It's gratifying to fully test each rifle, pistol or upper I build and see how it performs on target. But what matters most is that my customers are happy with their ARs. Here's what a few of them have said:
"My Hoplite is by far the most accurate rifle I have ever fired. I got it right after my son was born. I knew when I ordered with Steve, it would be an an AR I could proudly and confidently pass on to my boy when the time comes. From order to delivery, it was an awesome experience getting suggestions and guidance from one of the best in the craft. I'm glad my friends sent me to Citizen Arms." Matt - Cincinnati, Ohio
"Citizens Arms Company is the best of the best in the world of AR rifles. The attention to detail, craftsmanship and customer service is second to none. After being introduced to Steve by a friend/business partner and growing a relationship with him the business is a reflection of the owner's integrity and honesty. I have purchased several builds from Citizen Arms and it is always nice to talk to Steve. (Proverbs 27:17) Thank you for your friendship Steve." Bryan Foster - Roper, NC
“If you desire accuracy, reliability, durability, in a timely fashion with the highest quality and craftsmanship, then contact Citizen Arms and soon you’ll be blazing with a one of a kind masterpiece!! I reached out to Steve to build my custom .308 Win, he walked me thru the many available options offering his experience and expertise, at very affordable pricing. I requested a 1” MOA and he delivered a reliable, accurate precision weapon with a .56” MOA average with 4 test groups, which exceeded my expectations and certainly outperforms my abilities.” TC - Wyoming
"I have a difficult time providing a review for the fine work of Citizen Arms: Anything I say will sound to good to be true and will still fall short of the obsessive attention to detail that CA brings to every rifle build. As a proud owner of multiple CA weapons, I know of no other AR builder that provides better service and I know of no other AR builder that constructs a better weapon at any price. The quality, durability, and accuracy of a CA weapon is second to none. CA is the first and last name in accurate reliable AR platform rifles."
R. - Florida
"My journey with Citizen Arms began with a recommendation and a pair of uppers. A couple of years and several thousand rounds later all of my training, work, and personal rifles have been upgraded to Jedi Master Steve's works of art. They far surpass anything else I have access to in reliability and accuracy. Add his wonderfully patient and knowledgeable customer service to the package and I cannot give any higher praise, except to the LORD above. Trust his rifles with your life, I do!" M. Rhodes
"I was fortunate enough to go to the range with a great friend of mine during a visit to Ft Bragg. The Citizen Arms Eastern Predator I fired that day convinced me I had to have one. Steve was gracious enough to put me in line for one and I am glad he did! My Eastern Predator (.223, 16") is the finest weapon I have ever fired. My next goal is to actually become good enough to take full advantage of this fine piece of engineering." Mike Longo Memphis
“A word of warning … Steve’s rifles are addictive … you can’t stop with just one. I’ve recently received my third Citizen Arms rifle in as many years, and each one has been exceptional. Beyond the high quality, accuracy, and reliability of the finished product, the process of working with Steve to develop the build spec for a project is a real pleasure - his encyclopedic knowledge, responsiveness, and post-delivery follow-up are unsurpassed. I’m already looking forward to my next Citizen Arms project.” - JM, Houston, TX
"I wanted was several basic things in a rifle: 1. powerful enough to kill a Whitetail deer effectively. 2. Quality built, reliable, accurate. 3. Very capable in defending myself and family in a time of need. I emailed Steve and relayed that info and said I'd trust his judgement in building the right rifle. He responded back in a timely manner, and with a recommendation to go with a 7.62x39mm chamber, in a Eastern predator model. Other than that we went over a few small preference details, and the build started. He finished it in a timely manner, and when I received it, everything was packaged very cleanly and thoughtfully with a excellent owners manual. As with anything quality you can tell when you first pick it up by the feel of it in your hands. I have friends with home builds and box store guns, and they just felt cheap when I handled them, and they were always seemingly having to fix something or wanting to improve some part of it, and there goes more of their time and money. I was happy to pay more up front, and have a complete quality gun from day one that needed no extra improvement. 1st class service & work. Thanks Steve!" Mark Duran Michigan
"I have tons of ARs and didn't really know what a custom build was until I had Steve build my CA Hoplite. From the start I knew it was going to be special. Steve works in detail on every aspect of the gun he is building for YOUR specific needs. His creation was a sexy work horse. I can spend the day at the range with my 5.56 and slap the 7.62 x39 upper he built for me on and I'm hog hunting that afternoon. Flawless function, affordable and tack driving accurate.. enough said. Steve is always available for questions and service after the build also. His knowledge of all things guns is impressive!"Fred W.
