Educated extensively in business management, accounting and finance, Nicholas Young decided to use his education to found a company in 2007 that would build a better rifle. Without a design or engineering background, he has nevertheless designed with his three-man team several small, light rifles with modular designs that perform as well or better than their larger, heavier counterparts, he says.
“I’ve been a pretty big gun enthusiast since I was an early teenager,” Young recalls. “I’ve been active in the shooting community and competitions, and competed on the pistol team of the University of Utah in the nationals. I was a self-made gunsmith and always was fascinated with firearms. I was really active in extreme distance shooting to distances of 2,000 yards – and I was getting pretty good at it. I decided I wanted to do something that utilized all my talents and something I was passionate about. So I decided to create a business plan for creating a better precision rifle.”
Rifles consist of many specialized parts, so some are outsourced. “The guns and a couple of the accessories we make in-house,” Young says. “We’re probably producing about 50 percent of the parts in-house. We used to do it all, but with the volumes that we need to make now, we’re forced to outsource some of it.”