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Hart Rifle Barrels, Inc. was established in 1953 in LaFayette, NY and has since grown into a producer of handmade rifles known around the world for their accuracy.
Clyde Hart started as an owner of a rendering company located on his hilltop farm south of Syracuse, but his real passion was in competition rifle shooting and hunting. Clyde and his father Charles, who also did some shooting, were both unsatisfied with the accuracy of available barrels, so they decided to make their own.
Clyde and his father assembled the lathes, drills and other materials necessary with the advice of Mike Walker of Remington Arms. Crucible Steel in Syracuse provided the stainless steel bars they hoped to turn into suitable rifles.
After years of work, the Harts began to see results. Their handmade rifles won major competitions and earned national attention. Requests came in for barrels and guns, and in 1953 what began as a recreational hobby turned into a full-fledged business. Their growing clientele was a tribute to the accuracy of their product: Members of the U.S. Olympic Shooting team began using them, as well as hunters and military and police sniper squads.
Clyde retired in 1963, passing the business down to his son, Paul. In 1968, Hart Rifle Barrels, Inc. sold about 800 barrels, and Paul Hart closed the rendering business to work full time producing rifle barrels.
Hart Rifle Barrels, Inc. is still a family affair. Paul Hart works with his wife, Kay; their son, Jim; their son-in-law, Jack Sutton, and Sutton's brother, Bill. Today, the Harts still make rifle barrels one at time to maintain the level of quality demanded by Clyde and his father so many years ago.