Re: 600th APS rifle shipped today.....
THe only APS rifles that have an actual "NUMBER" on them will be the Raptor series of rifles with their SN starting at AP120 as the number one receiver and my Xtreme Heavy Sporters chambered in my BIG APS magnum chamberings.
The reason for this is that in my opinion, I do not feel that all rifles should have an order number on them. I used to be a wildlife pencil artist and to me, if a serious of anything is going to be numbers they should be as identical to each other as possible.
Now in the firearm area, this is hard to do because all are a bit different, different stocks, different barrels, different fluting patterns, different finished, different stock colors, etc....
With my Xtreme Heavy Sporters in my 408 CT based wildcats, this is not an issue, nearly all of them use the McMillan A-5 tactical stock or the A-5 Supermag stock. All either use the BAT MCT single shot receiver or the Lawton M8000, All use my custom APS contoured barrels from Lilja or Krieger so there are very few differences other then rifle finishes and stock colors so I started numbering those rifles as a series of rifles.
The Raptor rifles will all be VERY similiar as well but they will only have their SN markings on them but it will be easy to keep track of them that way.
To find out which number a specific rifle was in shipping, it would be a bit difficult but not impossible. I would just have to look up my Disposition log records and figure it out. Just time consuming.
My goal for APS is to trim down production to the point that I am basically doing XHS's and Raptors for most of my production. There will always be other projects in the works but not the vast variation that I have been doing previously. Stopping production on factory based rifles was the first step in this streamlining process and now I have started dropping other receiver options that in my opinion do not offer the customers a good enough return for their investment. Now I am not saying that a certain custom receiver will not produce a fine shooting, sub 1/2 moa rifle. What I am saying is that if a customer is expected to pay $1000 to $1500 for a receiver, they need to get a receiver that not only shoots great but also one that looks just as good and with a fit and finish worthy of the investment. Some accomplish this, sadly many do not and I do not recommend those that do not.
Hope this clears things up a bit.
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