Legacy Sports Introduces The Howa Archangel Rifle

Legacy Sports International, parent company of the Howa brand of barreled actions and precision rifles has introduced their new Archangel rifle. Simply put, the new rifle is the same Howa actions paired with a custom Archangel stock for the action.


Like its sister stocks, the Howa Archangle maintains the full click adjustable length of pull and comb pads. It is constructed of high-strength carbon-infused polymers. The action is bedded into aluminum pillars. The grip is a goose-neck style with palm swells molded in. For accessory mounting, the stock features front and rear flush cup adapters and a “flush-fit bi-pod push-button for one-handed deployment” (that is a lot of hyphens!).

The Howa Archangel is available in short and long-action, starting with .223 Remington and .308 Winchester offerings. No word on future calibers, but given the likely popularity of the stock, I would suspect additional chamberings will be available soon. Reloading is easy using Howa’s detachable magazine system. A single 10 round magazine is included with each rifle.

Rifles will be available as stocked actions or as a complete system with a Nikko Stirling Diamond Long Range optic. The optic features fully coated gass, 1/4 MOA adjustments, zero-stock turrets, and a HOLDFAST reticle. MSRP is set at $915 to $1130 depending on the barrel and package option selected.


Now to hope that Howa really goes for a true precision partnership with JAE, whom the Archangel system is a near direct copy of. For additional details on the stock, check out Archangel’s wesbite (and note the hilarious URL). 

Specs from Legacy:

  • Barrel Length 20 Inches (fluted and threaded barrel options), 24 Inches threaded barrel options
  • Barrel Contour #6
  • LOP 13.5 to 14.5 Inches
  • OAL 40-41 Inches (20 inch barrel), 44-45 Inches (24 inch barrel)
  • Weight 11.2 to 13.0 lbs

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Anonymoose

    Wait…are those M14 mags?

    • manBear

      I thought the same thing but it don’t think so 🙁 under that item number it says its a proprietary mag

    • Kivaari

      Probably like those used by Ruger. Which I think are the Artic Warfare-types.

  • Archangel’s been getting a lot of OEM wins lately… Springfield, Howa, etc. Not a surprise, they’re really putting out good stuff for a good price, and all made in the USA.

    I sometimes think they might be well-advised to start an “Archangel Pro” sub-brand and add a few more fit-and-finish features to some of their stocks. For example, the AK OPFOR stock is really quite good for the money, but the adjustment mechanism would be far smoother with some steel or aluminum components.

  • M

    Does the tacticool crowd really use Howas? Don’t get me wrong they’re great rifles (sub moa out of box) for a ridiculously low price (~$2-300 on the used market) but the people I see using Howas are usually budget minded hunters that want something better than a Remington 770

    • 6.5x55Swedish

      Better than anything from remington starting with a 7

  • Audie Bakerson

    Nippon makes some really good guns. Shame their exports are so limited.

  • Kivaari

    Get rid of the sharp leading edge of the cheek rest and it would be better.

  • Kivaari

    Do How’s still use the cheap zinc trigger housing as they did 30 years ago? I looked at a few back then, and upon seeing the cheap housing decided it wasn’t worth having. Simple reason to discourage me as I had seen too many similar trigger groups fail. Hardened, type 3 anodized aluminum, would be an improvement. It’s just an old prejudice that continues to keep me from buying lots of rifles. I don’t like having to spend another $100 to get a basic trigger. I’ll do it on ARs, with a Geiselle SSA, but that has a real payoff.

    • 6.5x55Swedish

      I’d rather have a Howa than a remington 700, that rifle is just scary and not very good unless you spend a lot of money on it. Howas shoots well from the factory and can stand cold really well.

  • 6.5x55Swedish

    There was a big test med by the same independent organization that test the weapons for the swedish military that compared the top ten most common weapons in gunstores in sweden. The 700 BDL scored the lowest score over all and the Howa the highest. The Howa shot best with a cold barrel, the Mannlicher shot best out of a baller in winter temperatures and the Tikka T3 hunter shot best out of a hot barrel. The 700BDL and the Browning A-bolt hunter failed the blocked barrel test.

    • Kivaari

      I’ve seen pretty much every rifle and shotgun with obstructed bores fail. We should remember the Tikka T3 stainless rifles that “shattered” upon firing. I had never seen rifles literally go to pieces like those.