Tactical Life Venom Tactical Taipan 338 Lapua Review


"An extreme long range rifle built for bench rest accuracy with combat durability!"

"Venom Tactical’s Taipan is accurate and reliable, folds into a compact package and delivers hard-hitting, long-range firepower. It is perfectly suited to any unit in need of a .338 Lapua rifle. Shown here with a Leupold Mark 4 rifle scope".





Tactical Life Venom Cottonmouth Review

Serious bite from a precision rifle built with the best components!

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 Gun Digest Venom Tactical Sniper Rifle Review

The Venom Tactical Taipan is designed for extreme long-range operations; with the .338 Lapua round delivering deadly performance out past 1800 yards.

The Taipan utilizes a Remington long-action receiver blueprinted to Venom Tactical’s exacting tolerances. Lock-up is tight and secure for premium performance. Like all Venom Tactical rifles the Taipan’s bolt is Venom’s elliptical design; machined and ground from 4340. The Taipan is equipped with a Brux barrel made to Venom Tactical specifications.

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Shotgun News Venom Tactical Review

The Cottonmouth from Venom Tactical is built to the highest possible standards and comes with all important attributes required for law enforcement purposes.


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An Encounter With A Cottonmouth


It was springtime in the Arizona desert just North of Phoenix when I met the deadliest Cottonmouth a man had ever laid eyes upon. I came upon the masterfully camouflaged serpent basking in the stifling sun. This snake was forty-two inches in length with a striking distance of well beyond 1200 yards. The serpent I speak of is not the creature you worry of in the swamp; it is one bad piece of steel from Venom Tactical.

I had the pleasure of teaching Lawrence Bolton, owner of Venom Tactical, and creator of a full line of custom sniper rifles referenced by serpent names. Lawrence attended a week long sniper course with Mark Flinn, an old shooting buddy and long time friend. Mark & Lawrence had identical Cottonmouth sniper rifles as Lawrence had built these snakes exactly the same for the two buddies to test during the sniper course. The only difference between the two shooter’s equipment was their bullet weight. Lawrence was shooting HSM 175gr .308 and Mark utilizing Federal Gold Match 168gr .308 in their sniper rifles. These shooters were using completely different brands and grains of ammunition, but both held the exact same DOPE out to 1375yds. The DOPE developed over the weeklong course of shooting, resulted without the use of a holdover, was 60 MOA dialed with a 20 inch barrel at 1200yds. Typically, a Remington 700 with a 24inch barrel develops DOPE averaging 75 MOA at this distance, and only if you have that extra elevation on the top end to dial without hitting mechanical limits of the scope.

The ability to shoot that distance without a use of a holdover and keep the center crosshair on target is an additional asset the Cottonmouth brings to the table. A technical facet and original design built into the Cottonmouth is a proprietary procedure in which the barrel and action are threaded and coupled with a huge amount of torque that would destroy a standard barreled action. This also eliminates the cold bore shots, making they a thing of the past. Most shooters would laugh at the prospect of identical rifles shooting the same DOPE with different ammunition, but this is indeed the case with these Venom Tactical custom sniper rifles. This can only be explained by the amazing quality and precision machining built into the hand-made rifles from Venom Tactical, thanks to the skills of Lawrence Bolton.

Having personally witnessed and preformed these actions with the Cottonmouth makes me a true believer that there are still some rifle builders out there who continue to focus on attention to detail, and quality craftsmanship.

Rob Pettorson

Scout Sniper USMC

Co Owner STA Training Group



Venom Tactical Sniper Rifles, A Superior Choice!


Those who I personally know are aware that I only endorse products that I fully support. If the product is not good, I will let you know and explain why. If the product is OK, I will do the same. Now, if the product stands out above others and is a reliable choice then I speak up and that is what I am here to say about Venom Tactical Rifles, designed by Lawrence Bolton.

Not always can you purchase a high end rifle without breaking your bank account. Being around firearms my entire life and working a variety of platforms, when it comes to long distance shooting with bolt action rifles, I always use the reliable Remington 700. With the great Remington name behind the product, parts for repair are readily accessible if needed. This rifle is a common choice among military, law enforcement and hunters alike. Venom Tactical has taken the receiver, and for that matter, basically the entire rifle and enhanced it by multiple degrees on many levels. Much like upgrading from a Mercedes to an AMG Mercedes or a Ford Mustang and stepping up to a Roush Racing Edition Mustang. At Venom Tactical, Lawrence Bolton makes you that custom rifle with the ability to still get parts. The accuracy is increased, not only by blueprinting the receiver, but also by adding a Venom Tactical Elliptical Bolt, Venom’s Spiralock Threaded stainless steel barrel and much more. Below is only a sample of some of the standard upgrades applied to all Venom Tactical Sniper Rifles, which come in .308 and 300WM calibers.

