We got an exclusive factory tour of the Savage Arms manufacturing center in Westfield, Massachusetts, where they’re making some of America’s best firearms.
It’s not every day you get to see a full manufacturing process, from start to finish, that ends with a finished product so deep-seated in America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage.
We got that opportunity with a unique, inside look at the Savage Arms factory, located in Westfield, Massachusetts. It’s at the center of the historic region that’s been churning out guns inn the United States since the Revolutionary War.
Though plenty has changed since those times, one thing that hasn’t is Savage’s dedication to dreaming up, creating, and distributing guns that do more than put a smile on your face when you finally make the decision to get one of your own.
And it’s all done under one roof, from bar stock to assembly, and from test firing to packaging. The gun company continually produces new models of rimfire, bolt-action rifles, and MSRs. The Savage name has been at the forefront for more than a century, as they celebrated their 125th anniversary last year.
The production of Savage guns has been streamlined and improved over the years, with a mix of sophisticated modern-day technology and old school craftsmanship done by hand. And it’s here where engineers came up with the AccuFit and AccuTrigger features, groundbreaking steps in the modern gun world.
The way they straighten the rifle barrels, how they apply the camo stock, and the live ammo test firing were all incredibly interesting to see. We watched modern sporting rifles get wrapped in boxes, long distance hunting rifles get their stock assembled, and lightweight varmint guns get laser etched. We saw pre-World War II-era equipment alongside futuristic robots and heat blasting furnaces.
Much like the gigantic American flag that hangs from the ceiling of the factory, the guns Savage makes are symbols of what makes this country great. A lot of hardworking folks put in serious time and effort, and they all seem extremely proud of their jobs. Those in charge are proud too, and strive to make the whole manufacturing process as good as it can be.
After getting a firsthand look at that process, it’s clear why Savage is among the top of their industry, helping people exercise their Second Amendment rights and preserve the hunting heritage we all know and love.
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