TESTIMONIALS

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“Put a Zeiss 6-24 on top of the 22-250 groundhog gun that you & your crew made for me. This is 5 rounds off a bipod after only 20 rounds to get the scope settled in…  And I haven’t started working up my loads yet! Sweet, yummy, superlative, outstanding and any other expletives that you want to add! THANKS!”

 

Buzz

Ohio

May 2018

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“On the photos, the 1/2” group was a warm barrel end of the break in day group. The nearly one hole group was shot the next morning on a cold barrel after it had been fouled after its last break in cleaning from the day before. Again, very satisfied. Already ordering components for the next build.”

Ethan 

Arkansas

April 2018

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“I just wanted to reach out and say thanks again for all the work that went into the build – it really is a privilege to own such an amazing rifle. I brought it out to the range for the first time yesterday, only shooting out to 100 yards for some initial load development. I understood that the rifle would definitely shoot well, I just didn’t realize how well and how quickly. I’d worked up 20 different loads, 100 rounds in total, and the average of the 20, 5 shot groups was ~0.515” with a number of loads grouping in the low 0.3s and no load printing larger than 0.78”. By a large margin, this is the slickest, best shooting, and best looking rifle I own and I know that it won’t give me any excuses when it comes to competing. For my first, true, fully custom rifle, I couldn’t be happier. Anyways, thanks again for all the hard work – you’ll be the first to hear the next time I’m in the market for a new build!”

 

Alex

Massachusetts

April 2018

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“SAC! I just wanted to thank you guys for an awesome build! She’s a shooter! I ran a few boxes of Hornady Match and various other box ammo. The Hornady Match box shot sub half MOA groups during barrel break-in and the rest were all still under MOA. So I chased a load with the Hornady bullets because of the killer BC and weight. After about 120 rounds down the tube to settle it in, I did some load work up. Three short trips to the range between break-in and load work up, and I believe I have a load already, see the attached pic. We laminated some targets and this shooting was done in the rain from cover…  Thanks again, looking forward to getting the next build going with you guys!”

Ryan

New York

February 2018

 

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“Just thought I would give you an update on my FN SPR build you did.  This thing is hammering!!!  After working up some loads, I’m getting many groups in the .2s, and even a couple .1s.  Still no zero group, but I’m working on it!

Here is a small write-up I did with some pictures of the final product on the FN forums: FN Forums

Michael

California

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“I wanted to extend a huge thank you to you Mark and whomever else may have worked on my rifle. I just opened the package from Fedex and was immediately impressed, everything looks phenomenal and I can’t wait to get it out and see how it shoots. This should be a rifle that lasts a very long time as primarily a hunting and long range rig and hopefully we put meat in the freezer for years to come, thank you again for helping out and getting the rifle to me before my big trip to NRA’s Whittington Center!”

Bill

Colorado

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“Hello! Bought a rifle off you back in October and I am just writing you to tell you how immensely pleased I am with it. Excellent build, perfect, it’s absolutely phenomenal.
I spent a couple months on load development and getting back into long range. A few weeks back I did a dope chart and walked her back to 1200yds. I’m highly impressed with the rifle. Many thanks.”

Adam

Florida
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“Hey Mark, hope you have been well and your business is getting the recognition it deserves. I have been having such a wonderful time shooting the two rifles you made for me. They are well worn in and shooting immaculately. Just like to say I have never had a nicer rifle to shoot at the range than the 260 as for the 308 it has seen many good hunts and been in a lot of very diverse situations, today I was helicopter shooting and it performed above and beyond as always.

Thanks heaps for improving the enjoyment of my hunting and my hobby hope to use your services again.”

Charles

Australia
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“I wanted to get in touch with you regarding my DTA 6.5 SAUM barrel. It is 26″, Bartlein, cerakoted FDE with spiral flutes, and melonited. I spent some time with it yesterday and couldn’t be more impressed. I shot 3 shots at 100 yards into 1-ragged hold. I didn’t want to mess it up, so I shot another 5-shot group. 2nd group is almost 1-hole as well. It shoots sub 1/4-MOA at 100 yards and sub 1/2 MOA out to 500, which is the furthest I’ve taken it so far.

I continue to be impressed with the 6.5 Creedmoor barrel and the 7 WSM barrel you made as well. All are more accurate than I am. Could not be happier. Just wanted you to know.”

Daniel

Texas
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“Words can’t even begin to describe how happy I am with the rifle you built. After firing two rounds to zero it, I fired rounds 3, 4 and 5 into the smallest 100 yard 3 shot group I’ve ever fired. It measured .207 center to center. I then fired a 3 round group a 200 yards that measure .511 center to center. I also managed to head shoot a ground hog at 211 yards. You will definitely see more of my business in the future.”

Donald

Ohio
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“I just received the rifle. I am blown away. I had very high expectations going in, and I am incredibly impressed. This is art. You and your shop have earned my recommendation to every shooter I know.”

