Words by: Wally F. Photos by: Wally F.
……….In America in late 1960’s and early 1970’s the Armalite AR-18 design was powered off of a short-stroke gas piston system that allowed for a very compact build that had recoil springs in the receiver instead of in the butt stock. This allowed for folding stocks to shorten it’s overall length but still function properly. In 2003 ArmaLite introduced a model featuring a polymer lower receiver, this rifle the AR-180-B, accepted AR-15 trigger groups, magazine releases, and magazines. The AR-180-B received poor sales worldwide and wasn’t adopted readily, as a result in 2007 production was discontinued.
……….Fast forward to Canada and today. The Kodiak Defense WK180-C, the successor to the AR-180-B, is manufactured in Canada and is based off of an existing Non-restricted platform, the AR-180-B. The WK180-C meets all the legal requirements for a non-restricted firearm.
……….The WK 180-C has taken the AR-180B design and refined it even more. Chambered in .223 Wylde it will reliably fire .223 REM and 5.56 NATO ammunition with no issues. An integrated 1913 picatinny rail flows along the top of the rifle on a free floating hand guard in M-Lok (the model I handled was in KeyMod) you can mount the optic of your desire on top of the WK 180-C. Picking the rifle up it handles and feels exactly like the AR platform. The design lines on the rifle are straight angular and sharp, it feels like the rifle is beckoning you to run it hard on the range.
Manufacturer: Kodiak Defense
Calibre: 5.56 NATO / .223 REM
Safety Type: Ambidextrous
Trigger Type: AR 15
Barrel Specifications: 18.7 inch Chrome Moly. Medium Heavy.
Twist Rate: 1:8
Gas System: Short Stroke Gas Piston
Muzzle Device: A2 Flash Hider. 1/2 x 28 tpi
Upper Receiver: Aircraft Grade 6061-T6 Aluminum
Lower Receiver: Aircraft Grade 6061-T6 Aluminum
Handguard: Free Float, 1913 and M-Lok
Sights: Not Included
Finish: Black hard Coat Anodized Class III
Weight: 7.25 lbs
Overall Length: 36.7 inches
Accessories Included: Two 5 Round Magazines
……….With the first shipment of WK 180-C’s projected to be at retailers and dealers by May/June of this year, it’s the perfect time and weather to be hitting your local ranges, back country, and Crown land with a new all Canadian built rifle in your hands. The estimated continued production schedule of the WK180-C will be approximately 50 + rifles per week initially. This output will increase as production ramps up later on in the year. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a demo and really putting it through it’s paces. To be able to obtain a non-restricted semi-automatic rifle with a price point at around $1000 Cdn is a big achievement for Kodiak Defense and Wolverine Supplies. The fact that’s it’s 100% built in Canada is just a bonus. If you haven’t already pre-ordered the WK180-C go hit up the Wolverine Supplies website to get in on it.
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