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Isn't That Overkill? It's Just A Rimfire

IF-5 22 WMR Blue Laminated Stock

"Isn't that overkill? It's just a rimfire."

Whether we are talking about which optics to mount, ammo to shoot, or how we build it, we have been answering that question for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, I never had a great answer as all I could ever think of was Dad saying, "There's no such thing as overkill."

Trust me when I tell you this applied to anything he was building.

There are so many examples of this that I could probably write an entire book, but a couple stand out. There's his tractor blade made for a compact tractor that would have been right at home mounted on a full-size dozer. He built a workbench that required a forklift to move it; by the time he finished, it probably weighed close to 1000 lbs. This table is one of the few (and maybe the only) items that survived the 1997 fire.

When he went "shopping" for something, he always felt he could build a better version than he could buy. This method was rarely at savings in cost but many times 2x or 3x more than purchasing the pre-made version.

It's how Dad thinks about everything.

This mentality is how he got involved in the firearms business. As an avid hunter and target shooter, he wanted more than what he could buy from the factory. It may have been a sluggish trigger, accuracy issues, or a finish that he didn't find satisfactory.

As time has gone on, I have come to realize the benefits of this idea. One podcast I listened to said, "Extremity expands capacity," and I couldn't think of a better way to articulate it.

How do you know where the edge is if you aren't constantly pushing to find it?

Once you see what is capable, it drives you to reach for that limit, and when you don't, it almost feels like something is missing. You don't have that same level of fulfillment when you know you left something in the tank.

Have a great Father's Day weekend,

Scott Volquartsen
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