"My Citizen Arms AR10 has proven to be a much better rifle than my capabilities. Every time I push my limits the gun answers with a predictable precision that impresses me every time. I will continue to grow into my rifle throughput my lifetime & one day give it to my son. Thank you Steve!" Team SOFAST / www.sofastactics.co
"I've bought three complete Rifles and had one upper modified by Citizens Arms, and they are by far the best AR type rifle that I've own/shot."Tim, FL
"After competing with a Remington MSR, and an SR-25, I decided to get a gas operated rifle in an alternate caliber to try and bridge the gap between the larger caliber .300 Norma and the standard 7.62mm gas gun. My thinking was that I would sacrifice some accuracy on the far end, and make up for it with the inherent speed and ease of reloading an AR based weapon. The first time I used my Citizen Arms 6.5mm Creedmoor AR, I got two first round hits at 1000 yards, and went on to win the match. I’ve since used it in two more matches, and in 719 rounds have not experienced a malfunction. (It’s rare to go through a match and not see someone in your squad have fits with their gas or bolt gun) I have several very high-end rifles of varying calibers. When reliability, accuracy, ease of handling and maintenance are considered, my Citizen Arms comes out on top across the board."Bob Shalala
"I was referred to Steve by a co-worker and friend. I had seen his rifles mentioned in the past by SOB Tactical, but didn’t really pay attention at the time. I now understand what the hype is about. Steve goes above and beyond to give the customer what he wants out of a custom rifle and the end product is perfection. From the test targets, to the spec sheet to the overall customer service, you cannot go wrong with a Citizen Arms built rifle. This was my first CA rifle but won’t be my last." Brian C, South Carolina
"Citizen Arms is a great small business that puts the customer first in every part of their business. I'm proud to own three of their rifles. Steve does top notch work and makes sure to get every detail from you when placing your order. The phrase "you get what you pay for" is still as true today as it ever will be. You may pay an extra buck to get one of these finely made American rifles but rest assured you will not be unhappy with it. I trust these rifles to protect my family, put down coyotes and bring down Kansas whitetail deer."DG
"I purchased a Hoplite 300 ACC upper with a 16 inch barrel and ACOG for my Colt AR. It is my favorite rifle for hunting and the range. I shoot sub MOA groups at 100 meters with Hornady 110 Vmax. I was so happy I then asked Steve to build a precision 308. Steve worked with me taking my criteria and adding his suggestions for my build including optics. He also helped me with the necessary paperwork to get a suppressor that is compatible with my rifles. If you have a question he is quick with a response. I could not be more pleased."
"Steve of Citizen Arms was highly recommended to me by John McPhee the Sheriff of Baghdad. The level of quality, value and customer service you get from Citizen Arms is uncompromising. He could not have been more patient with questions and concerns, he offered valued and experienced advice when choosing different components for the rifle. Steve is an affable fellow and masterful rifle builder that I would exclusively buy rifles from....from the beginning Steve without arrogance, but solid confidence simply stated "this rifle will not fail you." I am an absolutely satisfied and pleased customer who will be back again."Midwestern Law Enforcement Officer
"Anybody wanting a custom AR built personally for them that encompasses customer first service, quick responses answering any and all questions, detailed product descriptions, and a rifle package that makes any other manufacturer an amateur. Check out Citizen Arms."
