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.
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 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 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.
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.
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).
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.
For more information on this exquisite rifle visit McMillanFirearms.com.