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Wolverine Supplies is Bringing Some New Hotness Back To An Oldie

Kodiak Defence WK180C Aiming To Cure Your Summer Time Blues

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 Defence 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 Defence

Model: WK180-C

Calibre: 5.56 NATO / .223 REM

Action: Semi-Auto

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

Furniture: Retractable

Handguard: Free Float, 1913 and M-Lok

Sights: Not Included

Finish: Black hard Coat Anodized Class III

Capacity: 5

Weight: 7.25 lbs

Overall Length: 36.7 inches

Condition: New

Classification: Non-Restricted

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 Defence 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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Wally F.

Staff Writer and Reporter for TVPP. Background in Broadcast News Operations, Journalism, Criminology, and Firearms. An Infantry NCO for over fifteen years in the Canadian Army and still counting. Spent 8 months in Iraq working on my tan. I love my country, family, brother-in-arms, shooting sports, and positive responsible promotion of firearms and everything that surrounds it in Canada and beyond.