THE INSIDE STORY
The Kimber Model 84M SVT (Short Varmint Target) is what's known as a "pickup gun," a short, handy rifle that you can carry day in and day out to shoot whatever you think deserves a bullet. It is, to steal Thomas Hobbes' phrase, "nasty, brutish, and short"-a pronounced case of form following function. It is also the most schizophrenic rifle I can remember shooting. When fed ammunition it didn't like-which was anything with bullets that weighed 55 grains-it shot groups of five that averaged 2.105 inches. For a rifle of this type, printing 2-inch groups is cause enough to grasp it by its massive muzzle and throw it into the nearest catfish-breeding pond. But stick around.