For over a quarter of a century, Melvin Forbes of New Ultra Light Arms has been building what is arguably the pinnacle of light weight rifles. At a minimum, Melvin’s rifle started it [the lightweight rifle movement] back at just about the time I was graduating high school. I lusted for one of those rifles for about 20 years until I could finally afford one. Now, I’ve been swept up by Melvin’s spell and cannot stop buying them.
For all these years Melvin has kept a photo album that he has continued to fill with photos, testimonials, targets and all manner of paraphernalia that have been sent to him by folks who own his rifles. It was not just a treasure trove of information and images from all over the world. It contained classic shots of writers like Bill Jordan that are not replaceable. If you have ever stopped by the New Ultra Light Arms booth at either SHOT or the NRA Annual Meetings, it’s very likely you spent some time flipping through this magnificent collection.
The book is gone!
Overnight, after set up, at the NRA Annual Meetings, some dopey floor worker apparently picked it up thinking it was trash. All that history is now lost!
Let’s help a fellow out. Help me get the word out to owners of New Ultra Light Arms rifles that this history of the rifle they cherish has been lost. Maybe, if we all take a moment to send Melvin a photo or two of the rifles we own, with some targets we have shot or some animal we have taken, and accompany it with a short note about the photo or the rifle, Melvin can begin building this chronicle of the rifle that changed history.
Send your photos, targets and stories to:
New Ultra Light Arms, Attn: Melvin Forbes, P.O. Box 340, Granville, WV 26534
If you are more of an electronic media kind of person, you can e-mail them to me and I will forward to Melvin. Just put “NULA” in the subject line and e mail to: email@example.com
PLEASE PASS THE WORD TO OTHER SHOOTERS AND INTERNET FORUMS