I have been given the opportunity to attend a Government Training InstituteTactical Course on December 7th and 8th. Invited by my good friend, Ron Differ, I am very excited – and a bit nervous! – to try out shooting at targets positioned at distances up to 900 yards.
As part of my preparation, I needed to find a source for a shooting mat when shooting from a prone position and a rest for the butt of the rifle during the prone phase and the forend on other portions of the course. Finally, I needed a wrist board on which to record the necessary sight adjustments for the widely-varying distances. With this in mind, I approached the premier suppliers of all things related to Tactical shooting: Armageddon™ Gear.
One phone call and email later resulted in Tom Fuller‘s very generous offer to send this freelancer a set of Armageddon™ Gear’s Tactical-shooting products. The items sent included their Game Changer™ Support Bag, Ultralight Shooting Mat and Competition Data Armband.
The two rifles from Carol and Kerry O’Day, owners of MG Arms, arrived yesterday. I was hoping to take both rifles to the range today, but we are receiving some of our ~50 inches of yearly rainfall. So, instead of rangetime, I spent several hours in a very enjoyable photo session with an MG Arms Ultra-Light chambered to 7mm-08. The plan is to photograph the ‘ultimate longrange tactical rifle’ (i.e. the Banshee) tomorrow.
I thought I would share a few photos of the Ultra-Light.
This Ultra-Light, like all MG Arms products, is a high-quality and accurate-as-heck firearm. To prove that I’m not being hyperbolic about the accuracy, I’m also including a JPEG of the sighting-in target that Carol sent to me.
The ammunition used to obtain this sub-sub-MOA group was hand-loaded by MG Arms staff. They included boxes of the same hand-loads with the Ultra-Light, thus I will have NO excuse for obtaining larger groups during my shooting sessions. No pressure there!
That’s right, the folks at Turnbull Restoration have been generous enough to send me yet another firearm to play with…I mean review! This time it is one of their beautifully-finished Ruger Mark IVs, complete with Target grips and a threaded barrel for a suppressor. The first photo session is complete, but we haven’t yet taken it to the range. Stay tuned for the full review.
Another of my firearm reviews has just appeared, this time for a Blaser F16 Game model 12 gauge. I used this shotgun on a recent hunt for Upland game. It worked just as well on the skeet range and the Sporting Clays course! You can find the review here.
The title of this post is not meant to shock or frighten. What I am trying to communicate is that the name St. Etienne is synonymous with weapon production. From the middle ages to the present, artisans and manufacturing firms have produced countless knives, swords and firearms. Some of these weapons were designed for hunting, others for self-defense or military applications.
Verney-Carron is a paradigm of St. Etienne’s firearm production. The marriage of Claude Verney and Antoinette Carron saw a combination of two families’ work in gunsmithing that extended back-in-time to Guy Verney who was producing shotguns by 1650. An homage to Verney-Carron is thus an homage to the wonderful history of weapon production in St. Etienne and France.
“You begin carrying a pack, canteen, food, full-weight rifle and a handgun strapped to your waist. After 14 days you don’t even want to carry the handgun.” – Kerry O’Day
This review was born out of a series of conversations with MG Arms Owners, Carol and Kerry O’Day. Our interactions occurred during the Dallas Safari Club’s 2019 Convention.
Knowing a bit about the esteem with which they and their products were held, and the number of writers who were at the time pestering them for access to their products, I was a bit surprised by their willingness to send out a rifle to yours truly. The decision was made to have me work with the model that established MG Arms as a major, custom-firearms manufacturer, the Ultra-Light rifle…
This is a bit of a throwback because I just realized my mistake of not alerting folks to my first review of a Turnbull Restoration Co. firearm. What an oversight! This is Doug Turnbull’s famous Reproduction Model 1886 in his own wildcat chambering, .475 Turnbull. What a rifle and what a caliber! You can view my review here.