Location: Mathews va
A partnership between Bayside Custom Gunworks and SWFA.
By: Christopher Rhodes. Owner of BCG. www.BaysideCustomGunworks.com
We set the goal of a long range 22 handgun after hunting prairie dogs at WYSHOT 2014 hosted by Ernie Bishop. The goal was set at ¼ mile with a 22LR. On the long 30 hour drive back Jeremey England and I dreamed up a project. When I got bot to my shop a Keystone Arms Chipmunk pistol was ordered. The barrel was chunked and replaced with a Green Mountain blank and reamed with an “extra tight” chamber reamer I designed. The trigger was worked down and the stock was bedded. A custom scope mount was added as well as an older 10x42 SS by SWFA. The gun shot great. Groups were way above and beyond what I expected out of this little critter. Here we have Super Munk phase 1.
Even tho the gun shot great there was a problem. The ergonomics of the gun were horrible. The stock was form fitting and would not allow for a relaxed grip. Under recoil the little stock wanted to twist in the hand as well. So I set out to cut a new stock from a blank. I am primarily and handgun hunter and by handgun I mean traditional revolvers and semi autos. So when I designed the stock I traced a Smith and Wesson K frame grip into the stock. Its curves allow a relaxed grip and fill my hand well. I also added aluminum to the underside of the fore end and the butt. The butt and the fore end are machined in parallel so the gun will track smoothly on bags. The stock only has two coats of poly on it at this point due to the fact more shaping will likely take place before WYSHOT 2015 when we attempt the ¼ mile prairie dog shot. After the final finish is applied this thing will look like a NASCAR with the stickers from sponsors!
Super Munk Phase 2.
www.SWFA.com supplied us with a new scope to replace the older SS. They sent us a 12x42 MRAD SS!( http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-12x42-Tactical-Riflescope-P53714.aspx )
Upon initial unpacking and inspection the scope looks pretty much the same as the older SS. The knobs are different due to the MIL/MIL adjustments. The scope has a nice matte finish and the built in sun shade should work great in the field just like the older SS I was using.
The MRAD reticle appears to be leaps and bounds ahead of the MIL dot reticle as far as its usefulness for smaller targets since the reticles measurement features are transparent and will not obscure as much of the target.
First Range Trip with the Super Munk Phase 2 and the 12x MRAD!
Today after the last coat of poly was dry the Super Munk was tightened down into the bedding and off to the shop range I went. I didn’t even bore sight the optic, I just started out at 25 yards and used the Mil/Mil reticle and was roughly centered in 10 minutes or less. Then I moved back to 100 and did some serious work. I decided to get prone using the bipod and field bag. With the new stock the gun had minimal recoil and I did not lose sight picture during the shots. I was able to use the MIL/MIL to make adjustments and I found this to be quite easy. You just have to beat the thinking of inches out of your head! And yes it’s difficult to break old habits.
The Super Munk was fired with the barrel tuner removed today. Bellow you can see pictures of our groupings and the Super Munk Phase 2. Groups are 5 shots at 100 yards. Fired off a bipod and rear bag.
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A lot more reviews to come! And A LOT MORE DISTANCE!