Arrington Accuracy Works
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2 out of 10 National Champions at Camp Perry, 1998 used Arrington Accuracy National Match Service Rifles.
This page was last updated on: 04/16/2013
I just wanted to contact you to thank you for the really nice job you did restoring my M1A to NM condition. The week it was in transit seemed like the longest week of my life, like a kid waiting for X-Mass. To say the least when I finally had the rifle in my hands, I was in no way disappointed. Everything looks great. The trigger pull is amazingly crisp. The fit and finish of everything looks really nice. You were right about the stock paint job. First Rate. Thanks for patching up all the holes from the previous 3 lug build. You canít even tell they were there.
Now my only challenge is getting out to the range to fire it. Unfortunately this year, Pennsylvania February weekend weather has been dismal so far. Looks like rain or snow for the entire upcoming weekend as well. When the weather breaks and I can make it to the range, Iíll let you know how I did. Thanks for enclosing the test target. I look forward to working up some loads to try to tighten this group up a bit more. Weíll see.
Thanks again for a really nice job. I look forward to working with you again.
Best Regards,Mark F.
P.S. let me know if you change your mind about selling me that extra LRB rear lug receiver you have. Iíd love to have you build up another rifle for me.
Xmas was great Phil!! I have a rifle that has absolutely rendered me speechless - and that is quite a feat!! Best Christmas gift EVER!
My one and only Signature Grade rifle is the best I have ever seen or even handled!! I hated the thought of putting Sure Grip on the stock - but I did, and it shoots like a dream! I was reminiscing and thinking about how we took all of the excuses away from the young shooter with the M21 system. I think that was its designation. It used the M-40 Remington anyway. You have done this again with ser#014xxx. It is a wonderful feeling knowing that the rifle will shoot exactly where it is supposed to and that all of the error is on the shooter!! That is when you really start to learn - (again in my case!!)
What is even better is that I know that you do the same to every rifle that you build! It is a real pleasure to know you Phil and I sorely wish that we were closer so that we could swap lies more often!! If we were closer I would have to buy some stock in our beer company! Ha!
By the way, I will hold you to your promise to keep her tightened up!! I plan on taking care with this lady, but will use her too!! Thanks John A.
Hey Phil, You ain't gettin that upper back!
Good Morning Phillip,
Good Morning Phil!
I really like your NM A2
sight you sent me. It only took me about 20 minutes to install it. The
front fits so close to the front of the receiver that I didnít even need
to install the detent ball or spring. But, my question is, should I have
installed the detent ball and spring?
Phil, On Saturday, I took my M1A to the Spring Lake, NC local service rifle match...which was the first time I fired it...earning me an UNSAT for pre-combat inspections! However, the match director gave several of us a few minutes to zero before starting the match, so I made the necessary adjustments and was off to the races. I shot a 448-7x on the 200 yard reduced NRA course, which was good enough to take #4 of the 15 or 16 shooters (behind the two guys firing space guns and one other; not sure what the 3d guy was shooting). Thanks for building such an accurate rifle, which is truly fun to fire!
If I'd remembered to take a click or two of Left correction for sitting, I'd have done even better...
Thanks again, Steve
Mr. Arrington, I took the M1917 to the range. I was shooting at 100 yards.I used a standard NRA size target for 100 yards. My first round was high, above the target. I made a minor adjustment on rear sight. The second round was below the target ( I over compensated.) The third round was "DEAD BULLSEYE !"WOW! From then on most of the shots were in the 9 and 10 ring, and many in bullseye. I could not believe the accuracy. I was using the Civilian Marksmanship Greek ammunition. I had to E-Mail you and thank you for the great job you did rebarreling my M1917.It has become my new favorite rifle. Thank you so very much! I hope that you and your wife have a great upcoming holiday season. Thank you again. David L. Hunter
Thanks for your great work. Hank
Phil, I'm sorry this email cones so late after the stock arrived. It's Frickin outstanding !!! In fact I took it out tonight for a maiden Hog hunt! I took one one the run at roughly 250yds!!! Thank you for all of your time and hard work!!! I will defintely recommend your services to anyone
that asks about the colapseable m1a stock!!! Thank you sir, Lance Hobbs OIF/OEF Vet
Sent: Wed, Jan
12, 2011 5:53 pm
Phil: you put a hooded rear sight on my Armalite M-15 last Saturday at your
home. I shot it in a match on Sunday. I thought I'd have to make some
adjustments, but boy, was I surprised. My first sighter round was an almost
perfect X from the prone position! I ended up shooting 455-7X, and this was
only my second competition ever! I was shocked to say the least. Thanks again
for your help and the tips you gave me, especially "putting your nose on the
charging handle" to get a consistent sight picture.
