Before I could embark on this Quixote-like journey, I had the good fortune to discuss it at length with Jim Clark Jr., President of Clark Custom Guns, at the 1999 Steel Safari match.
is one of the best 3-gun and tactical shooters around, and is widely known for his
superlative .45 work, as well as his
has also done considerable accurizing work on the Mini-14, concentrating initially on precisely the type of re-engineering job I had in mind.
be interested in evaluating one, and maybe making an offer?
What followed was a period of R & D on the original all-steel unit, which saw the weight pared down to a more manageable 20 ounces total, and the addition of a wrapped carbon fiber section at the unit's forward end, surrounding an aluminum bushing which is closely fitted to the mounting sleeve.
The eventual product seemed both effective and practical, so a deal was struck and Clark's
entered into production.
My next visit with Jim
came at the 2000 SHOT Show, and I asked him to stick one of these in the mail when he
had the chance.