The Montana Rifle Co. American Legends Rifle Awarded
2016 Friends of the NRA’s “NRA Gun of the Year”
Kalispell, MT (Ammoland.com) – The Montana Rifle Company (MRC) sure is enjoying a Stellar year. Not only were they 2015 Mule Deer Foundation’s “Rifle of the Year” with the ASR-SS Rifle, Field & Stream Magazine’s “Best of the Best” with the X2 Rifle, but just recently announced they are 2016 Friends of NRA’s “NRA Gun of the YEAR” with the all new American Legends Rifle (ALR).
“To win this award is a highlight of the hard work and dedication that we have not only put into production, but also rifle design and development,” said MRC VP of Sales & Marketing, Jeff Sipe. “We had an idea of what we wanted this rifle to not only look like but also what we wanted it to symbolize,” Sipe added.
The ALR is a 300 Win Mag built on MRC’s award winning Model 1999 Montana Action and match-grade hand-lapped barrels. The steel is chrome moly matte blued for an elegant finish without the glare no hunter likes to see in the field. The bottom metal is engraved in a gold Cerakote® engraving with the “NRA Gun of the Year” logo. The barrel is a #2 contour, 24” barrel with a 1- 10 inch twist rate.
The biggest issue was having a wood stock in a production platform that could fill the desire for elegance. MRC worked along with the management crew at Boyds Gunstocks to come up with a stock that would fill its needs. The end result was an AA grade American walnut stock with black tip and grip featuring a wrap-around front checkering pattern and a raised cheek piece coupled with a 1” Pachmayr® decelerator pad.
“The American West was won by legends that fought and died, struggled to survive and made a living in some of the harshest, yet most majestic lands known to man. It is in memory of these “legends” that we came up with the new rifle,” said Sipe.
“There are many awards given in the firearms industry and this is one of the most coveted of them all. The NRA is not only a powerful lobbying group but by far one the most influential supporters of the 2nd Amendment in our country. It is an incredible honor to be awarded the ‘Gun of the Year’ and we are humbled and thankful to the Friends of NRA and the entire selection committee.”
About Montana Rifle Company:
Montana Rifle Company (MRC) was founded by gunsmith and barrel manufacturer Keith Sipe in 1999. What originally started as a business specializing in gunsmithing firearms for avid sportsmen soon became a barrel manufacturer known for its quality hand-made barrels. The business continued to grow incorporating custom hunting gun builds and Mauser type actions. Today, MRC is proud to have created a line of economically produced production rifles with a superior controlled round feed action. www.montanarifleco.com