Located in Houston, TX, T-REX SMALL ARMS was established by Tim Hughes, a Mechanical Engineering graduate of Texas A&M University. After working in the Subsea Oil & Gas Industry for 23 years, 15 of which were devoted to the BP Thunder Horse project, Tim was one of many laid off due to the sudden downturn in early 2016.

Many months spent searching for a new job with zero luck eventually led to Tim’s decision to obtain his FFL Type 07 to manufacture and sell firearms. With a history of interest in firearms design, Tim noticed big improvements that could be made to the current “top” muzzle brakes on the market. He knew he could create a better muzzle brake. Calling on his past engineering experience, Tim quickly designed a brake that offered more recoil reduction, as well as a flatter shooting experience without the barrel flip, maintaining the muzzle on target for faster follow-up shots.  

That one brake design has turned into nearly 30 more, born in the subsequent months as Tim’s imagination went wild with design possibilities. And those are just for the 5.56mm caliber. More designs will come for other calibers where needed.  

Many more design ideas were thought up for everything from adjustable gas blocks, innovative trigger guards that offer more than usual functionality, M-lok rail accessories, back-up iron sights, and so on. Having experimented with reducing recoil, Tim decided to offer the firearms industry a new AR-15 design that incorporates some of the most advanced surface treatments, materials, and designs in the industry.

Not wanting to “lock-in” the consumer to only using a certain tactical handguard based on an “enhanced” upper receiver and handguard design, Tim wanted to leave the upper receiver interface to the handguard as the standard “mil-spec’ish” design to give said consumer options for upgrades later, without using just one brand.   

Though all this innovation comes at a hefty price, if you want the best, you don’t mind the cost.


T-REX SMALL ARMS stands behind all of its products with a lifetime warranty for manufacturer’s defects. If you ever have any issues with a product, we want to know about it so we can make it right and solve the problem as quickly as possible. We are always interested in your opinions and input on products and seeking to find the “best-of-the-best” products to offer our customers. We are not a “me-too” company offering the dirt-cheap base stripped-down models. 

There are some extremely high quality Tier 1 ARs on the market today, but most are low-grade. Let me explain that. Grade has nothing to do with quality. It has to do with the functionality and level of upgrades offered. Many manufacturers make excellent products, I own many brands myself, but most still offer basic models, stripped bare. Very few upgrades are the norm, and that’s fine. Most people like to upgrade over time at their own pace and budget. So there are plenty of vendors in that market to chose from. We take a different approach at T-REX SMALL ARMS. We offer only high-grade (highly upgraded), high quality firearms that are ready for duty/service right out of the box. No break-in is required. We may not be the vendor of choice for everyone, but that’s OK, its a big pond. There is something for everyone in the firearms industry.

We do not keep a huge inventory of all the various brands of accessories because we only stock the parts we will use within our own AR firearm builds. If you feel another component is superior to our selection, feel free to make the suggestion that we carry and use the product and we may add the product into our R&D model for torture testing.

Our firearms are based on the R&D models that have undergone extensive testing in the field to check for reliability and failure modes. Our R&D models undergo thousands of rounds before we release the same model with identical build-specs for sale. They take the abuse so we can stand behind the product and know it is high quality. We break-in each and every firearm with the barrel manufacturer’s recommended break-in procedure and check for proper operation, safety functions, accuracy and reliability. We check that each and every firearm has undergone an extensive documented break-in, commissioning, accuracy and reliability check. You get that documentation with every firearm purchase. We provide the shot targets showing each firearm’s precision with our R&D scope. We provide a full build list showing every step taken to ensure a quality build, documenting every thread sealant application, every torque, every function check performed, the break-in process, etc. Does any other vendor provide that level of quality assurance?

Like we said, we may not be the vendor for everyone, but for those who purchase our firearms, you’re going to have a big smile on your face. You’ll never be satisfied with the base AR builds again once you’ve shot our low-recoil, precision firearms. We don’t want our firearms to be safe queens. Take them out, use them, scratch them, drop them, drag them, give them character from the abuse of a duty life.  Feel confident that we stand behind our products and they will perform when needed.