For this, it turned to designer Merle “Mike” Walker. Walker was a gifted engineer and a driving force behind the then-new sport of benchrest shooting. He knew not only how to make rifles, but how to make them accurate. Walker had his work cut out for him. The standards by which all other rifles were measured were the Model 98 Mauser and its illustrious offspring, the Model 70 Winchester. These guns set the bar very high. Whatever he came up with would have to be very different, and very special, in its own right.