Learn more about custom built rifles
The dream of a custom rifle built especially for you is the reality of Bergara’s Custom Rifle Shop. If you could have a custom made rifle built just for you, who would you want to build that rifle? Personally, I’d want a man with a reputation, who had proven excellence building the highest-quality, most-accurate and most-reliable rifles ever. The most-accurate rifles built in the world today have to be sniper rifles. This type of rifle has to be so accurate that when the trigger’s squeezed, if the bullet was small enough, it could pass through the eye of a needle. The lives of many people depend on one of these rifles’ extreme accuracy and the shooting abilities of the most-highly-qualified marksmen in the nation. Because Bergara committed itself to excellence in building some of the most-accurate rifles in the world, when the idea of a Custom Rifle Shop was birthed, finding one of the top rifle builders in the world became a priority for Bergara. The company’s search ended when it discovered Dan Hanus, a 22-year veteran with the United States Marine Corps. His specialty was building precision weapons. Hanus and his team built U.S. Marine Corps sniper rifles, combat .45 pistols and long-range M14 rifles for the Marines and for the Marine Corps Rifle and Pistol Teams.
Today Hanus has been charged with the responsibility of building the very-best custom rifles for Bergara customers. Hanus explains, “The custom rifles we build are not production-line guns. We build one gun at a time. One builder stays with that gun all the way through the process of building the rifle. The builder starts with a custom Bergara barrel. Next, he beds the rifle barrel. He puts all the component parts together that the customer wants in his or her dream rifle. Then he tests the rifle he built to determine the accuracy it delivers. We’re guaranteeing sub minute of angle at 100 yards, which means these rifles will group bullets at less than 1-inch apart.”
The custom rifles from Bergara’s Custom Rifle Shop aren’t rifles you can buy off the shelf in a sporting-goods store. The customer picks the trigger, the caliber, the stock and the optics he wants to include in his dream rifle. One of the most-impressive features of these rifles is that they can shoot accurately out to 1,000 yards. At Media Day at the Range at this year’s Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, using a custom-built .308, Hanus hit the target at 1000 yards to demonstrate the accuracy that Bergara’s custom-built rifles can deliver. One factor that makes this shot even-more incredible is Hanus made the shot with a 45 mph crosswind.
Consider two ingredients, when you decide to have a custom rifle built, including selecting the action, the trigger, the barrel, the stock, the optics and any-other component parts. The second, equally-important, ingredient to deliver the rifle of your dreams is to know the man who in charge of supervising and/or building your dream rifle, and his proven ability to not only build one of the most-accurate rifles in the world, but to supervise the building of those rifles. Bergara’s Dan Hanus, the head of Bergara’s Custom Rifle Shop, brings those types of credentials to his team at Bergara.
by John E. Phillips, longtime rifle hunter