A racegun is a type of handgun, shotgun, or rifle that has been modified for accuracy, speed, and reliability. Used primarily in NRAAction Pistol (The Bianchi Cup), United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA)/International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) and similar styles of competition, raceguns are typically based on common guns and modified to function the best within a certain set of rules, such as weight, size, and capacity requirements.
Typical modifications include a match-grade barrel fitted with a recoil compensator, electronic optical sights, match-grade hammer and sear, a tuned trigger, and “skeletonizing” (cutouts to reduce mass).
Some of you may recall my tales of adventure with Steel Challenge shooting at last year’s Gunblogger Rendezvou in Reno, and how I hoped to be better equipped, firearm-wise, to compete this year.
Well, thanks to the good offices of one of the DP editors (who is also a practicing gunsmith) I’m now the proud owner of the Ruger MKIII 22/45 target pistol pictured above. As you can see, I’ve already started modifying it. So far, I added a Tandemkross slide racker and a Volquartzen barrel compensator, as well as a wraparound Hogue grip with finger grooves. (Thanks, JB) And I “modded” the (gawdawful, infuriating, ridiculous, unnecessary, KKKalifornia-required) magazine safety. I’ll leave it to the more knowledgable among you as to precisely what that “mod” consisted of. I also stuck a cheap red dot reflex sight on top, but it’s not very good.
Planned for the future (when I finally see some moolah from the book): A Volquartsen trigger mod/accurizing package, an OKO reflex red dot sight with an 8MOA dot, and, maybe, a set of Majestic Arms cocobolo wood target grips. The latter is still a maybe at this point, because it would involve doing actual surgery on the existing grip with dremel and drill, which is integral to the piece. We’ll see.
Anyway, I’ve already taken this baby to the range, and it’s a tack driver.