  • Venom Stock Upgrade: All Venom Rifles use a Pillar Bedded Manners Composite Stock with a Decelerator installed butt pad.
  • Venom Barrel Upgrade:  Brux Stainless Barrel, and continues to apply his engineering skills.Being chambered to Match Spec and .001 Headspace, 18inch - 24inch length options. Threaded Muzzle with end cap, optional.
  • Venom Receiver/ Bolt Components:  Venom Elliptical Bolt, Handle, Knob, Firing Pin and Recoil Lug
  • Venom Optics Platform Upgrade:  All Venom Rifles include a Badger Ordinance, One piece, 20 MOA Scope Mount on all the Venom Rifles.
  • Venom Bottom Metal Upgrade:  Badger Ordinance M5 Trigger Guard and an Accuracy International detachable 5 round magazine.
  • Venom Finish and Paint Upgrade:  Cerakote/DuraCoat, this is a great base and if needed, can be camouflaged to your desired look and needs.

One of my personal favorite is Venom Tactical’s Cottonmouth Rifle. When the day came to break in and zero my rifle, we started off with the same DOPE (Data on Personal Equipment) as two other Venom Cottonmouth Rifles had logged, which did not change from 100yds to 1,000+yds. while firing Federal Gold Match 168gr.  An amazing testament to Lawrence Bolton being a master engineer with a extremely high skill set in multiple firearm platforms.

Take a look at the rifles designed by Lawrence Bolton of Venom Tactical.

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And as with all Venom Tactical Products designed by Lawrence Bolton, I pass on my highest recommendation to those who require products to suit their end use needs.

By Tom Clarke


Venom Tactical Cottonmouth Sniper Rifle Review

My Venom Cottonmouth is the highest quality precision rifle I have ever owned. Where do I start? Everything about this custom hand-built rifle shows the innovative design and attention to the smallest of details that make up this rugged and reliable firearm. I took possession of my rifle in October 2009, and have been amazed by the performance and accuracy every time I press the trigger. So far, I logged 1684 rounds of Federal 168g Gold Match in my logbook.

Lawrence Bolton is a Master Engineer and he hand-built my rifle exactly to the specifications I wanted, with the quality and precision that he demands of each Sniper rifle that leaves his shop. During the construction of my rifle, Lawrence guided me through the many steps to produce an accurate, custom-fit “Bang Stick” that is compatible of extreme accuracy. Hell, the first three rounds out of this rifle were ¼ MOA at 100 yards.

This is my set-up:  (Check out the Venom Website to see HOW these rifles are built and the Specs)

Stock: I picked the Cottonmouth because I like the Manners T-3.

Barrel: Lawrence & I talked about the “mission” of this rifle and WHAT I was going to use the rifle for? I picked the 20” Heavy in .308 with Lawrence’s custom twist-rate and taper.

Scope Base: Badger

Rings: Leopold Tactical – Med height

Scope: Leopold Mark 4, M-2 Tactical

Color: OD stock and Tan action

I had the pleasure of shooting a sniper course with Lawrence Bolton at GPS Defense. Lawrence built a rifle identical to mine in every detail for himself, and during the week long course, we fired almost 500 rounds each. I was shooting Federal Gold Match 168g, and Lawrence had the Federal 175g. What we found is very interesting . . . Our “dope” from 100 to 1200 yards was EXACTLY the same for both rifles. Chronograph tests showed that our rifles with 20” barrels were 40 feet-per-second faster than the same load out of a standard 24” rifle.

The Blue-printed receiver, Venom elliptical Bolt, Venom Custom barrel, Custom-fit, Stock bedding, etc, are a few of the many reasons I choose Lawrence Bolton to build my rifle. Would I have Lawrence build me another rifle? In a heartbeat! I recommend these rifles to anyone who wants a tool they can count on. I can truly say:


by Mark Flinn

Extremely satisfied customer