[su_heading size=”26” margin=”0″]Surgeon Rifles Announces New Pro Shooters For 2016 [/su_heading]
(Phoenix, AZ – Oct 26, 2015) As the 2016 Precision Rifle Series (PRS) season approaches, Team Surgeon took early notice by signing some of the best available shooters to their Pro Team. Just recently, Surgeon Rifles announced team sponsorships for 3 new members.
Relatively new to the circuit, 2015 PRS Champion shooter David Preston, from Pennsylvania, has competed in the PRS for only two seasons but has been in contention for the top trophy at nearly every match he has entered. David’s passion for accuracy and long range precision shooting led him to compete, and there has been no stopping him since. David has honed his talents as a precision shooter and is capable of cleaning a stage with amazing efficiency and accuracy. To follow David on the competition field follow him here https://www.facebook.com/DavidPrestonPRS.
Based out of Texas, Matthew Brousseau, who finished 7th overall at the PRS Season Championship match, is also a welcome addition of new fire to Team Surgeon. A former Sergeant in the USMC and now overseas contractor, Borusseau has found a new passion in rifles and loves the competitive environment. Brosseau states, “Near the end of 2013 I started hearing about this Precision Rifle Series and it piqued my interest. In the spring of 2014 I purchased my first precision rifle and headed to a match to see what it was all about. I didn’t finish very well but I was instantly hooked and was determined to learn my way to the top. 2015 has been a great 2nd year for me.”
Also residing in Texas, Bannon Eldridge, makes up the 3rd new member and sleeper pick for Team Surgeon. Eldridge has been competing since 2009, but on a limited basis. In 2014 he qualified for the PRS Championship with two top 15% performances, and has been busy off of the range as well. He has been staying sharp by winning a few Texas club matches against a strong field of PRS shooters. Rich Emmons from Team Surgeon says, “Bannon has put it all together and is shooting better than ever. He will definitely make a big splash for Team Surgeon in 2016.”
Returning for 2016, Iowa resident Jim See, led last year’s Team Surgeon performance with two PRS wins and 6 other top 15% place finishes. See is a dominant competitor who finished 6th overall last season in the Series and is pressing hard to take the Golden Bullet Award next season. Texas based shooters Rich Emmons and Kevin Elpers, also returning for another season with Team Surgeon, look to improve over last year’s season with a new spark from training with new teammates. Over the years, both shooters have proven they can compete with excellence and are excited to rise to the challenge.
In addition to new members, Team Surgeon Rifles will also be introducing a new partner this season, its sister company NEXUS Ammunition. Nexus is emerging as a top contender in the custom match ammunition scene, and the team has already worked to develop a 6.5×47 load that is sure to be seen in the winner’s circle. Nexus aims to deliver match grade factory ammunition with equivalent quality and precision of hand loading without the hassle. Current ammunition available from Nexus includes .223 Rem, .308 Win, .260 Rem, and .338 Lapua. Visit nexusammo.com for more information.
Along with Nexus ammo, Team Surgeon uses and relies on Hawk Hill Barrels, Vortex Optics, and Short Action Precision gear.
(LEFT) Kevin Elpers and (RIGHT) Rich Emmons
About Surgeon Rifles: Surgeon Rifles is a 10-year-old manufacturer of high-end precision bolt-action rifles, actions, and other accessories. Shooters who are highly ranked in industry competitive contests consistently utilize surgeon rifles and actions to be successful in such events. An indication of the quality and accuracy of the Surgeon rifle is demonstrated by the results of the Precision Rifle Series.
In 2011, Strategic Armory Corps acquired Surgeon Rifles. The Phoenix based parent company also owns Armalite, AWC Suppressors, McMillan Firearms, and NEXUS Ammo. All of the manufacturing of Surgeon Rifles parts still takes place in Prague, OK, with many of the original employees and equipment. SAC continues to work to ensure that the Surgeon Rifles legacy of precision, quality, and durability grows even stronger. www.surgeonrifles.com
About Nexus Ammo: Nexus Ammunition provides discerning shooters high impact solutions through unparalleled, patented automation processes. The “Nexus Method” meticulously produces ammunition to exacting tolerances equal to the attention of hand loading. Our unique machinery and automation allows us to build ammunition to exact specifications, starting with the raw materials. This method is proven to provide a consistency in weight in every cartridge, delivering the quality and ballistic performance you can rely upon.
