Almost two years ago, I expressed my unhappiness with CheyTac, a maker of "precision rifles"* who at that time offered one version of their M200 Intervention rifle for government purchasers, and a less accurate version for civilians--actually, they acted as if they were doing civilians a favor, because until then, they hadn't offered any version of the M200 to us lowly non-"Only Ones":
Until now, the CheyTac Intervention M-200 was restricted to Military and Law Enforcement sales only due to its impressive capabilities and a desire by the CheyTac ownership to maintain every advantage with our Operators in the field. Now, CheyTac engineers have developed a mildly de-rated version of the M-200 named the CIV ( Civilian Intervention Version) to offer the long range competitor the outstanding capability of the M-200 while limiting its effective range to significantly less than that of the current Military versions.In other words, you would be paying (apparently) well over $10k for a rifle that had been deliberately rendered less accurate than it's potential, because the grown-up version was "too accurate" for civilians. What a deal!
CheyTac believes that in these times all responsible companies should first consider the American and allied troops in the field when offering long range precision rifle systems to the public at large.
I stumbled on that blog post when digging up background for my GRE article for today, and out of curiosity, clicked on the link about the CheyTac's civilian model rifle, only to find that the link was dead. Looking at CheyTac's main site, the M200 is still apparently their top of the line rifle, but what I don't see is any mention of a "civilian version."
Knesek Guns carries the M200, without any government-agency-sales-only policy I could see anywhere.
It looks to me as if CheyTac (belatedly) realized that voluntarily being the Dianne Feinsteins of the gun industry was bad business. If so, better late than never, I guess.