Custom shop Upriser Arms debuts as rifle maker
By Daniel Terrill
Morgan Featherston, an Upriser Arms representative, pointing at “The Revolution” rifle on display during SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/Guns.com)
Upriser Arms mades its debut as a rifle maker at the 2019 SHOT Show in Las Vegas last month. The Washington-based custom shop showcased high-end rifles that could run up to $20,000 in price depending on features.
Located about 40 miles north of Seattle in Monroe, the company launched in 2012 with the intention of building rifles but ended up specializing in making chassis and bipods out of carbon fiber and aluminum, explained Morgan Featherston, one of the four working in the small shop. Eventually, in 2018, making rifles just made sense.
“We made a prototype and tweaked and mod’ed it … then we went ‘let’s go with a titanium rod, let’s try a carbon fiber wrapping,’ so we started doing carbon fiber layout and getting pretty good at it,” Featherston said. He added that Upriser rifles have been popular with long range shooters and the lightweight features appeal to sheep hunters.
The Revolution, like other Upriser rifles, uses a Remington 700 short action. And everything is made in house. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/Guns.com)
Morgan Featherston holds up The Revolution rifle while standing