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.

Melvin Forbes and his magical rifle.

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: ramworks@frontiernet.net


SAMPLE SUBMISSION: Montana black bear taken on a 2003 hunt in the Big Belts with John Barsness. NULA model 20 in .358 Winchester loaded with 225 gr. Nosler Partitions. Range: 210 yards. Melvin, this was my first NULA rifle and it is responsible for all the others you have built for me.


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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