Knob Creek ’13- The Quaker Mk48

The gun community is full of interesting characters, and Knob Creek is quite the place for people watching. Pictured here is my new Quaker friend Valerie of Great Machine LLC with an Mk46 lower with Mk48 parts, chambered in .308 that the company will be producing and selling in about six month’s time.

Based out of Ohio, Valerie noted that all parts will be made in-house, with the exception of its plastic parts, which will also be made in the U.S.

They also make closed-bolt rifles along with ARs, and other goodies.

You can contact Valerie via their website.

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.


  • Matt Shermer

    Met her and her partner at a gun show in Medina, OH, nice girl, the guns they make are 100% solid. One of their closed bolt semi-autos is on my guns to buy before I die list.

  • M.M.D.C.

    Quaker gun nuts. Interesting.

    Thanks for the weekend posts! More in the future?

    • Yessir! Around 6-8 more posts over the next few days. Dual M249s post just went live. Check back again soon.

    • Scathsealgaire

      She obviously one of those quakers who believe in peace though superior firepower.

      But seriously, not everyone who likes fires is a pyro and not everyone who likes explosions is the unabomber.There are plenty of pacifists who like it loud and hot.

      • M.M.D.C.

        “not everyone who likes fires is a pyro”

        Right you are. I’m an artist who loves guns but almost all of my artist friends dislike them.

        I think what Valerie is doing is great. More power to her and her Friends!

      • Patrick

        Describes me perfectly. I view my guns not as self-defense tools but as part of my hobby that I enjoy.

  • SP mclaughlin

    Society of Fire support.

    • Masoo2


      I have never understood why most companies that either make parts for M249’s/Mk.46’s/Mk.48’s leave the parts in such an ugly finish. They could at least duracoat it, let alone paint it black.

      • Plain AndPractical

        This one’s our working prototype, we’re starting production within six months. Meanwhile, this one is taking a beating, getting tweaked and carted to range after range. We promise the end result will be prettier 🙂

  • John Richardson

    Are you sure she is a Quaker and not a Mennonite? I’ve never seen Quakers wearing the little cap like Valerie but have seen Mennonites (and Amish) doing so. I spent 4 years at a Quaker college (Guilford) so am quite familiar with Quakerism.

    Both the Quakers and Mennonites are both pacifist religions.

    • Curt

      She’s 100% a Quaker. I work with her everyday.