WTH Is A "Race Rifle"?

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by Jack Ryan, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. Jack Ryan

    Jack Ryan New Member

    Mar 25, 2003
    SW Indiana
    This term just irks my spine like a ten penny nail scratching a chalk board.

    WTH is is suppose to even mean? How can any one race a rifle. I've never seen one that does any thing other than sit there like a log waiting to be picked up other than in a gun banner's hallucination where guns magically become animated and start killing people.
  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    I've never heard the term used in connection with a 22, and seldom with a rifle, but a "race gun", or a gun that is sold as "race ready" is one set up for competition where you are shooting on the clock. IDPA. Cowboy Shooting. Anywhere where you are racing the clock.
  3. Tony Mig

    Tony Mig New Member

    Jul 5, 2003
    The Sorprano State
    The term is also associated with .22 rifles...

    It is used in refference to semi auto's used in compition. Usually those rifles such as the 10/22 that has been highly modified with fat barrels, light smooth triggers, thumbhole stocks...etc....etc..... much like the one's used in Olympic shooting, and Biathalon. Another type reffered to as a "race rifle" are the Russian Biathalon Bolt that has a smooth fast and easy straight back pull to rechamber a round and cock the action.
  4. williamd

    williamd New Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    Talo Distributors and Sturm, Ruger & Co, have teamed to produce the new limited edition 10/22LR Ruger Race Rifle. Only 1,500 units will be produced. The Ruger race Rifle is built on the 10/22 Target rimfire autoloading action with a 20" hammer-forged, target-crowned bull barrel in blue steel. Other features include a proprietary laminate thumbhole barracuda-style custom stock with a fancy Ruger race Rifle logo grip cap. Suggested retail price is $479.


    R A C E R I F L E
    Poetry in Cold Steel
    By Roni Toldanes

    Lloyd de Santis watched as an excited shooter lifted a "The Edge" rifle from the display table.

    "I've heard many good things about this .223 rifle," the shooter said, gently rubbing his left hand at the rifle's colorful and smooth receiver. "So when is the new .308 version coming out?"

    De Santis flashed a smile and replied, "You're holding it."

    As owner of the Colorado-based RND Manufacturing, De Santis, is accustomed to these kinds of reaction to his rifles. For several years his company has established a reputation for churning out high-quality .223 rifles that have become the leading choice of top shooters in the country's top 3-Gun action shooting tournaments.

    Competition shooters are known to be a picky bunch. They buy factory-produced rifles only to have a custom riflesmith totally re-work it and install after-market race parts. RND rifles are designed just for that meticulous, custom market. Every part that needs to be replaced and every accurizing job that needs to be done are available in the rifle when it leaves the factory.

    In 1995 IPSC Grandmaster Benny Hill won the rifle championship at the USPSA 3-Gun Nationals with a .223-chambered "The Edge" Rifle. In 1996 top shooter Michael Voigt won the overall national championship also using the same rifle. At the 1996 Masters' Long Range Rifle event, "The Edge" was also the winning rifle in the capable hands of Team Caspian's Bruce Piatt.

    Most 3-Gun action shooters prefer the .223 caliber because its lighter recoil allows them to fire faster shots during timed events. But for high-power rifle competitions, the .223 is not the ideal caliber. So De Santis faced the challenge of building another rifle capable of handling a bigger caliber like the .308 but with proven features similar to its .223 predecessor. He went back to the drawing board and, after a few months, finally produced his .308 version.

    "We actually started from zero," says De Santis. "The only thing that we didn't manufacture is the trigger group, the hammer and the barrel."

    Produced by the Oregon-based Pac-nor, the barrel features button rifling, the method of choice in the accuracy arena. Unlike the three other types of manufacturing barrels (broach, cut and hammer forged), button rifling produces a mirror-like internal finish that gives the bullet a smooth travel area. This results in consistent and accurate hits.

