Category: Rifle

Converting a WFA1 to take the Forward Assist Bolt Action Kit (FABA)

MANAEL’s Forward Assist Bolt Action Kits (FABA) kits have provided a popular solution for those wanting extra grip points on the new WFA1-L rifle from Warwick Firearms Australia. 

But what about the older WFA1 model? Straight out of the box, the MANAEL FABA kits are not compatible with the older WFA1.

But Ignition Custom Engineering can quickly modify the upper recievers to fit the FABA kit. Click here to book in today.

It requires milling the pic rails on the sides and bottom to create a flush surface. We then cut in M-lok slots. And finally we finish it in Cerakote to match the original factory finish.

Version 2 FABA foreend is more streamlined and features a hex-grip texture. The Warwick WFA1 foreend has been modified to suit.

The whole proces can be done as a contactless service: book in through the website or over the phone, post your upper reciever only to us and when its all done, we can ship it back.

Version 1 FABA on a modified WFA1 Rifle by Ignition Custom Engineering

The FABA kit creates an easy forward operation of the bolt action, with an ergonomic foregrip and grip texture. It does not change the action type of the rifle (it is a bolt action). The FABA is fabricated from billet aluminium and stainless and is 100% Australian Made by MANAEL.

 

The FABA (Forward Assist Bolt Action) Kit is available Ignition Custom Engineering (click here to view online).

 

New lighter FABA Kit

You spoke, they listened. Following feedback from customers, MANAEL have released the Version 2 of their famed Forward Assist Bolt Action (FABA) Kit, featuring a new streamlined, lighter foregrip and improved stainless handles. 

Overall weight of the kit has been dropped from 550 grams to approx 400 grams.

The FABA kit creates an easy forward operation of the bolt action, with an ergonomic foregrip and new hex-grip texture. Fabricated from billet aluminium to be hard wearing, light weight and long lasting.

The Version 2 is available with M-lok slots on the bottom of the grip for mounting accessories.

Following customer feedback, the size and feel of the bolt handles has also improved.  Knurled stainless steel bolt handles with free spin action, provide easy grip and ergonomic use. They are slightly smaller than the Version 1 knobs.

Its an easy DIY install (no gunsmithing required). Does not change the action type of the rifle (it remains a bolt action).

Ambidextrous kit for right-handed WFA1-L rifles. Can be used without bolt handles.

Made in Australia. Designed and produced by MANAEL in Adelaide, Australia.

Note this kit is compatible with the WFA1-L. We can modify older WFA1 rifles to suit (contact us for details)

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Kit includes:

  • Aluminium foregrip
  • all required link bars, spacers, screws and fastners
  • Charging style handle
  • Weight 555 grams  New weight 400 grams

Aussie Made Solutions: Warwick WFA1L and the Forward Assist Bolt Action (FABA) Kit

We teamed up with MANAEL firearms manufacturers and Warwick Firearms Australia to deliver a bolt-on solution for the new WFA1-L Bolt Action Rifle. Its called the FABA Kit (or Forward Assist Bolt Action), which creates an easy forward operation of the bolt action, with an ergonomic foregrip. No changes to rifle category. Just easy, ergonomic use.

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Aussie solution to increasing magazine capacity on AI Accurate Mags

South Aussie firearms manufacturer MANAEL has released its latest firearm accessory designed to increase capacity of short action centrefire magazines. The +4 Magazine Base Extension Pad gives a few extra rounds in hunting or centrefire rifle competitions such as PRS, where a mag change can make or break a stage. Boosts capacity by 4 rounds in AI style mags/Accurate Mags in 308, 6.5CM, 243, 22-250, 7mm-08, 260rem.

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Ignition Custom Winter Classic PRS Australia Done and dusted!

The 2019 Ignition Custom Winter Classic Precision Rifle Series Australia match is done and dusted for another year.
Yes, that pun was intended. Dust the biggest challenge of the day. But plenty of fun! Close competition and surprise stages. Read more for full review including winners.

