Tom Kivlehan used to be the chief armorer for the Marine Corp’s MEU SOC unit. In fact, Tom was in charge of building the Marine Corps’ famous MEU SOC 1911 .45’s, as well as all their sniper rifles. Since leaving the Corps several years ago, Tom has started his own company in Stafford Virginia, called Guntek, and now uses his unique expertise to make some of the most accurate and well made custom bolt-action sniper rifles in the United States.
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These rifles are made to extremely high standards–Tom’s–and are capable of handling the same situations as rifles costing twice as much. Tom’s rifles were on display at the FN booth, and they seemed right at home next to FN’s excellent products. Both rifles, one of which was fitted with a suppressor, just exuded quality. Guntek is also the exclusive distributor for FN’s new High-Power pistol(which they’ve taken over from Browning). According to Tom, he assisted in spec-ing the new HP out, which has been modified slightly from Browning’s offering, and may undergo further modifications in the future. I have to say, upon meeting Tom, I was immediately impressed by his low-key demeanor and friendly attitude. I sincerely hope I get the chance to take a couple of his long range interdiction devices out to the range someday. I have a feeling I won’t be disappointed.