Montana’s Finest (by Colonel Smoothbore)
By angelamontana


Montana is home to over 150 firearms manufacturers. Space does not allow all of them to be listed here, but we Montanans don’t have to look far and wide to find a firearm that was built with Montana pride. Here’s a few of the State’s finest.

Montana Rifle Company in Kalispell, http://montanarifleco.com/. One of Montana’s best trap shooters, Keith Sipe started the company in 1990. The guns are classic controlled round feed bolt action rifles and they are extremely accurate. 11 different models are offered and are chambered in calibers from the diminutive, yet speedy 22-250 through the dangerous game .460 Weatherby and .505 Gibbs. Even the latest speed offerings from Nosler are chambered in the company’s guns. Want to build your own? Montana Rifle Company offers actions in short, long, and dangerous game models.

Montana Precision Rifles in Butte, https://www.mtprecisionrifles.com/. MPR builds rifles for long range and offers complete packages, build your own options, or if you already have a rifle you like, they can make it a better and more accurate shooter.

Cooper Firearms of Montana, Stevensville, www. http://cooperfirearms.com/. Cooper Firearms was formed in 1990 by some of the former employees of the then defunct Kimber of Oregon. Cooper builds some of the most attractive and accurate rifles (1/2 minute of angle guarantee) you will find anywhere. A trip to the Cooper website one will find 14 different models, plus custom shop options. The drop down list of calibers is monstrous (.17 Mach 2 to .505 Gibbs, plus a .50 caliber muzzle loader). Choose your stock material, metal finish, engraving, scope bases; the list goes on and on. Make your gun truly one of a kind.

Looking for an AR style rifle with some panache? Kalispell’s Falkor Defense, www.falkordefense.com, might have your special gun. Falkor chambers ARs in such big thumpers as .300 Norma and .300 Winchester Magnum, .308 Winchester, and the very accurate long range 6.5 Creedmoor. The venerable .223 is also available and Falkor offers AR style pistols as well.

Finally if you are looking for a classic rifle C. Sharps Arms, http://csharpsarms.com/, can outfit you with an American classic rifle. C. Sharps offers both model 1874 and 1875 Sharps, as well as the classic 1885 High Wall rifles. There are options galore and I’m sure there is a caliber available for your perfect hunt. Even Quigley couldn’t do better.

These are just a few of Montana’s firearms manufacturers. I wish we could list them all, but part of the fun of finding your “perfect” gun is your search for perfection.

Be safe and good shooting.
Colonel Smoothbore

 






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