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Australian PRS custom MANAEL rifle: Chrome Terminator T-1000

Can we call this "The Australian Terminator" and get away with it? Aussie made MANAEL action, Swan Barrel & PRP Chassis....designed exclusively for the Australian Precision Rifle Series by Ignition Custom Engineering. Read the story behind it...

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Retiring the Nerf Rifle

It started with a Remington 700 and a very loud Cerakote job....but all good things come to an end, including the reign of the notorious Ignition Custom NERF Rifle. We pay tribute to the work horse that served us through two years of Australian precision and practical rifle events (2016 to 2018).

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Masterpiece Arms Accessories in stock

Accessories and parts for the Masterpiece Arms (MPA) Chassis collection are live on our webstore. Like us, MPA are specialists in long range precision shooting. And where we partner with PRS Australia, MPA are official partners with PRS USA and their gear is tried and tested by Team MPA PRS shooters.

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Masterpiece Arms modified Tikka T3

This Tikka T3 has been given a new lease on life with a little love and care from our gunsmiths. The action was in unfired condition, but the bolt was damaged with minor surface marks. Functionally, it was perfect but its appearance meant it couldn't be sold as "new"....so we got out hands on it and had a little fun giving the factory rifle a facelift. Including a Masterpiece Arms chassis...

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Custom rifle build with a sub MOA guarantee (Proof Research, Bat & McMillan)

Today we look at a sub-MOA rifle out of the Ignition Custom Engineering workshop, built off a Bat Machine Action, Proof Research Carbon Fibre barrel and McMillan stock.
How do we know it's a real tac driver?  Tthe proof is in the groupings....Fresh from our workshop to reaching a sub MOA grouping at 700m within 6 shots. Read on....

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Staging a build on a custom deer hunting rife

A custom build can be a big process, but it doesn't have to be done all at once. What's the rush? Explore how this Remington build was staged to assist with budgeting and to get familiar with new components or modifications one piece at a time before deciding what's next.

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Ultra lightweight build MANAEL titanium action

What do you do when you can't find an off-the-shelf solution? We turned to Aussie firearms manfuacturer MANAEL for a custom titanium action to create a unique ultra-light-weight build (so customised, the client even chose their own serial number). Featuring Southfort Labs Kiwi Composite components. Built in Adelaide by our gunsmiths.

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Rifle Mounted Data Holders – X Ring Armory & Hawk Hill Custom

Taking eyes off the target and moving to check your ballistic information can eat up valuable time in competition or hunting. We've introduced two new Mounted Data kits (by Hawk Hill Custom and X Ring Armory) designed to display the ballistic and drop chart information close to your shooting eyeline to reduce movement and lost time. Both kits attach to the picatinny rail with pivot points to adjust the location of the card holder.

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Whats the best last minute preparation for Precision Tactical Rimfire Challenge?

Excitement is building for the 2018 Precision Tactical Rimfire Challenge this month at the State Shooting Park (sponsored by Ignition Custom Engineering). With less than a fortnight to go, what is the best preparation? There are plenty of brilliant products and services that can improve functionality and performance for your 22. It can seem overwhelming...

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No modifications required: Bradley Adjustable Cheek Rests

Adjustable cheek rests on rifles are very handy to create a personalised sight/scope alignment. That's why we love the Bradley Adjustable Cheek Rest. Completely adjustable height unit that can be fitted to most stocks - and does not require any modifying of your stock. It takes moments to fit and can be removed just as quickly.

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Long range hunting Howa 1500

Upgrading the action & bolt The Howa 1500 can be a cost effective rifle to base a build on. From the factory they perform well, but with a little aftermarket care can be a very competitive and accurate tool. In this case, it formed the basis of a powerful long-range hunting rifle in South Australian conditions.
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PRS Ready: custom built 1000m rifle

Today we look at a ground-up custom build by our Adelaide gunsmiths, capable of competition-grade performance at 1000m distances. The new owner and lucky shooter only needs to fit a scope, head to the field and step it out as far as their skill allows.
One of our specialties as gunmiths (and passions as shooters!) is precision and practical rifle series (PRS) style competition - so that formed the overall direction and theme of this custom rifle build. It had to be something easy to maneuver in movement competition with reliable performance and precision accuracy.
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Long range accuracy in Australian made rifle chassis

One happy customer: This gun was built for speed and Precision Rifle Series style competition with a specific design focus on fighting wind. The Precision Rifle Products Chassis was a key factor in this! Check out the video and info about it.

