Well, in the economic sense at least.
Perhaps some of you have been under a rock the last ten years or so and have not noticed the increase in desire for what I like to call, #TactiCool rifles. Basically that means everybody is trying to make rifles look like and AR, AK, or PRS type of gun.
So, that calls for all kinds of widgets and whizzbang goodies that look like you could snap it on and AR and be the coolest new kid at the range. Now of course some of these products have real value and perform as designed. I think I found one that I will be looking for at SHOT Show, in fact I liked it so much I made an appointment to see it. Total confession I don’t make many appointments, mostly I just come and go as I please, there is so much going on that it can be hard to make it to an appointment at a set time.
Stop blathering and tell us what it is already… Yes, I can hear you saying that.
Well, this is a gunsmithing blog after all. So this is an item that a gunsmith might offer to the #TactiCool crowd and make more money. Best of all it is professional in design and installation, so it makes us all look good. Seller and buyer.
Kalix Teknik Inc. is the home of this product with two model variations called the CR1 and CR2. The CR1 is a product for the market I described at the beginning of this post. Long range and PRS (Precision Rifle Series) shooters will like this adjustable cheek piece. “What’s new about that?” you ask. Mainly that it is a high quality unit that can be added to and existing gun. The company even offers a jig for gunsmiths for fast and accurate installation.
The CR2 will be more of a sporting version that shooters have seen on shotguns and rifles in the past. The CR2 is a hidden installation with no exterior knobs or screws on the stock. In the video below the mechanism is demonstrated on a sporter stock. Note that no tools are required to adjust or lock the cheek piece at the desired height.
Finally, here is the jig they offer.
I will let you know what I find out at the show…