Phil, received rifle yesterday. Looks grreat!....almost too
good to shoot. Thanks a bunch!
Thank you for getting back to me so soon. After a season of
shooting, it is necessary up here to dismantle a gas gun
completely and clean it. If you don't, parts will start rusting
up here. For me, the only thing that remains untouched is the
gas cylinder - I never take it off. That said, I shall heed your
advice and leave the lock screw in place. I should add that the
SS Krieger barrel cleans up extremely easily. I don't have the
advantage of your nice dry desert air.
Mr Arrington, Earlier this year you completed a match M 1 Garand for me, and I had the rifle out on the 600 yd range. It is scary accurate. Regards, Tom Kersten
Hello Phil. Back in January you built a Rock River AR15 for me.
It performed excellent for me this season. My name is Steve
Sciarabba. Question for you though. What ammo would you
recommend using at 600 yards based on the barrel twist and
specifications you built for me? Currently I have been using
Hornady A-Max 80 grain. Based on the barrel and twist do
you think thats a good choice for 600 yards? Also how many
rounds should I fire through it before it needs to be replaced?
I shot about 1000 rounds through it this season. Finally we
have Hart Barrels in my hometown here, what do you think of them
I want to take the time and thank you for working on my rifle on Memorial Day. Today I placed 2nd in the Joe Foss Range CMP Match with a score of 458X6. The First place winner shot a 458X16. When the handed out the certificates, the Match Director did recognize that I was shooting a M1 Garand which scores higher the AR-15 rifles and that you had worked on the rifle for me. The winner was shooting a M1A1 match rifle. The ARís did not stand a chance today.
Thanks again. Iím practicing for the Western Games on October 16th now. I will shoot this rifle in a match every day with the exception of Thursday. Iím looking forward to talking with you again soon.
From: KRMitchell <email@example.com>
This is the same Radway Green that has been on the internet for the past 12 months, the bandoleers are made out of plastic, with five pockets, with Velcro tabs on each pocket, 15 rounds per pocket, 75 rounds per bandoleer.
The NRA's 50th National Police Shooting Championship (NPSC) is being held on the next range over from us this morning, in fact, they are here the entire week, competitors from around the regent are here in Albuquerque this week.
Standard 100 yard range target, using only my good eye.
Well the first target was a 50-5X with average of 0.858" MOA. Headstamp L2A2 NATO cross 95 RG , bright shiny clean brass, 5 rounds only.
2nd target a little better with a 100-10X with average of 0.774" MOA. Lake City 7.62 mm Match XM118 from 1965 lot # 12044, clean bright shiny brass, 10 rounds only.
Then I shifted to the 220 yard targets, 10 of 10 hits on the metal Gong, Lake City 7.62 mm Match XM118 from 1965 lot # 12044, clean bright shiny brass.
Then I moved over onto the 560 yard target, still using the Lake City MSA from '95, I hit 10 out of 10 on the metal Gong in a row.
Oh by the way.....the 7.62 rounds hitting those metal targets at that range sure makes a great "THUD" to hear?
This day was my best ever on the rifle range with the Radway Green and the M118 Lake City Match surplus ammunition, Oh yeah, I stopped at Bob's Burgers and I had a large double green chile Ranchero burger on the way home.
