Hi, Jason McHann here from MOUNTAIN TACTICAL®, a very exciting day. 40 TAC A1s hit America last week. They were shipped out to a few dealers and we got one. So, we’re going to unbox it here. I’m sorry, it’s already spoken for. I really wish I could do a shooting review. When we get our next batch in, we’ll take it out and shoot it; but let’s unbox this and give you guys a first look. Right. Drum roll. Wow!
You know, I was a little worried about this. In my opinion, Tikka doesn’t do a great job packaging their rifles and as they’re entering into more of the premium rifle price point, it’s where they’re going to have that, kind of, broken styrofoam, [00:01:00] and just stuff that didn’t make the trip from Finland very well. But this is really nice. I mean everything is in here. There’s not a whole lot of wiggle room. The first thing I notice – so you’ve got a free magazine voucher here that you can get from Beretta here. There’s already a magazine in the rifle. So, that gets you two magazines. This is this is worth a lot. I mean, each of these magazines are $150. So, that’s good. Let’s see what we’ve got here.
Okay. It seems kind of like a CTR, standard CTR bolts. Yep, we are the Teflon coating on it. That steel molded bolts _____00:01:56 on here. There’s a little plastic oversized handle [00:02:00], but it’s the same thing we’d expect with the CTR. What have we got here? This is actually a pretty heavy box. Interesting! Okay. A tool kit! We have a shroud tool. Any of you guys who have ever popped your shroud off and accidentally un-sprung your firing pin assembly, this is the tool that allows you to easily put it back together. So, very cool to include that.
This must be for the action screws. What do we have here? A couple little screws. This is a QD a quick detach sling mount. [00:03:00] So, this must go into the – just be a modular piece that you can put in the different rails or in the slots in the bore end. A couple of Allen wrenches here.
A whole bag of extra Allen screws, so let’s see what _____00:03:24. Oh, there’s another magazine. So, you have this magazine here, we’ve got this magazine plus your voucher, so you get three magazines with this rifle which is – I mean right there the two extra mags that are above and beyond the CTR puts you ahead $300. Stock spacers, Buttstock Spacers so you can adjust your link to pull.
What do we have here? Oh! This is a TRG 22 muzzle brake. [00:04:00] So you guys, you know how expensive the TRG accessories are. A significant value point here. I don’t know the price off the top of my head. I want to say it’s around $100 to $125 for this muzzle brake. Obviously, the muzzle is already thread, so you’re good to go out of the gate. I’m not going to undo this tape here because this rifle is spoken for. But yeah, take my word for it. We’ve got a TRG muzzle brake sitting in here. So, I’m just going to set this aside. Of course, the fun part, the rifle.
Here you go. I really wish this was the shop rifle, so we could go out and shoot it; but as you’d expect from Tikka, [00:05:00] the fit and finish is spectacular. I mean this chassis – I mean no machine marks, just crisp. Really, really impressive setup. And talking to Mikka at SHOT Show they kind of copied the Ruger Precision® Rifle where they used an AR-10 style barrel nut. So, if you wanted – not every AR-10 Forend will fit on here, but I guess a select few like the Seekins or someone who uses a standard AR-10 barrel nut there you can swap out this rail. Thread protector on the muzzle, full Picatinny Rail.
Now, just the nature of trying to mate the rail and the action [00:06:00] in the forend, This is zero MOA, but the kind of optic you’re going to put on this is going to have enough internal adjustment that you won’t be maximizing your optic, but this is a 6.5 Creedmoor. You’ll have more than enough adjustment in the scope to shoot past 1000 yards with this. I mean really, this is Tikka’s entrance into a PRS style rifle that will be able to compete with a Ruger Precision® Rifle. I think they’ve done a stand-up job. I mean, you have your adjustability for your cheek comb. It’s nice and quick.
Okay, you can slide your buttpad up and down. Pull Picatinny Rail back here. So, if you wanted to run a monopod the AR-15 style grip, so you can swap this out for pretty much any AR grip on the market though. Thought, I don’t know why you would. [00:07:00] This is really, really nice and extremely tactile. They definitely put a lot of thought into what textures they put where with this grip. I mean that just feels really good, standard TRG 22 style mag release.
