“The .22-caliber Pack-Rifle weighs in at just under a pound and breaks down quickly from 33 inches to 17 inches long, and because of it, Crook’s company, Mountain View Arms, LLC claims to have made ‘The world’s lightest, fastest take-down rifle.'” That’s the 411 on Mountain View Arms’ brainchild, via news.hjnews.com.
Informed members of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia might look at the picture above and see owner Jason Crook holding a flimsy-looking rifle with limited utility. Well, the gun also doubles as a fishing rod. According to their website . . .
The receiver, and most other parts, of the Pack-Rifle are machined from high strength aluminum, while most wear parts and fasteners are constructed of stainless steel. The barrel is a precision button rifled, Cro-Moly liner with a carbon fiber composite outer. Carbon fiber is also used for the butt stock tube of the rifle. This construction makes the Pack-Rifle not only the lightest rifle out there, but very weather resistant as well.
All that aside, Mr. Crook fully admits that a man’s gotta know his rifle’s limitations.
Being such a lightweight gun, some hunters may find its limited range and power unappealing. But customer reviews have proven to Crook that small and compact sometimes is the most important feature.
“We had a guy that was a trapper,” said Crook. “And when they shoot’ em (the animal), you know, if they’re still alive, they want the (bullet) hole to be as small as it can, because they don’t want to ruin the pelt … so a .22 is perfect.” . . .
“If you’re gonna shoot a brick of .22 shells, good God, don’t take this. And if you’re gonna go fishing right out of your truck onto the stream, don’t take this, take a real pole. But if you’re backpacking and you have the opportunity, do it!” said Crook.
According to hjnews.com, “Crook remains an avid elk and deer hunter, and frequents Idaho during hunting season.” With that rifle? Not specified. T&E request made.