I already own a Templar Custom MCWS, dressed-out these days as a .223 Wylde-chambered designated marksman’s rifle (DMR).
It’s an incredibly accurate rifle, .5 MOA or better accurate with factory 55-grain FMJ ammo I’ve thrown at it out to 300 yards. That’s better performance than most hand-tuned bolt-action rifles. I look forward to the day I put higher-powered glass on it, and then I’ll see what it can do with the 77-grain Mk 262 Mod 1 match-grade ammo out to the limits of the cartridge, which I’ve heard can be accurate to 700 yards in good weather conditions.
Currently, I’d guess it’s weighing in around 10 pounds with bipod, sling, and optics. It’s great for me, but I wanted something a little lighter in case my better half and oldest daughter develop an interest in “shooting like a girl” like so many women butt-kicking women at Appleseed tend to do (I’ve mentioned before, I think, that the ladies tend to learn to shoot better, faster, than their menfolk).
Towards that end, I traded for a new AR-15 lower Saturday, which will be built-out as a lightweight carbine and will come in around 6 pounds.
It wasn’t until I looked at it this morning that I noticed the Stars and Bars engraved on the front of the lower.
Put side-by-side with my MCWS (on the left), it reminds me of another blog I used to run.
I’ll post more pictures when the lightweight is completed later this month. It’s a shame both will be lost in a fishing accident over the Marianas Trench next month if any of these absurd gun-grabbing attempts pass.