[su_heading size=”30″ margin=”0″]Gunsmith In ‘Right Sport, Right Time’ for PRS Growth[/su_heading]
Interview by Steve Joseph • Photographs courtesy of Liberty Arms
[su_dropcap style=”light” size=”5″]T[/su_dropcap]he Precision Rifle Series is exploding, and along with it are the shooters and industry professionals who provide only the best in products and services. The PRS has extremely low tolerances for anything outside of perfect.
Meet Bob Goettel, owner and founder of Liberty Arms LLC, a full-service gunsmith capable of repairs on all makes and models of firearms. However, their specialty lies in custom-built precision rifles. Take a look at what inspired Goettel to get involved in the PRS, and what keeps his company growing.
American Shooting Journal How did Liberty Arms get its start?
Bob Goettel It started with a family friend who was a custom smith and machinist. The old story of sweeping the floors when I was 9 years old got me into their shop, and they helped me build my first .22 magnum. From that point on it was an addiction. I started building all of my own rifles for match shooting, and that started things in motion. Soon, friends would ask me to build rifles for them, and interest in my work kept building. Eventually the demand pushed me to start the business.
Liberty Arms is a strong supporter of the Precision Rifle Series, and is known for creating some of this competition’s best long-range systems. This custom .308 tactical rifle – built on a Stiller action with a Bartlein spiral-fluted barrel, McMillan A3 stock with Liberty Arms cheek rests, custom multicam cerakote finish, Magpul FDE barreled action, US Optics 3.2-17 scope and a Armament Systems arbiter suppressor – just might be your next favorite gun.
ASJ What services do you offer?
BG We offer all of the common gun-related gunsmithing services. However, we focus mainly on custom-rifle builds. We are set up for gunsmithing, cerakote and blueing services,and offer a full line of custom 1911s. Due to the growing popularity of long-range shooting and the growth of the PRS competition, 85 percent of our work has been focused on that portion of the industry. We also do lot of work for the local police department.
Bob Goettel’s personal competition rifle – 6.5x47L with Stiller TAC 30 short action, Bartlein 1-in-8 twist 26-inch barrel, McMillan A3 stock with Liberty Arms cheek rest, PTG bottom metal, US Optics 5.5-25 optic and a SAS TOMB brake suppressor.
An executive cased 1911, completely hand fit with Caspian slide/frame, case color, and bluing by Doug Turnbull. The ostrich-clad case and African Burlwood grips were designed and created by Liberty Arms.
ASJ You mentioned having a line of 1911s. What other firearms do you offer?
BG We also have our Trident AR-15 and -10, as well as bolt rifles, which are built using our lines and customer specs. The great thing for shooters today is the abundance of parts and accessories that are available. Just about anything is possible.
ASJ How did you get involved with the PRS?
BG The PRS and long-range shooting in general has exploded in the past few years. From that explosion most shooters have found me. Just being into the right sport at the right time has helped set things in motion, and the PRS is a great event that keeps the rifle population alive. It’s great to be a small part of it.
ASJ Thank you for talking to us, Bob.
BG Thank you ASJ
This Remington 700 chambered in .300 H&H Magnum with an engraved action, Douglas barrel, Libery Arms custom three-panel checked bolt knob, Bastogne walnut stock, Obendorf bottom metal and three-position safety with Swarovski optics is almost too sweet to shoot.
This .308 tactical/marksman rifle features a Remington 700 action, Kreiger fluted barrel, AICS AX chassis, S&B optics with a laser rangefinder and a Surefire suppressor.
Posted in Long Range Tagged with: 1911, Bob Goettel, Custom rifle, Gunsmith, Interview, Liberty Arms, Precision Rifle Series, PRS, Rifle building
[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.
Posted in Long Range Tagged with: Armalite, AWC Supressors, Bannon Eldridge, David Preston, Hawk Hill Barrels, Jim See, Kevin Elpers, Matthew Brousseau, McMillan Firearms, Media Release, Nexus ammunition, PRS, Rich Emmons, Short Action Precision, Strategic Armory Corps, Surgeon Rifles, Vortex Optics, www.nexusammo.com