It uses 107 grain projectiles which have almost identical wind drift as a 230 grain Berger 30 cal projectile from  300 win mag, out to 1000m.

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Stretching shooter ability at Impact Dynamics Rimfire Challenge

New and experienced .22LR shooters took to the field earlier this month for the Impact Dynamics Invitational Rimfire Challenge sponsored by Ignition Custom Engineering. Held in South Australia on a crisp and sunny weekend, weather was near ideal for .22LR competition (apart from a few gully breezes which presented a challenge for some of the newer shooters)....read on

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Masterpiece Arms MPA BA Chassis and parts now in Australia

Ignition Custom Engineering are the Australian distributors for the full range of Masterpiece Arms (MPA) products, including their top performing MPA BA Chassis systems. Anything you see on their website, we can supply. What makes MPA so great?

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New lightweight composite Grayboe stocks to launch in Aus

Grayboe Stocks are the latest tactical and hunting lightweight composite stocks to hit the Australian market and boy, are we excited. We are the official Australian distributors for these bad boys. They don't officially launch until SSAA SHOT Show Expo later this month but we couldn't resist this sneak preview....Grayboe uses new technology to deliver a top-end quality custom order stock within 3-6 weeks for well-under $1000 AUD. As any excited shooter or gunsmith would, we fitted it to a barrelled action and got shooting.

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Rifle of the ANZAC: remembering the Lee Enfield

With the going down of the sun and the morning, we remember them; the countless men and women who laid down their life in service to Australia and New Zealand. Today we also look at one of the most common firearms used in battle by Australians in WWI – the Lee Enfield (sometimes known as the MLE or SMLE or simply a “303”).

The Lee Enfield rifle was standard issue among Aussie diggers in WW1. Image courtesy of Australian War Memorial

The Lee Enfield is a magazine-fed 303 calibre bolt action rifle, originally produced in 1895. It takes its name from James Paris Lee‘s rear-locking bolt system and the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield where it was originally produced.

So what does MLE or SMLE or mean?

Short Magazine Lee Enfield No 1 Mk III (SMLE No 1 Mk III). Image courtesy of Australian War Memorial

The “LE” stands for Lee Enfield” and the other letters refer to different model variations.

“MLE” was the first model and it means Magazine Lee Enfield (included in this category is the “LEC” Lee Enfield Cavalry Carbine which had a slightly shorter barrel).

1915 Australian Lithgow No.1 MkIII (H) SMLE (later used as the basis for No1 MkIII* HT sniper rifles).

Next came the “SMLE”  which means Short Magazine Lee Enfield (and the variations of how to pronounce it vary from “smiley” to “smelly” and “S.M.L.E.” . Take your pick). It was shorter and lighter again. This is the version that made its way into the hands of the Aussie diggers.

 

Diggers of the 5th Division 4172 Private (Pte) George James Giles, 29th Battalion (left) and 4015 Pte John Wallace Anderton, 32nd Battalion, just out of the trenches, in full kit (with mud), including webbing with ammunition pouches and trenching tool. Anderton has a canvas breech cover on his rifle. Pte Giles’ entire complete uniform and rifle are held by the Australian War Memorial

 

The Lee Enfield was appointed as the standard issue rifle among Commonwealth nations when WW1 was declared i 1914 (Australia was only 13 years old as a newly federated nation!).

Lithgow Arms in NSW began producing the SMLE 1 No 1. Mk III in 1912 with about 13,800 rifles reaching Australian forces in 1913 and 1914 (it took until 1915 for wartime quantities of 20,000 rifles per year to be produced). Each rifle was produced with a bayonet that had a matching serial number. In true Aussie fashion, some diggers ditched the traditional canvas webbing and strap designs for Kangaroo leather.

