Arizona Response Systems frequently is asked to fix hack jobs produced by low quality companies. Generally, I refuse. Not only is there the liability issue, but also I value my time too much to waste it wading through substandard parts and workmanship. I did accept a pair of Special Weapons SW5s in for refinish only, and was so disgusted by what I saw that I documented the mess. I know the appeal of an HK MP5 style rifle is strong. They are definitely cool, and factory guns run $3000-$3500, which is probably outside the price range of many folks. Potential buyers should consider that the disappointment and disgust of low quality, shabby work remains long after the inconvenience of high price is forgotten.Special Weapons, or “Speshul Wepunz” as is they are commonly called in the industry, is a bottom-feeding company in Mesa Arizona, famous for low quality products and dishonest business practices. The owner, Todd Bailey, has been banned from every major firearms board in the US. Other companies linked to Tod Bailey include:
In a world where businesses thrive on name recognition, there can still be legitimate reasons to create new names. For example, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and Kentucky Fried Chicken were all owned by Pepsi Company. Cinnibon and Chevy’s Mexican Restaurant were owned by Taco Bell. I suspect Mr. Bailey’s motivation is less to identify separate subsidiaries, but to disguise the ownership. He wants to continue selling the same garbage, but knows that the horrible reputation he has earned under other names makes marketing the same junk difficult. By making a new name, he can pretend to be someone else. Bobcat Weapons claims to be unrelated to Special Weapons, but a search of the Arizona Department of State Trade Names database shows the same address for both companies. A chain-link fence dividing a room may make a legal separation, but for all practical purposes, they are one and the same. Hmmm .. . .. .
Update. Andrew Bonas of Bobcat Weapons has moved to his own facilities and renamed the company Red Rock Arms.