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The USMC M40 Sniper Rifle: At the End of a Useful Life?

May 21st 2015

Did you know the USMC M40 sniper rifle will be celebrating its 50th birthday next year? Here’s a great article in Shotgun News about the rifle. This old war horse has been through a lot since the early days of the Vietnam war. Read how McMillan played an important role in developing a stock for the Marines that was better suited for combat in Southeast Asia.

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Dress for Success: 3 Great McMillan Stocks for Your Rifle

May 21st 2015

Be sure to check out the article about McMillan’s gunstocks in Rifle Shooter magazine. In the article, Scott Rupp, editor at Rifle Shooter, discusses a rifle’s gunstock has everything to do with how a gun is perceived. But it’s more than good looks, a gunstock serves as a foundation for your barreled action.

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McMillan’s EDGE® Stock for Benchrest Shooters by Dick Davis

April 8th 2015

Benchrest competition has long been the laboratory for firearms innovation. Desirable engineering qualities in a benchrest stock include stiffness, low torque, strength, superior handling, and shot-to-shot repeatability – all within a weight limitation imposed by rules. The McMillan EDGE benchrest stock exemplifies the concept of form following function to produce an innovation that makes a true contribution to the sport.

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How was the A-5 developed

May 1st 2014

Gale McMillan, founder of McMillan Fiberglass Stocks, partnered with the Marine Corp in 1975 in a project that has been recognized as the birth of the modern tactical rifle, the M40A1. Made of fiberglass, with a heavier than normal forearm and traditional hunting lines aft, this stock is still in service with many units.

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How is a tactical rifle stock different than a stock for a hunting rifle?

April 15th 2014

A tactical rifle is used under stress, usually when all other measures have failed and human lives are in danger. At the critical moment, all components must work flawlessly, every time. This prime consideration flows through all the decisions a stock designer must make when developing a tactical stock.

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Pillar Bedding Article – Part IV

April 1st 2014

A number of well-respected, successful gunsmiths and gun builders use techniques that are different than the one I described in Part III. As I said, they are successful gun makers that build very accurate guns. No one can say that their technique doesn’t work. As I stated, we “believe” that ours is the best way, but realize that having a choice is always a good thing. Following is a description of the other technique most widely used.

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Pillar Bedding Article – Part III

March 1st 2014

When pillar bedding gained acceptance, there was little argument about how to do it right. It seemed almost everyone in the competitive arena used similar techniques.

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Pillar Bedding Article – Part II

February 1st 2014

Not long after the pillar bedding process was developed, fiberglass stocks came onto the scene.While benchrest shooters were convinced that pillar bedding had a positive effect on the accuracyof their rifles, they assumed the same process would help to improve accuracy of a fiberglassstock rifle.

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Pillar Bedding Article – Part I

January 14th 2014

In the firearms industry, it seems there is always a “trend” that is accepted as state-of-the-art, atleast until something else comes along to replace it. Right now aluminum bedding blocks seemto be the trend. I recently posted our views on the ABB, so I won’t go into that now, but there isa related trend that I think needs addressing—pillar bedding or bedding using aluminum pillars.

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