September 19th, 2015

Smart Switch-Barrel System from Gunsmith Larry Racine

Larry Racine is a respected gunsmith based in New Hampshire. He is also a two-time member of the U.S. Palma Team, and a five-time New Hampshire State High Power rifle champion. Larry, who runs LPR Gunsmithing, has developed a brilliantly simple means of switching rifle barrels with an ordinary spanner or open-end wrench. With this set-up you can switch barrels in the field in seconds without the need for a barrel vise.

For most barrels, Larry mills a hex with six flats on the end of the barrel. This allows a shooter to change barrels quickly at home or on the line with a simple box-head wrench or a socket wrench. Larry says: “You don’t even have to take the barreled action out of the gun. Just set the buttstock on the ground, between your feet, put a wrench on it, hit it with the palm of your hand — and off comes the barrel.” For barrels fitted with a muzzle brake, Larry has a slightly different system. He mills two flats behind the brake so you can use an open-end wrench to do the job.

With either a hex on the end, or two flats for a brake-equipped rifle, the system works with any medium- to heavy-contour barrel with a muzzle-diameter of at least 0.700″. This will even work for high-power rigs using clamp-on sights or bloop tubes. Larry explains: “A lot of us here in New England use clamp-on front sights. The barrel will be turned to 0.750 for the sight, with the hex on the end. A bloop tube can go right over the end, no problem.”

Larry has used this system over the past few years to win a number of matches. In one 600-yard 3 by 20 prone match, Larry used three different barrels, with three different chamberings, on the same Savage rifle. Larry changed the barrels on the line.

Larry was able to do this because the system has little to no loss of zero from one installation of a given barrel to the next installation of that barrel. This lets the shooter start the match with confidence that the first sighter will be on paper. Larry reports that the simple system works great: “To date we have used this system on Savage, Remington, Winchester, RPA, and Nesika actions.”

Racine’s system is very affordable. If Larry does the chamber work on your barrel he charges $45.00 extra to mill a hex or two flats on your barrel. If you only want the hex or flats done, Larry charges $55.00. For more info, visit LPRGunsmith.com or call Larry at (603) 357-0055.

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September 19th, 2015

Mossberg’s MVP-LC Modular Rifle

Mossberg MVP-LC MVP tactical rifle MDT modular stock shooting illustrated

It seems like every manufacturer has a new “tactical precision” rifle these days, and Mossberg is no exception. Mossberg offers the MVP-LC, which combines the Mossberg MVP receiver with a sleek, modern MDT LSS metal chassis with an AR-type buttstock that adjusts for length (11.25″ – 14.5″ LOP). The light-weight, tan-finished aluminum chassis features a V-shapped bedding area for the Mossberg MVP action. The MVP-LC’s LBA trigger is user-adjustable from 3 to 7 pounds pull weight.

GunTalk TV Video Review of Mossberg MVP LC:

The new rifle features the MDT LSS chassis system, Magpul furniture and magazine and Silencerco Saker muzzlebrake/QD mount. The rifle is available with optional Vortex HS-T 4-16X rifle scope.

Available in either .223 Rem or .308 Win, the MVP LC rifle will accept standard AR-15 and AR-10 magazines. The barrels are pretty short, 16.25″ for .223 Rem, or 18.5″ for .308 Win, but they do come with threaded SilencerCo Muzzle Brakes installed. Weight, without optics, is 8 lbs. for the .223 Rem version, 8.5 lbs. for the .308 version. We think the lighter .223 Rem model would make a nice “carry-around” varmint rifle. The current “street price” is $1099.99.

Mossberg MVP-LC MVP tactical rifle MDT modular stock shooting illustratedMVP-LC Featured in Shooting Illustrated
If you want to learn more about this rifle, check out Shooting Illustrated this month. Mossberg’s MVP-LC is the “cover girl” of the October issue; you’ll find a full report on this new tactical rifle with complete specs and lots of big photos.

FEATURES: Mossberg MVP bolt-action design compatible with standard AR magazines (AR15, LR308/SR25). MDT LSS light chassis aluminum stock. Magpul CTR Adjustable LOP Stock with A-frame profile to reduce snagging for height adjustment. Either a 16.25″ (.223 Rem) or 18.5″ (.308 Win) barrel threaded with SilcencerCo Saker Muzzle Brake (thread cap included). Includes LBA adjustable trigger system (3-7 lbs.), oversized bolt handle, Picatinny rail, adjustable bipod.

OPTIC OPTION: Vortex Viper HS-T 4-16X zoom scope with MRAD reticle (rings included).

Mossberg MVP-LC MVP tactical rifle MDT modular stock shooting illustrated

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