"I bought an AR-10 from Citizen Arms trying to build something similar to the M110 I used to have. I took it down to Rifles Only for a five days course and was able to hit 10" plates at a 1000 yards. The rifle has surpassed my expectation completely and shoots better than the M110 in my opinion. I first came across Citizen Arms when I was taking courses from some former Tier 1 instructors. Once I saw they endorsed his work I knew this company was for real and haven't looked back since."Curtis A.
"Heard of CA by word of mouth, wanted an AR builder semi local for a build for my wife's birthday. I submitted my form for the build and the rest as they say is history. Wife LOVED her rifle, and I have been going back ever since. The knowledge is literally PHD level concerning this platform, and you will not get better customer service from anyone. I support Veteran Owned and Operated Small Business as much as I can, being prior service myself, and I have found what I consider the premier builder ,as far as what I am looking for ,and will go to no one else when it comes to the AR platform."Butch T, NC
"I bought my 7.62x39 AR from Citizen's arms after seeing a top shooting instructor use one and decided to do something nice for myself. I wanted something completely custom and unique so I contacted Citizen arms and Steve was able to make my dream rifle a reality all the way from parts down to the extremely cool blue stealth urban camo paint job all within my budget (btw, many off the rack rifles cost as much or more than my custom beauty)! The look and accuracy of the rifle exceeded what I expected to get and the entire process was extremely easy and enjoyable. For anyone thinking about getting a high end AR, I highly recommend Citizen Arms".
Dave Waller, Texas
"I will not buy another build from any other company other than Citizen Arms, period. I contacted Citizen Arms via email regarding a possible project and received an immediate response. Steve worked with me over a period of 3 months to hammer out exactly what I wanted. That included numerous email exchanges with his guidance and experience, while there was zero pressure for the sale. The end result was not only the best AR build I have, but one of the best customer service interactions I have experienced. This is business how it should to be conducted. A craftsman standing behind his product, and delivering above and beyond expectations."Max B., AZ
"After owning 2 custom guns from Citizen arms, I can confidently say that there is no comparison or substitute in the industry for a Citizen Arms rifle. The guns' accuracy and reliability are second to none, and I sometimes joke that there must some magic involved with how in the world they get them to group so well. But the real thing that sets these rifles apart from the crowd is the service. Never have I purchased anything from anyone so willing to help and answer questions to make sure I am completely satisfied. Both the firearms and the people that build them are world class, and I’m glad I was introduced to them."Austin Ledbetter, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
"Wonderful... Shot some Winchester through it and was very, very pleased. What a great weapon!!! Thanks again .... Really couldn't be more happy!! "Richard B.
"Steve, package received and it exceeded my expectations. I am amazed with the light weight and total build quality, fabulous work sir. Thanks again for a job well done and it was a pleasure doing business with you."
"Just wanted to follow-up on the Hoplite. After several range sessions, I want to report that it has exceeded my expectations and is truly amazing. Consecutive one hole groups are standard using regular Freedom Munitions 55gr ammo at 50 and 100 yards with backup sights...I will be contacting you regarding a .308 soon." Derek R.
"Your builds are the best out there Steve. I ran mine all day back in April during an SOB Tactical training class and it ran flawless. The work you put into these rifles is amazing." Eric Connor, Arkansas
"Steve is a consummate professional. I emailed numerous gun makers before learning of Citizen arms and their responses were few and very vague. Steve responded immediately and answered all questions no matter how sophomoric or perhaps naive they could seem to a veteran of the armed forces. His knowledge and expertise serve to provide the customer with a high quality product that is far superior to both assembly line and other custom firearm makers. I will never go to anyone else other than Citizen Arms for rifles. In a market saturated with overpriced rifles and myth, Citizen Arms stands atop with superior customer service and knowledge which results in a product that is second to none." Colin S.
