February 7th, 2008

Advanced Carbon Fiber Stocks from Tom Manners

Space-age carbon fiber allows a rifle stock to be extremely light-weight, yet stiff and strong. Some of the best carbon fiber long-range, tactical, and hunting stocks on the market are crafted by Manners Composite Stocks. Manners stocks exhibit excellent fit and finish (without the bubbles and flaws found on some lesser-grade products), and the geometry is correct for good tracking in the bags. We were very impressed by the samples we saw at SHOT show, in particular the quality of the inletting and the carbon lamination work. Tom Manners gave us the run-down on his long-range MCS-L50 stock, his model “T” hunting stock, and his model “T-4″ tactical stock.

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Manners Composite Gun Stocks

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February 7th, 2008

New MTM Combo Range Box and Gun Cleaning Stand

At SHOT Show, MTM previewed a versatile new range box that doubles as a rifle cleaning stand. Sized 25″ long x 11.5″ wide x 8.75″ high, the MTM Shooting Range Box is about the size of a large toolbox, with plenty of room inside. The range box comes with two removable, rubber-padded cradles that hold a rifle securely for cleaning. This means your range box does double duty, and you don’t have to haul a separate cleaning stand around. We liked the prototype version on display. It’s plenty big, and has a long enough “wheelbase” to work effectively as a stand.

The gun cleaning kit top section has a see-through plastic top. Underneath are trays with divided slots for small parts, patches, brushes and sundries. There is a special insert for jags and mops (see photo). The two trays can be positioned four different ways, to suit your requirements. The long section in the front will hold bore guides, and large cans of spray solvents/lubes. The unit is deep enough that most bottles of cleaning solvents will sit up-right, and the box is made from chemical-resistant polypropylene.

The base section holds twin adjustable gun forks (cradles) with over-molded rubber padding. These will support rifles or shotguns with a firm, non-marring hold. The base section offers plenty of deep storage for supplies and ammo. The bottom base is big enough to hold a large MTM R-100 ammo box. The new range box/rifle holder, MTM Catalog item RBMC-11, should start shipping in Mid-March of 2008. Midsouth Shooters’ Supply lists the MTM Range Box at $26.76, item 008-RBMC11. That’s the best price we’ve found — other vendors are charging $35.00 to $42.00.

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