Skip to comments.New firearms maker opens high-tech facility(MT)
Posted on 11/25/2012 4:48:12 AM PST by marktwain
When it comes to high-end weapons, there's a new company in town that's changing the way people think about rifles.
Founded in 2010, Proof Research of Kalispell specializes in creating lightweight, accurate weapons using carbon-fiber barrels and stocks unlike anything else on the market.
Large gun manufacturers know we have the technology and we're being courted by some big names, said Pat Rainey, chief executive officer of Proof Research. We've changed the gun industry, just like the polymer pistol did. The cool factor of our weapons is off the page.
Joining forces in the Flathead
While Proof Research may only be two years old, it is made up of four companies that have years of rifle-making experience, according to Rainey. Proof is actually a merger of Lone Wolf Riflestocks of Kalispell, Jense Fabrication of Missoula, ABS out of Lincoln, Neb., and Lawrence Rifle Barrels of Lewistown.
Lots of people have tried to do this for many years, Rainey said. The idea of a carbon-fiber barrel has been around for 20 years. We're just the first to crack the code.
We can take a 19-pound barrel off of a .50-caliber sniper rifle and we can make it 2.2 pounds, so the heaviest thing on the gun is the glass from the sight, Rainey said. That's a huge weight savings, and in the past you'd have guys jump in and have to leave the barrel behind because it was just too heavy to get out easily. Now it's no big deal to pack it out, too.
Wonder if carbon fiber silencers are next? Believe it or not they are legal and encouraged in Norway.
Wasn't that weight part of the stability factor that made long range targeting possible? With a lighter barrel won't the rifle lose targeting quicker?
No oil, and lots of recoil, but OH how we love to carry it!
Man that recoil would knock you out!
But I suppose a very accommodating shock absorbing stock might (emphasis on might) make it doable.
I darn near broke my thumb when I made the mistake of buying and shooting a titanium .41 magnum.
Ouch that hurt. I was probably 21 or 22 and didn’t know better.
I promptly sold it.
If it’s hi-tech, they’ve probably counteracted the kick-back so you don’t need as much weight.
Skirt the automatic weapon ban
Carbon fiber is stronger than steel, so the barrel is more stable than its steel equivalent.
Flathead Lake area is a really beautiful part of the country..
That thing will kick like a mule!
A 5-6 lb AR is appealing to me, but their site lists them as starting about $3,400.
If the gun is designed to absorb the force of the shot, it won’t kickback as hard.
Suppressors legal for hunting in Texas as of September 1
and in 39 other states but the application cost $200 to the ATF.
A good rule of thumb for something like this is to wait a while for reviews from practiced gun users.
At the same time, you can’t wait around too long, as this will stimulate the bad guys to want to outlaw it. If there is even an inkling of that, then you want to buy second hand with a private sale reseller to preclude the government paperwork that could later be used to confiscate your gun.
It’s always better to avoid (legal) tyranny now, so you don’t have to evade (illegal) tyranny later.
Weren’t these things done back in the late 60s or early 70s? I remember reading of shotguns with these barrels back then.
Carbon wrapped barrels have been around for awhile.
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