    The massive 20-inch barrel is hand-lapped by Pac-nor to produce an outstanding surface finish and uniform groove dimensions prior to shipping it to de Santis. At the RND plant, it is then chambered and throated.

    The huge tube originally measures one-inch at the muzzle end. De Santis flutes the front area to reduce weight, improve cooling and maintain rigidity. And because the .308 barrel is heavier than its .223 counterpart, De Santis designed a stronger hexagonal receiver.

    The RND rifle's upper and lower receivers were machined from a solid piece of steel to achieve tight tolerances. The two parts were hand-fit so there is no unwanted rattle that might distract the shooter when the rifle is fired at the highest level of competition.

    Internally, De Santis attacked the trigger assembly by setting it at a crisp 3 ½ pounds. While top shooters prefer a light two-pound trigger, he chose a slightly heavier pull to prevent any accidental discharge. Despite this setting, the trigger breaks without take-up or over-travel.

    Externally, the .308 version is almost identical to its .223 counterpart. This offers the multi-gun shooter a unique advantage. He can shoot the .223 rifle and the .308 rifle at different shooting events using the same shooting style and stance. While other shooters would have to learn how to shoot a .223 AR-15 and a .308 bolt-action rifle, RND gun owners don't have to because the two guns are practically the same.

    1996 USPSA 3-Gun Nationals champion Mike Voigt says that among the potpourri of features in this centerfold rifle are the handguard vents that allow the barrel's heat to dissipate under the gun. The vents, Voigt says, reduce the possibility of having a "mirage effect" that may irk the shooter while peeping through his scope, thereby producing inaccurate hits.

    Voigt singled out the straight line movement of the RND's semi-auto bolt as the ideal configuration for high-power shooting. Unlike other bolt-action rifles like the M1A and the M14, the RND rifle produces less muzzle flip because the gun recoils in a straight line directly into the shoulder.

    "Because this gun doesn't kick as hard, you can spend more time 'reading the wind' and trying to achieve better shots," Voigt says. "And since you don't have to work the bolt, you can shoot the gun faster when wind conditions are most favorable."

    De Santis knows that a good part of the equation to achieve an accurate rifle is utilizing an appropriate handle, or stock, that fits the shooter. He installed an adjustable butt stock, allowing shooters with long arms to extend the butt by an inch and a half. With a perfect fit, the user gets better hits. There's no pulling of the shoulders that cause muscle tension and inaccurate shots.

    The butt plate comes with a Pachmayr rubber stock to help cushion recoil. It was installed on a dovetail that can be moved up and down. Its a great advantage for shooters who will use the rifle for both offhand and prone shooting. The camber is also adjustable to accommodate both the southpaws and right-handed shooters. And for additional comfort, De Santis installed a polyurethane rubber grip from Stock Options.

    De Santis produced a higher and thicker charging handle to give the shooter a full knuckle finger grip. Another exclusive design is the flat-top Weaver mount. It has been elevated to make it easier for the shooter to position his eye relative to the eyepiece.

    De Santis also lightened the hammer for faster travel. He created several slots on the handguard, allowing the shooter to install a bipod without any restriction on the adjustment level. Extractor and ejector parts have been polished and fitted, as are all other contact surfaces. And an RND titanium firing pin was installed to provide more reliable ignition and a slight edge in lock-time.

    Another excellent feature was the removal of the roll pin that holds both ends of the lever and the bolt catch release. It was replaced with a set screw that permits the user to take out the bolt without beating up the gun.

    After the internal modifications were completed, De Santis decided to give the gun a racy external look with different colors, mainly "to get away from the nasty assault rifle look."

    Bruce Piatt, the 1996 Masters Long Range Rifle champion, says RND rifles "function flawlessly every time" during the heat of competition. "And they look like high-tech mountain bikes."

