Must-See: McMillan Firearms Recreated Chris Kyle’s Custom TAC-338

Kyle’s TAC-338 comes with a case from Patriot Cases, sling, and belt buckle.

In 2007 McMillan Firearms built a custom TAC-338 for legendary SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. According to the company reps we spoke with at this year’s NRA Annual Meetings, Kyle told the McMillan gunsmiths that insurgents had learned the effective range of his 300 Win MAG, and he wanted something that could reach out a little further.

McMillan was more than happy to oblige, and Kyle used his new 338 Lapua Magnum rifle the next year to make his longest successful shot, a hit on an enemy sniper from 2,100 yards.

“Heroes Will Always be Remembered”

Now McMillan and its parent company, Strategic Armory Corps, are honoring Kyle’s service by offering 100 exact copies of that original TAC-338 and donating the proceeds to the American Valor Foundation, a non-profit founded by the Kyle family that supports the military, law enforcement, and emergency services.

The McMillan reps told us that recreating Kyle’s rifle involved much more than modifying an existing TAC-338. They built this rifle from the ground up, going back to all the original manufacturers for the barrel, scope, rings, and muzzle brake.

The fluted bolt and receiver are exactly like Kyle’s.

The stock is a fiberglass McMillan A5. It’s exactly like Kyle’s original stock except McMillan engineers improved the cheek riser to ensure its stability even after the recoil of a 338 Lapua. The McMillan receiver and bolt are also identical to Kyle’s, down to the font and lettering.

The cheek riser on this A5 stock can be tightened from both sides to minimize slippage.

McMillan even broke out their old font when they stamped the receiver.

The barrel is from Schneider Rifle Barrels, and it maintains the original profile, 1/10 twist, and P5 rifling. The muzzle device is from Elite Iron, and Badger Ordnance made the rings.

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Leupold no longer manufactures the 8.5-25X50 Mark IV Kyle used in Iraq, but at McMillan’s request, they produced 100 Mark IV’s for this project.

Leupold manufactured a limited run of their now-discontinued Mark IV scopes.

The trigger was the only component McMillan gunsmiths couldn’t remember from Kyle’s rifle. They weren’t sure whether they had used a Timney or a Jewell, but they eventually decided on the Jewell. They didn’t think buyers would mind much either way (they were probably right).

We didn’t get the chance to pull the rifle’s Jewell trigger, but no one makes a better product.

McMillan is selling rifles with serial numbers CK2 to CK100 for $15,000. Serial number CK001 will be auctioned, and all the proceeds will go to support military veterans, first responders, and their families through the American Valor Foundation.

This is CK001. It’s an awesome rifle, and the money from its auction will go to an awesome cause.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck.

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  • Cole April 21, 2019, 10:06 pm

    I shot long range competition. I don’t even have a place to go to attempt to maximize this round.

  • dave June 22, 2018, 5:38 pm

    Bad ass rifle !! Smokemall 😎

  • Chue June 1, 2018, 6:37 pm

    I been having a very hard time locating one of these rifle. I’m really begging anyone to sell me this rifle.

  • bill May 15, 2018, 4:28 pm

    all in all a great rifle but still we are not Chris Kyle.

    • William Allen June 3, 2018, 6:20 pm

      Bill, you are correct. Just because you own a Ferrari does not make you a Ferrari driver.

  • Winston May 15, 2018, 1:19 pm

    Pretty expensive set-up just to murder Iraqi teenagers and unemployed adults who had a normal life until mercenaries such as Kyle illegally entered their country.

    • Ben May 18, 2018, 9:14 am

      You should enter their ‘country’. You clearly need a bit of perspective.

  • Zach May 14, 2018, 11:00 pm

    I rarely comment on sites. That said, what about the rifle with s/n CK000? The one in the PHOTOS!! No mention of that? Am I wrong?

  • JCitizen May 14, 2018, 7:48 pm

    Now THAT is brilliant marketing – if I had the money, I’d nab one of those in a heart beat!

  • Kole May 14, 2018, 7:07 pm

    So it’s definitely a sweet rifle, but can anyone tel mel why they would pay 15,000 dollars for a 8,889 dollar rifle. I know it has CK specs and a decent scope but dammm ! I guess that’s what happens when a special addition rifle comes out. I would love to have one but not for that price. You can buy or build a better rifle for less. Good article though.

    • Ben May 18, 2018, 9:12 am

      Did anyone ‘read’ the article? Not making this comment directly at you, but I see many similar comments that indicate a lack of comprehension. The proceeds from all the rifles (minus cost, I’m sure) is going to American Valor Foundation. The idea is to create a series of one time only guns to raise money for a soldiers and first responder charity. Chris Kyles family is not profiting, their foundation is getting the money to help all sorts of folks that help keep the idio…….people I see here safe.

  • Michael May 14, 2018, 4:37 pm

    This guy still makes more money than me dead – just like Elvis and Marylyn Monroe. My real question is when does it end for this guy. He was SEAL,so were a lot of other guys. He was sniper so were a lot of other guys. He is also a proven liar and he is dead because of his hubris. I would be just fine never hearing about him or the Kardashians again!

  • Area 52 May 14, 2018, 2:22 pm

    I’m waiting for the Chuck Norris edition.

  • Sean Steel May 13, 2018, 2:53 pm

    Where can you purchase 1 of the 99 being sold? There isn’t any information in McMillan’s website.

  • Gunny 8541 May 11, 2018, 12:51 pm


    Did NOT make a head shot at 2100 yards in a sand storm without a spotter.

    Anyway nice rifle.. still like my M40

    What is the MOA of this beauty?

  • Brack Wilson May 11, 2018, 7:13 am

    This custom case is being made by Patriot Cases, not Pelican.

  • Stephen dale May 10, 2018, 11:14 pm

    Raffle one off for the 1st responders and military only

    15,000 grand is a lot of $

  • cbw May 10, 2018, 10:20 pm

    There is nothing on McMillan’s website about this rifle.

  • Ton E May 9, 2018, 9:18 pm

    Thought Chief Kyle’s longest shot was to take out an insurgent with a rocket launcher??

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