Al Ljutic was a forward thinker and innovator like I am. Look at the designs of some of his guns, completely unconventional. If he were to see this gun I'm sure he would be trying to come up with ways to refine the design and get it on the production line. BYG
Will it likely or unlikely work for those who have difficulties shooting high rib unsingles? My hunch is that it will work great for some, a big improvement, and terrible for others who have difficulties shooting a high rib unsingle. But....sure looks like this build is a worthy investigation.
You should have seen some of the ribs That I and my son had put on Ljutics and Brownings by Money Maker and they were attention drawers and some wanted to shoot them. My sons shot the highest at 30 Inches at 30 yards. It was a Ljutic Stainless Pro 3 I ended up with it but I had Jimmy Ljutic lower the rear of the rib to lower the POI to 22 inches at 40 yards, and I won the Indian Lake Kentucky shooting championship it was the Hobe Murdock- Dick Deckling Memorial shoot in 2007, I have the trophy on the wall above my computer as I write this.
I will say BYG and his dad have been experimenting with different style of ribs on various guns.
Mine are not really high post ribs but the rib on most of my guns are down on the Bbl and up at the rear to make it shoot higher like the one I just completed on my Browning XT Un-single here
I believe the Al Ljutic story, in fact or fiction, was thus: A customer complained about his monogun opening upon firing. The gun went back to Ljutic on more than one occasion. Al finally became frustrated with the owner and unconvinced that the gun was opening on firing. So he sent the gun back with the barrel welded to the action!!!
Is this urban myth or true? Inquiring mind here...
Also heard a tale that Al Ljutic was shown, by a proud owner, a Ljutic that the owner had modified via a high rib and comb. This at the Grand. Al was angered, and said "ughh..." and threw the gun on the ground!
Don't know if this is true, or half true. I suspect the latter; a disdainful response without throwing the gun on the ground.
Nadine (proudly) told me that Al was one of the "Terman Kids"...children followed up from an early age 'cause they had a high IQ. This was to be a long term study, by Terman, a famous psychologist, to explore the belief that the hihgly intellectually gifted had more difficulties in life due to social pressures, difficulty to relate, and the like. Terman found that those with high IQ's, often the prototypes of those we label as "nerds" in this era, adjusted as well, and usually better, than the average person.
I guess that Al's life yielded an odd statistic and may have just ever so slightly skewed the results.
I post this with all due respect to Al and to a lady I've never met in person, but highly respect and like due to phone conversations over the years.
For a shooter with a long neck that gun makes a lot of sense. I know one such shooter who bends his head over so far to get his face down on the stock that he is shooting out of the very tops of his eye sockets. The strain on his eyes must be terrific. He is inconsistent and I'm betting he would improve with such a design.
I've seen tall guys with long necks struggle like you mentioned. They usually end up with their neck stretched out like a turtle. A friend set up a bt 100 like that and had his gun painted like a John Deere. wierd Bill
High ribs are not just for the shooter with long necks if your goal is to have your head upright. People with high cheek bones are at a disadvantage bringing their eyes lower into the comb. Higer comb/rib allows those shooters to rotate their heads in a more upright position for better field of vision, even shooters with short or no necks.