Houlding Precision AR-15

Shown here is their 3-gun model, two of their lowers, and a muzzle brake.

One of the fun things about SHOT Show is that it’s not just for the big dogs, but also for the small/medium size companies. There are plenty of high quality companies if you keep your ear to the ground and ask around. If you considering an AR-15 (like the thousands and thousands of people right now), take a look at Houlding Precision.

They offer three AR-15 models in 5.56mm which all look and feel like solid rifles. The Houlding owner emphasized their quality materials and craftsmanship, along with providing customers an AR at a reasonable price point. Houlding also sells lower receivers and muzzle brakes. They are based in Central California and sell both CA-compliant and  non-CA compliant (read: “regular”) variants.

They currently have a backlog of only 2-3 months for AR-15 orders, which is on the very low end compared to some of the big shops here at SHOT.

In comparison, one retailer noted to me that they had sold 10,000 ARs in 3 years, but they had sold 10,000 ARs in just the past two weeks alone. This other company I am referring to said their estimated wait time for ARs is 2-3 years.


Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.



  • noob

    The best part about America is that a small enterprise can do cnc machining. It sometimes blows my mind to consider how widespread high technologies are. It could have easily been the case that these technologies were licenced only to the big companies and individuals only get access to hammers and files. Other countries have exactly that situation.

    • Nick

      Yeah, you can get into a dedicated CNC machine for under $15,000 or do a conversion of a manual machine for way under $10,000. Hell, even Red Jacket has a CNC machine.

  • John Doe

    Best part about the gun industry is that sometimes the small guys are the ones with the best products.

  • Joseph

    More jobs. More dreams. More progress.