The introduction marks the first, and potentially only time in the company's history that it has placed its name on a firearm.
"We don't mean to alarm our friends at Remington, Winchester or Ruger. Hornady has no plans of going into the gun business," said company president, Steve Hornady. "The concept of creating a one-of-a-kind Hornady rifle has been percolating for several years and we are excited to make "The Hornady Number One" a reality for 2015-- especially since the gun has been selected as the 2015 SHOT Show Rifle."
Hornady partnered with the Hunting Heritage Trust and some of the most respected names in the shooting sports industry to create "The Hornady Number One." The rifle is a hunting-style bolt action in .300 RCM caliber with serial number H-001.
Bill Wiseman & Company, Inc. of College Station, Texas crafted the rifle's precision barrel and action. The gun will be equipped with two separate custom-fit stocks, one for shooting and one for display.
The Hornady name was inlayed into the stock using African padauk wood wafers. The Padauk wafers were also used as grip cap and butt pad spacers. The padauk reddish/orange color pays tribute to the Hornady color scheme.
To complement the Hornady package, the gun will be delivered with a case of Hornady .300 RCM cartridges with each box in the case signed by Hornady President, Steve Hornady.
In keeping with SHOT Show auction tradition, this Hornady SHOT Show rifle will be auctioned exclusively at GunBroker.com. The online auction will conclude at 5 p.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.