The UltiMAK office is just a few hundred yards away from my house and I have been hanging out there some recently. They asked me if I would like to test out a prototype scope mount for them. They supplied the gun and the ammo I just needed to supply the trigger time. Yesterday, after taking care of my license to manufacture explosives renewal, I went to the range. Below are some sample pictures–see the rest here.
A new alloy was being tested on the scope mount. No anodizing on the prototype, just the bare aluminum.
The view from 106 yards away.
About three fourths of the way through the tests the target stand on the right blew over and I took a picture of the targets before I continued.
I was shooting the targets in a quasi-random order. For each five shot magazine I would put at least one bullet on each target before shooting a target a second time. Each shot took, on the average, about one second from 106 yards away. Each magazine change took about seven seconds. I went through about 450 rounds nearly as fast as I could reload the magazines and get the gun back on target between shots and magazine changes.
The end result was the prototype worked fine. It got very hot though. Even the scope got hot enough that I couldn’t keep my hand on it. Lyle, at UltiMAK, told me that there have been times during their tests they got the scope hot enough that rain drops boiled when they hit it. Of course these are intended to be torture tests rather than reality testing.