Following a strategic review of the current Canadian political environment as it relates to the recent firearms prohibition and the reclassification of many semi-automatic sporting rifles, Black Creek Labs has made the decision to halt all research, development and manufacturing of semi-automatic rifles made specifically for the Canadian commercial market.

After the recent firearms prohibition instituted by the Canadian Government and the subsequent, incoherent and unexpected ban on the SLR Receiver sets (SLR Coyote) and many other rifles two weeks after the initial Order in Council, Black Creek Labs has determined that the risk and challenges facing Canadian firearms manufacturers is too great to continue any type of further investment in that market.

“Although it greatly saddens us to be forced to stop making semi-automatic rifles for the Canadian commercial market, we are excited about our strategic transformation and will divert all available resources to the development of products for export sales including the European and US commercial markets and Military and Law Enforcement sales around the world.  We will keep a close eye on the Canadian political landscape and the specific regulations pertaining to the classification of semi-automatic rifles and if there is a positive change, we will be well positioned to immediately start servicing the great people of Canada again.”  Rob MacIntyre

As most of you will already be aware, on May 1, 2020, the Government of Canada amended the Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms as Prohibited.  These amendments have reclassified the non-restricted SLR Coyote, BCL102, BCL102 MK7 and BCL102 Catamount as prohibited; and the restricted BCL15 Wejack and BCL102B Badger as prohibited.

Although we do not have any more information than what has currently been released publically, we will continuously provide updates as we receive them.

There is a two-year amnesty order in effect expiring April 30, 2022.  This order protects you from criminal liability or unlawful possession, however it is imperative that you no longer use your rifles and that they are immediately put into permanent storage until more information is received.

There is a small window provided by the Government of Canada to allow rifles that are not currently in the possession of the owner to be returned to the owner.  If your rifle is currently with BCL, we will be immediately performing the necessary warranty work and shipping the rifle back to the registered address.  Upon receipt, the rifle should be put into permanent storage.   It is only lawful to transport a newly prohibited rifle in accordance with the amnesty.  This is limited to transport to a lawful owner’s residence, to have them deactivated by an approved business, to surrender them to the police, or to export them lawfully.  As such, BCL can not accept any newly prohibited rifles.

If you have purchased a rifle that has not yet been shipped to you, or have any questions about your recent purchase, please contact the authorized dealer you purchased the rifle from as each dealer has their own policy in regards to the recent prohibition.

The Government of Canada has made a general statement that a buyback and/or grandfathering status may come into effect in the future.  BCL has no further information on these initiatives.

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Petition e-2341 has now closed with an unprecedented 175,310 signatures.  This is a testament to how a great number of Canadians from vastly different backgrounds can proudly pull together for what they believe in.  This petition was a call upon the Liberal Government of Canada to put any new firearms laws, bans or changes before the house of commons for debate instead of the “egregious” use of an Order in Council, which bypasses the democratic process.  With the potential ban of certain firearms still looming, the battle is not over yet, but I am certainly proud of how our industry has responded, and I am honoured to be part of this community.

Another unexpected but remarkable response to this potential firearms ban is something that will strengthen Canadian firearms manufacturers for years to come.  In recent years (or at least for the short period of time that I have been involved in the industry), the majority of firearms manufacturers did not communicate with each other and often treated each other more as corporate enemies than like-minded organizations that can help each other succeed. Fortunately, the looming threat of a gun ban has inadvertently created a new bond between many Canadian manufacturers and as a result, there has been a drastic increase in communication, collaboration and joint projects.  Black Creek Labs has taken an open approach to this new environment and has been actively working on numerous projects with other Canadian manufacturers and organizations involved in the Canadian firearms community.

In an unprecedented joint venture, Black Creek Labs and Maccabee Defense Inc. have been working together to finally offer the SLR Coyote. This rifle is a semi-automatic rifle chambered in 5.56 that was created to offer the Canadian public a new, non-restricted rifle in an enduring political environment that has not classified many new non-restricted semi-automatic rifles.

