ComGraf, LLC was founded as a product design and development firm with a focus on sporting goods. ComGraf's entry into firearms design and manufacturing began in September 2012, following several conversations with a classmate at a college reunion. The original idea was to simply build a custom AR -- the traditional approach most first-time builders have taken over the years. Following the changes in CT's assault weapons law in 2013, the goal morphed into a project to design and build a CT legal AR-platform rifle based on a fixed magazine lower receiver. ComGraf became an ATF licensed gun manufacturer in the Spring of 2014.
Some great "toys" were on display at that reunion!
A little background about the founder: Doug graduated from West Point with a general engineering degree and later spent two years at MIT acquiring a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering. After 10 years of service as a commissioned officer, including Airborne and Ranger training, he left the Army and spent the next 40 years in a variety of product and process development roles and technical innovation consulting. Along the way, he also built up a small "skunk works" machine shop and acquired the SolidWorks modeling expertise required to design and build prototypes.
The "Skunk Works" and pictures of early-stage Lower Receiver development.