This comes standard with a folding stock option and there is no play there. That locks up nice and tight. Oh! And it locks open or — yeah, it locks open. So, this isn’t going to collapse on you like some of the other ones we’ve tested – the XLR, that kind of chassis that ends up folding back on if there’s no locking mechanism. So, let’s get this lock back up. And then — so Tikka put a two stage trigger on here [00:08:00] much like what you’d see in a high power AR-15. Something like a
Geissele. So, let’s grab this bolt.
At SHOT Show they, obviously, didn’t let us pull trigger. So, let’s — alright, that won’t clear. Let’s fold it. Nothing in the chamber. That’s nice. You can preload the trigger. Very crisp brake that Tikka is known for. That ability to preload the trigger. Wow! Yeah, I don’t — I will have to get a trigger scale on here to see exactly what this one’s adjusted to. I know that you can adjust bolt stages on this [00:09:00] according to the instructions. Another — it’s kind of like the old 75, it’s interesting.
Okay. So the rifle is on safe. You normally can’t open this. So, you have to you — you would normally — on a normal Tikka, you’d put your firing or excuse me your safety forward to be able to remove your bolts, but you can have the rifle on safe. This is something that they adopted from the SOCO line into the Tikka. I’m really glad they did this. You push this down. You don’t have to take your rifle off safe to open the bolt. That is really, really nice. I mean just — I’ve never heard of anybody having an accidental discharge with their Tikka, but at least me personally it’s always been a little unnerving [00:10:00] taking that rifle off the safe to open it and clear the chamber. So, that’s a nice feature.
I mean really — this is — you could just take this out of the box and go shoot a PRS match. It’s going to be the end of June when our SHOT rifle shows up. So, stay tuned for a follow-up review where we actually take one of these out and shoot it. Until then, you have a really happy customer getting one of the first 40 that hit the US.
Alright guys, happy shooting, talk to you later.
Hi, Jason McHann here with MOUNTAIN TACTICAL®. I thought I’d take a moment and address the most common question we receive. That is, do I get a Zero MOA optic mount or a 20 MOA optic mount? In order to explain why we make the suggestions that we make, I thought I’d take a minute to explain what Minute of Angle is, how it affects the rifle system, and why you want to choose one over the other. Let’s dive into this. Alright, so what is MOA? MOA is an angular unit of measurement. Many times when somebody asks which rail they want to go with, actually they were referring to the height and what we’re actually referring to is the built in cant that we cut into the rail.
Where does MOA come from? [00:01:00] MOA comes from actually the compass roads. It’s been used to circumnavigate the world for as long as we’ve had compass roads. Remember High School geometry, there’s 360° in a circle. Now, 360° could be broken down into little bits. 1° has 60 minutes of angle to it. One minute of angle has 60 seconds to it, and then you break that down into further decimal points as well. The very exaggerated blue line here, 20 MOA is a very, very thin sliver of the circle here. How does that relate to a linear unit of measurement? One minute of angle at 100 yards is roughly 1.047”, 200 yards double that, 300 yards triple that. You can see, as we extend out from this circle, that linear gap becomes larger. [00:02:00]
Let’s dive in to how this relates to the optic on your rifle. All right, we’re not circumnavigating the globe. Let’s see how this actually applies to our firearm. Zero MOA rails or Zero MOA optic mounts have been the way we’ve mounted modern optics to the modern rifle since the modern optic and the modern rifle. What you have here is you have your line of sight. All we’re doing with the rail is we’re manipulating the line of sight.
With the Zero MOA rail, your line of sight is parallel to the bore of your rifle. That’s the way it’s been done forever. You’ve kind of asked yourself, why do we need 20, 30, 40 MOA mounts when this is worth for so long? Let’s take a look at that. All right, as I said earlier, we’re using the optic mount to manipulate the barrel site relationship [00:03:00] and with a 20 MOA rail, and this is a little exaggerated guys so don’t think we’re going to be driving your scope into your barrel, but with a 20 MOA rail, your line of sight is now downward compared to the bore.
