Savage Arms made their mark as a gun company long ago. How much do you know about them?
The name may not be as household as Winchester, Remington, or Smith & Wesson, but the American-made guns from Savage Arms stand up to the long line of trusted and reliable firearms manufacturers.
If you follow along with industry news, you've probably heard a lot out of Savage recently. They're making a big push to raise their level of recognition and increase customer satisfaction with a huge, meaningful set of products and services.
Here are a few things that help set them apart.
1. They started modestly
Savage Repeating Arm Co. was officially started in Utica, New York in 1894, just a few years after the first patents were approved from Arthur Savage. Just before the turn of the century, in 1899, the well-known Model 1899 lever action rifle (known today as the Model 99) was released. It would be the spark the company needed to put itself on the map.
2. Two big acquisitions helped
Savage purchased Stevens Arms Co. in 1920, and the A.H. Fox Gun Co. in 1930, setting the stage for a wider selection of firearm offerings. They eventually moved operations in the post-WWII years to Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts (where the Stevens factory was located), and later to Westfield, Massachusetts (where they still are today) in 1960. The company has remained in the United States for their entire existence.
3. They had some interesting contracts
The government paid Savage to build 30- and 50-caliber Browning machine guns, and the company was contracted to make 1.2 million British Lee Enfield rifles, finishing in record time.
Oh, and while they were working on creating awesome guns, they were also dipping their toes in a number of seemingly odd markets. They made lawn mowers, clothes washing bins, and even those old vibrating belt machines.
4. Their AccuTrigger rivals the best
It's a first-of-its-kind trigger that includes a unique AccuRelease, that is adjustable but safe, two things factory triggers have struggled to combine. What it translates to is a light, crisp pull, out of the box, without a required trip to the gunsmith to adjust it.
5. Speaking of triggers, the AccuFit system is great, too
Savage guns that utilize the AccuFit system allow for owners to configure the stock of their rifle with a set of interchangeable inserts, each a slightly different height or length. It helps perfectly match a shooter and his or her technique with the sort of stock configuration that's best. It also really helps youngsters grow into a gun without fear of having to buy new or make big, costly adjustments..
6. They make popular youth models
The Rascal, debuted in 2012 and chambered in .22LR, serves as a fantastic (and safe) introductory rifle for kids and small statured adults. The range of rimfire rifles Savage makes should line up with just about any preference.
To widen the options, their selection of single shot rifles is nice too.
7. They make one of the coolest-looking over-unders
The Stevens 555 Enhanced is lined up to earn accolades for its looks and its performance. An engraved receiver and comfort you'd expect in a gun you've shot all your life make it a great option for classic shotgun lovers.
8. Their MSRs are already making waves
Four MSRs ready to go…who are you taking to the range with you?
Introduced in 2017 with an expanding lineup, the modern sporting rifles from Savage Arms are cutting edge. They brand teamed up with Federal Premium Ammunition and their Valkyrie round, a .224 caliber bullet created for long range precision out to 1,000 yards.
9. They go above and beyond
Tutorials, warranties, and real-world applications make Savage not just a good gun company, but a good company in general. They've applied themselves to delivering what we, as sportsmen and women, really need. Then they educate us with expert advice on how to use those things to their highest abilities.
10. They've eliminated the gimmicks
No joke, Savage Arms likes to say they make "modern firearms stripped of pretense and gimmickry leaving only muscular, no-nonsense engines of performance." They're doing it, and creating purpose-built firearms that come out of the box ready for whatever you can put them through.
If anyone's gun safes have some space to fill, they could do a lot worse than a Savage rifle. All things combined, the brand is approaching 300 total firearms that they currently offer. That's more than enough for you and any shooter you know to find something fit for them. And as we mentioned, they've got things in place to help that fit even more.