"JP and Larue build excellent rifles, you build superb (almost perfect) rifles. I've got all of them and shoot yours 99% of the time. I'll never buy another gas gun from a high dollar dealer or seller. If you can't build it I'm not going to shoot it."Chad A.
“Building my Hoplite with Steve was like being fitted for a custom suit with one of the world’s best tailors. We walked through every detail together, assessing all of my needs, and addressing everything I could expect from my finished rifle. When I finally got it in my hands, it was even better than I had imagined. Steve not only met, but exceeded my expectations – a feat I rarely see anyone pull off.”
Brad Thor, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
"I wanted to build a accurate hunting round for my Citizen Arms .308. After experimenting with many reloading factors, powders, primers, cases, and seating depth, I developed a very reliable and accurate load for my custom built CA rifle. It is the most accurate gas operated rifle I've ever seen or shot. I shot five consecutive, 5 shot groups well under 1MOA. Most were around 1/2" MOA. My rifle was outfitted with a Bushnell elite tactical HDMR scope with Horus H59 reticle. Using the Strelok ballistic program and muzzle velocity data, the program would provide sight hold for the target at any range. I'm proud to say that my CA rifle put the bullet on target at any range selected. Thank you for building my rifle and all the assistance concerning ballistic programs, Horus vision, and answering my long distance shooting questions." Steve J., Virginia
"Citizen Arms is by far the most unique manufacturer of AR styled rifles in the world. I purchased two custom rifles, one in .223 and the other in .308. Steve was able to take my unique requests and produce two extremely accurate and reliable rifles. When I do training courses for local law enforcement and allow them to shoot both rifles, they are amazed by the craftsmanship, reliability, accuracy and the price. CA rifles sell themselves. There is no other manufacturer that has the individual background and talents that Steve possesses to produce high-end, extremely accurate and most importantly, combat reliable AR-style assault rifles that will meet your specific shooting requirements at an economical cost. I recommend a CA rifle for any individual that wants a great rifle or LE officer that needs the best when it counts." CK
"I have 2 custom rifles that Steve has built for me. They are masterpieces and are extremely accurate. Like my home computer, they can do so much more that I can make them do. True precision." Bill W. Fayetteville, NC
"I've been exposed to many different weapons in my career; HKs, Knights Armament, Daniel defense, and Larue to name a few. Nothing else I've shot even comes close to my Citizen Arms AR. Having shot a fair bit I did some research before buying my own platform, checking around on forums, at work, and running my friends guns to find what I liked. I wasn't satisfied with what I found until my brother introduced me to Steve at CA. If you're in doubt over what to buy I challenge you to talk to anyone who has a CA weapon. Steve is a master craftsman and his weapons are works of art. Other guns want to grow up to be my gun." Patty O'Keefe
"I've been carrying AR-style carbines for over 30 years in both military and contracting roles. Putting aside a government issued carbine and getting behind the trigger of a CA carbine is like stepping out of a '73 Vega and climbing into a Porsche. It's a completely different gun. I love the 5.56 carbine Steve built so much I bought one for my daughter. A .308 from Steve is in my not too distant future. If you want a precision carbine, leave the Bushmasters and whatnot on the shelf in the gun store and contact Steve. You won't regret it."
Scott Carter, North Carolina
"As a specialized surgeon my life involves precision work with precision instruments...you get what you pay for...seek out the best and you will not be disappointed...I have both Hoplite 7.62x39 and match grade 7.62x51 ARs. No regrets." Steven P, North Carolina
"Citizen Arms is, without a doubt, one of the finest custom firearms manufacturers I have ever dealt with. I will never consider using another company. Their attention to detail and strive for perfection is unparalleled. I never knew a rifle's accuracy could be improved the way they did with mine. Their accurization process is unmatched and proven!" Greg Windmiller
I have had custom guns built by some of the best gunsmiths in the country. Working with Steve has been a great experience from start to finish, very professional. Some good gunsmiths do great work but are lacking in the communication/customer service dept. Not so with Steve, everything was handled very efficiently and the rifle he built for me exhibits great quality and workmanship."