The SLR Coyote is made from a standard Maccabee SLR lower receiver, but it has been mated with a Black Creek Coyote upper receiver.  The SLR mating system creates a more stable receiver platform and the Coyote dualithic upper receiver creates a true free-float rail to receiver mating system, giving the SLR Coyote the potential to be one of the most accurate 5.56 semi-automatics available today.

The SLR Coyote will be released in March 2020 and Black Creek will also release an “e-2341” version, which was created to show our support and to honour the way the firearms community has come together during a political environment that threatens our legal right to own firearms.  The “e-2341” version of the SLR Coyote will be chambered in 5.56, have an 18.6 inch barrel and the calibre marking on the upper receiver will be replaced with e-2341, immortalizing the way the Canadian firearms community and firearms manufacturers have joint forces and come together.

Black Creek will be donating a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of every e-2341 version of the SLR Coyote to both the CSAAA, (Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association) and the CCFR, (Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights).    Stay tuned for more information including technical specifications, video and photos of the SLR Coyote.

The spread of Covid-19 throughout the world is having a dramatic impact on every one of us.    We are no different at Black Creek and although we are listed as an essential business by the government of Ontariowe have adapted our operations to protect our staff and to make a positive impact on the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.  This is how Black Creek is doing its part:

Our People  One of the biggest lessons the world has learned is that the most effective way to minimize the risk of transmitting Covid-19 is to reduce human density and maximize social distancing.   To comply with this, Black Creek has cut its work force in half, shut down all assembly and administrative functions completely and added an additional shift for our CNC operators, which spreads the few essential people left at the facility to an average of 4 people per shift across a 22,000 square foot facility.   This, combined with physical distancing and hand washing protocols keeps the risk of workplace transmission to a level well within our mandated daily risk assessment.

Giving Back  Due to our temporary workforce reduction, Black Creek currently has a number of CNC machines and other manufacturing capabilities that are not currently in use.  We are working diligently in answering the call from the Federal and Provincial governments to start manufacturing products and tools that can directly assist the fight against the spread of Covid-19.

 Looking forward  Like many small businesses across Canada, Black Creek has been hit hard by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The combination of a disrupted supply chain, shutting down the non-essential elements of the business and our self-imposed social distancing measures have limited our ability to manufacture, assemble and ship products.

That being said, our proactive strategy of keeping essential machines running, already having a full inventory of “near-assembled” SLR Coyotes and most importantly, having a dedicated and determined staff that seems never to tire, will allow us to start shipping some SLR Coyotes this month. Nobody has said it better than Winston Churchill .  “We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle, nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down.  Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.”

Black Creek and its people are committed to meet the challenge of this Pandemic and we will adapt and overcome as necessary.

Stay Safe.

 

 

 

Military and Law Enforcement personnel are inherently and continuously exposed to serious health risks, due to the noise and concussive force produced by their firearms. Hearing loss and other symptoms from gunfire are the most common injury an armed professional will receive. In almost all NATO countries, sound and blast pressure from live-fire range training and actual operations are responsible for more complaints than all other duty injuries combined. Hearing Loss, Tinnitus, pain, vertigo and ruptured ear drums are but some of the many symptoms produced by the sound and blast pressure of gunfire. A gunshot creates both sound and blast pressure, and although sound pressure can be mitigated with hearing protection, blast pressure can not as it seeks the path of least resistance, entering any open cavity (nose, ears, mouth, eyes) in its path. Once blast pressure has entered the body, it can hit the brain, eardrums, the lungs and the heart. Constant and repetitive shooting, even in hunting and sport shooting can cause concussion like symtoms that have been linked to degenerative brain dammage.

According to a 2010 report from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the cost of providing basic care for hearing disabilities for 1.6 million returning veterans was over 1.3 billion dollars and every organization across North America that provides live-fire training to their armed professionals are seeing rises in the financial burden associated with this problem.

Black Creek has redesigned the Little Bird Direct Thread Suppressor to offer a very cost effective solution to organizations that want to reduce sound pressure to a level that is considered “hearing safe” by the ministry of labour and want to mitigate almost all of the blast pressure associated with concussion like symptoms.