#1 = CZ They do handguns, rifles and shotguns as well as anyone on the planet, unless you insist on getting into specialized boutique markets. Needless to say their products are cloned and copied by a number of manufacturers... #2 = Howa... What can I say it is a well built and dependable modern classic. Various other manufacturers have deemed it expedient to use Howa's barreled actions on some of their own models versus tooling up and building something of their own. From WIKI >>> "For foreign exports, the barreled action with trigger mechanism are also supplied in a stripped-down form to various small arms manufacturers. It is common that a maker will choose and attach its own gunstock to Howa's barreled actions, and then sell it under their own brand. Weatherby Vanguard is such an example. Previously, Smith & Wesson, O.F. Mossberg & Sons and Inter-Arms sold them as the M1500. Currently in the United States, Legacy Sports International, a firearms manufacturer and distributor in Reno, Nevada, markets and sells bolt-action rifles that use the Howa M1500 barreled action. Their latest rifle to use the Howa M1500 barreled action is the HCR (Howa Chassis Rifle) which accepts some AR-15 components The M1500, while being comparatively low priced compared to other overseas models, has been judged to have all the delicacy and robustness one would expect from Japanese engineering. Spare parts have also sold fairly well, however starting with the incursion of Remington into the Japanese domestic market, foreign companies with stronger brand recognition and more competitive prices have caused M1500 sales to become sluggish. For this reason, more than 95% of Howa's M1500 are produced in stripped down form for overseas export. #3 = Palmetto State Armory In the AR marketplace specifically they seem to have filled a niche in the AR marketplace somewhat below the boutique brands and above the dirt cheap market and filled it with a lot of decent quality affordable AR based firearms and affordable replacement/builder parts. In that same niche I would have to give an honorable mention to Anderson Manufacturing.