Company Overview

ARES Defense Systems, Inc. is a privately held company that designs and manufactures quality firearms and firearm accessories. Founded in 1997 by company president Geoffrey A. Herring, ARES Defense supports the military, law enforcement and sporting markets with innovative and technologically advanced products.

Located in Melbourne, Florida, ARES Defense 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 design and manufacturing team that is dedicated to developing and manufacturing superior products for Military and Law Enforcement personnel and responsible civilian shooters.

Notable product achievements for which multiple patents have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office include the Shrike 5.56™ Advanced Weapons Systems, ARES-16™ Small Arms Family and the GXR-35 Gas Piston Retrofit Kit for M16 rifles and M4 carbines.

ARES Defense products have been prominently featured in many respected industry publications including Small Arms Review, Soldier of Fortune, Shooting Times, Guns & Ammo, Special Weapons for Military and Police, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, Visier, Surefire’s Combat Tactics, Shotgun News, and other magazines. ARES Defense products have also been reviewed in depth in the authoritative book The World’s Assault Rifles and featured on The History Channel’s Modern Marvels “Bullets” and “The History of Lead” episodes.

ARES Defense Systems, Inc. is registered with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2778-2780 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Parts 120-130). ARES Defense Systems, Inc. possesses current Federal Firearms Licenses issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.