Cliff

California
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“I received the rifle this afternoon, it looks great! Thank you for doing such a wonderful job. I couldn’t be happier with the quality all I been doing since it arrive is saying wow, Mark Gordon kicks butt. I am glad I decided to take my business to you and your team. I researched different builders for a few months before I called you. You are an awesome builder; the best in the business by far. Every time I see one of your builds on the net makes me smile. I wish you and your team lots of success through the years to come. You haven’t heard the last of me.”

Eric

Oklahoma
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“Just wanted to give you another good news report on the 260 DTA barrel. After adjusting my load down an entire grain, to 41gr of H4350, my load is back to the magic 2800fps that the barrel seems to like so much. We took it out this last weekend to confirm, and that thing shot lights out. From 600-950, it was easy shooting from hill top to hill top, with 10-15mph 90 degree wind. I was repeatedly hitting 9×13″ plates at those ranges… Even from field positions off of shooting sticks. My buddy on the other hand is using his DTA 260 barrel, and still not having nearly as great of luck as I am.
Thanks again for putting out a quality product. I may have to look into a 308 before too long so I don’t wear out the 260.”

Ryan

Kansas
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“Been a couple months since I received my rifle. Just to give you an update to tell you how pleased I am with it.
I have been working on a load and settled in on 45 grains of Varget pushing a 168 Berger VLD hunting. It gives me an extreme velocity spread of 10 fps out of 10 rounds. With a .031″ center to center vertical deviation in a group at 230 yards (yes that’s a zero before the 31 after the decimal, I had to measure it several times).
If only being able to read the wind was as easy as getting you to build my rifle I would be set.”

Luke

Florida
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“Got the rifle last night. Trigger is amazing. If I go REAL slow on the trigger I can just barely feel a two-stage process, but if I pull a little quicker it feels similar to my one stage Timney AR trigger…but a hell of a lot lighter. Overall, I can’t imagine a more versatile or perfect trigger for my applications with this rifle. I attached a shot from the range today. Center to center the 100 yard 4 shot group (yes, there are four buried in there) is 0.651″ (minus the one flyer above). I’m not a rifle shooter, so this is pretty good for me. I’m sure that an experienced rifleman could take it under 0.5″ with ease. Thanks again for the amazing work.”

Brian

Arizona
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“I got the bolt back today. Your work is truly incredible and looks even better than I imagined it could. It really makes the bolt throw feel a lot better. I have been wanting to do this for several years but couldn’t get the courage up to mail my bolt out and I didn’t trust any of the local gunsmiths. This rifle is an absolute tack driver and it was a tough decision to go ahead with the modification, but I am so glad that I did. I have to admit that I was extremely nervous during the process. I just knew it was going to get lost between here and there. At last, my worry was for nothing and your work is exceptional. I look forward to discussing a new build project with you after the holidays. Thanks a bunch and Merry Christmas.”

Patrick

Louisiana
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“I came to Mark mid 2010 exploring the idea of a custom build, after hearing about his work online. After contacting Mark, I got the feeling he was very responsive, taking time out to answer my questions in detail. Little did I know, he would far exceed my expectations not only with communications but with the quality of his work. Some time passed and I committed to shooting competitively for the 2011 season and realized that my current setup would not be competitive. I really needed a gunsmith I could count on and could lean on also as a consultant. The challenge was that I had Shooters Bash 2010 coming up and very little time. I asked Mark to basically perform a custom build using only the existing action and chassis and a few days turnaround time. I recognized this was a stretch due to the short notice.

Mark exceeded my expectations, turning around the rifle over a weekend, and Fedexing the rifle back to me. The fit and finish was flawless. As I screwed on the muzzle break, the fit was so true that I could hear a distinct click as the break aligned itself perfectly to the 12 O’clock position. I was able to develop a load for the rifle in time, and perform well with it at the Bash. With a tuned load, this 6.5 Creedmoor rifle shoots 5 shot groups smaller than 0.2 inches. The trued action allows me to manipulate the bolt with ease and faster than the competition. Looking forward, I’m currently working on another customized rifle with Mark, to give me an edge at the Steel Safari 2011. I am fortunate to be able to work with Mark, to help provide me the equipment I have complete confidence in, with predictable, top-notch, precision. It’s not easy to find someone with an equivalent passion towards building top notch rifles as I am about practicing and competing and it’s a privilege to help represent Short Action Customs at competitions this year.”

Bryan

California
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“I’m VERY happy with the craftsmanship you have displayed installing the Badger bolt knob (FN SPR)!!
I’ve been waiting a long time to find someone who could do this installation with this much attention to detail.

Thank you!”

Phil

Texas
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“Received both bolts today and am thoroughly impressed … fantastic work performed! I will show them off proudly and steer some more work your way … I get asked all the time and always sent them to the usual suspects. SAC will get the nod from now on!”

Rob
Rainier Arms, LLC

Washington