Friday, March 29, 2013

CHANGES to Price and to Delivery Wait Time


Effective today, the price for the Joshua Mk5 has changed from $895 to $1095. 

This price change reflects the following:  

(1) our decision to include a Lothar Walther barrel as standard, which is a high value at a price we can afford to offer due to our purchasing power (see previous post), 

(2) changes in the AK47 parts market, which has raised that cost of doing business.

We assure you this price change has nothing to do with joining the market frenzy.  We are keeping our prices as low as possible while offering high quality. 


Effective today, the delivery time for the Joshua Mk5 has changed from three months to six (6) months.

This is a necessary consequence of success and delays.

Regarding success, we simply have reached the limit of what we can accomplish with a three-month lead time.  We have discussed this at length, and we see no choice but to extend the wait time.

Regarding delays, there have been supply chain issues due to the gun panic (see previous posts). 


If you already have a contract with us, these contractual changes do not affect you.

Any Amendment Arms contract which arrives to us postmarked from before March 30, 2013 (tomorrow, Saturday) will be honored at the previous price of $895.  This accounts for those contracts already in transit.  This offer will expire April 5, 2013.

All further walk-in contracts (at our facility) will be at $1095.

These prices do not include mandatory (1) 11% manufacturer's federal excise tax, (2) North Carolina Sales Tax (for NC pickup and delivery only), or (3) shipping.

Thank you for being an Amendment Arms customer!

Tom Wise,
General Manager

Joshua Mk5 BARREL Announcement

Joshua Mk5 Barrel Announcement
To all of our valued customers:

We have made our decision regarding premium barrels for the Joshua Mk5.  The winner is... Lothar Walther.

These premium barrels will be made from LW19 chrome-moly steel, which is, we are informed, used by the Swiss Army in their machine gunnery.  This coincides with our original chrome-moly intent but at a higher level.

The contouring taper will be heavy, with one extra step than we originally planned.

The twist will be 1:8 rather than 1:7.  We originally believed 1:7 was ideal but we are convinced now that 1:8 will be better for your needs. 

By these changes, accuracy will be improved from our original intent, and Walther’s impeccable record for producing great barrels certainly does not hurt!

The chambering will be 5.56, shooting also .223, as originally planned.

The additional cost for this terrific upgrade, including installation at our facility, will be $160.  
North Carolina residents, please add 7% NC Sales Tax, or $11.20.

Because of our buying power, this is about half what you might expect to pay on your own for this barrel and installation.  In other words, a great value.

In so saying, we believe that having a Walther barrel makes your Joshua Mk5 not only better but also more valuable.

We are in fact so impressed by Walther and their ability to maintain high standards at reasonable prices that in the future we will be offering Walther barrels standard on all Joshua Mk5.  If you paid $895 for your Joshua, this does not affect your current contract.  For you, the Walther barrel is an option.

If you have not already replied to our email on this matter, please now let us know if you will be opting for the Walther barrel.

Thanks very much,

Tom Wise,
General Manager

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Update for March 19, 2013

Hello, everyone!

We apologize for the delay in updating the status of Amendment Arms Inc. and of the Joshua Mk5.  Here is the latest news:

Shipping Dates
As you may know, we desired and expected to be able to ship the Mk5 by March 31, 2013.Unfortunately, the gun panic continues to run its course.  This has caused many delays.  What delays?

(1) Barrels are in short supply.  Larger manufacturers are cornering production time from barrel makers. We can get the blanks we need, but not in quantity or in a speedy manner.  Naturally, everyone is in the same boat.  There’s not much we can do except place our orders and wait the month or two it takes for barrels and blanks to arrive.

(2) Quad Rails.  Believe it or not, our original aluminum extrusions supplier bowed out, claiming “liability” issues, meaning fear of the government.  We have since found several extruders who are more than willing, and we will choose one within the week.  After we do this, it will be 5-8 weeks before delivery. 

As such, our new date for first shipment must be moved to late May-early June.

If you have paid full price, and your delivery date comes due before that time, please contact us by email to let us know if you will be willing to wait, and for how long.  Otherwise, we are on schedule.  Please note that this affects only those who paid full price, not layaway customers, per the contract.


We hope to show a rough version of the Mk5 in mid-to-late April.  We had been thinking and saying March, but we are revising some technical aspects while we wait for barrels and quad rails.

Premium Barrels

As you may know, we are offering our customers the opportunity to upgrade their Mk5 barrels.  These will be provided by a top name barrel maker (likely Walther), in 5.56, the same caliber as our standard barrel.

This does not mean that our barrels are going to be bad barrels.  There is a scale between 0 and 10, after all.

Improvements include Swiss steel, a bit more accuracy (specs not yet known), and the advantage of having a name brand barrel for a very reasonable price (purchasing power).

We are still getting all the details, including absolute shipping time and extra cost.  We will let you know by email and website post as soon as all is ready.


The gun run evaporated our cheap supply of magazines.  We are now seeking a deal in order to provide our customers a 30-round magazine for each Joshua purchased (except in states not permitted). 

Please contact Tom Wise at 828-676-0225 if you are a manufacturer or wholesaler interested in partnering with Amendment Arms.


We are registering with ATF to import parts kits and weapons. 

Please contact Tom Wise at 828-676-0225 if you have you have contacts in, or can speak the language of, any country where AK-47 and/or AK-74 weapons or parts kits may be found.  This includes Romania, Bulgaria, and other European, African, and Asian nations. 

Reward for success!


In case you don’t know, Amendment Arms Inc. will not sell our weaponry to any government which in our opinion subjects its citizens to terror tactics or straight fascism.  By not striking down certain provisions of the NDAA, and by reauthorizing and authorizing more spying on the American people, and by legislating or attempting to legislate redistribution of wealth and other Marxist ideals, we at Amendment Arms have decided that the current federal administration is so categorized and not to be trusted.  We will not sell to this federal government.

We also will not sell our weaponry to any government which permits its police to carry a weapon which a regular citizen, properly trained, cannot.  We therefore will not sell to New York State police or other authorities.

Monday, March 4, 2013

A Word About Magazines

Many of our customers are inquiring about magazines.

When we started this venture, magazines were cheap and plentiful, and we had leeway to provide one to each customer without any issue.  Now, not only are prices too high, but we can't get magazines in quantity.  Even if we could, the price is still prohibitive. 

So, what we're doing is proactive.  We're on a mission to make our own magazines.  We have two avenues we are pursuing, sheet metal and 3D printing.  But we are still months away from this ability.  Therefore, we will have to write some sort of "IOU" for the magazine we promised in print. 

Even though our contract never promised a magazine, we feel an obligation to provide one. 

If prices drop and quantity once again expands, we will simply buy and distribute, as originally planned.  Until that time, we are working on a solution.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.