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Arnold Arms Co., Arlington, WA

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by FourTeeFive, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. FourTeeFive

    FourTeeFive PNW Washington State Active Member

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    I'm curious if anyone here knows whatever happened to Arnold Arms Co. of Arlington, WA. I have one of their Winchester Model 70's. Very nice work.

    Does Benchmark Barrels in Arlington have any relation to them?
     
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    Woody western Wa. Member

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    Private Company, Headquarters Location
    19007 61st Ave. NE, Ste. 1, Arlington, WA 98223, United States
    (800)371-1011, (360)435-1011, (360)435-7304 fax,


    Primary SIC: Small Arms, Primary NAICS: Small Arms Manufacturing
    Description: Manufacturing: Small Arms
     
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  4. FourTeeFive

    FourTeeFive PNW Washington State Active Member

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    Thanks for that. I wonder if that legal issue is what sunk the company. Any idea what the owner is doing these days?
     
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    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    osprey NW WA Active Member

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    I had Arnold arms do some custom work for me on a model 70. For the money I spent on that rifle I expected better results. I guess it happens, but some of the follow up dealings I had with them were less than proffesional. In retrospect I think their business was already in a death spiral and I just got caught up in it.
     
  8. doghouse dick

    doghouse dick Everett, WA New Member

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    My experience with Doug Arnold was in the spring of 2000. I had put down $2000 and given them my old Remington 700 ADL with a long list of items that I wanted done. After several months I started calling to find out how the work was progressing. I was told they were having problems getting a stock. Finally one day I decided to give Arnold Arms another call and was told the number had been disconnected. Naturally I was very concerned and decided to drive up to Arlington to find out what was going on. I found Doug Arnold was the only person there he no longer had any employees and the showroom was void of any guns. I told Doug I wanted my Remington back and the $2000 that I had put down for the work that was to be done. His response was “I can give back your gun but I can't give you the $2000” he said he didn't have it. By this time I was furious and as I started backing him up across the show room he said “wait here for a moment I'll be right back”. After a couple of minutes he arrived with a new Remington 700 in 300 ultra mag. This was not my caliber of choice but I thought it would do just fine and as it has turned out it is the most accurate rifle I've ever owned. I'm quite sure it's the last firearm that was purchased from Arnold Arms. I kept in touch with Doug for several months after that eventful day, he wanted to sell me firearms from his personal collection as he was obviously going through bankruptcy and needed money.

    I felt sorry for Doug, after all he had just lost his business and he wasn't such a bad guy once you got to know him. I do know that prior to Doug starting his firearm business he was in banking or the stock market so I assume that was probably the industry he returned to.