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GUNS Magazine June 2010 - Page 18
RANGING SHOTS • CLINT SMITH • THE ROBAR SR60 The quintessential precision rifle. wenty-nine years ago I was fortunate to be able to work at T a facility then called the American Pistol Institute, which nowadays most everyone just calls Gunsite. While there I was Creating a new business is difficult if you do it right around the corner. So having moved a business a few thousand miles before, I can well appreciate moving your business and life halfway around the world. Never one to take something for free, Robbie stepped up to the plate and successfully built and ran his business of gun build, fix, repair, create and invent from the Gunsite facility. More times than I can remember Robbie fixed my broken stuff while we were at Gunsite, and during the years after, he has built many guns for me. After his tenure at the Gunsite facility he moved his business for ease and access of supplies and support to the Phoenix area. Trust me, in the old days of the ’80s it was quite a drive to get to Phoenix, Arizona, whereas today Black Canyon and Prescott Valley seem like they might as well run together city limit wise (or it at least seems to me). Anyway, Robbie and I have known each other a long time during which I have used his guns. Over the past 15 years there is one gun I have used a lot. At its advanced age, the .308 Flame Gun seems makes it look like it’s on fire. In 2004 when I moved to Oregon, I had the flame color redone to green as a base color and thinking Oregon, green, trees, mountains (you get it). Bluntly with all the stupid green, Save the Earth stuff, the green version didn’t last long and when Tiger McKee came to visit we stripped the thing and repainted her back into the hot rod mode. Enough about the paint. The rifle has been a rock-solid performer for many years no matter its color with, as always, the original internal magazine design being the only real flaw. introduced to a South African newly arrived to the United States— Robbie Barrkman. to be old and old fashioned compared to the now-in-vogue versions of all the new latest and greatest precision rifles. Then again, I am not totally convinced that is true either. An Old Flame The Old Flame—not as in girlfriend— rifle is an SR60 which, when it was built, was based on a Remington 700 action bearing the internal magazine and all. The rifle is set in a McMillan ambidextrous M40A1-type stock and right now sports a Dan Lilja barrel. I have had it re-barreled twice due to wear on the first two barrels (yes, I shot the rifle a lot). The rifle has an oversized bolt knob, 20-MOA bases and strong scope rings, so it’s still pretty much a plain rifle. The “Flame” thing is simple—I sort of like flames, like American hot rod flames from the hood and stuff. You know people have their favorite colors. Well, I have simply just had favorite flame jobs put on the rifle. The first Flame paint job was really bad and it looked like a pile of burning orange leaves, but the second Flame paint Revisiting The SR60 Recently, I had Robbie send me one of the currently made Robar SR60 rifles in .308 Winchester. Opening the box, the new Special Response 60 was wearing a camo paint job done up by the Robar shop using their high-end finish materials. Looking underneath the fancy colors—still not as cool as flames—the rifle had some good stuff and the current upgrades could in fact make my old Flame version seem a bit archaic. The new Model SR60 rifle is still SR60 MAKER: ROBAR COMPANIES, INC. 21438 NORTH 7TH AVE, SUITE B PHOENIx, AZ 85027 (623) 581-2648, www.ROBARGUNS.COM CALIBER: .308 (tested, any standard caliber) ACTION: Remington 700-style, BDL, accurized, machined, ground and lapped BARREL: Stainless steel match grade with Robar’s exclusive contour STOCK: Ambidextrous Monte Carlo-style fiberglass bedded with aluminum pillars and free floating barrel channel FINISH: Roguard receiver and barrel NP3 bolt and internals wEIGHT: 9-9.5 pounds PRICE: $3,650 (base price, options extra) ThesetworiflesarethenewSR60(top)andtheoriginalSR60formatcirca1995.Muchhaschanged betweenthetwoplatformseventhoughtheconceptremainsthesame. 18 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • JUNE 2010