I just bought a Mohawk receiver instead of the Bushmaster that I thought I was going to buy.
I never heard of Mohawk until I stopped in to Gunrunners store on Wednesday (14th). I hadn't even been inside Gunrunners until that day either. I went by to see the full auto stuff they have on display, and there was a Mohawk lower in the case. It looked nice and the shop guy was talking it up. I'd been thinking that I wanted a Bushie and I left without the Mohawk. I had one stop down near Greeneville to make. Wed night I looked Mohawk online and I had been standing 1 mile for their shop and didn't know it. Anyway I wanted to check reviews before I jumped in for one. I checked here on NEW AR PRODUCTS and AR DISCUSSIONS for any mention of a build and didn't see anything in the first couple of pages. Don't know if I missed it, but I went back to their website for info on them.
After finding them again, I shot off an email to the addy and Jim answered saying I could stop by to check them out if I was serious. I called the next day and went by his shop to see the lowers again. About the first thing Jim did when I met him was hand me a T-shirt with the zombie Mohawk logo on it. He took me in the shop and handed me a PISTOL AR lower, and he stepped away to help a customer that was there first. I stood there in front of a box with probably 20 new lowers in it. I looked his shop over and talked to one of the machinists there. On one bench was a short row of unmachined blank lowers; blanks for the same thing as what I was holding that were waiting to be worked. On another bench was a couple of handfuls of new .308 billets that were taking shape. Now I was really interested, 'cause they're about ready. The machinist I talked with while waiting for Jim was working on one of the new .308 lowers in an upright milling machine. He said they were taking more labor than the others. I don't know if it's because they're billets or because they're new, but that's what he said.
I just stumbled on to Mohawk. I discovered them one day in a gun shop I always intended to stop in to, and less than 24 hrs later I was standing on Mohawk's floor looking them over. I really got turned on when I learned (1) that they were in TN, (2) were on my way and I could see the shop, (3) were said to be of good quality, and a .308 is coming out. Someone asked if they were machined at Mohawk, and Jim asked me Thursday when I was there if I had heard about them from AR15.com. Now I find the post he must've been talking about and I can tell you what I saw without knowing I was supposed to look for it that day. I wandered around the shop while he was helping someone and I saw blank lowers (not just the .308 billets) stacked there for machining. And that's the only time I've met Jim so far. I went home with the lower that I wanted and I'll start a build very soon. I just now laid down the County Comm Maratac flashlight that I was using to go over this new receiver, and every time I look closer, I see that it's a nice piece.
And yeah, I was thinking a lower with the logo from the T-shirt would be cool too. The logo might not be for everyone's rifle, but it's cool enough for a T-shirt so why not?