MG Arms Ultra-Light in 7mm-08

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.

1) Whole Rifle Angled

6) Skeletonized with Bolt in

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.

3) 7mm-08 Group

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!

2) Handloads from MG Arms

A full review in will appear soon!

St. Etienne = Weapons


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.


MG Arms Ultra-Light Rifle in .416 Taylor

“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

See the full review of this fantastic rifle here.

1) MGA Ultra-Light

Dreams of Small Boys

Growing up reading the wonderful books on hunting in Africa, I dreamed of shooting an ‘elephant rifle’. Thanks to the wonderful folks at Verney-Carron, Blaser USA and MG Arms, I can now put a check next to that line on my bucket list. In the top photograph, the left-hand cartridge is a .458 Lott with a Hornady 500 grain solid used in my review of an R8 Platform Blaser rifle. On the right is a .416 Taylor cartridge topped with a 400 grain A-Frame used in my recent review of an MG Arms Ultra-Light. In the bottom photograph, the Verney-Carron Azur side-by-side in .450/400 3″ Nitro Express and two of its cartridges are pictured. All three of these calibers have accounted for the largest, toughest and most dangerous game, including elephant. As Robert Ruark reflected: “…dreams are not taxed for small boys, not even the wildest ones.” (Horn of the Hunter)

458 and .416 Cartridges


.416 Taylor – John Wootters’ Choice

Early tomorrow morning, I’ll be heading to the range to try out one of Kerry O’Day’s MG Arms Ultralight rifles chambered to .416 Taylor. I asked Kerry why he started making dangerous-game ultralights. He stated simply, “Hunting in Idaho.” I asked another question. “Were you hunting in the Selway drainage?” He answered “Yep.” (I had gone after black bear on a spot-and-stalk hunt some years previously and learned how tough that terrain could be.) Kerry continued, “You start out with a pack, canteen, food, rifle and a handgun strapped to your waist. After 14 days you don’t even want to carry the handgun.”

In this particular rifle, Kerry has combined his epiphany with the caliber that was a favorite of the esteemed outdoor writer, John Wootters.

I cannot wait to start the rangework on this state-of-the-art firearm. The full review will follow soon!

Whole rifle on red core board