I’ve been issued the m40a3-6, the XM-3, and the Mk13 mod 7, all of them great rifles in their own way and I enjoyed them all. As I get a little older I look back on those rifles and think about the one the felt like home. That was my m40a3. That rifle had over 6k rounds down the tube and shot lights out. I trusted it without a doubt. I’m sorry but the a6 just doesn’t do it for me, it just doesn’t shoot as well from what I’ve experienced.
Plenty of my friends have built or bought m40 clones, and I always wanted to do the same thing. The only issue is other than being born ridiculously humble and good looking, I’m also left handed. I’ve shot right handed bolt guns all my life because that’s what was available or issued. Only recently did I buy a left handed bolt action to try it out and I’m sold on it.
Now to the issue of the clone m40 rifle, I know guys go to great lengths to make sure theirs is perfect. How can you build a perfect replica of a rifle that I was issued, dump tons of money into it to make sure all the parts are right just for the bolt to be on the wrong side? The answer is you can’t. So that always stopped the idea dead in its tracks. It just seemed like a waste of time and money to make sure everything was correct when fundamentally it was wrong. Another issue i still don’t know the answer to was if i decided to track down a S&B SSDS after selling a kidney or testicle would there be enough clearance between the Illumination knob and the bolt/my hand when cycling the action? The other way to look at it is it gives me a bit of creative freedom to look into the possibility of building a rifle in the spirit of the one I carried, not a clone.
In my mind I struggled to imagine what a left handed m40 would look like. That was until today. I was searching the internet talking to one of my sons about the differences in the m40 series of weapons because he asked. I came across a for sale ad from 2019 on snipers hide that had a left handed GAP M40a5. My mind was blown, I had never seen one of these before. It didn’t look that crazy, i was surprised. It was a very dangerous morning after that because my imagination took over. I can’t get it out of my mind, so I sent that ad to my wife to start my IO campaign and prep the battlespace. She said it looked really nice, I think I may have won the first battle but it will most likely be a long war. Behold!
I’m not saying I’m going full speed ahead on starting a build like this, but this may have scrapped all the plans I currently had concerning the bolt gun I wanted to put together. Thanks for nothing Remington going out of business and making already hard to find left handed receivers impossible to get.