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**Press Release**

(Melbourne, FL) March, 2017 – FightLite® Industries, the small arms division of ARES Defense Systems® Inc. is pleased to announce that ARES® has awarded Wolverine Supplies of Manitoba, Canada with Exclusive Representation and Distribution rights for all ARES® Defense and FightLite® Industries products throughout the entire Canada Territory.

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Under the Agreement, Wolverine Supplies is the solely authorized and recognized representative of ARES® Defense and its small arms division FightLite® Industries for Canadian buyers including Military, Law Enforcement and Sporting customers. Additionally, Wolverine Supplies will also be a stocking distributor for Canadian firearm dealers interested in carrying and selling ARES® and FightLite® brand products such as the MCR® (Mission Configurable Rifle), SCR® (Sport Configurable Rifle), MXR™ (caliber and magazine convertible – pistol caliber carbine), GXR™ Gas-Piston kits for M4 type carbines and SCR® rifles and other innovative products, parts and accessories manufactured by ARES®/ FightLite®. And finally, as the Exclusive Representative for ARES® Defense and FightLite® Industries products; Wolverine Supplies will be the solely authorized service center for product support including repairs and warranty returns to the manufacturer.  

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“We’ve known John and Pat Hipwell for many years and we’re really excited to be working with them again for representation, distribution and support of our products for Canadian Military, Police, Sporting and OEM customers throughout Canada.” said Geoffrey Herring, President-CEO. “The relationship that we’ve developed and entered into will streamline the availability of our innovative and high quality products for all Canadians. They know our products very well and I can’t think of a more qualified team to represent our brands in the Canadian space than the Hipwells and their excellent team at Wolverine.”

About FightLite® Industries

FightLite® Industries is the small arms division of ARES Defense Systems® Inc., a privately held company that designs and manufactures lightweight and technologically advanced firearms and firearm accessories for Military, Law Enforcement, US civilian shooters and Foreign Governments.

Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida, FightLite® Industries is equipped with state-of-the-art CNC machining centers, 3-D solid-modeling and manufacturing CAD/CAM systems, a dedicated quality control department and an experienced manufacturing team that is committed to developing and manufacturing superior products for its customers.  Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, FightLite® products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra-modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.

To learn more about FightLite® Industries visit www.FightLite.com.  Follow FightLite® Industries on Facebook at facebook.com/FightLite , on Twitter @FightLite and on Instagram @FightLite.Industries.

FightLite® Industries is partnered with Defense Marketing Group who assists with promotion of the FightLite® brand through various channels of social media.

Notice: FightLite®, ARES Defense Systems®, MCR® and SCR® are registered trademarks of ARES Defense Systems® Inc.

**Press Release**

(Melbourne, FL) January 11, 2017 – FightLite® Industries, the country’s leading manufacturer of innovative, mission-configurable firearms, parts and accessories announces that it will be introducing several new groundbreaking products at SHOT Show Booth #7406 in the Law Enforcement section of the show.

The annual SHOT Show is being hosted at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas January 17-20, 2016.

“We’re really excited to bring these new products to market and topping the list is our new patent-pending MXR™, a multi-caliber sub gun that is primarily chambered in 9mm and is caliber convertible at the user level without tools to include .22LR, .45ACP and other popular pistol calibers.” said Geoffrey Herring, President-CEO. “The compact MXR™ is suppressor capable and will also convert to accept a variety of pistol magazine types including Glock, Beretta, CZ, SIG and many others. We originally developed the MXR™ as a select-fire submachine gun in response to an international L/E requirement, but we look forward to bringing the semi-auto pistol and rifle versions of this excellent design to the US civilian market through our Distributor and Dealer network.”

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FightLite Industries MXR Pistol

To learn more about the innovative and patent-pending MXR™ from FightLite® Industries, visit Booth #7406 at this year’s SHOT Show.

About FightLite® Industries
FightLite® Industries is a privately held company that designs and manufactures lightweight and technologically advanced firearms and firearm accessories for Military, Law Enforcement, US civilian shooters and Foreign Governments.

Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida, FightLite® Industries is equipped with state-of-the-art CNC machining centers, 3-D solid-modeling and manufacturing CAD/CAM systems, a dedicated quality control department and an experienced manufacturing team that is committed to developing and manufacturing superior products for its customers.  Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, FightLite® products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.

To learn more about FightLite® Industries visit www.FightLite.com.  Follow FightLite® Industries on Facebook at facebook.com/FightLite, on Twitter @FightLite and on Instagram @FightLite.Industries.

