Ed Weatherby developed many of today’s most popular calibers, especially the flattest shooting, hardest hitting magnums. He also designed and manufactured the strongest bolt action rifle available, to handle the higher pressures of the then-new magnums and wildcat rounds. Their Mark V action is still recognized as the strongest you can get. Weatherby introduced the lower-priced WBY-X line last year and have been developing new camo patterns with the first-time buyer in mind. The most popular seller is the WBY-X Reaper.
There’s a bigger story here, though. A story of the kind of people you find at Weatherby, and, from my experience, throughout the shooting industry. You probably remember the tragic death of American sniper and Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle. He was shot and killed on a gun range last February. Chris had been selected to represent Weatherby on the Weatherby shooting team, and they were building him a competition gun based on the Mark V Accumark. When tragedy struck, everyone at Weatherby wanted to do something to help Chris’s wife, Taya, and their children manage financially. An idea was proposed to build a limited run of Chris’s gun and auction them off with all of the proceeds going to Taya. It only took 48 hours to auction 26 rifles at $3,400 each. Mike Schweibert didn’t want to talk about it in the video because he felt it would do a disservice to Chris’s memory for Weatherby to benefit from what they did for Taya and the kids. That’s not why they did it. We asked him to let us bring it up in the video because we thought it was a story that should be heard throughout the industry, so he agreed to answer Julie’s questions on camera. With all the demonizing of guns we get from the media, it’s nice to hear something real. It makes you proud to be a part of an industry with such caring and generous people.