I would like to thank Phil Arrington (In the Phoenix area) for rebarreling my rifle and getting it back together in such great shape for me, the man's a genies with M14's. I would also like to thank Trung Si, for talking with me and steering me in the right direction on the NM barrel design that I needed. Finally, I would like to thank the Group Buy with 82nd ABN for the Krieger NM Barrels listing.
Just a note to say I got 1 coat of Tru Oil on the Garand stock, I got from you. You were not kidding, the wood is beautiful. I thank you very much for a top notch product. I will keep you in mind for my next stock.
Phil, I got my M1 back last week, but didn't get to shoot it until this morning. I went through 50 rounds rapid fire sitting and prone without a hitch, and every shot -barring the two 9s I pulled -- went into the 10 or X-ring.
Many thanks! Remember Texas has a regional match and a State match before Perry, but if you don't make them, I'll see you on commercial row.
Again, Thanks! Jim Booker
this is Ted Potter. I recently bought a rifle that you built for me, and I just wanted to say thank you very much. I've been shooting it a fair amount, and it's quickly become my favorite rifle, let alone favorite possession I currently own. I haven't really pulled it out past 200 yards, just because I'm trying to get a comfortable feeling with it at 100 and 200 yards. I really want to learn how these rifles work, and I'm beginning to gain a better grasp in operating it. I just had one question, and it's kind of been frustrating me, and I know that you'd be able to help me out. I'm trying to compile the MOA calculations for elevation and windage, and I've been having some trouble. I'm assuming that you put a 1/2 MOA adjustment rear sight on the rifle (versus a 1/4moa), but I totally forgot, which, as you know, doesn't help me any haha. If you could let me know, that'd be great, and I'd feel a hell of a lot more confident in making the adjustments. Once again, Thanks a lot, and I do truly love this rifle, it really is a work of art, and I'm glad I've gotten into this style of shooting.
Thanks a lot,
You are a magician! Not a gunsmith. not a metal working engineer guy. A Magician. That RRA .223 is the best shooting, never-fail-to-cycle rifle I have ever seen, Somethin' else, I tell ya... Oh, and by the way, it shoots a lot better than I EVER will!.
Hope you're having a good summer. We're trying to stay cool.
Good day to you. It has been a few years since we have been in touch, but my next PCS move has me driving through AZ and I don't want to miss the opportunity to have the M1A you built for me looked at. I went distinguished pistol in summer '04 and have only 6 points left for rifle. I have earned all 24 with your M1A and I plan on finishing off that way too. Most likely PACFLeets in '06. I am PCSing to Coast Guard Air Station San Diego so Pendleton is just around the corner.
Will you be in town for me to drop off a gun sometime 9-11 December? That's when I think I'll be rolling through AZ. I'm not sure what needs to be done, if anything, I'll leave that up to you. Thank you,
LTJG Vincent Jansen
Subject: WE GOT A WINNER!!
I took it out for the first time after breaking it in. The holidays really slowed me down. I need to work on my standing position, but I fired 20 rounds slow at 100 yds. 3 shots were sighters to get to the center, 2 were out of the main group and 15 shots made a single hole that was 1 inch wide and 1.5 inches high. No BS. I had to put a tape measure to it. My shooting partner was amazed.
It will take me some time to get used to the trigger standing, but I'll do my best. Thanks again. I'll keep you posted.
JUST WANTED TO DROP YOU A LINE ABOUT THE GREAT JOB YOU DID ON THE RIFLE YOU BUILT FOR ME. IT LOOKS GOOD AND SHOOTS BETTER.
MY WIFE SAYS IT SHOULD BE HANGING ON THE WALL AND NOT IN THE GUN SAFE (HIGH PRAISE FROM A WOMAN WITH ZERO INTEREST IN GUN STUFF).
