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GUNS Magazine January 2013 Digital Edition - Page 38
AR MAgAzines Bolt Rifle Meets Mossberg’s sensational MVP VarMinter Holt Bodinson here’s an advantage being a family owned and managed firearms business. If your financing is in place, you can turn on a dime, design and produce some of the most contemporary, stylistic and appealing models in the business. Alan Mossberg and his son, Iver Mossberg, are doing just that. This year, the company produced its 10-millionth Model 500 Series shotgun, a feat accomplished 9 years earlier than Remington’s 10-millionth Model 870. Even more impressive is the recent rollout of their hunting and tactical AR platform—the Mossberg Modern Rifle—new hunting and tactical lever actions and three new families of centerfire bolt-action rifles, including the striking Mossberg VarmintPredator (MVP) line that accepts standard AR magazines. From muzzle to butt, Mossberg’s MVP bespeaks of exceptional design, quality and features normally associated with only custom guns. The MVP pictured here is a dedicated varmint rifle. With its benchrest-style stock, 24" medium bull barrel and mounted with Nikon’s ballistic compensating P-223 scope and my Limbsaver sling, it weighs in at 9 pounds, 4 ounces. It’s not a walkabout varmint rifle, but it is the perfect style rifle for prairie dog hunting or for spotting and potting woodchucks along country back roads. That’s why I like to team it up with Caldwell’s lightweight, portable, DeadShot FieldPod for a deliberate style of shooting in the field. 38 T A A) The MVP Varmint buttstock features a straight comb, radical pistol grip and shadow cheekpieces. The long, deep pistol grip of the MVP stock positions the shooters hand perfectly for rapid manipulation of the bolt. B) The LBA trigger is user-adjustable from 2 to 7 pounds. The instructions are clear and precise. C) The wide, flat forearm is stylistically textured to provide a firm, non-slip grip. D) Mossberg’s MVP bolts are fluted to reduce weight, handle dirt and deliver smooth cycling. E) Mossberg’s MVP Varmint fed flawlessly with 10-, 20-, or 30-round magazines. The button-rifled, medium-weight bull barrel is both fluted and given an 11-degree target crown. Mossberg lets you know their LBA adjustable trigger is something very special—and, yes, it peels off easily (left). W W W. G U N S M AG GA AZ ZI IN NE E. .C CO OM M • • J JA AN NU UA AR RY Y 2 20 01 13 3