In speaking with Kelly as I snapped these photos, the prevailing "reason" for the gun, was to fill a major hole in his "longer range" arsenal necessary to compete in 3 gun. Often times these major matches will have targets set anywhere from 600-900 yards. With challenging shooting positions, and sometimes extreme conditions combating wind, rain, snow and a lot of dirt and sand.
The majority of a 3 gun match, 90-95% of your shots will be within 200 yards, but those bonus targets, are what separates the shooting elites, and many of those, have dedicated long range gas guns chambered in .308, 6.5 creedmoor and 6mm ARC. These are your wind splitters, heavy hitters with enough room on the scope to dial these in. They may only make up a small percentage of the work, but can mean the difference between 1st and 20th place. And he didn't just fly across the country for the shooters bag.
So here's a break down of what Kelly chose to put together, in collaboration with his many companies he represents.
The Break Down
Upper/Lower/Hand guard/Grip/Foregrip: F-1 Firearms BDRX-10 Polished PVD Graphite
Barrel/gas block: Odin Works 22” 6.5 Creedmoor Tactical Match Barrel. Gold PVD by F-1 Firearms
Muzzle Brake: F-1 Firearms Dragon Slay-AR, Gold PVD by F-1 Firearms
Lower Parts Kit: F-1 Firearms Gold PVD
Trigger: Elftmann Tactical Pro Match Trigger
BCG: F-1 Firearms Gold PVD AR-10 Durabolt
Mag Release/catch: Shooting Innovations
Grip/Foregrip Paracord Wrap: Armed Concepts
Scope mount: ZRO Delta FRZ Cantilevered Mount, Cerakote by Armed Concepts
Charging handle: Rainier Arms Avalanche Mod 2, cerakote by Armed Concepts
Optic: U.S. Optics Foundation Series 25x
Buffer tube: Aero Precision
Buffer: JP Silent Capture
Stock: Mission First Tactical Battlelink
Laser Work on mags: Armed Concepts
Bipod: Accutac SR-5 G2
Ammo: Custom load developed by Vantage Reloading
The entire gun is done in a new finish that F1 is playing around with, and to say it "stands out" is an understatement. In a SEA of competitors, you can definitely say this rig will not be mistaken for many others.
Kelly did an incredible job, meticulously picking out every part of the gun in great detail. Obviously, taking into consideration that he not only wanted his gun to look good, but also produce so that he can remain at the top of the heap when the dust clears. He is still in the fun stage of "breaking in" the gun, and getting it dialed in. But make no mistake, though the gun may look like a safe queen, it can certainly, "Do the work" and we wish him, the best of luck!