-9667
Email: izzy@core15.com
www.core15.com

Date added: 05/09/2011 Tom Cistola Joins CORE15 Rifles Systems

Core 15 Rifle Systems is excited to announce the addition of Tom Cistola as Sales Manager of Dealer Programs. A Georgia native, he’s been an avid hunter and shooter from his youth and has served for over 10 years in the shooting sports community. Tom started his in over-the-counter gun sales, before managing the firearms and hunting department of the 20,000 sq. ft. God’s Country Outfitters in Albemarle, NC.  In his most recent role as a factory representative for Champion Safe Company he vastly improved dealer relationships and increased sales by 20%, primarily by focusing on after-the-sale service.

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“We know that Tom is the right guy for the job and will help us build a sales force who understands our customer’s needs,” commented Israel M. Anzaldua, Vice President of Sales and Business Development. “With Tom aboard we bring more depth to our team as we go forward and build Core 15 into a brand name company.”
With a strong background in ballistics, bench rest shooting, and hand loading Tom will undoubtedly prove to be a valuable asset to our Sales Team. We welcome Tom Cistola to the Core 15 Rifle Systems and Blue Grass Armory Family.

About Core 15 Rifles:

Founded in 2009 Core 15 Rifles supplies AR-15/M-16 M-4 Type rifles to Commercial, Law Enforcement, Government and International Markets. We offer a complete line of parts and Accessories for the Ar-15 M-4 Platform. We also build a 50 caliber BMG and 308 bolt Action Rifle in our Bluegrass Armory Division. Based in Ocala Florida we are building a rifle that is exceeding the Military Standard at a great price point.

Contact us:
Israel M. Anzaldua
Core 15 Rifle Systems /Blue Grass Armory
Sales & Customer Service: 352-401-9070
Fax: 352-401-9667
Email: izzy@core15.com
www.core15.com

Date added: 03/27/2011 Israel M. (Izzy) Anzaldua joins CORE15 Rifle Systems

Core 15 has appointed Israel M. Anzaldua as  Vice President of Sales and Business Development.

Israel is no stranger to the AR-15 Community, spending an impressive  22 years at Bushmaster Firearms. In  key roles throughout that time, Israel held various positions and was involved in the development of distributor sales programs for Law Enforcement,  International and Government Markets. While the Director of Law Enforcement and Government Sales he  closed the Texas Department of Public Safety contract for 3,200 rifles and developed an Individual officer program which brought in another 3,800 rifles Sales.  His last appointment at Bushmaster was as the Director of Global Training and Technical Services, a position he held until his retirement  in March of 2011.

A Florida Native, Israel returns to his home state to help start another chapter in the development of the Core 15 Family within the firearms Industry. Israel  is a Life time Member of the NRA,  a Certified Master Trainer and Certified Range Master Armorer Trainer in Various weapons Platforms. He is also a Life time Member of the Police Benevolent Association.
We are excited for the impact Israel will bring to  achieve the next level of growth for Core 15, and with a great sales and support team we are moving forward to meet the challenge ahead. We are confident he will uphold the sales and service tradition that our customers expect from Core 15 Rifle Systems.

"He brings a rich depth and knowledge to our company, and in the short time since his of arrival he has made a great impact in moving us in the right direction,” said Norman Clifton, III, Core15’s President/Owner.  “We look forward to  the next page of history we will write with Israel as our senior Executive leading the way in making us a brand name in the industry.”
Founded in 2009 Core 15 Rifle Systems is An AR-15/ M-16 M-4 Manufacture based in Ocala Florida and provides the latest up to date technology for the AR/ M-16 Platform. Whether a weekend shooter heading to the range for an afternoon of fun, or professional operator preparing for work, CORE15 Rifle Systems will provide you with the weapon to fit your individual needs.

Contact Us:

Israel M Anzaldua Press Relations
Core 15 Rifle Systems Blue Grass Armory
Sales & Customer Service: 352-401-9070
Fax: 352-401-9667
Email: izzy@core15.com
Website www.core15.com