|*Wall full of custom AR-15's*|
Lexingtonian Keith Pitts' small but growing business, is a little different.
Pitts, 55, is a Kentucky craftsman who does precise, painstaking work...what he makes are semiautomatic "assault-style" rifles, specifically the AR-15 that's adored by gun enthusiasts but abhorred by advocates of stricter gun regulations...The AR-15 — AR refers not to "assault rifle" but to ArmaLite, the company that developed the first one in the 1950s — has always been popular with gun collectors. Built as the civilian equivalent of the military's M-16...Quite a few companies manufacture AR-15s in the United States, but the quality varies. Pitts builds his models to meet or exceed military specifications, or "mil spec" in gun talk. He has standing contracts with the military to build parts, which must meet military standards for materials, dimensions, durability and accuracy...
A poster and banner advertise "Accurate Armory — The New Kentucky Rifle." (That's in contrast to the old Kentucky rifle, which was a muzzleloader that helped America win its independence.)...Pitts personally supports stricter background checks and closing the gun-show loophole. But he isn't too worried about the possibility of stricter gun laws targeting the AR-15. "I can develop other platforms," he says... Pitts says his customers — hunters, collectors, target shooters — will adapt if high-capacity magazines are outlawed...
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