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FEATURE | PALMA

put five minutes on the Nightforce Comp SR.
Part one of the plan worked. The first shot for
record of my President's Hundred match 600yard stage was a 10. No time for scribbling in a
book, just click toward the X and send the next
one. Four-and-a-half minutes later, I was done
with my string. I'd just shot a clean. If you were
one of the competitors on the line at the 2019
P100, you know exactly what sense of pleasure
I experienced that moment.
But that's not the important thing of that moment. Yeah, I had a cool moment; but the reality
is that I am still building my skills. Here's the
zen of winners gleaned from many conversations with some of the world's best competitors
I've been fortunate enough to befriend over
the years. For national match caliber winners,
the cool moments are part of the normal. They
blend into each other match after match like a
haze. What stands out in a champion's mind are
the days everything fell apart; because they are
so unusual and your friends like to chide you
about them over tacos and beer. If you are not
yet a champion, the imperfect strings are the
ones that blend into a haze. The cool moments
stand out as the exceptions.

Sights for the gun are going to be Phoenix Precision
sights. The rear is a rope mount unit that goes on the
Picatinny rail. The 22mm diameter front sight mounts
to a 0.750-inch barrel nose which is commonly found
on match rifles.

What I want is to change the aura of my haze.
And that's why I'm building this Palma gun. To
raise the bar on perfecting position, refining
shot delivery and making better wind calls.
Doing this at the 800-, 900- and 1,000-yard lines
of long-range competition doubles the degree
of difficulty and the effort needed to stay ahead
of the shooting process. That is a huge training
advantage to take back to Service Rifle.

CHOOSING A CHASSIS

The chassis would be one of the oldest members of
the CSS product line, the classic R1 for the Rem 700s.

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I needed a no-compromise gun that would
take me into that training space. The natural
choice was one of Gary Eliseo's Competition
Machine tube stocks. Being an AR shooter,
the familiarity of the ergonomics of a tube
gun chassis feels as natural to me as a classic
stocked Winchester Model 70. Its straight-line


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