Gun Review: CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Carbine in 9mm

By: Ian Jacobs

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As CZ puts it, their Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Carbine is a “whole new animal.”  With an enormous variety of semi-automatic AR-15 style firearms in rifle and pistol calibers on the market, the Scorpion surely stands out.  I decided to get a better idea of what its sting felt like.

History

CZ, or Ceska zbrojovka Uhersky Brod, originated in Czechoslovakia in 1936.  The newer CZ-USA arm of the company was formed in 1997, acquiring the renowned Dan Wesson firearms in early 2005.  The CZ-USA headquarters are currently located in Kansas City, KS, while the parent company remains in what is now the Czech Republic.

A primitive variation of the scorpion was the vz. 61 Skorpion, which was designed and manufactured in the early 1960s.  This machine pistol was chambered in .32 ACP, among other small cartridges.  A semi-automatic civilian model was later created, but discontinued in 2010.

CZ introduced the first in a newer line of Scorpion models as a submachine gun in 2009.  Following its success and adoption by security and military forces worldwide, CZ released a semi-automatic pistol version in 2015, built off of the same platform.  The pistol is now in its second iteration, with the latest offer including a longer forend with room for most suppressors. Subsequent to the pistol, CZ released the semi-automatic carbine version of the Scorpion in mid-2016.  It is available with either a compensating muzzle brake or faux suppressor specially built by SilencerCo.

Features

Like many submachine gun and pistol variations, the Scorpion Carbine is blowback-operated and chambered in 9mm Luger.  The carbine has a sufficient number of US-made parts to make it 922(r) compliant.

At the rear, the Scorpion has a folding, adjustable stock.  It also has a 16.2 inch hammer-forged barrel topped by a ½ x 28 threaded muzzle (plus muzzle brake or faux suppressor).  The forend has several M-LOK attachment points and there are two sling attachment points on each side, plus a ¾ inch sling slot on the left.  At the top resides a generous Picatinny rail, along with low-profile aluminum adjustable sights, with the rear sight having four different apertures.

The Scorpion offers ambidextrous controls, including the swappable, non-reciprocating side-charging handle.  Even the trigger reach can be adjusted.  Research indicates that the trigger pull is around nine pounds, but one of many after-market accessories can reduce this to somewhere in the range of six pounds.

The Scorpion I purchased came with a single 10-round double stack magazine, but additional magazines are available that hold 20 or even 30 rounds, where permitted by law.  Replacement magazines are incredibly affordable, with each being $20 or less on CZ’s webstore.

The frame and magazines are both made of polymer, the former being certainly noticeable when handling the carbine.  The faux suppressor model weighs in at seven pounds, while the muzzle brake version comes in at 6.38 pounds.

Range testing and initial thoughts

The MSRP for the Scorpion ranges from $999 to $1,040 for the muzzle brake and the faux suppressor models, respectively.

Since purchasing the Scorpion with the muzzle brake, I have fired over 200 rounds with a variety of target ammunition and have not experienced a single malfunction.  This ammunition included Federal, Winchester White Box, Winchester Forged (steel cased) and also at least 50 reloaded cartridges.

The side-charging handle was a big draw, and it has not disappointed.  This can be slapped MP5-style to close the bolt, or there is a separate bolt release.  The handle itself is a bit on the small side, likely to keep the profile slim. If desired, there are aftermarket replacements available which allow for a size increase.Overall, the Scorpion was easy to shoot with very little recoil, and it was also very comfortable to handle, not to mention fun.  The controls are certainly different than the AR platform, but they are very easy to adapt to.

The ambidextrous safety switch has occasionally pinched my right hand when shooting.  However, I mostly view the switch as advantageous, as it is sometimes easier to reach with my index finger than the one on the left side is with my thumb.  Fortunately, CZ has an inexpensive part referred to as a “safety delete”, which will replace the switch with a flat circular piece of plastic.

With the aluminum sights, I was able to shoot some tight groups at 25 and 50 yards, and even made a few shots out to 100 yards.  The four rear aperture options were much appreciated when changing distances.

Disassembly of the Scorpion is quite simple.  All one has to do is remove a single pin and pull out the trigger pack.  The bolt/slide assembly comes out fairly easily from there.

