Secret Rifle Unveiled

This is something gun writers do not get to do very often. Most of the time when a manufacturer offers a new rifle, several writers are whisked away to some place to hunt and try the rifle out. The end result is that they all end up writing about the rifle in a variety of different magazines. From a marketing standpoint this makes sense, it gives gun makers the most bang for the buck. In this case, it’s not what happened.

I called my buddy Melvin Forbes to tell him I was going to be hunting with Norma in Sweden. I asked Melvin if he had a .270 Winchester lying around that I could use. It just so happens he did but this is a brand new rifle – a production version of the original model 20 (model 24 in .270 & .30-06) New Ultra Light Arms rifle. A rifle that 20 some odd years ago set the lightweight hunting rifle bar so high, no one else has been able to reach it.

This is not a do-0ver of the plastic-stocked Colt Light Rifle. THIS is a production rifle that will wear the exact same – tougher than a coal miner stock – that all custom New Ultra Light Arms rifles wear. It is 100% made in USA and under the keen eye and guidance of Melvin Forbes.

One of my editors, Mark Keefe with the American Rifleman, will be reviewing this rifle in an upcoming issue. He has a BLOG post about it right now. I’ll be putting together an in depth look and range test of this rifle in another magazine. The good news is that it is here and you can own one in either the greatest big game caliber of all time – The .270 Winchester – or that other cartridge I despise – the .30-06. Cost? Half the price of a full-custom New Ultra Light Arms model 20 or 24!

The rifle has been blooded too. I can proudly say that I was the first human to take a big game animal with the new Forbes Rifle.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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8 Responses to Secret Rifle Unveiled

  1. Jim Dodd says:

    Great secret rifle!
    I bought my first ULA rifle in ’93, and still have it. I bought a M24 .30-’06 in 2006, and I do most of my hunting now with that rifle. This new line from Melvin reminds me of Nosler and their multiple lines of rifles, but I thought they had too many wickets in production. The article by Mark Keefe shows Melvin took all the kinks out of the Nosler production loop which will be to the good. Now if Melvin keeps all the examples of one under control in Maine this will be a great rifle for folks wanting a light rifle for field use.

  2. RG says:

    Good news. Thanks Richard. Personally I despise the 270 and think the 30-06 is a very good cartridge. I’d NEVER own a 270, NEVER EVER!

    • gunwriter says:

      You’re welcome. It looks to be a great rifle at a great price. As for the .270, you learn as you go. Maybe there is still time left for you…;)

    • Jim Dodd says:

      I owned a .270 once for 15 minutes after winning a drawing at an SCI Chapter dinner, I sold it to a friend who really wanted it. I do have a 6.5-’06 though. 😉

      jim dodd

  3. mchl 13 says:

    Who [what] was the first non-human to take a big game animal with said rifle?

    • gunwriter says:

      There is a rumor circulating around the galaxy that a group of alien big game hunters traveled to WV back in the spring and gave Melvin the technology in order for him to build these rifles at such an affordable price. Though I can’t get Melvin to substantiate it, it is also believed that those aliens took a rifle (a 270 of course) in exchange for this knowledge and hunted all over Earth before they went home.

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  5. Omenator says:

    Great article! I think I should get myself one of these in .270 as a grad gift to myself.
    Your pointers (links) on the pictures lead to the new forebesriflellc website, not larger versions.
    Do you think you post some close ups of the rifle bolt (extractor, ejector, cocking mechaism)?

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