20 minutes of angle equals one third of a degree or .33 repeating degrees. What we’re doing is we’re gaining unused MOA in your scope. As you can see here, whether you get a Zero or 20 MOA rail has nothing to do with your rifle. Your rifle is static. What it has to do with is your optic. Let’s dive into what’s happening inside your optic as we’re manipulating this bore sight relationship. All right, so we’ve established that whether you go Zero or 20 MOA [00:04:00] is a function of your optic.
Let’s take a look at a couple of different optics and see when a Zero MOA rail would be appropriate and when a 20 MOA rail would be appropriate. First off, let’s say you just have a one inch two standard duplex reticle. Something that you would typically see in like _____00:04:22 Barry-X2 or something like that. Typically those scopes have roughly 40 minutes of angle of internal elevation adjustment. What this means is that when your scope is zeroed at 100 or 200 yards, you’re going to be right in the middle of that adjustment. It’s important to understand that your reticle floats on a turret, or there’s a couple different mechanisms that scopes use, but essentially, your reticle is floating inside your optic and can be adjusted left/right for windage, up/down for elevation. When you’re zeroed [00:05:00] you’re approximately dead center of this mechanism depending on your scope. You would have 20 minutes of angle of upwards elevation adjustment, 20 MOA of downward elevation adjustment.
Now, it’s important to note that the final 10% of any skill is the least reliable part of the adjustment in any turret. If you put a 20 minute of angle rail on here, you’re going to use up all your adjustment area and you may not get a zero at 100/200 yards. You might have to zero it 300, 400, or 500 yards. This is a situation where we would actually recommend a zero MOA rail instead of the 20 MOA rail because you just will not be able to get a reliable zero. The general rule of thumb is if you have 15 minutes of angle or less, then you want to go with the zero MOA rail [00:06:00] at 50 minutes of angle or more or 51 minutes of angle or more go with the 20 MOA rail, so that way you’re not bumping into this unreliable section of your optic mount.
Let’s take a look at when a 20 MOA rail would be appropriate. Alright, so let’s take a look at an optic that has 60 minutes of angle inside of it. Now, if you’re zeroed at 100 or 200 yards, and I use that interchangeably because the zero is pretty much the same. Your reticle, your target, you’re going to be hitting right there. You’re going to have roughly 30 minutes of angle up, 30 minutes of angle down. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never dialed for a close-up shot. I’m always dialing for a long-range shot. On this particular optic, if I put a 20 minute of angle rail underneath it [00:07:00] and I change nothing else all of a sudden, I’m going to be 20 MOA high downrange, which is going to equate to about 20 inches at 100 yards or 40 inches at 200 yards.
I’m going to have to dial my turret back down to get my zero. Now, when I do that, that means instead of having 30 up and 30 down, I now have 10 down and 50 up. I’m utilizing MOA in my reticle that otherwise was being wasted. Let’s look at a modern centerfire cartridge and see how a 20 MOA rail will actually affect that. Let’s take a look at the 6.5 creedmoor. Now, Hornady just launched their 143 gr ELD-X ammo, which is pretty impressive.
ELD-X is actually long-range hunting ammo. They say, on the box that it’ll go 2700 feet per second. Now, how does that equate to everything we’re talking about here? Well, if you’re zero MOA and you have 30 minutes of angle worth of adjustment as we looked at on our 60 MOA scope, you only actually have 30 MOA to play with; that we’ll call it out handy dandy ballistic calculator, that’ll get you to 950 yards. [00:09:00]
Obviously at sea level, so depending on where you’re at that could change. Now, what happens if we add 20 minutes of angle to this and we could actually go to 50 MOA? It’s more than 1200, it’s 1310 yards. That is a massive improvement over a zero MOA rail. Would I ever take a shot hunting at 1310? Absolutely not, but it’s still fun target shooting. This ammo is not that expensive. So, you can go out, do some long range shooting; take your rifle, go out shoot a long-range competition and confidently be able to dial to the ranges that would exist [00:10:00] in that type of environment.
If you have any questions, as always, contact us at the shop.
Happy shooting everybody!
Hi, Jason McHann here from MOUNTAIN TACTICAL®. I’m here with Mikka from Tikka. He’s the product manager for rifles there. We’re going over what I think is the biggest sleeper at the Beretta Booth. Everybody’s focused on the TAC 21 right now, and I’m more interested in this. So, Mikka, what do we have here?
