But then Forbes thought, why not do the job from scratch, and really do it right? He got together with two friends from the aerospace industry and designed a Kevlar/graphite stock that weighed only 16 ounces, but was stiffer than a steel barrel, and so strong that a pickup truck could roll over it without doing more than chipping the paint. Then, he designed his own bolt action, looking at things that people had never looked at before, even down to the scope mounts. And when he was done there was no excess weight to chop, hack, or gouge because it was never there in the first place. His first rifle, Ultra Light Arms serial number 1, weighed just over 5 pounds with scope. It had a 20-inch #1 contour barrel, a full-sized stock, and the same amount of bearing area in the bolt lugs as a standard rifle. (Nosler had an Ultra Light action on one of its test rifles that cycled over a million rounds before it was retired.) The gun was dead accurate, stable, safe, and mild-kicking.