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Long-Range Killing Machine: The Defensive Edge 338 Terminator

Photos by Lukas Lamb

A rifle case and a large cardboard box arrived for me in the mail. I opened the cardboard box and found two monstrous ammunition containers with 50 rounds each of what looked like 338 Lapua ammo on steroids — slightly larger case capacity with a long, 300-grain Berger bullet sticking out.

Defensive Edge 338 .3

I then opened the rifle case and found a bullpup single-shot bolt-action rifle with a very beefy 32-inch barrel in a pistol-grip chassis. Before I even picked up the rifle, my phone was already in my hand, and I was waiting for our fearless editor to answer.

Cleckner: What in the world did you send me to test?

Harrison: (laughter with a British accent, of course)

Cleckner: Have you seen this thing?

Harrison: I saw pictures. Figured it’d be right up your alley.

Cleckner: You expect me to put my cheek on top of the chamber while I torch-off a 300-grain bullet out of ammo hand-loaded by someone else in a wildcat cartridge that is pushing a modified 338 Lapua Magnum to the extreme?

Harrison: Well, you didn’t expect me to do it, did you?

Cleckner: I’m heading to the range. If you don’t hear from me in a few hours, you know what happened.

Harrison: Make sure someone else is taking the photos. All likely outcomes will be interesting.

I hung up, loaded up the rifle and ammunition, and headed to the range.

First Shots

At the range, I set up the rifle and my chronograph and prepared to confirm the rifle’s zero at 100 yards.

I noted ammunition headstamp, “338 Terminator,” and the rifle’s marking, “Defensive Edge LRKM” (which I later found stands for “Long Range Killing Machine”).

A quick Google search on my phone showed me that I should expect the velocity of the 300-grain bullet to be just over 3,000 feet per second! For those of you who don’t geek-out on ballistics, this is very fast for such a heavy bullet. Great. A 338 Lapua Mag will launch the same bullet at around 2,800 fps, and that extra 300 fps is a big difference and should result in some very high pressures.

Takedown is pretty straightforward, assuming you can turn two screws.

Takedown is pretty straightforward, assuming you can turn two screws.

Knowing that I’d be tempted to flinch when shooting this rifle, I dry-fired a few times to get used to the trigger and confirm my position. And here’s where I found my first pleasant surprise. The trigger was phenomenal! As you may know, bullpup-style rifles are generally known for having poor triggers (the linkage required usually results in poor trigger feel, slop in the system, and higher pull-weights). However, it’s worth noting again: the Defensive Edge LRKM has an amazing trigger — and it happens to be a bullpup-style rifle. They’ve clearly figured out the bullpup linkage problem, and others should take note.

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Ryan ClecknerRyan Cleckner is a former special operations sniper and sniper instructor. Currently, he’s a firearms law attorney, best-selling author, RECOIL/Carnivore contributor, university lecturer, Trigger Words podcast host, and entrepreneur. He runs both RocketFFL which helps people get an FFL and stay compliant and RocketCCW which gets people qualified for a CCW online. His newest project is focused on family and organizational safety at Mayday Safety. Also check out

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