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October 21st, 2007

Sinclair's Recommended AR and Service Rifle Smiths has a list of Recommended Gunsmiths. Inclusion on that list is based on demonstrated ability plus customer recommendations. Nobody has “bought their way” on to the list. Most of the smiths listed on our Gunsmith Page specialize in bolt-action rifles, for Benchrest, varminting, and long-range. While some do work on AR15s and “space-guns”, this is not their primary focus.

White Oak Precision AR15 Upper

If you need a first-rate gunsmith for a service rifle, Sinclair International has compiled its own list of smiths including highly respected names. For service rifles (including AR types), Sinclair recommends the following:

Phil Arrington (Service Rifle)
Arrington Accuracy Works
1408 West Ross Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Phone: (623) 582-5066

Compass Lake Engineering (Service Rifle)
719 White Dr
Alford, FL 32420
Phone: (850) 579-1208

Fulton Armory (Service Rifle & Parts)
8725 Bollman Pl., #1
Savage, MD 20763
Phone: (301) 490-9485

Derrick Martin (Service Rifle)
Accuracy Speaks, Inc.
3960 N Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
Phone: (480) 373-9499

Scott Medesha (Service Rifle)
Medesha Firearms Ltd.
10326 E. Adobe Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
Phone: (480) 986-5876

Albert Turner (Service Rifle)
Turner Enterprises
2200 Seminole Ct.
Plano, TX 75074
Phone: (214) 424-8409

Bill Wylde (Service Rifle)
Wylde & Co.
PO Box 261
Greenup, IL 62428
Phone: (217) 923-3266

To Sinclair’s list we would definitely add John Holliger of White Oak Precision. John built the upper for the Smith & Wesson M&P AR with which Carl Bernosky won the Camp Perry High Power Championship in 2007. This marked the first time an AR-style semi-auto has won that event. John also builds many outstanding components for AR-style rifles, including windage-adjustable front sight bases, and the White Oak Precision Adjustable Buttstock (shown below).

John Holliger
White Oak Precision
101 South Perry
Carlock, IL 61725
Phone: (309) 376-2288

Precision Adjustable Buttstock White Oak Holliger

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October 21st, 2007

JARD Trigger for Howa 1500

The Howa 1500 is a nice rifle, offering good performance for the price. We like the Howa 1500 Varminter in particular, which comes with a quality laminated stock and smooth-working, stainless action. One of the few issues with a factory Howa has been the heavy trigger pull weight. You can fix that with a drop-in trigger from JARD. The recently-introduced, all-steel JARD trigger adjusts for overtravel, sear engagement, and pull weight. The trigger includes a Rem-style lever safety. Internals are precision-machined and hardened. Priced at $132 (item 100-003-169) at Brownell’s, the JARD trigger for the Howa 1500 can be ordered in a variety of pull weights from 14 to 28 ounces. Along with the Howa 1500, the JARD trigger fits S&W 1500, and Weatherby Vanguard rifles.

howa 1500

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