We have here the compact tactical rifle, you very well know. This year we’re introducing the 24” barrel length for this rifle to get the speed that you want. We immediately knew this when we launched this rifle that people started asking about, “Oh, can we get this in a longer barrel?” We started working and why not support our customers and bring it out. [00:01:00] So, here it is.
Absolutely! I think this is going to accelerate your sales through the roof. I think you’re going to definitely sell 2-3:1 of the 24”. It’s already threaded just like the 20”.
Yeah, perfect package.
Exactly. You have 10 round magazine for those who can shoot the 10 round magazines. Communist states don’t apply. I like the fact that you went to a true Picatinny Rail. When you originally released the CTR it was more of a weaver-style rail.
We actually saw quite a few of those in defense. I think going to the full Picatinny Rail is a huge improvement for you guys, so good on you for that.
Yeah. Again, we listened to the customers. We visit the forums all the time. We are very sensitive to what people are saying. With P3x addition, we wanted to change all the rails, so now it’s available.
Well, I’m really excited because I just found out today that my shipment of these is shipping this week. [00:02:00] I can’t wait to get these in the shop.
Yeah. Good to hear it.
Well, thank you again for your time and it’s a pleasure meeting you.
Thank you very much.
Jason McCann here with MOUNTAIN TACTICAL®. Hey, I want to talk to you today about accuracy, specifically about accuracy of rifles that we’ve built. And it’s a little controversial, but I don’t guarantee the accuracy of any rifle I build. I will guarantee the machining all day long. But I will not guarantee the accuracy because every shooter is different. You just might have a shooter who just doesn’t know how to shoot, and he thinks he can buy accuracy. Whereas you guys have been shooting for a while, now the only thing that can guarantee accuracy is trigger time.
So I’m going to show you exactly what I mean with a rifle that we built. There is an interesting story behind this rifle that I’ll get into a little later, but the guy says it doesn’t shoot. It shoots three quarter MLA. He says that’s not good enough [00:01:00] for him. And so I told him to send 20 rounds of ammo, so we could test it and bring everything back. And so he brought it all back here, and let me show you what we found.
Okay. So, multiple things affect accuracy. And I personally as long as I know the machining of the rifle is done well, which were Tikka Shooters, the fins do an excellent job of machining. Every once in a while they send a rifle out that doesn’t shoot, but for the most part, the rifles are bomb proof. This particular rifle I borescope the chamber. I test fired it five rounds into a nice little bug hole prior to sending it to the customer. So I know the machining solid.
So the first place I’m going to start is ammo. Now if your ammo is not concentric, which means that the bullet’s not perfectly round to the case, and the case is not perfectly round to the bore, the bullet’s going to be in the chamber cricket, which is obviously an issue. So Sinclair, being the precision minded people that they are, [00:02:00] created this handy little gauge to help guys determine if their rounds are concentric.
Now, typically speaking, I mean, this is just a general rule, and it depends on the level of accuracy you’re going for. Obviously, zero run out is perfect. In the real world, you’re not going to get your run out. But if you can get two or 3,000s, that is acceptable for most applications. And so, this, what we do here is we rotate this, and then we watch this needle. So watch that needle. So we’re down to call the 40. This is about 8,000s out of concentricity. This round’s never going to shoot accurately. I might shoot 7 MOA, but it’s not going to show the potential of the rifle. Boom, here we go. Let’s try this again.
[00:03:00] This one’s almost 10,000 static concentricity. Swing’s not as bad. This one we’re looking at about sixish, thousands out of concentricity. So in there, may not shoot. So here’s a just grab this out of our stock stuff that we’ve reloaded here on the shop with our own dyes. And looking at okay, down. We’re at 3,000s out of concentricity. So what causes the bullet to be out of concentricity?
Well, you could have a bad jacket on the bullet [00:04:00] where you have a fixed spot on there. And I measured all these prior to shooting this video. And his issue is all his necks are out of concentricity, which means his reloading dyes are bad. And so I’ll adjust this here real quick show you how this works. You slide this so you can use multiple cartridges on here, and I’m going to just lock this down here, and I’m going to show you how concentric this neck is. So here’s our needle up here. Barely moving about one-and-a-half. I skipped it there.
