Army veteran and Georgia native Rudy Koester has been involved in firearms and metal working most of his life, receiving his first rifle at the age of 8, pistol at the age of 10 and lathe at the age of 12. He built his first 1911 .45 ACP pistol at the age of 16 and welded a de-milled M1 carbine into a functional rifle at 18.
A champion marksman and marksmanship instructor in the Army, Rudy developed a keen familiarity with the M16 rifle and began to build his own AR-15’s from parts as a hobby after leaving the Army.
Firing a blowback action pistol caliber (9mm) AR-15 in 2005, Rudy was appalled at the burnt powder residue ejected into the face and unacceptable level of recoil from what was then considered a top of the line, commercially-manufactured carbine.
A fan of the .45 ACP cartridge, Rudy developed a gas-operated, locked breech conversion prototype AR-45 in 2006. Six years of custom builds, design tweaks, and modifications allowed Rudy to perfect his design that is now available for the serious sport shooter as well as the law enforcement/security professional providing a quantum leap forward in functionality and reliability.