New Hampshire custom gunsmithing company Snake Hound Machine of New Hampshire has built two rifles specifically for display at SHOT. If you want to take a look, they’ve been delivered to Mission First Tactical and will be there for ogling at the Mission First Tactical booth, #11966, which is pretty much front and center on the main floor.
One rifle is an UBR flattop (Ultimate Battle Rifle) AK with full cowitness optic setup that uses AR sights and any AR optic. It has Snake Hound Machine triggers, SHM barrel and receiver – pretty much their build from the ground up.
The other has is a more traditional AK with an enhanced leaf sight, Snake Hound Machine triggers, barrel and receiver, also theirs from the ground up. Both have some Mission First Tactical furniture on it.
Both of these will be offered as a full model for sale on the SHM website after they debut on the 15TH. You will also be able to order some version of their base rifle with optional add-ons as part of the build process. Only 100 of each version will be made, after which Owen (Owen Martin, SHM’s HMFIC) will stop taking orders for 2013.
Build and shipping will be done on a first come, first serve basis as rifles are ordered, and it will take some time (he builds each weapon one at a time). Conservatively you’ll be looking at a 6-8 month wait from order to having it in hand though of course he hopes to get them out faster (that’s a generic window).
At least one of them will be available to shoot at the post-SHOT range day they’re hosting after the show. The other will remain unfired and will be on Gunbroker the entire show. If you’re interested in attending the range day, contact Snake Hound Machine via their website at www.snakehoundmachine.com. You can also reach them on Facebook.
The price of these models has not yet been finalized, but the ballpark (given the parts involved and the labor necessary) is about $2,500.00.
If you’re curious about the name, by the way (I certainly was), it is, according to Owen, “A pastiche of influences,” and at least partly an homage to his dog (long story).