Let’s get a better measurement here. I have one to one-and-a-half. So it’s between one and one-and-a-half thousands out of concentricity, and this is with dyes proven. We use the [00:05:00] Redding Competition Dies. And when this round, I mean, this is what I’d expect to see out of a non turn neck is usually one to 2,000s concentricity. If we turn these necks, we can get them dead nuts perfect. So let’s go out shoot this rifle and see what does this all mean.
All right. Well, here we are out here with the rifle. I brought some of the loaded ammo that we have loaded at the shop, some of the customers loaded ammo that we saw that was out of concentricity. And I brought some factory ammo as well so we can compare accuracy of everything. So I just threw a scope on here that we had at the shop. I’m going to get it cited in, and then we will test it. See why this rifle’s not shooting.
[00:07:00] Let’s see what we got to make our adjustment. I’m going to keep shooting, and then I’m going to tell you a little bit more about this particular rifle and about this particular customer. I don’t like talking about customers individually, especially ones that are having issues. But as I elaborate, I think you’ll understand why I have no issues explaining the details of this particular customer.
[00:08:00] So I’m going to keep shooting. And then, I think, I’m going to take this, I don’t even know what velocity we’re getting or anything. But I think I’m going to take some of the customers own ammo and I’m going to hit our thousand yard gong with it. This rifle shoots great. This is, I mean, as you can see it’s not moving. It’s stable. This has all of the best of MOUNTAIN TACTICAL® in it, and it’s performing downrange as such. So I’m going to keep shooting. I won’t bore you guys at this point. And I’ll go into specifics about the build and about the customer after I prove my point that much more.
[00:09:00] All right. Well, you can tell I was rushing a bit. We have all five rounds up here. 7m away. It’s when the cows were moving in, so definitely 7m away there. Got half MOA here within about, that’s all right, not bothering any girls. Customer’s ammunition that was out of concentricity back in the shop, three to quarters MOA here shot, two three shot groups here both just kind of ragged holes. Now assuming I did that and then I adjusted my scope and that one, so that’s a three shot group adjusting my scope, and then right there, but the ammo that we load in house, that’s five rounds.
So that’s the difference between [00:10:00] having concentric ammo, loading, reloading, having good reloading practices. This whole rifle has me so frustrated. I’m sorry. The five rounds into that bug hole versus three quarters MOA is still a decent group, but he’s obviously having issues with his dyes. Let’s turn around. I’m going to take one of these rounds, and I’m going to ring our thousand yard Gong. So let’s do that, and then I’ll fill in on the rest of this.
All right. So I’m going to start at the 500 yard gong, because I have no idea what the muzzle velocity is with the ammo that Thomas loaded. And I’m going to estimate 2700 feet per second, we are shooting a 26 inch barrel. Loaded that into my shooter app that gives me 9.8 MOA. So we’re cited in at 100 yards. I’m going to shoot that, [00:11:00] verify the dope, and then we’ll take it to 1,000. And we’re using his ammo that we’ve already proven is highly out of concentration.
I’m just going to use holdovers in the scope. I’m shooting a Vortex HS LR 6024 x 50. We have the Christmas tree radical in here. Really cool radical. Wait for situations like this. I don’t want to rezero the whole scope. [00:12:00] And I just want to verify data. So, all right. Let’s see what we got.
Smacked it. Little high. All right. So that was actually 8 MOA according to my Christmas tree. So let’s use 8 MOA. We have about one MOA of wind. See what we get here. Still little high [00:13:00] like 7 MOA. Must have these things loaded really hot. Off to the right. Man this ammo that he loaded is crap.
That’s okay. We’ll just figure out the dope for the thousand and shoot that. Wind flag’s really going and 1,000. Let’s see. I bump that load up to, [00:14:00] all right, edit this. I am going to say, give it 2800 feet per second. We’re shooting 140 grain berger hybrid. Let’s resolve this for 1,000. 28.7 MOA elevation, six-and-a-half MOA for wind.
All right. Well, let’s see what happens. And I am just using hold over. So that makes this [00:15:00] all the more interesting.