FightLite® Industries is partnered with Defense Marketing Group who assists with promotion of the FightLite® brand through various channels of social media. 

Notice: FightLite® is a registered trademark of ARES Defense Systems, Inc.

BELT-FED BLACK FRIDAY!

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SAVE up to  20%  on select ARES-FightLite MCR belt-fed uppers, parts & accessories! PLUS receive a FREE FIREPOWER Package with your purchase of any MCR upper on sale.

FIREPOWER Package Includes: 

(1) ARES-15 Stripped Lower Receiver! (must ship to FFL)

(1) 100-Round soft mag (nut sack) 

(1) Magazine Adapter

(2) Belt Starter Tabs

200-Rounds of USGI LC M855 Green Tip Ammo

FREE SHIPPING & HANDLING!

CALL NOW TO ORDER – (321) 242-8410

https://fightlite.com

**Press Release**

(Melbourne, FL) August 8, 2016 – ARES Defense Systems, the country’s leading manufacturer of innovative, mission-configurable firearms, parts and accessories announces a company name transition to FightLite® Industries.

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Originally founded in 1997 as “ARES Defense Systems” by company CEO and avid shooting enthusiast Geoffrey A. Herring; the company is changing its name to FightLite® Industries to be more reflective of both its current and upcoming product offerings and to honor its R&D division that conceives and develops the company’s ideas and inventions. 

“Since launching our company almost two decades ago, we’ve introduced and delivered many game-changing products to both civilian and military shooters alike” said Geoffrey Herring, President-CEO. “We’ve set new standards along the way with high-performance products such as our patented MCR® belt-feed system for the M4, our patented drop-in GXR™ gas piston kit and our universal and patented ARES SCR® rifle to name a few. We have some new groundbreaking product announcements coming up and we’re really excited about what we’re getting ready to bring to market in both the civilian and military marketspaces.”

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The company’s currently produced product lines will transition to the FightLite® brand by the close of 2016 and FightLite® Industries will be providing spare parts, service and manufacturer support of products that have been produced under the ARES Defense™ brand. ARES™, ARES Defense™ and related logos and product names will remain part of the company’s intellectual property portfolio.

FightLite® Industries supports 2-step Distribution and as with the ARES Defense brands, their products will continue to be made available through established channels of sporting goods wholesalers, box stores, FFL dealers, online retailers and factory direct.

About FightLite® Industries
FightLite® Industries is a privately held company that designs and manufactures lightweight and technologically advanced firearms and firearm accessories for Military, Law Enforcement, US civilian shooters and Foreign Governments.

Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida, FightLite® Industries is equipped with state-of-the-art CNC machining centers, 3-D solid-modeling and manufacturing CAD/CAM systems, a dedicated quality control department and an experienced manufacturing team that is committed to developing and manufacturing superior products for its customers.  Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, FightLite® products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.  

To learn more about FightLite® Industries visit www.FightLite.com.  Follow FightLite® Industries on Facebook at facebook.com/FightLite , on Twitter @FightLite and on Instagram @FightLite_com.

FightLite® Industries has partnered with Blue August, LLC to assist with promotion of the FightLite® brand and products line through public and editorial relations. For press inquiries, contact Monica Arnold at pr@blueaugust.com. FightLite® Industries is also partnered with Defense Marketing Group who assists with promotion of the FightLite® brand through various channels of social media. For social media inquiries, please contact Ben Wentzel at ben@defensemk.com.

Notice: FightLite® is a registered trademark of ARES Defense Systems, Inc.

MELBOURNE, FL, June 20, 2016 ­ ARES Defense Systems, the country’s leading manufacturer of innovative, mission-configurable firearms, parts and accessories invites you to Feed Your Freedom™ during its Red, White & Belt-Fed Independence Day Sale!

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In celebration of our great nation’s 240th Birthday and the Liberty that we all enjoy as citizens of the United States of America, we’re offering an opportunity to Feed Your Freedom™ with some great savings on our belt-fed MCR® product line! 

Beginning June 20th through July 4, 2016 you can save big and express your 2nd Amendment Constitutional Right to own one of the most advanced firearms available, combined with a FREE and comprehensive accessory package worth over $800.00 that includes everything you’ll need to enjoy your new MCR® for years to come! 

Experts don’t settle and the MCR® is legendary among experts for its gas-piston operation, 3-second quick-change barrel system and dual-feed mechanism that feeds from either magazines or linked 5.56mm ammunition belts! When introduced, the MCR® shattered world records and remains the lightest and most portable belt-fed in the world that is currently in use with military, law enforcement and civilian customers. A full product description can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6GH5sQtdDI

As a special “Thank You” and to help you fly America’s Colors, we’re also including a 3′ x 5′ embroidered and stitched U.S. flag that’s 100% Made in U.S.A. absolutely FREE! Happy Independence Day!

