CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, THE SALIENT BRAND WAS NOT FOUNDED AS A FIREARMS COMPANY. SALIENT WAS FOUNDED AS A SECURITY FIRM BACK IN 2001 AND WAS COMMISSIONED WITH ONE KEY MOTIVATION IN MIND: TO ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES OF THE CONTINUALLY INCREASING THREATS OF CRIME, VIOLENCE, AND TERRORISM. 

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BASED OUT OF LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, SALIENT QUICKLY FORGED ITS REPUTATION AMONGST THE MOST DISCERNING OF CLIENTELE WHO DEMANDED NOTHING SHORT OF SERVICE EXCELLENCE. SEVERAL OF THESE CLIENTS HAD INTERESTS DOMESTICALLY AND ABROAD WHICH SAW SALIENT PROVIDING SECURITY SERVICES BOTH STATESIDE AND BEYOND THE BORDERS OF THE UNITED STATES.

WORKING IN SOME OF THE MOST NON-PERMISSIVE ENVIRONMENTS AROUND THE WORLD, SALIENT FOUNDER, ADRIAN CHAVEZ, QUICKLY REALIZED THAT THE WEAPONS BEING SOURCED OUTSIDE OF THE U.S. WERE OF VARYING DEGREES OF SERVICEABILITY. THE IDENTIFICATION OF THIS POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC PROBLEM LED TO THE CREATION OF THE SALIENT FLY-AWAY KIT. THIS KIT ALLOWED SALIENT PERSONNEL TO TRAVEL WITH NON-RESTRICTED FIREARMS PARTS AND RETROFIT INTERNAL PISTOL COMPONENTS TO INCREASE THEIR CAPABILITY AND RELIABILITY.

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THE SALIENT FLY-AWAY KIT WAS ULTIMATELY THE PRECURSOR TO THE SALIENT ARMS INTERNATIONAL (SAI) FIREARMS DIVISION OF THE BRAND. WITH SAI QUICKLY MAKING ITS MARK IN THE FIREARMS WORLD AND ON HOLLYWOOD’S BIG SCREEN, MITCHELL MCALISTER WAS BROUGHT ON AS A FULL PARTNER AND PRESIDENT TO MANAGE, GROW, AND OVERSEE SALIENT’S SECURITY OPERATIONS. UNDER HIS NEWLY REBRANDED AND ESTABLISHED RISK MANAGEMENT FIRM, SALIENT CONSULTING GROUP, INC., MITCHELL QUICKLY SET ABOUT PUTTING HIS EXTENSIVE GOVERNMENT AND ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE TO GOOD USE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

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