Mesa Kinetic Research was founded by Vincent Buckles in November 2011. Vince graduated from Pennsylvania Gunsmith School in early 2004 and immediately began his professional career in Baton Rouge LA, It wasn’t long before he became well known in South Louisiana for his technical aptitude and ability to troubleshoot mechanical issues. In 2011, Vincent and Red Jacket Firearms gained international recognition on the hit reality tv series Sons of Guns which aired until 2014 on Discovery.
Late in 2011, Vincent left Red Jacket and formed Mesa Kinetic Research with the goal of producing high-end AK platform rifles using production techniques and tooling superior to those he had been exposed to at RJF. A life-long admirer of the great American innovator and captain of industry Henry Ford, Vincent set off to do things his own way using inspiration from outside the gun industry to shape the model for his company. He has written technical manuals on the Kalashnikov platform for two major gunsmith schools, built custom firearms for foreign heads of state, as well as written a number of articles for mainstream gun magazines. Vincent is an Eagle Scout, a devout Christian, and Past Master of his Masonic Lodge. He is an unapologetic advocate of the right to keep and bear arms, something he believes is necessary to the security of a free state.