Now through July 4, 2016, ARES Defense is offering over $800.00 in packaged savings with the purchase of any belt-fed MCR® Rifle or Upper Receiver Assembly. During this event, customers will receive a Special Discounted Price and the following Mission Critical Accessories for FREE!

(1) 100-Round soft magazine (nut sack)
(1) 200-Round polymer magazine
(2) Ammunition belt starter tabs
(1) Mag-Well Adapter to connect your linked ammo mag
(2) 500 Link Box of Brand New USGI M27 Links (Lake City)
(1) 100-Rounds of USGI Lake City M855 Green Tip Ammo
(1) 3′ x 5′ Embroidered US Flag – 100% Made In USA
(1) FREE SHIPPING & HANDLING!

Full details of the “Red, White & Belt-Fed” Independence Day Sale are available at: http://conta.cc/28NlknH

About the MCR®

As ARES Defense premier rifle offering for the commercial, law enforcement and military marketplace; the MCR® vastly improves upon the standard AR15/M4 by offering exceptional flexibility with its dual-feed capability and quick-change barrel system. This flexibility combined with other unique features, allows users to instantly customize the MCR® without tools for virtually any use. 

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The MCR® quick-change barrel allows users to configure the MCR® in seconds without the aid of tools and is available in 12” (NFA Rules Apply) and 16” inch lengths.  Furthermore, the MCR® features gas-piston operation that provides greater reliability in extreme conditions, and is cleaner, cooler and more reliable in adverse conditions than the legacy direct-gas system. 

The unique design of the MCR® also allows customers to upgrade their existing rifles by simply substituting an ARES supplied MCR® upper receiver assembly in place of the legacy upper, which are rearward compatible to the earliest AR15’s from the 1960’s.

To take advantage of this limited opportunity, please email sales@aresdefense.com or contact ARES Defense by telephone at (321) 242-8410. A full price list is available on the ARES Defense website: www.aresdefense.com

FFL DEALERS: Contact ARES Defense for additional discounts!

Specifications:

Caliber: 5.56 X 45 mm NATO

Weight: 7.45 lbs (3.38 kg) Lightest Configuration   

OAL: 32.25” (819 mm) with 16.25 Bbl

Barrel: 16.25” (413 mm) Quick Change & 12.5” (318 mm)

Rifling:   1:7” (1: 178 mm) RHT

Feed Devices: 4179 STANAG Magazines or M27 Linked Ammunition

Rate of Fire: 625-800 RPM

Operation: Short Stroke, Gas Piston

100% Made in the U.S.A.

About ARES Defense
Since its founding in 1997, ARES Defense Systems has focused on the development of military small arms and accessories of unique versatility, innovation and exceptional quality for military, law enforcement and commercial customers.  Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, ARES products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.

Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast, ARES’ intense dedication to mission critical innovation has resulted in numerous patented advancements resulting in lighter, stronger, better performing weapons and accessories for the operator. To learn more about ARES Defense Systems visit www.aresdefense.com.  Follow ARES Defense on Facebook at facebook.com/aresdefense  and on Twitter @ARESDefense.

If I ever get around to doing a full auto lower I will totally need to add an ARES Defense MCR belt fed upper. ARES Defense has been introducing a lot of new stuff lately and this new “Lite” version of their MCR upper is the most recent. Check out the press release below.

**Press Release**

MELBOURNE, FL, October 30, 2015 ­ ARES Defense Systems, the country’s leading manufacturer of innovative, mission-configurable firearms, parts and accessories announced the introduction of its belt-fed MCR® Lite at NASGW in New Orleans. The MCR® Lite is an upper receiver assembly that fits standard AR15/M4 lower receivers and just like the full-featured MCR® (Mission Configurable Rifle) upper receivers, it features gas-piston operation, a true (3 second) quick-change barrel assembly and the ability to feed from M27 linked ammunition belts or standard AR magazines at the shooter’s discretion.

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“ARES Defense built its business on our belt-fed rifles and upper receiver assemblies which among others, have been purchased by civilians, US government and militaries overseas.” says Geoffrey Herring, President-CEO of ARES Defense. “At 8.5 lbs, the MCR® is the lightest and most portable belt-fed in the world and like all ARES Defense products is 100% Made in the USA. We recently released an engineering test video of our AMG-2 government model where we demonstrate a continuous 700-round burst of automatic fire to show the reliability of our belt-fed line. While the full-featured MCR® and AMG-2 models are a first choice for professional shooters, we wanted to provide a Lite model that allows recreational shooters to experience the thrill of our belt-fed systems at a fraction of the price of our full-feature models.”

