The G.A. Precision rifle is based on a Remington 700-style action in 6.5 Creedmoor caliber and has all of the features wanted in a tactical-grade precision rifle, including a SureFire compensator/suppressor adapter and Manners composite stock.
When I went through a sniper course in the mid-1980s, it was instructed by a team of FBI agents who taught me how to move into position undetected and take what they called “the long shot.” During that course, we never shot a round farther than 100 yards, and that seemed pretty far to me. The truth is, 100 yards is not a long shot at all and these days it is not uncommon to hear of members of the military making shots in excess of ½-mile. Of course the optics and guns are better now than they were then and more riflemen, whether they are in the tactical or sporting arenas, are demanding guns that will “reach out” to greater distances precisely. For the military sniper, the longer the distance, the less likely they will be detected by the enemy — and killed by counter-sniper activity.
A new generation of long distance rifles is cropping up that are designed to perform from 500 to 1,000 yards. Optics companies are acting on this trend, offering new scopes that give the shooter clarity of vision at these extended ranges while staying light and compact. Ammunition companies are not sitting back either, developing cartridges that will shoot flat at these long distances and giving riflemen ammo that will meet the challenges presented by these new guns and glass. One of these new cartridges is the 6.5 Creedmore round, developed by the Hornady Ammunition Company. This light but fast round is designed for 500 meters plus and is catching the attention of precision riflemen nationwide.
The Templar bolt features one-piece solid construction with an M16-style extractor milled and fit into place to enhance extraction and ejection. Upon opening the bolt primary extraction is increased by 35%, which makes for a very smooth bolt cycle.
The first production cartridge ever developed from the ground up to be a true match cartridge is now being loaded with Hornady components, with the potential to become the true modern rifleman’s cartridge. Developed to give competitive shooters a factory-loaded cartridge that will allow them to compete and win at the highest levels of shooting, the 6.5 Creedmoor is making its way into the tactical and hunting worlds. Chambered by several manufacturers of rifles, the 6.5 Creedmoor is making its debut as a hunting or tactical round in Hornady’s new “Superformance” line of ammunition. Loaded with both 120- and 140-grain GMX bullets, the 6.5 Creedmoor brings a level of precision to long distance rifle shooting that is currently unmatched. In addition, its light recoil makes it very easy to shoot for extended periods and is perfect for any North American game, up to and including elk. Of course, it could also be an excellent choice for law enforcement or military operations requiring both short and long distance shots.
Gunsite instructor Giles Stock sat down with me and explained the new cartridge and its capabilities. It was easy to see that Giles was quite enthusiastic about the new cartridge and wanted me to see its performance capabilities for myself. “The guys who are making the best platform for the 6.5 Creedmore are from G.A. Precision. You really need to meet them and see what they have to offer.” Giles then introduced me to Tim “Moon” Roberts, one of the master rifle-builders at G.A. Precision, who showed me several of the rifles he has built and discussed what would be the best platform for the 6.5 Creedmore round if it were to be used in a tactical application.
G.A. Precision has been in business since 1999, striving to create top-of-the-line rifles that are not only precise but also affordable without sacrificing quality. G.A. Precision uses only top-notch, field-tested, quality parts and accessories in their guns. Founded by George Gardner as a means of building competition rifles for local high-power and long-range shooters, during the past ten years they have grown to the point they have moved to three different locations and added 13 employees. G.A. Precision currently builds rifles for over 300 law enforcement agencies, including: FBI HRT, ATF SRT, Chicago P.D. SWAT, Illinois State Police HRT, Cook County (Chicago) HBT, Coral Springs PD, Kansas City P.D. TAC and many others. They also specialize in building competition rifles for the growing field of tactical long-range competitions across the country.