ALWAYS DRAWS COMMENTS AND A CROWD WHEN AT THE RANGE. I LET THE
R.O. SHOOT IT THE LAST TIME I HAD IT OUT. HE WAS SHOOTING A SCOPED BOLT GUN. HE
SHOT A CLIP THROUGH IT AT HIS TARGET AND THEN WENT AND LOOKED AT IT THROUGH HIS
SPOTTING SCOPE. HE CAME BACK AND SAID HE SHOOTS BETTER WITH MY GARAND THAN HE
DOES WITH HIS BOLT GUN! AS I WAS LEAVING HE TOLD ME THAT HE HAD TO GET HIM A
GARAND OF HIS OWN! THANKS FOR THE GREAT JOB AND THE TIME YOU SPENT WITH ME AT
THE START OF THE PROJECT! THANKS, MAURY
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Steve Goodwin)
Phil- Best of the Season to you and yours. Wanted to tell you that the receipe you gave me for 75gr Hornady and the A-Max using 2520 has been fabulous. I shot the match in Yuma on 12/21 with excellent results(198-12X) in prone- I'm still stunned. Thanks for all your help and I'm looking forward to seeing you in the New Year.
Health and happiness in 2004. George Pastirchak
The envelope in my pocket has a pic of Lee with the flag in it. The M1 is the one you built for me. People at the range think it's great, and the first day I was there, a former Marine who was at the battle of the Chosin Reservoir gave me enough pointers to get me started.
phil , i sent two trigger groups out , one to you and one to another guy . i found you both online and thought i'd try you both to see if there's a difference . i am very pleased with your work , there is a big difference . very little creep , very crisp . thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it's right on 4.5 lbs. , i have not got to shoot with it yet , family stuff and weather stinks , but i'm sure this will improve my accuracy . the other guy should take a lesson from you - i'm not happy with his work - oh well . thanks again , glenn
You going to try to get out with us for a couple matches before the the championships and birthday match? You should have come out to Rio on the 23rd. Used your upper, things went right for a change....shot a 774-29x. Had clean strings at 200, 300, and 500. Yesterday was a little sloppy. Shot a 757-15x <grin>. Hate it when the rifle shoots better than me. That Shilen barrel seems to like Sierra 77s or Hornady 75 Amaxs. 23.0g H4895 with a Remington 7-1/2 under them. It shoots Hornady 75s with 24.0g RE15 equally well.
80 shot this Saturday and Sunday at South Mountain but most of us are going to go to Rio for the O-Bolt match. I suspect most of us will actually be using it as practice for the team match at the State Service Rifle Championships.
I am in the Navy and out on the USS Roosevelt in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. I am going to be representing my squadron in the all navy match in May. I use to use the M-14's from the base armory. They no longer allow us to check them out. So now I am looking to buy
something I have wanted for a long time. The AR15. The only problem is I
am out to sea and cant just go an purchase one. So I was looking on line and found your page. The rifle will have to be service grade. Other than that I am looking for a good quality rifle. I don't know much more about it as I am just getting into the sport. I would appreciate you help and maybe see if we can make a deal to get one built. Thank you for your time.
AT2 Jesse C.
How tight was the chamber on that upper you built for me? I used it in the 500 any-any at Rio on Saturday, and had to load for it first. The 75 Amaxs I'm currently running in the Bushmaster were too long (seated to 2.57" with 24.2g H4895 and a Remington 7-1/2). Loaded up some 80s with 23g H4895; oal of 2.495", and they fit fine. Took top SR with a 436-17x, best relay was the 2nd with a 147-9x. So it is accurate!
I'm suspecting though my 75 BTHP on 24g H4895 with a Rem. 7-1/2 is going to be a little hot though for the Shilen. 24g RL15 under a Sierra 77 (WSR primer) was just fine for the 60 offhand at South Mountain.
Plan right now is to get some good 200/300 zeros at Rio on Friday and use the Shilen Saturday and Sunday.
