McGowen Barrels was founded
by Harry McGowen in 1959. Harry, a self-taught gunsmith began
working on his own rifles, eventually branching out into the
rifle barrel manufacturing business. With help from some of
the most well known rifle barrel makers he became a master
barrel maker. His knowledge of the manufacturing process of
rifle barrels lead him to teach some of today's best known
rifle barrel manufacturers.
Over the years Harry built a reputation
for making fine rifle barrels, some of the finest in the industry.
In 2007 Harry decided that it was time to retire to fishing
and flying his plane. The company was purchased by the current
owner and moved from St. Anne Illinois to Kalispell Montana.
The name McGowen was maintained and changed to McGowen Precision
The company has been up and running
since the move in June of 2007. The machinery that we brought
along with us has been upgraded. And we are continuing to
upgrade our machinery as well as our processes.
The McGowen Precision Barrels name
is making an impact in the industry, not only in hunting rifles,
but are now becoming a favorite of long range competition
McGowen Precision Barrels will
continue to upgrade our machinery and our capabilities. One
upgrade in our capabilities is the addition of cut rifled
barrels. As of February 27th, 2014 we are still working on
the cut-rifling machine. We do not have an anticipated date
in which these will be available. Please note that calibers
will be limited at first as we bring the machines online.
We're also working hand-in-hand with
our sister company McGowen Gun Works to manufacture custom
rifle actions. We are currently working on the final design
on our patented Mini action. We're working hard to have this
available before the end of 2013. Keep watching here and our
sister companies website americangunco.com for more information.