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Savage Arms knows how to put together a gun or two, and we got a behind the scenes look during a factory tour that let us do the same.
It's not every day you get a chance to stroll through a major gun company's factory. It's even more rare to get a hands-on lesson as you put together a hunting rifle you'll own for the rest of your life.
As luck would have it, I got that amazing opportunity through our friends at Savage Arms, who invited me to tour their factory in Westfield, Massachusetts and put together a Model 110 Long Range Hunter.
Needless to say I was humbled by the invite, and didn't want to take it for granted.
The tour of the factory was incredible, from the reaming of the barrels, to the unique way they still straighten the steel by hand. Modern technology has a huge influence, but sometimes there's no better way to do it than by hand.
The assembly of the trigger, bolt, and receiver was an intricate process but took some muscle at times, and gave me a whole new sense of what's going on inside a firearm.
When you actually get to put it together yourself, there's going to be some special meaning to it.
The meaning got even more special when the gun was shipped and I packed it for a Wyoming pronghorn hunt. I had my eyes set on a punched tag, and accomplished the goal on the first morning of hunting.
There's more to that story, but for now, enjoy the unique perspective on how a Savage Arms gun is made.