[00:16:00] Well, there we go. We took unknown load data, hit the gong twice. I mean, this rifle, it’s just so easy to shoot. Tikkas are exceptionally easy to shoot, but this we have an M24 barrel profile. We turned it down to match the receiver. We have a Remington style recoil lug, our competition bed job all the way through the chamber. We Cerakoted this patriot brown, no, excuse me, federal Brown. We have our 20 MOA elite rail. This is a Manners Composite stock are really nice stock actually. This rifle’s amazing.
Now, the guy who asked us to build it for them contacted us, says, he’s in charge of the Secret Squirrel, [00:17:00] Southeast Sniper Task Force for Department of Homeland Security. And to start out, he seemed very legit. He had all the right lingo. I don’t know. As the relationship went on, all of a sudden he’s talking about having me fly out there. He’ll take me to the farm. And I know some guys have some pretty high security clearances, and they’re not even allowed in the farm. So my bullshit meter is going off the charts there.
We sit on this rifle, and all of a sudden he sends me these emails. He’s texting me. He’s lightened me up saying this rifle doesn’t shoot. Well, as you guys see, we shot all sorts of ammo through this thing, and it shoots just fine. And I mean, shoot, I don’t even know the load data. And I was able to ring the gong twice at 1,000 yards. So there’s nothing wrong with this rifle.
And so I told him to send it back plus 20 rounds of his loaded ammunition, [00:18:00] so I could test it. More often than not, it’s reloaded ammo that causes problems. It’s poor reloading practices. And he sends me a suppressor through the mail illegally, no forums. Well, I have to immediately call the ATF. I’m not willing to risk my license for this guy who supposedly Department of Homeland Security.
And it was interesting because while I called the ATF, they did some background. This guy doesn’t work for Department of Homeland Security. He was a chief on some C130 up in Kodiak, Alaska for the Coast Guard, goes down to the Carolinas, opens up this tactical training school. He then sends me a letter from his Captain Lighten which Captain Lighten come to find out just works in a warehouse, not even a captain. He’s a Gunnery Sergeant, works in a warehouse for the Coast Guard and ripping me a new one.
It’s bad enough that he’s pretending [00:19:00] to be somebody who’s not, but the guy can’t shoot, and he’s blaming me. It’s causing this huge ruckus. He’s breaking as many. I mean, it’s so many loss, wasting my time. I have spent a total of 16 hours on the phone with government agencies talking about this rifle. It’s just ridiculous.
So anyways, I’m done venting. The rifle, this is awesome. This is an example of what we build as far as custom rifles out of our shop. As you can see, I’m not even the best shooter in the world, and I can make this rifle shoot. I do have very good reloading practices. I will guarantee the machining, on any rifle we build, it’s going to be within 210 thousandths of an inch tolerance. Any ammo that I load is dead nuts. I shoot competitions, and I want to remove as many variables as possible. [00:20:00] So the ammunition I’m shooting that I reloaded is dead nuts, and you can see the difference in accuracy from our previous test.
So, perfect example. You can’t buy accuracy. You got to have trigger time. You got to train. And in my opinion, no gunsmith should ever guarantee the accuracy of a rifle they sell, because it’s not the rifle. It’s the shooter. We can machine it perfectly. We can make everything dead nuts, and the guy just can’t shoot.
So anyways, enough of this video. Awesome rifle, dirt bag guy. Hopefully, he gets in trouble for impersonating a Federal officer. You guys have a good one. I’m going to shoot this some more [00:21:00].
Hey, Jason McCann from MOUNTAIN TACTICAL®. We just got a shipment from Germany from the German Stock company. And I was going to show you an unboxing of this stock. However, the box was toast. It didn’t make the trip very well. However, all its contents were in great shape.
Now Thomas over at GTS and I started talking on Facebook, he was kind of getting my opinion on their stocks. And I said, “Well, I can’t really give an opinion unless I shoot it, touch it, feel it.” So he went ahead and sent this over to us to test out. So, thank you, Thomas.
And quite honestly, I’m impressed. There were a couple of things that I was concerned about in the construction of this stock. And that was the fact that it has a laminate core in it. [00:01:00] And for those of you who have seen Boyd’s products, you know that laminate’s not really the best unless you have really, really good engineering to go with it.
