Meet the Gladius

ga_precision_logoRecently, a friend commented, to a third guy looking for an accurate rifle cheap, that cheap wasn’t the right way to do it.

“Look at GA Precision. George builds really accurate rifles. And he guarantees them.”  George is George Gardner, who founded GA Precision in 2007 and has built it into a thriving business that supplies a who’s who of long-range target shooters and law enforcement Must Not Miss Ever marksmen. And yes, George guarantees them:

G.A. Precision guarantees the accuracy of its rifles to be 1/2 MOA at 100 yards with match grade ammunition. This guarantee applies to any complete build or partial builds where G.A. Precision both barrels the rifle in combination with bedding it. As long as GAP agrees that supplied components are quality.

There are some exceptions for this. The Templar-action Crusader model is guaranted to shot 3/4 3/8 MOA and the GAP-10 7.62-NATO-caliber AR variant, 1 MOA — all with match grade ammunition. And the Non Typical Hunting Rifle, a build with a much lighter barrel for field use than a typical target or sniper rifle, is guaranteed to shoot to 1/2 MOA, but only for three shots (due to our oft-discussed bugbear, barrel heating, a bigger issue in a hunting barrel).

We’re pretty sure we’ve talked about GA Precision’s rifles before — friends of ours who came from a Marine Scout/Sniper background and continued their service under different sponsorship, shall we say, like ’em — but we thought we’d take a look, and we found one we really liked, the Gladius. (The name came from Frank Galli of Sniper’s Hide, it’s a Roman twist on GA Precision’s usual Crusades-themed gun names)

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The Gladius is designed from the outset to be suppressed. It comes with the muzzle brake/ suppressor mount for Surefire systems. It has a short barrel (hence the name!) but still comes with the 1/2 MOA guarantee.

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Now, if you are asking, as our friend did, for a “cheap” accurate AR-10 clone, GA Precision probably is not where you want to shop. Even their gas gun (reasonably priced for its quality) is a $3,000 system before optics and suppression, and a bolt gun like the Gladius is $4k plus, similarly bare of the glass and can that it will wear when fully dressed. (The glass can easily match the gun dollar-for-dollar, if you want the best brand names).

But if true precision is what you’re seeking, this is what it looks like. This is what it costs.

GA Precision has wait lists for most of its firearms (a few built-on-spec or customer-remorse firearms are always available on the site, but a popular one doesn’t stay there long).

The GA Precision website also contains a true illustration of what a class act George (and the company) is. Employees are listed on a Meet the Team page, but when employees leave in good standing their bios move to the Alumni page, and they’re remembered. Even George’s ex-K9 Malinois, Rocky, gets the Alumnus treatment.

To twist the tagline of some long-gone chicken farmer, it takes some tender guys to make a tough precision rifle.

Updates

This post has been corrected. We originally stated, incorrectly, that the guarantee on The Crusader was 3/4 MOA. While 3/4 MOA is pretty good (especially for a guaranteed performance with, not custom loads, but factory-loaded Match ammo), the Crusader is in fact guaranteed to 3/8 MOA, a much smaller (and tougher-to-guarantee) group.

We regret the error and apologize to the fine folks at GA Precision.

We also regret that we were unclear about the reason Rocky is on the Alumni page. While the other Alumni have gone on to other jobs, careers, or locations, Rocky has gone to the Great Dog Park Beyond. He’s baying in the Pack Invisible. He is an ex-dog — but warmly remembered, as anyone who has ever loved one would understand. The ancient Greeks believed that as long as one man remembered you, your spirit lived yet. Ave atque vale, Rocky (yes, we’re mixing Greek culture with Latin sentiment, so what? Go ahead and sue us, and find a blog that keeps thing Classically correct).

It’s oh-dark-hundred here and tomorrow’s posts may lag. Still trying to rescue a tech investment and playing Can This Company Be Saved? is time-consuming.

4 thoughts on “Meet the Gladius

  1. Dyspeptic Gunsmith

    I’ve had to answer more questions than I care to about “accuracy on the cheap.”

    Once I lay down a rule of thumb that accurate rifles will cost at least $2500, the tire-kickers go bother someone else.

    I had a young man as a customer once who kept making inquiries of me about sinking time and techniques into tarting up a factory rifle (I think it was a Savage) to 1/2 MOA accurate. I laid down the list of things that would have to be done, and how much it would cost. The young man just didn’t want to believe it. He had seem some Youtube videos on how to blueprint an action, along with claims that the same factory barrel could be re-mounted on the newly printed action (there’s a real head-shaker…) etc, etc.

    I wrote up an email to the young man detailing everything that would actually have to be done. It ran over three pages, and when I was done I said “I’m not going to spend your money to get results that I know a priori won’t deliver the accuracy you want.” Dunno if he went to pester another ‘smith with the project, but I reckon I’m absolved of dealing with the complaints and disappointment that would have attended the project upon completion.

    Here’s a tip: Don’t fart around with printing a Rem 700 (or other) action as a starting point unless you’ve already got a Rem700 action for cheap. I mean, “you already have the action, or someone gives you a Rem700 action for less than $100.”

    Instead of sinking all that machine/gunsmith time & dollars into making a silk purse out of a pig’s ear, go get a custom action with a good track record of being the basis for an accuracy rifle (eg, BAT, Defiance Machine, Stolle, etc). Then get a single-point cut barrel (Krieger or Bartlein), and chamber it in a cartridge where high Bc bullets are available (6, 6.5, 7 mm, or .338). Put the barreled action into a well built synthetic stock that is adapted to your pursuit (benchrest, F-class, tactical, etc) with proper bedding.

    Ballpark prices for the parts: Action $800 to $1K+, barrel $300+, synthetic stock is a ballpark of $800+. That’s just parts, and might not include stuff like the bottom metal, sling swivels, recoil dampening parts, etc.

    1. DSM

      Gotta agree to that, it definitely costs money. Stiller actions are good actions too.

      I’ve talked with George over the phone and he’s a good guy. He cut me a smoking deal on an M24 overrun blank when Mike was still doing them.

  2. duchamp

    You are breaking George’s heart, the Crusader is guaranteed to 3/8 MOA! I had the good fortune to shoot a friend”s Rock and it did way better than 1/2 MOA.

    1. Hognose Post author

      Crap, I copied the numbers from George’s site, but I may have copied ’em wrong.
      Just checked the website and it’s 3/8″. Will make a correction before ZZzs.

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