By David Crane
defrev (at) gmail (dot) com
Photo Credit: Military Times Gear Scout
December 22, 2011
Last updated on 12/24/11.
DefenseReview (DR) readers have been sending us heads-up email messages today about our friend Rob Curtis’ Military Times Gear Scout article on Kevin Brittingham’s ouster at Advanced Armament Corp. (AAC). Rob’s reporting that Mr. Brittingham was apparently escorted from AAC premises by security guards, “Freedom Group reps”, and lawyers.
The Military Times GearScout story goes on to say that the firing comes while Brittingham was only partway through his contract with AAC, which was signed when he sold AAC to Freedom Group in 2009. If this report is true (and it reads like it is), this situation is an ironically loud ending for a silencer/suppressor company entrepreneur’s/founder’s time at the helm. It also doesn’t necessarily bode well for AAC/Freedom Group. Aside from the potential litigation that would appear to be a distinct possibility, here, the founder leaving a company can be problematic for said company’s future with regard to business direction and corporate culture. So, it will be interesting to see how AAC does, moving forward. It’s of course possible they’ll be just fine and even thrive. Time will tell. The company’s new leadership will be key.
It’s important to note that Brittingham built AAC from the ground up and made it into a very successful operation. He also helped build the silencer/sound suppressor industry’s reputation as a whole. Both accomplishments are impressive.
In the interest of full disclosure, Defense Review knows Mr. Brittingham, personally, and we don’t like hearing about this situation. On a personal note, I like him, and I very much appreciated him taking the time with me after SHOT Show 2011 to show me some AAC products off the record/not for publication, and for talking with me at considerable length about some other things. That experience stuck with me.
DR wishes Mr. Brittingham well in his future endeavors/ventures, and we have no doubt he’ll be successful, since he’s an intelligent, knowledgeable and resourceful person.
Editor’s Note: We’d like to thank our readers for alerting us to Mr. Curtis’ story on this.
Company Contact Info:
Advanced Armament Corp. (AAC)
2408 Tech Center Parkway, Suite 150
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Website 1: http://300aacblackout.com
Website 2: http://www.advanced-armament.com
Remington Arms Company, Inc.
870 Remington Drive
P.O. Box 700
Madison, NC 27025-0700
Military, Law Enforcement, & Federal Agency Sales
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