Just back from shooting the M1 I bought from you a while back and again I am amazed at what a fine shooter it is. A nice eight shot group, kneeling at about 200 yards, that my hand covers (small hand). This rifle is just the basic model too! Thanks for doing a fine job. I may buy another soon, while I am still allowed by the Glorious Peoples Republic of California. Dave Stilwell
Well Mr. Arrington, I must say that the M1A that you built for me has yet to cease amazing me. This past weekend I shot in Tallahassee, FL and fired a Master score of 471 out of 500 in a NRA match. I'm currently only a SS, all I did was take heed of a few pointers I received at Ft. Benning and let the rifle do the rest. The picture I sent you (witch you can just barely see the 20 holes, Slow Fire Prone) is at 300 yds using Federal GM Match at a 600 yd reduced target. I will try and send you a better picture for you to put up on your site after I get back from TDY in Denmark (3 weeks) if you donít like this one. I can't tell you how proud I am to fire this rifle, thanks so much, and hope to hear from you soon...
Phil, Just a New Years note to say how much I love the job you did on
my M-1 (probably a year ago).
Las Vegas, NV >>
<< Dear Phil:
Thought I would send you a photo of a three shot group I fired while
visiting my brother in North Carolina. Can't beat this for accuracy.
Phil, Shot the M1 in our annual Garand match, 308s allowed. This is reduced course at 200. Won it over 40 plus shooters. The rifle shot consistenlty. With switching heavy mirage on stand up targets where you can't see holes most of the times, just clicking, shooting and concentrating breaking a center shot I cleaned the reduced 600 with 7 Xs. The only clean for the day, the closest one is 190. Thank you for the excellent job!!
Nez Rongero 800-skyteL2/1638488 512-933-6977
1999 Texas Service Rifle Championships find out if he legged or not.
nez, you must have been really tired by the time you got to the leg match....maybe you should not push your self so hard....i've had to start pickin and choosing the matches i shoot rather than shootin'em all..your still shootina m-14 are'nt you? might take less of a beatin if you back up to an AR, course then you'll have new problems there too...sounds like you had a pretty good match otherwise... did ricky rios shoot?...thanx for the info...say hello to every one for me...phil
I have not had the opportunity to shoot my AR very much this year but I thought you would like to know that I competed in our local CMP match last week and set a range record. The course is shot at 100 yards and they do not chance targets, all record shots are on a SR-1. But I sure do like the trigger you put in. I cleaned the 20 shots prone and prone rapid, made a sight adjustment, lost 5 points out the bottom of the 10 ring on rapid setting. The group was strong and just out. Lost some points standing but ended up with a 486 total. The funny thing is I think I can do better, like maybe a 490+.
I have been mostly shooting smallbore because of scheduling problems with highpower but my interest has really picked up after that score.
Well, your rifle 'did it' again... Shot 669-18x (out of 700
possible) for six first in class out of seven possible.. also
made enough points on my average to be upgraded to Expert when
the NRA gets the paperwork... so... had a good day... wore your
sweat shirt... still haven't had time to get a photo.. was going
to take the camera with me today.. but woke up late and had to
fly out the door to make the match on time... sigh....
keep in touch..
Talk with ya later...
ride hard and shoot straight
Roger (Rog) Parnow let me use his AR15 that you accurized for the last
half of this past season, for Service Rifle Competition.
I picked up 75 points...just like THAT!
My AR15 will be in the mail Monday Morning for you to make mine at least
as good as Roger's!
Richard "B'wana" Wells
<< Mr. Arrington,
Thanks for the information. As much as I get to shoot with school
and work both, the bedding will probably last me 5 years. I failed to
mention that I had gone to a gun show in Jacksonville FL this weekend to
pick up some ammo and to find a bayonet (strictly for historical purposes).
I had taken the rifle along with to make sure I got a flash suppressor that
had a lug and that it would fit on the barrel, however, I have no intention
of ever installing it. At any rate, I had 13 people approach me about how
much I wanted for the rifle, and double that in very long, hard looks at it.