The only other slightly unfavorable experience I have had with the Scorpion has been upon insertion and removal of the magazines, but this problem has not been persistent.  Occasionally, when inserting the magazine, it would not fully catch.  It would either have to be inserted again, or the release pulled outward slightly for it to seat properly.  Upon attempted release, the magazine sometimes did not drop freely and I would need to remove it manually.

A call was placed to CZ-USA to inquire about a potential easy fix or to perhaps identify if there was an oversight in manipulation.  The Customer Service department proved superior, as the call was answered within moments.  The initial representative was unable to resolve the inquiry, but the call was immediately transferred to a warranty gunsmith, who indicated it was a novel complaint.  The gunsmith suggested mailing the item back for further investigation, but as the glitch isn’t too bothersome, I opted not to.

Conclusion

I currently own both an AR platform carbine as well as the Scorpion. After purchase of the latter, I assumed I would eventually decide to sell one. Thus far, however, this has not been the case.  Each has a unique feel and it is enjoyable to have the ability to practice with 9mm ammunition, switching to .223 or 5.56 for some extra punch and distance.  I currently plan to continue use of the Scorpion primarily at the range, but can easily see this reliable firearm being used for home defense.  It doesn’t hurt that it is incredibly fun for plinking as well.

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LWRCI IC DI Rifle Now in 300 BLK

By: American Rifleman Staff

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American Rifleman’s 2017 Golden Bullseye winner for “Rifle of the Year”—the LWRCI IC DI—is now available in 300 BLK. The IC DI 300 BLK design was born out of the US Military M4 PIP program that called for longer barrel life, full ambidexterity, better reliability and user configurable floating rail system.

“Based on the continued popularity of the 300 BLK platform it is a natural line extension for LWRCI and our IC DI line”, said David Ridley, senior vice president sales and marketing. “The LWRCI-DI 300 excels on all counts, offering our customers an accurate advanced DI rifle at a price that will surprise you. It is truly a ‘Step-Up’ from the basic direct impingement rifles on the market now in 300 BLK” 

The IC DI 300 BLK model features many of the same performance attributes found in its popular gas-piston luxury AR lineup. Custom rifle features include a  Monoforge upper, modular one-piece free float rail, LWRCI cold hammer-forged cold hammer forged heavy barrel, fully ambidextrous lower controls (mag release, bolt catch/release and selector switch), angled ergonomic fore grip, Mil-spec 6-position buffer tube and LWRCI proprietary advanced DI Bolt Carrier group with keyless gas key.  As with all LWRCI rifles, the IC DI 300 BLK is available in a California-compliant model.

For more, visit LWRCI.com

First Look: FN America FN 15 Tactical Carbine II CA

By:SI Staff

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FN America announced it would be launching two new California-compliant rifles in the company’s FN 15 rifle lineup, conforming to new California state laws regarding the configuration of semi-automatic rifles. The new FN 15 Tactical Carbine II CA is the first of the new models.

“Many of California’s pro-gun residents have had very limited options in terms of what they could purchase because of the state-imposed regulations on firearms,” said John Keppeler, vice president of sales and marketing for FN America, LLC. “FN saw California’s market as an opportunity to expand the FN 15 line. This addition will finally offer a quality-built FN rifle to gun buyers who have limited compliant options. We hope to earn a few new FN fans along the way and further expand our compliant series to other heavily restricted states.”

The new FN 15 Tactical Carbine II is outfitted with a Hera CQR stock, which eliminates the standard pistol grip found on traditional AR-15 rifles. The stock also eliminates the commonly seen thumbhole stock used in place of a pistol grip, thereby complying with California law. The rifle also features a 10-round Magpul PMag, which is also compliant with 2017 California legislation.

Otherwise, the rifle features many of the same components found on standard AR-style firearms. The gun features a 16-inch cold-hammer-forged, free-float barrel, which includes a chrome-lined interior to protect against corrosion. The barrel is also equipped with a SureFire ProComp 556 muzzle brake.

The receiver is constructed from aluminum and features a hard-anodized finish. The A3 flattop rail matches up with the FN Rail System to provide a continuous mounting surface for optics and other accessories. The company’s rail uses M-Lok attachment points that allow for accessory mounts. Other features of the gun include a quick-detach sling attachment on the featureless stock, as well as an FN combat trigger.

The suggested retail price on the new FN 15 Tactical Carbine II CA is $1,799. The company’s other California-compliant rifle, the FN 15 DMR II CA, will retail at a suggested price of $2,099.

