Montana Outdoor Group Announces Shutdown of Montana Rifle Company

The Montana Outdoor Group’s subsidiary “Montana Rifle Company” will seek fiscal restructuring.
The Montana Outdoor Group’s subsidiary “Montana Rifle Company” will seek fiscal restructuring.

Kalispell, Montana (Ammoland.com) – Montana Outdoor Group, a private investor group, acquired Montana Rifle Company in early 2019, has announced its immediate closure pending fiscal restructuring.

“While sales of our popular calibers have been outstanding, production levels have not risen to a profitable level to continue, without additional investments,” CEO Calvin Bontrager explained. “New equipment would be required to reach a service level demanded by our dealers and conservation groups.”

Montana Rifle has been producing custom-grade rifles for nearly 25-years and has been awarded “NRA’s Gun of the Year” in 2016 and “NRA’s Gun of the Year” in 2018. Montana Rifle has also produced limited editions for California Waterfowl, SCI, RMEF, and many other conservation organizations.

“With sales of the popular M1999 control feed actions nearly doubling in 2019, Montana Outdoor Group, is actively searching for restructuring opportunities,” Bontrager continued.

For updates on Montana Rifle Company, please visit www.montanarifleco.com/developments

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Beeroy
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So instead of producing “Custom grade” rifles, they should maybe focus on Production Grade Rifles. And getting their name out there more once they CAN meet demand.

StWayne
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All it’s going to take is the financial horsepower of one or two maybe three interested investors, and they will come roaring back. Smart says they will be Chinese.

UncAl
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What’s Colorado Buck going to do now!

nobodyuknow
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Good luck!

Darkman
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As much as I hate seeing any firearms manufacturer go out of business. After looking at the prices of their products. it’s easy to see why it occurred. Relying only on high end/expensive products. In a market where Lower priced firearms. Meet the needs of 99% of consumers. I’m sure their quality is beyond reproach. Most people simply can’t afford their prices for a firearm that they may only use once or twice a year. Let’s all hope they find a way back.

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I have to agree with you…. Many companies are pricing themselves out of existence, that is a FACT. You see MUCH of this in the AR platform firearms and now in the “custom” or “precision” bolt action weapons… Being in the design and manufacturing field, I KNOW pretty much what is involved and the costs of building from the ground up OR purchasing the parts to build said weapons… Many are almost doubled (some MORE) in the sale price, and the “regular firearm guy” buyers KNOW this. The “look at me” bunch (small portion of buyers) will continue to shell… Read more »

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However true it might be about the “pride in ownership” something has to be said for “pride in usefulness” also. My father-in-law was a BIG gun trader in his day. He also loved getting into local ‘good-ole-boys’ shooting contests, from turkey shoots, to open sight .22 ‘betting’ contests. The .22 contests were probably the most interesting if NOT the way to make your fortune. For each session, at one target, you put your quarter ($.25) in the pot if you were shooting that round, and the shooter with the best score won the pot. The greatest enjoyment my father-in-law had… Read more »

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Yep, tend to agree. Bond Arms is one such outfit. They build, as many say, near ‘art’ pieces. Problem being, they are primarily two holers, as in two-shot derringers. Most of their product runs over seven C notes per ‘piece of art!’ Even my EDC ‘back-up’ piece is a 10 shooter that is priced less than $500!