    You can clearly see the blue, black and silver colors so you probably think this rifle was painted, right? Wrong. Those colorful parts, made of hard aluminum, were subjected to a process called "oxidalic plating." "Those colors were grown from the metal through oxidation," says Piers Wiggett of PK Selective Metal Plating in Santa Clara, California. "The colors have become part of the metal so you can't rub 'em off."

    "I call this my urban camouflage," De Santis says with an impish smile. "When it's inside a car, no one will think it's a real gun."

    One can only describe this handsome rifle as poetry in cold steel.

    De Santis dreams of the day when someone eventually conquers Camp Perry, the most prestigious long-range rifle tournament in the world, using an RND "The Edge" rifle.

    The .223 fersion has proven itself as a successful rifle in the world's toughest actuion rifle shooting events. And most of the country's top shooters agree that it's only a matter of time before the .308 starts winning at major long-range rifle shooting tournaments.

    Champion rifle shooter Benny Hill, compares his experience of shooting other high-power rifles to the experience one gets from driving a jalopy that failed to pass the California emission tests. "Shooting an RND rifle, however, is like cruising around the city on board a sleek Mercedes Benz," Hill says with a grin.

    We must agree. Like a luxury car, this race rifle delivers smooth performance, comfort and reliability in one neat package - straight from the factory.
  5. William Harper

    William Harper New Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Montgomery, AL 36106
    Well, my name is William T. Harper and I have been known to galumph about in Seneca Matches or what is now known as Summer Biathlon with rifles I have rigged out for the purpose. On the other hand, at gun shows I have seen plenty of "signing" not yet convicted gang members buying up Rumanian AK 47s and all the ammo tonnage they can for "home protection" some of which has riddled nearby wooden frame homes while leaving their own almost in a state of collapse from the number of exit holes. Sometimes by sheer volume of fire, they also perforate some innocent bystander they never even saw, of the same race. This has begun to stir some sane community protest which does not blame the weapon much, and, though the local symbol is a circle around a pistol with a bar slashed diagonally across it, it has surprised me by being not so much an anti-gun movement as a movement to settling differences sanely without resort to violence. The present motto is "Enough is Enough." Some counciling and intervention is going on which looks positive. I pray for the death rate to drop among children and accidently hit police officers.
  6. whymememe

    whymememe Former Guest

    Oct 29, 2011
    FEMA Region IV
    ah, I don't know, fast and furious?
  7. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    "Children" is often defined by gun banners as those between the ages of 14 and 24 - the prime gang banger range and the majority of the statistic.
  8. Jaxshooter

    Jaxshooter New Member

    May 15, 2011
    Jacksonville, FL
    Race guns are usually the guns associated with USPSA Open Division. Pistols with lightened slides chambered in 9 mm or 38 super or super comp with magazine capacities from 23 to 30 rounds and red dot sights the most popular brand sight being a C-More. The same term is used for AR-15s and shotguns used in USPSA 3 Gun matches.
  9. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Member

    Nov 15, 2011
    nc mountains
    Note what JAXSHOOTER said . Seems that seem replys get waaay off base.
    Any pistol useing so type of optics falls into a shooting class that use's what is conserded "raceguns. Most of these are in centerfire open class and sometimes don't much resemble what we buy and shot and have so many extra features add to or replaced that they look ready for the races. Most open class .22's tend be more like what we buy and shot but for the most part have also been highly reworked with most parts replaced or reworked but because there is not felt recoil they finger clamps and exterior add ons are kept to a minimum. The "race gun" is just a slang for open class comp guns.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2011
  10. CHW2021

    CHW2021 Member

    Feb 16, 2009
    A firearm with a lot of extra parts that costs (a lot) more?
  11. 6x6pinz

    6x6pinz New Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Mesa, Az
    no different then the term "race car" just a highly modified version of a stock one.
  12. steve99f

    steve99f New Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Eastern PA
    It's the rifle Remington made with Dale Earnhardt's name on it. He used while racing.

    Sorry, couldn't resist.
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