The primary differences between the MCR® and the MCR® Lite is that the Lite model has a fixed gas port, aluminum feed tray, round feed roller housing and lighter barrel than the MCR®. Available for immediate shipment by ARES Defense and also being carried by distributors AMCHAR, RSR and others, the MCR® Lite carries an MSRP price tag of $2,995.

ARES Defense AMG-2 video demonstrating a 700-round burst can be found at the following link:

https://youtu.be/ImYaHPkeYEs

For more information, please email sales@aresdefense.com or contact ARES Defense by telephone at (321) 242-8410. Additional details available on the ARES Defense website: www.aresdefense.com

About ARES Defense

Since its founding in 1997, ARES Defense Systems has focused on the development of military small arms and accessories of unique versatility, innovation and exceptional quality for military, law enforcement and commercial customers.  Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, ARES products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.

Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast, ARES’ intense dedication to mission critical innovation has resulted in numerous patented advancements resulting in lighter, stronger, better performing weapons and accessories for the operator. To learn more about ARES Defense Systems visit www.aresdefense.com.

Follow ARES Defense on Facebook at facebook.com/aresdefense, Instagram at @aresdefense, and on Twitter @ARESDefense.

**PRESS RELEASE**

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MELBOURNE, FL, October 14, 2015 ­ ARES Defense Systems, the country’s leading manufacturer of innovative, mission-configurable firearms, parts and accessories announces the introduction of its Factory SBR’s (Short Barrel Rifles) to the US commercial market. Along with this announcement is the ARES Payback-200™ program; an unprecedented NFA tax rebate program whereby ARES Defense will reimburse their customers for the first $200 NFA transfer tax that applies to its Short Barrel Rifles under the National Firearms Act.

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The National Firearms Act of 1934 specifies a transfer tax of $200. for each transfer of any weapon between Individuals that falls under the purview of the NFA. Such weapons include Machine Guns, Silencers, Short Barrel Rifles (SBR’s), Short Barrel Shotguns (SBS’s), and Destructive Devices.

“With the increasing popularity of SBR’s and the transfer times simultaneously becoming shorter, we feel that it’s a great time to enter this space and offer our Factory SBR’s to the civilian consumer. Part of my function is to not only ensure that we’re responsive to our customer’s needs, but that we try to remove sales barriers that may impede our customers from otherwise enjoying our products.” says Geoffrey Herring, President-CEO of ARES Defense. “We demonstrated this commitment when we tirelessly worked with the NYPD to overturn an initial determination that prevented our customers from legally owning our product in the city; they now permit registration of our ARES SCR™ (Sport Configurable Rifle) within New York City which has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the Nation. We have no illusion that the $200. NFA tax is likely to ever be repealed, but we’re offering a solution for our customers who would like to own our factory SBR’s. Our solution is for us to reimburse them for the $200. NFA Transfer Tax in the form of a full value cash rebate under our ARES Payback-200™ program. It sounds unconventional and that’s because it is.”

Under current NFA regulations, tax-exempt transfers of NFA weapons are permitted between certain entities such as law enforcement, government and FFL Dealers and Manufacturers who pay an annual Special Occupational Tax (SOT). But an individual must pay a $200 transfer tax when they purchase an NFA weapon. Under the ARES Payback-200™ program, ARES Defense will reimburse the first end customer for their NFA transfer tax for any factory complete SBR manufactured by ARES Defense.

Here’s how it works: A serialized ARES Payback-200™ certificate that matches the ARES Factory SBR is supplied with each rifle. The rifle transfers tax exempt to an FFL/SOT Dealer or Manufacturer, who then transfers the rifle to the Individual on an ATF Form 4 with $200 tax payment. Upon approval of the transfer, the Individual supplies ARES Defense with a legible copy of their approved ATF Form 4 with Tax Stamp and matching serial number of the original ARES Payback-200™ Certificate. Upon receipt, ARES will reimburse that Individual with their choice of $200 cash or a $200 product rebate. Once the serialized ARES Payback-200™ Certificate is claimed, any future transfers of that specific rifle must be paid by the next Transferee in the manner that is currently done throughout the industry.

For more information, please email sales@aresdefense.com or contact ARES Defense by telephone at (321) 242-8410. Additional details available on the ARES Defense website: www.aresdefense.com

About ARES Defense

Since its founding in 1997, ARES Defense Systems has focused on the development of military small arms and accessories of unique versatility, innovation and exceptional quality for military, law enforcement and commercial customers.  Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, ARES products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.

Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast, ARES’ intense dedication to mission critical innovation has resulted in numerous patented advancements resulting in lighter, stronger, better performing weapons and accessories for the operator. To learn more about ARES Defense Systems visit www.aresdefense.com.  Follow ARES Defense on Facebook at facebook.com/aresdefense, Instagram at @aresdefense, and on Twitter @ARESDefense.

MELBOURNE, FL, September 23, 2015 ­ ARES Defense Systems, the country’s leading manufacturer of innovative, mission-configurable firearms, parts and accessories announces that it is now shipping its patented MCR® Sub-Carbine to the US commercial market.

ARES’ MCR® Sub-Carbine is a lightweight, semi-auto 5.56 NATO caliber weapon featuring gas piston operation, a 3-second quick change barrel system and a left-side folding stock assembly that telescopes for adjusting the length of pull. The charging handle is ambidextrous and interchangeable with standard AR15/M4 charging handles to suit user preference. Suppressor capable and able to be fired with the stock in any position, the MCR® is a clear step above many of the folding stock and telescoping PDW options in the marketplace. Critical Sub-Carbine components are billet machined from aircraft grade alloys and heat treated to exacting specifications for durability and long weapon life. Aluminum components are Type III, Class 2 hard-coat anodized to MIL-A-8625F for maximum corrosion and wear protection. Furthermore, all ARES Defense products are 100% Made in U.S.A. with US materials and workmanship.

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Also available to compliment the MCR® Sub-Carbine is an optional SKB briefcase with custom-cut foam insert that holds the weapon, six 30-round magazines, a cleaning kit, Operator’s Manual and storage space for a suppressor or other Mission Critical Accessories. The MCR® Sub-Carbine chassis is identical to the rest of the MCR® family and can be reconfigured for belt-feed or other role by simply rearranging its parts.

“Overseas contracts with a NATO partner paved the way for the semi-auto MCR® Sub-Carbine for the US consumer market.” says Geoffrey Herring, President-CEO of ARES Defense. “The Sub-Carbine is a critical model of the eight weapons that currently define the MCR® family and is particularly significant for maximum portability. While all of the select-fire military models that we’ve shipped have featured our co-planar MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny Rail handguard, we recently added a KeyMod style handguard option for the US consumer market to meet the interests of our customers. The select-fire MCR® Sub-Carbine is a proven and documented player in the military marketplace and is a serious system for professional shooters.”

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The MCR® quick-change barrel system allows users to configure the MCR® in seconds without the aid of tools and is available in 12” (NFA Rules Apply) and 16” inch lengths. Additionally, the MCR® Sub-Carbine features gas-piston operation that provides greater reliability in extreme conditions, and is cleaner, cooler and more reliable in adverse conditions than the legacy direct-gas system.

The unique design of the MCR® Sub-Carbine permits users to upgrade their existing rifles by simply substituting an ARES supplied MCR® upper receiver assembly and folding stock mechanism in place of the legacy upper and stock, and the MCR® is rearward compatible to the earliest AR15’s from the 1960’s.

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For more information and pricing, please email sales@aresdefense.com or contact ARES Defense by telephone at (321) 242-8410. Additional details available on the ARES Defense website: www.aresdefense.com

FFL DEALERS: Contact ARES Defense for Dealer Pricing!

Specifications:

Caliber: 5.56 X 45 mm NATO

Weight: 7.45 lbs (3.38 kg)

Barrel: 16.25” (413 mm) Quick Change & 12.5” (318 mm)

Rifling:   1:7” (1: 178 mm) RHT

Feed Devices: 4179 STANAG Magazines or M27 Linked Ammunition

Rate of Fire: 625-800 RPM

Operation: Short Stroke, Gas Piston

100% Made in the U.S.A.

About ARES Defense

Since its founding in 1997, ARES Defense Systems has focused on the development of military small arms and accessories of unique versatility, innovation and exceptional quality for military, law enforcement and commercial customers.  Engineered and manufactured with the highest quality American-made materials, ARES products are produced on state-of-the-art CNC machining centers in an ultra modern facility by a highly skilled workforce.

Headquartered on the USA’s Space Coast, ARES’ intense dedication to mission critical innovation has resulted in numerous patented advancements resulting in lighter, stronger, better performing weapons and accessories for the operator. To learn more about ARES Defense Systems visit www.aresdefense.com.  Follow ARES Defense on Facebook at facebook.com/aresdefense  and on Twitter @ARESDefense.