In the fall of 2012, Matthew and Rebecca Baker began discussing the excitement in the gun industry and their desire to get involved. By April 2013, they opened Great Lakes Firearms and Ammunition, LLC, a retail store in Sparta, Michigan. Becky's brother Nick was brought onboard to help run the company, and by the end of the year their first year in business they began producing their own line of ammunition.
They quickly discovered that there was a need in the market for well built, affordable, American-made firearms and thus began their expansion into manufacturing. They started producing components to build complete AR uppers (handguards, barrels, muzzle brakes, and gas blocks), then eventually expanded into manufacturing GLFA lower receivers.
The family-owned and operated business has continued to grow and expand based primarily on word of mouth from supportive dealers and amazing customers. What began as a retail space turned two CNC machine operation, has grown into a well-respected manufacturing company with over twenty machines running around the clock. In 2021, GLFA completed renovations to their prior facility, adding over double the square footage, a brand new retail storefront, and corporate offices to hold their ever-growing staff.
Great Lakes Firearms and Ammunition or "GLFA" continues to pride itself on their offering of great quality, affordable, American-made products.