- February 21, 2016 at 4:45 pm #24630redriverhunterParticipant
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I saw one these rifles in the gun shop the other day it is stainless steel model, and I truly like the feel of the rifle and the trigger is wonderful. Does or has anyone here owned one, I would like to hear of some first hand experience about this rifle. The gun shop is marketing as a custom rifle but my research leads me to believe it is more of a production rifle made by a custom rifle maker. thanks.
- February 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm #24632ArtfulParticipant
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You mean the 1999 action?
In 1990 Keith Sipe started the Montana Rifleman as a gunsmith specializing in fixing firearms for the avid sportsman. Within the first three years he expanded into barrel manufacturing as he discovered a need for good hand made barrels. It was then that he expanded into making custom hunting rifles. However, soon after that, the supply of Mauser type actions began to disappear. During the mid 90’s there was an apparent need for a product of this nature. With the major manufacturers of firearms not willing to produce an action for this market and the smaller firms and gunsmiths not able to produce them economically; an idea was created, and through years of planning, finally developed. In late 1999 Keith Sipe created Montana Rifle Company to produce an economically superior controlled round feed action.
Limited production Custom rifles were produced from 2000 thru 2011 on the 1999 actions. The actions are Mauser-style with controlled-feed and come in both left and right-handed variations in a number of different sizes to fit different cartridges. They are similar to Winchester Model 70 actions but with more safety features. The actions are noted for being extremely strong. They come in 3 basic models: “Classic”, “High Country” and “Tactical”. A variety of stocks are available from wood to composite, as well as a variety of calibers including an emphasis on large-bore dangerous game cartridges. The rifles are described by gun writers as being high quality.
Barrels are available in over 20 calibers with a variety of contours and finishes
Seem to hold a good value
In 2011, MRC introduced a new line of production rifles. The production rifles are built on the Model 1999 action and feature either wood or synthetic stocks and either blued or stainless barrels and actions.
It Appears that it was bought out like Marlin and other companies by Cerberus–the private equity firm that owns Freedom group, a holding company that in turn owns a number of firearms manufacturers, including Remington, Marlin, Bushmaster, AAC Suppressors and DPMS.
Montana Rifleman to close down
POSTED: 6:21 PM May 16 2014 UPDATED: 7:19 PM May 16 2014
KALISPELL, Mont. –
Montana Rifleman will be closing its doors after its owner, Remington, is consolidating their operations.
“It’s unfortunate that they’re moving the facility to Alabama,” said Jeff Sipe.
Montana Rifleman made rifle barrels, and business was booming. It was tough to keep up with demand, and Remington wanted in on the action.
“We were doing so many barrels for DPMS and Remington that Remington basically came to us and said ‘we want to buy that capacity,'” Sipe said.
Now his father’s former company is being shut down by its new owner. The Sipes get it, but they’re not happy.
“We understand the strategic move for them to have the barrel-making facility in their facility where all the rifles are being made, it makes sense for them and we understand that,” said Sipe.
And they understand this industry — Brian Sipe has been in it for more than 15 years when he started Montana Rifle Company back in 1999.
Workers manufacture and assemble rifles for big game hunting.
Now the idea is to hire some of the Montana Rifleman workers and keep the manufacturing line moving.
“The relationships are still there. The friendships are still there so we’re, you know, we were happy to see certain people move up…it was a big family atmosphere and so that still hasn’t changed,” Sipe said.
Sipe says his company currently has around 22 employees, but with the growth they’re experiencing, he believes he could double his staff and then some in the near future.
DPMS / Panther Arms
Strange Montana not listed on Freedom Arms website?
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