For those of you who aren’t familiar, Horizon Firearms is building a custom 6.5 Creedmoor on an iota KREMLIN stock. Derrick tells Jim and Trav that it takes some time to lay out and execute a theme and design in order to get the desired result. In this case, they are working on a patriotic design – one that isn’t in your face red, white and blue and not a military feel either, but rather a subtler look. An olive colored stock gives way to an American flag that has been ghosted in and looks tattered and will at its completion also feature some script. The really great part about Horizon Firearms is that when they say “Custom”, they mean it! You bring your ideas to them and they work with you to make them happen which creates a completely unique design.
Horizon Firearms is known for their fluting and you can expect that on this rifle, as well. While you’ll find out more about the barrel fluting design in an upcoming progress update, Derrick does say that this fluting is something they have only done a few other times and will feature custom inlay painting to match the stock design. (If you haven’t seen Horizon’s fluting work you should really check it out. Take a look at their Facebook and Instagram pages for some really cool projects they’ve completed.)
Since the stock is being custom painted, it would be a fair question to ask how that paint will wear over time. Derrick is also the President of iota Outdoors which makes rifle stocks, in addition to other rifle accessories. You can get a custom stock from iota in about two and half weeks. He tells Jim and Trav that they have been painting stocks for a long time and have learned that it all comes down to the prep work. He’ll highlight what is involved in the prep process and the paint used to create a hard finish that is scratch and wear resistant. Derrick will also talk triggers. He tells Jim and Trav that they’ll be using a trigger from the company, TriggerTech. Derrick will tell Jim and Trav how this company has revolutionized the trigger industry and offers affordable triggers that are super crisp, work well even when dirty and can be adjusted from the outside in one-ounce increments.
An important factor for many hunters, especially those that have to cover a lot of ground is the weight of their rifle. A spot and stalk hunter may not want to haul a heavy gun around for miles and miles each day. Derrick says that most of the rifles they make are, on average, 6 to 7 pounds which is a good hunting weight rifle that is stable but not too heavy.
In addition to completely custom rifles built from scratch to the specs of the buyer, Horizon Firearms also has an extensive inventory of rifles that are ready to ship. Derrick tells Jim and Trav that while some people may enjoy the custom design process, others do not and they would rather have a predesigned rifle, still with all the custom features that Horizon is known for, that they can get in their hands quicker. You can cruise their selection of rifles ready to ship at www.HorizonFirearms.com.
I’m stoked about this rifle, so thanks for following along on this fun journey with us and giving us your feedback. It’s great to hear from y’all. Be sure to stay tuned for another update soon. In the meantime, get your fill of firearm eye candy, and even see a few photos of our work in progress, by following Horizon Firearms on Facebook and Instagram as well as iota Outdoors on Facebook and Instagram.
I’m loving this build so far! What do you think about it? What kind of custom design/theme would you implement on a rifle of your own? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks y’all!