MAY 2, 2023

Team of Hamilton & Murphy Take 1st at Dark Corner Concepts Real World Sniper Challenge

The team of Hamilton and Murphy start 2023 at the top of their game with precision rifles outfitted with PROOF Research® barrels in the grueling three-day sniper challenge.

Columbia Falls, Mont. PROOF Research®’s Weapons Test Specialist, Greg Hamilton, and Sean Murphy of Nightforce Optics have won first place at the Real World Sniper Challenge presented by Dark Corner Concepts. The event was held from April 21 to 23 at Bridle Iron South in Refugio, TX, USA.

The Real World Sniper Challenge is a highly anticipated event that attracts some of the world's most skilled precision rifle shooters. The competition is known for its challenging and realistic scenarios, designed to test the participants' shooting abilities and tactics in real-world situations. Teams were required to carry a minimum of 200 rifle rounds and 150 handgun rounds, in addition to all their other equipment for the three days of continuous operations. Besides accomplishing navigation, construction, detection, and stalking tasks, along with K.I.M.S. and casualty care, the teams engaged in targets at known and unknown distances in alternate firing positions.

Hamilton and Murphy proved their exceptional skills by taking first place in the competition, beating out a talented field of competitors. The duo's performance showcased their superior teamwork and ability to adapt to the various challenges presented to them throughout the competition. The team credited much of their success to their hardware. Sean sported a PROOF Research 24” carbon fiber 6.5 Creedmoor, pre-fit barrel on his Accuracy International, and a PROOF Research 11.5” carbon fiber barrel on his gas gun. Greg ran a PROOF Research 20” stainless steel barrel on his 6.5 Creedmoor gas gun. The victory, once again, highlights the quality and performance of the PROOF Research barrels in extreme conditions.

PROOF Research is a well-known brand within the precision rifle community and is one of the leading barrel brands used by champion competitors in the Precision Rifle Series (PRS) and National Rifle League (NRL). Developed to enhance mission success for our warfighters, PROOF Research’s carbon fiber barrels are designed for long-range accuracy, performance, and reliability under any environmental condition.

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About PROOF Research, Inc.®
PROOF Research® has been bringing the best and brightest talents together to develop a new class of products for the firearms, aerospace, and defense industries since 2012. PROOF Research is committed to developing next-generation composite materials to produce the highest-performance carbon fiber barrels, premium hunting rifles, and weapon systems that lighten warfighter load while increasing durability and effectiveness. PROOF Research’s goal is to make reduced weight, unsurpassed durability, and match-grade accuracy a reality for all of its customers. Headquartered in Columbia Falls, Montana, PROOF Research maintains research and manufacturing centers in Montana and Dayton, Ohio.

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