Additionally, this stock has an aluminum bedding block. And so those of you who have been with us for a while know that if I’m not a huge fan of Bell and Carlson. We used to sell Bell and Carlson because they had the bedding block and their price point, and we had more customer service issues with that Bell and Carlson stocks or with those Bell and Carlson stocks than any other product we’ve had mostly quality issues. The chassis that they put inside there, the bedding block that they put inside there, never fit the action right. Looks like it is modified, Remington. And this is not the case. And we’ll get a close up here in a second, and I’ll go into detail.
But this bedding block I’ve never seen anything machine so precisely [00:02:00] for any other rifle make. This is just beautiful. Push-button, height adjustment just like the GRS line, and the recoil pad, it’s not a limb saver. It’s I can’t even pronounce the brand. I’m sorry. My German is a little rusty. But it’s a little squishy. We’ll know once we shoot it. Ergonomics. It pretty much had the same grip angles in AR 15. So just taking it around the shop, it’s very, very maneuverable and very comfortable.
So let’s dive into this bedding block. And we’ll get a close-up shot, and I’ll show you why I’m so impressed with this.
So as you can see, this is just a CNC machine to perfection. And then it looks like it has a hard anodizing, which is why, I mean, it’s aluminum bedding block. But when you hard anodize, you get that dark gray color. [00:03:00] You just do a decorative anodized, and you can’t actually tell it’s anodized until you dye it. So, the fact it has dark tint on here, they definitely hard-anodized this. And then the machine lines, I mean, they’re crisp. They’re tight. Instead of the Bell and Carlson where they actually tried to machine the recoil lug out of aluminum, they put a stainless steel recoil lug in here, just like the ones we make. And it’s pressed in. This thing’s not going anywhere. There’s no plan at all.
And then the cool thing about the Tikka action is there are not very many stress points on it. The Tikka action is, I think, that’s one of the reasons why it functions so much better than a Remington or Savage is because you don’t have potential high spots with it being around the action in contact with the stock all the way around. When you have the action, you simply have these little points. And so [00:04:00] if I put an action in here, this has zero play. It’s not going anywhere. This is actually a tighter fit or a more precise fit than the factory stock.
Now, why is this important? When you bed your rifle, if you use a bedding compound, which is something that we advocate for precision rifles, going into any sort of wooden or laminate stock, you have to remove all the variables. And so we use Defcon here at the shop. And so you’re putting a perfect meeting surface for your action to perfect imprint of that one action. So there are no stress points on there. And it can’t move it can only fit together one way.
This bedding block, how they engineered it, there’s no pressure points on the action. The recoil lug acts exactly how it’s supposed to, which is like a pillar. Your bottom of the action where the [00:05:00] action screws come in on the Tikka action is designed to be like pillars as well. And so this is riding on that pillar system that Tikka engineered just beautifully with zero play. I can’t wait to shoot this stock because I’ve never shot an aluminum chassis rifle stock that I’ve liked. There’s always accuracy issues, and there’s always movement within the stock under recoil. And so far they seem to have solved that issue. So I’m excited to go out and shoot this.
So one of the nice features about this stock is it has the push-button adjustability, just like the GRS and they literally ripped off the GRS system. It’s exactly the same. The difference is this one’s smoother and this is recessed in. The buttons recessed in. You can see they did a really nice work laser engraving their logo on here, and all the hardware is hard anodized.
[00:06:00] Now why is that important? The reason why that’s important is aluminum likes to go against itself and in the GRS system, you have aluminum on aluminum, and sometimes that’ll get sticky. That mechanism will stick when you’re shooting, which obviously you don’t want. The fact that this is hard anodized, it gives a nice hard surface for that to ride on. And it’s not sticky at all. So it actually comes apart just like the GRS. They have a little screw here. They have a retention nut on a spring that holds it in
The place puts pressure on the screw threads.
I talked to Thomas about why he did not include a link to pull adjustment. And his explanation made a lot of sense, which is the fact that, and we’ve experienced this with the GRS as well under high recoiling calibers, [00:07:00] these little threads just can’t take that recoil and the stock ends up collapsing on itself, and you end up ruining the whole mechanism. So he wanted to make sure that this stock was completely reliable. So he did not include that in this particular system. But again, that nice dark finish on the anodizing shows that this is a true hard-anodized surface.
So side by side, you can see the factory stock and the German Gun stock are virtually the same lengths. The length of the pole is virtually identical.