First Look at SIG Sauer MCX Virtus

By: SI Staff

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SIG Sauer launched a new and improved model of its popular MCX platform, called the MCX Virtus, after consulting with numerous special operations groups around the globe to improve the qualities of the firearm.

“SIG has supplied firearms to meet the unique demands of specialized units for decades,” said Ron Cohen, president and CEO of SIG Sauer. “Similar to the P320 pistol, the MCX Virtus was created to be the ultimate modular platform, a design that will change the demands of the modern rifle for years to come.”

The company named the redesigned rifle the Virtus to highlight the values of courage, bravery and exellence, all qualities embodied by the professional operators for which this rifle was built. The upgraded components of the new Virtus are designed to provide users with greater accuracy, longer service life and wider versatility and modularity. The new rifle is designed to give users 20,000 rounds of operation without requiring a single part replacement.

Some of the upgrades to the platform include a heavier-profile barrel that works to improve accuracy potential. The gun also comes with the company’s new Matchlite Duo Trigger, which provides users with a two-stage arrangement that still ensures a clean trigger pull. SIG Sauer also improved the design of the bolt lug in order to provide smoother cycling, thereby lengthening the service life of the bolt.

Increased modularity was also an aim of the upgrades, and SIG Sauer delivered with eight different M-Lok handguards that are available in both suppressor-ready and standard arrangements. The company also provides cold-hammer-forged barrels that come in lengths of 9 inches, 11.5 inches and 16 inches. The barrels are easily interchangeable and can be swapped out by the end user.

The SIG Sauer MCX Virtus platform still uses the company’s short-stroke piston system, along with the internal recoil arrangement that removes the need for a buffer tube. The platform can be had in Patrol (rifle-length), Pistol and SBR models. Color options are available in either gray or flat dark earth, and available caliber options are 5.56 NATO and .300 BLK. The suggested retail price on the new MCX Virtus starts at $2,233.

First Look: Daniel Defense DDV5V1 M-Lok Rifle

By: SI Staff

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Daniel Defense announced the addition of M-Lok attachment rails for its DD5V1 and DD5V2 rifles. Now, consumers will be able to receive rifles with handguards designed to work with either KeyMod or M-Lok accessory attachment, depending on their personal preference.

The attachment systems are part of the 15-inch free-float MFR XS rail, which is designed to provide users with a lighter-weight rail system that ensures rapid cooling, better ergonomics and more modularity than other handguards on the market today. The M-Lock attachment points are found at seven different positions around the outside of the handguard, providing users with an incredible range of leeway for accessory placement.

The rifle features a unique four-bolt connection system that incorporates a specially designed barrel extension that secures the free-float barrel and M-Lok handguard to the upper receiver without the use of a barrel nut.

The handguard surrounds a 16-inch cold-hammer-forged barrel that features an integral Daniel Defense flash suppressor, along with a mid-length gas system that is designed to ensure reliable performance under rugged conditions, as well as reduce felt recoil and minimize wear on the internals of the rifle. The barrel also features a threaded muzzle that features a 5/8×24 TPI thread pitch.

The Daniel Defense DD5V1 rifle comes equipped with a two-stage Geissele SSA trigger, which features a 2.5-pound take-up and a 2-pound break. The gun also features an ambidextrous safety selector, magazine catch and bolt release, as well as a modular charging handle.

The rifle is built with a lower receiver that features an oversized trigger guard that provides use with gloved hands, as well as a flared magazine well that facilitates smoother mag changes. The bolt and carrier are built with an oversize cam pin, as well as an improved extractor design and dual ejectors. The overall weight of the gun is 8.3 pounds.

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First look at the Barrett REC7 DI Pistol

By: SI Staff

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The latest model out from Barrett is an addition to the company’s popular REC7 DI lineup, which now features a REC7 DI AR-15 in a pistol format for a limited time.

The new REC7 DI pistol features a 10.25-inch barrel and comes in at an overall length of 24.75 inches. The total weight of the new gun is 5.45 pounds and ships with a 20-round Magpul PMag. The gun is finished in a black Cerakote coating and features a Magpul MOE pistol grip, along with a Magpul enlarged trigger guard. The fore-end of the gun is Barrett’s own enhanced BRS handguard design and features KeyMod attachment points.