Stefan Bolin, Naples FL
"Steve / Citizen Arms has the rare ability to build a weapon with not only quality and craftsmanship but accuracy and durability. If I could carry a CA gun in combat I would, hands down." ML
"Most accurate weapon I have ever fired" GB
"Citizen Arms builds very accurate and very reliable rifles. Steve has built me 556 and a 308 ARs. Both are impressive rifles. His customer service is great and he's very receptive and knowledge able. I won't buy another off the shelf AR. Thanks Steve." Mike E
"I've owned many different ARs and I must say Citizen Arms is a stand-out. The build-quality is unlike I've ever seen. Steve takes attention to detail to the nth degree. Accuracy is Hollywood movie good...if you do your part, the gun will absolutely deliver. I was introduced to CA while training with John at SOB Tactical, who instilled the correct fundamentals of marksmanship and made it easy to hit steel at 600m with a non-magnified Eotech. CA's Hoplites are lightweight so shooting during a full week of training enhanced my ability to focus on the basics. I had zero failures in a thousand suppressed rounds, even though I didn't clean the rifle all week. It was utterly reliable, even when running super hot. Crazy sub-moa accurate out of every CA build, including a .308 Win. I've experienced no better customer service than with Citizen Arms. Steve will help you sort out build details or questions. I had a gas block issue with my .308 carbine when shooting suppressed so he immediately diagnosed and fixed the problem with a couple week's turnaround. It's been flawless ever since. Steve has the experience and know-how to help you create an amazing rifle that you and yours will enjoy for years to come. I cannot recommend Citizen Arms enough." Donkey
"I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the rifle. It is by far the best one I have ever bought. My wife and I had the time of our life trying it out on the range. After about 800 rounds through a span of about 3 days we left with no malfunctions and very confident in it. It is truly a work of art. I cant wait to buy my next platform from you." Jason Douglas
"Steve, I just shot my new blaster for the first time this past week... All I can say is this is one of the finest weapons
I've ever shot! Thanks." Greg L., North Carolina
"I just wanted to let you know that I don't think I could be any happier with my .308. I think your costumer service and work is in a class of its own. I shot my best with it yesterday with a .6 MOA group at 100 yards. I plan on doing more business with you. Thank you for all your help. God Bless you and your business" David G.,Kansas
"Having Citizen Arms upgrade my AR15A2 gave me 2 highly accurate uppers to support my growing training business. My recent tactical pistol and carbine course (held at the SIG Academy) confirmed the exacting standards of Citizen Arms' work. Multiple types of ammunition over 2 days of sun, rain, mud, gravel, and awkward firing positions proved the CA 16" upper could stand up to the test. Never a misfire nor jam, and accurate to nail driving standards. Thanks Steve!" Mr. Kelly D Venden, Criterion Tactical, LLC, CriterionTactical.com
"When I contacted Steve I not only wanted a very accurate gun, but also one I could deer hunt with. I got both. With the Hornady SST I can get within 1/2 MOA and at 400 yds within 1.5inches. I could not be happier. Thanks Steve." Danny Watson, Kenly, NC
"AWESOME Friday, picked up my new Citizen Arms custom 3-Gun today and took it to the range. All I can say is WOW, it blew my Stag 3 away in performance. If you are even thinking about getting an AR 15 rifle check out Citizen Arms first. You will not be disappointed and you will get an accurate, affordable rifle that is better than any off-the-shelf gun at your local shop. You customize your car, why not have the AR of your dreams. Don't settle for the econ model or the cool QUAD AR the shops push. These are priced right and are fully accurized during the build process. So that they will out perform the rack/shelf guns." Alan Condon, NY
"In over 50 years of shooting, I’ve neither personally owned nor was I ever assigned a firearm that matched the incredible quality of fit and function as those that Mr. Adelman has built for me. Steve is a perfectionist with the highest professional standards, and of the guns he’s built for me, the reliability, accuracy, and finish of each gun is second to no other custom gunsmith I’ve encountered."