So the big difference with the German Gun stock is its construction. As I said earlier in the video, I’m leery of laminate stocks. Even the stocks that we were making out of laminate we would still recommend people that just because it’s wood. Woods shrink swells. You get into a humid environment; it’s going to swell. It constantly changes shape. And laminate is [00:08:00] really cool because you impregnate it with resin, the same resin that you would use to manufacture any sort of synthetic stock and that stabilizes the wood, but it’s still wood.
Now, I went over my concerns with Thomas, and it’s very interesting how he explained the engineering on their stocks. The core is laminate. It’s a laminate that they make. It’s a birch bark laminate. They put the resin in there. They compress it under 60,000 psi while it cures, which is they’re doing all the right things there. Then the machine, the core of the stock to get a shape.
Now they then have it sounds like a proprietary resin that they came up with that seals that laminate. So, actually, it’s 6 mm millimeters thick, which is roughly a quarter of an inch. A quarter-inch thick all the way around here is a [00:09:00] special resin seals that laminate in the core and makes a watertight seal around this. So this should actually perform much like a synthetic stock that you would see from the McMillan or Manners. And it’s much lighter than some of those stocks.
So a factory did stock weighs one pound 12 ounces. This, the German Gun Stock weighs three pounds, six ounces. So not a huge weight difference right there. And I got to say it’s incredibly well balanced. I think it’s going to be a dream to shoot. We’re going to kind of torture test it a little bit as well.
One last thing, just because that accessory is part of the gun industry, this paint job is awesome. And Thomas is actually a tattoo artist, and [00:10:00] he hands paint every single one of these stocks. You can see there’s some stencil work almost like a cryptic. They get their logo in here multiple different colors. There’s a significant amount of engineering that has gone into this stock. And there’s a significant amount of pride that has gone into this stock.
So I’m going to stop rambling on about it and go shoot it. We’re going to put our shop CTR here. We’re going to go shoot this thing and see how it performs in the field.
So I almost forgot to mention, Thomas threw a couple of these inside the box with the stock, and these are the Punisher breaks that they sell. And I could say presentation wise and see if I can actually get it out of here. Presentation-wise this packaging is awesome. Thomas, am I have to steal your idea and start packaging our products like this? We’ll get back.
[00:11:00] All right. Lots of pride here. You have custom cut form insert, even have a laser cut for the wrench to go in here. I got to say I can’t wait to shoot these things because there is a significant amount of pride that goes into the manufacturing of these. You can even see on the stainless one, it’s easier to see than this other one. I’ll explain the coating on this in just a sec. But laser etched their logo in and the model, they have multiple sizes. I did request the 5/8 x 24 because I knew I was putting this on our CTR.
They do have the metric threads as well for the T3 Tactical. And again, just the badass factor. This just looks badass. Have a screw of your Mirage bands which are very popular in Europe. Not many people use it here in the States. [00:12:00] And then it looks like this is not a time break. We’re just going to screw it on and then instead of using a crush washer, we’ll time it and then tighten this screw down with the provided Allen wrench in order to make sure it doesn’t turn off. So this is going to look really good in our shop CTR.
Now, this, he threw this in here and I think it was more like a bragging right. It’s really difficult to see the laser etching on here. And it’s because this is one of his friends in engineering came up with this proprietary coating. It’s being used on some cutting tools. Sounds like it’s a step above salt bath nitriding and this is supposed to repel carbon, so very easy to clean, incredibly durable, as well as being incredibly [00:13:00] chemical and weather resistant. So we’ll put this through the paces this winter and see how it survives a Montana winter on a hunting rifle. So again, really, really cool. Again, just look at that presentation. Nice little box. Custom cut foam. This is a company that takes a lot of pride in their product.
All right. Well, I’ve rambled on enough about all this. But needless to say, I’m incredibly impressed with the presentation. I’m impressed with the look and feel of the product so far and a little bit of function testing we’ve done in the shop. Let’s take these out to the field. See how they actually perform in the field. Don’t forget. Register to vote. [00:13:40 inaudible] did. I think he’s voting for Hillary? No, he’s dead. But they like those votes. So anyway, let’s go shoot this stuff [00:14:00].