 

What is it like to use?

From a gunsmithing perspective, not much has changed in the design since the early models. Although the Lee Enfields remain cock-on-close system while most modern rifles have moved to cock-on-open system. Diggers were made of tougher stuff than some modern day shooters – the rifles have a solid buttplate so recoil can be a factor to consider.

Have you shot the Australian Lee Enfield? Or have some interesting info about the Australian Lee Enfield? Please let us know by emailing sales@iceng.com.au

We pay our respects and give thanks to those who served Australia and New Zealand during WW1, WW2 and beyond.

 

Can “Tactical” be clean and minimal? Custom Rem Rifle Build

The term “tactical” conjures up many images (such as those extreme tacticool operators, who kit out their gear with enough rails to mount their frypan and camping equipment). In this custom build, tactical meets clean, classic and (dare we say it?) classy!

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Raising scope elevation to 55MOA for 22LR with custom pic rail

Thanks to custom picatinny rail created in-house by our gunsmiths, this 22LR Lithgow Crossover now has the elevation adjustment to shoot out to 400m on dial-alone.

The rifle was set up for long-range competition use (precision rifle and field) but the factory mounting options didn’t support enough scope elevation. This was reducing the amount of elevation available, costing time and accuracy when finding and hitting the target.

So, our gunsmiths created a picatinny rail in 55MOA to allow maximum elevation adjustment. The rail was made to suit the length and size of receiver, with a cut out for the ejection port and drilled/tapped to suit. It was finished in black Cerakote.

With a trigger job to bring the factory trigger down to 1lb, it is ready for some accurate competition and field work.

Email us to find out what rail options we an create for your firearm at sales@iceng.com.au

Timney Triggers’s newest creation; the Ruger Precision Rifle two stage trigger

This past week marks an exciting turning point for the Ruger Precision Rifle (RPR) market in Australia as Timney Triggers announced its latest creation; a top-end two-stage trigger designed especially for the RPR range. Buy it now

The new Timney RPR trigger is self-contained and ready to drop-into the Ruger Precision Rifle and offers an exceptionally smooth, crisp, and adjustable weight two-stage trigger pull.

From the factory, pull weight is calibrated for half-pound first stage and one-pound second stage. But being adjustable, you you can get it exactly to your liking. First stage can be adjusted from ½ pound to one pound while the second stage ranges ½ pound to two pounds. The trigger is offered in straight and curved trigger shoes models.

There’s a reason we became Australian Timney Trigger suppliers. Actually, there’s a few.

Timney Triggers has become the largest trigger manufacturer in the world over the past 70 years.   Their exceptional workmanship and attention to detail in manufacturing, use of quality materials and precision performance out-of-the-box.  Each trigger is hand tested and calibrated backed up by lifetime warranty.

Here’s what they said about the new RPR:    ” The RPR trigger housing is constructed of military-grade, 6061 T6 alloy that is CNC machined using state-of- the-art robotics and is anodized for superior durability. The trigger is also CNC machined, heat treated and coated. The sear is wire EDM cut, heat treated to 58-60 Rockwell and Teflon-nickel coated for lubricity and dependable, long-lasting service life.”

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Timney’s new RPR trigger option

We have had plenty of hands-on-time with Timneys building custom rifles and gunsmithing in our workshop in Adelaide SA. As shooters we love using them out in the field. Our customers have given great feedback too using them in real world applications on Remingtons, Mausers, Howas, Ruger, Weatherbys, CZ and more.

What does our head gunsmith say about the Timneys?  “We love the crisp, clean break. Who can go past the precision and performance of the Timney Trigger Calvin Elite trigger for the Remingtons? What better option for a precision rifle than a top of the line aftermarket precision trigger like this?”

If you want to get your hands on one, you are in luck. Even luckier if you want to be among the first in Australia to buy one. We are proud Australian suppliers for the Timney range and have the first batch of the new Timney Trigger Ruger Precision Rifle trigger en-route to our workshop in Adelaide, SA.  Hop over to our online webstore to raise an order.

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