Sam Joseph, CSM USA (R)
"I wanted a special rifle and sought advice as I did not know where to start. A friend recommended Citizen Arms and I inquired and found what I was looking for and made my purchase. But the follow up support that ensued was what I wanted to discuss. I have often had questions, whether ammunition or loads etc. and have emailed Steve Adelmann and always received a very timely and thorough reply, usually within 24 hours! I have sought additional information regarding night vision assistance, etc and again received a very thorough, very timely response! Thanks for what you do!" Steve B
"Steve Adelmann's idea of customer service is second to none. He has helped myself and my department immensly in the past and continues to do so to this day. Whether it's technical support, gunsmithing, refinishing, or troubleshooting Steve always goes above and beyond to ensure that we have the best products and services available." P. LeRoy, Pinehurst, NC Police Department
"My Citizen Arms rifle is truly a masterpiece! This was my first "custom-built" rifle and I had never worked with Steve before. In fact, I had planned on buying a rifle from a well-known quality maker of ARs. However, a friend recommended I call Steve before I made my final decision. Wow, did I make the right decision in going with CA! From the very first conversation with Steve, I was beyond impressed with the amount of time he spent answering all of my questions, discussing every single piece of the rifle. The conversation lasted over an hour, and there were several follow up emails. His focus on satisfying the customer is unmatched. When you are in the market for buying a custom-made rifle and you find yourself questioning if you should spend the money, STOP! You will never regret your decision to buy a CA rifle. They are worth every penny! Shortly after I received my rifle from CA, I attended the F.A.S.T Inc. Combat Rifle and Pistol training class in Texas and won the "Top Shooter" award. I credit most of that victory to the quality of that rifle. There is no doubt I will be purchasing another one from Steve in the future, either for my son, or one more for me."
Mike Bruecks, Vice President, Intrepid Global Security Solutions
"The rifles CA made for me were purpose built. I knew what I wanted the end product to be before it was started. In order to evaluate, develop or demo ammo you must start with an accurate platform, and when the builder is a shooter and not just a trigger puller, you end up with what you expect on the first try. The integrity of the builder can be seen in the rifle and the T&E results. That can't be bought, its just included as part of the deal."Tim H Sellers, Alamo Custom Ammo LLC
"As a former Special Forces soldier and member of a Combatant Commander’s In-extremis Force, I tend to demand a lot from the weapons that I use. When it comes to the guns built for me by Citizen Arms, I have a feeling that for the first time in my life the roles are reversed and it is the gun that makes the demands of me." Al Oliveira, MSG, US Army Special Forces, Retired.
"There are two philosophies when it comes to owning an AR. Grab a mass produced Bushmaster/Colt etc right off the shelf and shoot what hundreds of other guys bought. Or, invest in a precision instrument, customized to personal specifications meeting your unique requirements, assembled meticulously by an expert and refined with a professional finish. Not only will a CA rifle visually impress fellow shooters, it will stun performance expectations.
Recommended to me by one of the US Army's small arms experts, I didn’t think twice about CA. I asked Steve to build a survival carbine, light yet accurate to mid-range, suppressor-ready, with weight and center of gravity at the core of the design. We had a discussion on pros and cons of almost every single component of the rifle, and Steve spent considerable time weighing each part and considering how it affected the handling. The result is a 'long carbine' that my tiny little wife (110 lbs) can hold without fatiguing from a standing position yet it can also hit silhouettes reliably at 600M.
When I decide to purchase a mid to long range rifle, I will return to CA. I recommend any serious connoisseur of AR-style rifles to Citizen Arms." Lloyd Sanders- 20+ year Army Infantryman