You may have seen a glimpse of the Valkyrie in a few poplar movies and television shows such as The Bourne Legacy, Person of Interest and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, just to name a few. The Valkyrie is also currently serving with several U.S. and Allied SOF forces on the front lines around the globe.
As the Chief Engineer, President and Owner of Nemesis Arms, David described to us how he set out to create and engineer the first ever purpose-built, fully ambidextrous, multi-caliber, take down precision rifle system. David told us he achieved his primary design goal by engineering and machining the Valkyrie receivers in-house at his facility in Park City, Kentucky, to accept both a right and left hand bolt.
When the Tactical Rifleman team got behind the rifle, we found that the bolt exchange was achieved extremely rapidly and required absolutely no tools. You simply depress a single bolt release detent button, remove one bolt and swap if for the other. In addition, all of the fire controls and magazine release are designed around the receiver center-line so they can be manipulated with either hand from both sides of the weapon system. The ingenious tool-less design is carried throughout the weapons system, as you can see in the video.
The ambidextrous, multi-caliber, take down conceal-ability and portability of this type of weapons system is very attractive to SOF forces; for them, this means less cost for the units, both in procurement and employment. It reduces the cost of purchasing and shipping both left and right handed precision rifles to deployed units. To the trained operator, these features allow the Valkyrie to be employed in a multitude of different mission parameters, in addition the ambidextrous design provides the operator the flexibility to achieve a more covered and/or concealed firing position during the mission. This can directly translate into the operator’s increased survivability and mission success. The multi-caliber options of the Valkyrie allow it to be tailored to specific mission requirements.
The Valkyrie’s proprietary return-to-zero, tool-less take down chassis technology and 11-pound overall weight showcase its conceal-ability, portability and versatility. Throughout the course of the day at the T1G facility, the Tactical Rifleman team assembled and disassembled the Valkyrie at least six times and the weapon returned to zero every time and continuously delivered a high degree of accuracy.
If you have the opportunity to get behind and shoot a Valkyrie, we highly recommend.
If you have questions or comments please let us know or contact Nemesis Arms directly. You can find them online at nemesisarms.com.
Sergeant Major (Retired) Karl Erickson has more than 25 years Military Experience; 18 years of experience within Army Special Forces, conducting all aspects of Special Operations, to include training, execution and technical oversight at the detachment, company and combined joint task force level. SGM Erickson has earned numerous awards, to include three Bronze Stars and an Army Commendation Medal for Valor. His military schooling includes Ranger School, Military Free Fall Jumpmaster, Special Forces Medic, SFARTEATC and Special Forces Sniper, to name but a few. After retiring, SGM Erickson now serves as the Director of Special Projects, at Tier-1 Group, LLC, where he continues to train our military’s finest to prepare them for tomorrow’s threats.
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