Because sometimes you just have to...
So, as a "Welcome Home from Iraq" present to myself, I bought a Noveske SPR. This was a limited run version of their stainless 18"bbl SPR (seen here: Noveske Rifleworks, LLC. Precision Battle Weapons.) that came with a few extra goodies and is in "flat dark earth" (AKA tan). As everyone knows, FDE is the new black when you want to be tacti-cool and up the CDI factor, so I was sold. :wink:
The sling is a V-Tac (highly recommended), and the scope is a Leupold VX-1 2-7x that I carried on my M4 in Afghanistan for 13 months. The rest is basically as described in the link.
I recently had a chance to put a few rounds through it, get the optics zeroed, and blast a few soda cans... The thing is a work of art. It's smooth, it's scary accurate, it had no bobbles in 200 rounds of mixed 55gr M183 and 62 gr M855 (and with the 20 rounds of MK262 77gr OTM that I used to zero with and test accuracy a bit). Yes, I need to put better optics on it to really wring out its potential, but at 200m (the farthest I was shooting) the battered Leupold was sufficient.
What can I say - it's expensive, but sometimes it's just worth spending the extra dollar (or thousand...)