There was one gentleman in particular who happened to be a retired marine
recon soldier (Korea and Vietnam) that I spent around half an hour talking
to about my rifle and other things. He was incredibly impressed with the
rifle, I hope you don't mind me giving him your phone number, he seemed very
interested. He still has the M1 and carbine that he carried in Korea, and
is looking for a nice m14/m1a like he carried in Vietnam, particularly a
heavy stock. Just wanted to say again how pleased I am with the rifle.
Thomas G >>
yes, I took the rifle out and shot it at 200,300 and 600 yds.
200 yds: My intial three shots were at five o'clock in the nine ring (all
three shots could be covered by a quarter) I adjusted my sights and shot two
300 yds: Five shots in the X and 10 ring.
600 yds: Five shots in the nine,ten and X rings.
It's nice to be shooting like I used to.
In a message dated 01/21/2000
First and primary, I shot the National Postal Shoot with the Marine
Corps League using Roger Parnow's rifle...accurized by YOU.
My team won first place. I was the top shooter in the team. For that,
the detachment gets a trophy.
For personal, individual shooters, I shot marksman, and won first place.
This year, shooting in the NRA Service rifle shoots at the local
sportsman's club, I won four firsts and one second place medals.
At our Annual Detachment shoot, out of 40 shooters, I pulled a Fifth
place. thanks Richard G. W.
The M1-carbine arrived at the gun store last week. Sorry
I didn't tell you earlier.
What a gem!
The guys at the store had unpacked it and were drooling
over it -- and I can see why. By serendipidous circumstances,
I was able to pick it up (I had purchased another long gun,
and you can put more than one on the form) and fire it this
The sights were dead on, and it seemed to like the 110
grain bullets (12.5 gr Hodgdon H110) because it fed reliably
and grouped very well. I don't know if
you subscribe to the break-it-in school of thought, but
I do, and I cleaned it frequently and never let it get
too hot. As I get more rounds through it, I will naturally
increase the number of shots between cleanings. The Hawkeye
bore scope showed a beautifully clean barrel with almost
non-existant copper fouling (which came out easily). I think
I will experiment with moly, as it lets my other rifles run
so much cooler.
Thank you very much -- it was everything I wanted.
Curiously, I have never owned a wooden stocked firearm
which had what looks like an "oil finish". Are there
special instructions regarding the care of the stock?
Other stocks I have (which are glossy) get some occasional
stock wax, but I don't think that would apply here.
The M1 gets a place in the front row of the gun safe between
two 50 BMG long guns (LAR Grizzly and Ultimate Accuracy AMAC)
so it is quite a mutt-and-jeff display.
Thanks again (and Brownell's 10-rd magazines work just fine).
Lastly I just want you to know that when I was 7 years old I was able to
shoot quite well, by 12 and 13 I could out shoot my father at 150+ yards.
Ever since then I have always wanted a competition rifle that I could use
and enjoy. Even if the rifle itself was much better than I could ever tap
into, I wanted one. I always dreamed about competing and the brotherhood of
talking to fellow shooters about different loads they use in their rifles,
techniques etc. I just want you to know that what I received was far better
than expected. It truly is art, and I can't wait to shoot it. I just want
to say thanks for putting all of your knowledge into your product. It is
evident that you care about what you do which in itself is a tribute.
Well off to the range Thursday and I can't wait....I'll keep you posted on
how the rifle works out...
Well, your rifle out performed me again today. I shot the FL state 300 yd
championship, I did fair for not having shot for 7 months now. My offhand
was below my standards at 178, rapid sitting just ok at 174, and rapid prone
improved to 181... the the best part of the day was when I loaded up with
federal (instead of the british L2A2 that I shoot any other time) for the
simulated 600yd slow fire match at 300 yds. The group that I shot was
outstanding!! Dont ask me how I managed to throw out that 7 at 3 oclock...
its a mystery to me, but the rest was excellent. A few shots went left from
the mirage, but I made some sight adjustments to corect that. All in all,
not a bad day, that ended up being a 190-7X for SF prone, and a 723 for the
day... Thanks again Mr Arrington, hope ya like the pic!!!
PS-drop me a line just to let me know you got the pic ok and was able to view
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