You can depend on Nexus Ammo to deliver a full ballistic spectrum of ammunition performance for your tactical, defense, or hunting needs. When you require consistency, accuracy, and repeatability… Nexus is your solution.
About Strategic Armory Corps: Strategic Armory Corps was formed with the goal of acquiring and combining market-leading companies within the firearms industry. Each company that is brought into the SAC family fulfills a consumer need with their brand of niche products. To date, four highly respected manufacturing companies have been acquired with a fifth in the start-up phase. These companies strategically fit together to form a strong base of products and services that are designed to meet the expectations of military, law enforcement, commercial groups, and individual users around the world.
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Interview With Mark Gordon
Owner of Short Action Customs
Precision Rifle Series
Interview by Steve Joseph
Bartlein 30 cal, 1 to 10-inch twist, M40 contour barrel, chambered in .308WIN, cut down to 24 inches and threaded 5/8 x 24 with SAC’s custom thread protector.
The American Shooting Journal spoke with Mark Gordon, owner and founder of Short Action Customs. They build precision rifles specifically designed for the ultimate in discerning and elite shooters. Gordon is also the lead sponsor for today’s top Precision Rifle Series shooter David Preston. Here is what Gordon had to say:
American Shooting Journal How did you first get involved with the Precision Rifle Series?
Mark Gordon I got started with PRS as a precision-rifle builder to see what our rifles would have to go through. Most importantly, it was to see what the shooters demanded out of their rifles and what they needed to be successful. The bottom line is these rifles have to work every time without fail, be extremely accurate and practical to use in the field.
Manners T5A right-hand stock with a signature SAC rifle-pillar bedding, and finished with desert-digital camo from Custom Gun Coatings.
ASJ What is it that is creating such explosive growth with competition precision shooting?
An MMI Tru-Tec Melonite action and bolt, which prevents any galling of the metal and increases lubricity.
MG I believe it’s because these shooters have a desire to be proficient with their equipment and they want to know their limits. With a mixture of classic prone shooting and demanding positional shooting, the competitors are exposed to a large spectrum of disciplines at these matches. Lastly, the best place to do that is under strict time limits and lots of stress while other competitors watch. With many more club and national-level matches popping up all over the country, you can expect the sport to grow exponentially.
ASJ You currently sponsor the number one shooter in PRS. Tell us more about how that happened.
MG We started our first rifle build for David Preston in early 2014 after developing a relationship with him from previous PRS matches. At that time, Preston was familiar with our rifles and what they were capable of. Luckily for me he wasn’t shooting for a team at the time. We spoke on a few occasions, and I offered him a position on our team. After many rounds fired, rifles rebarreled and matches shot, Preston really started shooting to his potential. We do our very best to keep reliable and accurate rifles in the hands of PRS shooters so they can do their job.
Short Action Customs Alpha 11 action with an integral 20 MOA scope base, an integral recoil lug and an M16 extractor. The magazine well is cut for Accuracy International AW magazines.
ASJ Your company, Short Action Customs, builds a lot of custom rifles. What is your favorite build?
MG There are two types of rifle builds that we love doing the most. The first is when a customer tells us to just do what we think is best. This allows us to take all of the leading-edge technology and components that we would use on our own builds and build the rifle we would want. It is great to have that kind of trust and confidence with our customers.
The second type of rifle build that we enjoy is when customers have us build rifles using components from manufacturers that we have not been exposed to. The parts industry is growing so fast, and as with any rifle build, it’s only going to be as good as the foundation it’s built on. So we really enjoy working with new components and learning about all the latest products.
Timney 520 Calvin Elite trigger with an Accu-Shot BT17 bipod rail and a their model BT10LW17 quick-detach bipod.
My personal favorite rifle build is configured to be agile, medium weight and run smoothly. We run Defiance Machine integral scope base and recoil lug actions called the Alpha 11, Manners Composite Stocks T6A 100 percent carbon-fiber stocks and Remington Varmint-contoured barrels from Bartlein Barrels. We typically finish these rifles with custom paint from Custom Gun Coatings. ASJ
Editor’s note: You can visit Short Action Customs at shortactioncustoms.com.
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