The AR pistol is constructed with a match-grade barrel made with stainless steel and uses the company’s own high-efficiency muzzle device to reduce recoil. The gun also features an oversized charging handle for easy racking of the pistol, along with a specially designed gas block that features a nut-retention device for extra durability. The gun features a continuous flattop rail that reaches to the end of the fore-end, giving users a lengthened sight radius for irons or plenty of room for optics mounting.

The REC7 DI pistol is equipped with the Gearhead Works Tailhook MOD 1 pistol brace, which is billed as the most compact pistol brace on the market today. The brace measures less than 1 inch thick and provides users with a shelf that works to counter the forward weight of an AR pistol, allowing the shooter’s wrist to relax and focus on controlling the trigger. The brace is made from solid aluminum and clamps to pistol buffer tubes ranging from 1.17-1.2 inches in diameter.

The Barrett REC7 DI pistol is available in 5.56 NATO and .300 BLK and available only for a limited time. The suggested retail price on the gun is $1,899.

First look at the Trojan Firearms PRO9V1 9 mm Carbine

By: SI Staff

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Trojan Firearms, based in Phoenix, AZ, took more than 30 years of knowledge and experience in precision machining and put it toward designing high-performance firearms. The latest from the company is the new PRO9V1 carbine, chambered in 9 mm.

The new Trojan PRO9V1 carbine is based on the ergonomics and controls of the AR-15 platform, but the company’s focus on the new gun was to design a pistol-caliber carbine from scratch in order to provide consumers with the most reliable 9 mm carbine possible, solving many of the issues found in many pistol-caliber carbines on the market with straight-blowback operating systems.

The Trojan Firearms PRO9V1 features an upper receiver, lower receiver and handguard that are CNC machined from aircraft-grade billet aluminum. The springs and detent pins in the lower are coated with Teflon in order to provide added lubricity, and the gun also features a flared magazine well that improves reloading.

The carbine features a 16-inch barrel that features a lightweight contour, a 1:10 rate of twist and is constructed from 4150V steel. The barrel features a nitride finish and uses a Grater Gen II muzzle brake that can be tuned according to the end user’s preferences. The gun also features an ambidextrous charging handle, as well as the company’s own adjustable drop-in trigger.

Other features of the gun include a free-float handguard that features a KeyMod attachment system that allows for easy mounting of accessories anywhere on the circumference. The upper receiver and the rail top form a continuous flattop Picatinny mounting surface for optics and other accessories. The gun also features a tension screw and a lock screw that allows users to keep the upper and lower receiver tightly matched.

The new Trojan Firearms PRO9V1 is available in two different models. The first model, the PRO9V1-G, is compatible with all 9 mm Glock magazines. The PRO9V1-M is compatible with 9 mm MBX or STI 2011 magazines. The company also sells a California-compliant version.

The guns are available in red, metallic blue and black finishes. The suggested retail price for the PRO9V1-G is $1,399, while the PRO9V1-M retails at a suggested price of $1,549.99. The California-compliant model is available for $1,449.99.

New Bolt-Action Precision Rifles for 2017

By: Shooting Illustrated Staff

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One of the noticeable trends over the last couple of years has been the exploding interest in precision rifles, particularly those chambered in the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge, proven ideal for long-range precision shooting.

Market offerings have typically been somewhat limited in this respect, with many options usually based on the same action. However, in 2017, gun manufacturers stepped up their product offerings and provided the precision-rifle market with a huge array of new guns. These precision rifles are designed to provide shooters with the best possible trigger, action and barrel needed to place shots on-target accurately from great distances.

Take a look at some of the more unique new bolt-action precision rifles for 2017:

American Built Arms Howa Precision Rifle
Built off the reliable and accurate Howa 1500 action and featuring A*B Arms’ MOD*X GEN III Modular Rifle System chassis, this turnbolt could be a valid option for anyone looking to get into the long-range game without needing a second mortgage. It is also available in .308 Win.

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 22 inches
Overall Length: 40.75 inches
Weight 7: pounds, 6 ounces
MSRP: $1,200
(443) 310-8777 abarms.com



Bergara B14 HMR
The new Hunting and Match Rifle from Bergara is designed as a do-it-all platform that features the B14 action bedded inside a full-length integrated mini-chassis for accuracy.

Caliber: .308 Win.
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 20 inches
Overall Length: 39.5 inches
Weight: 9 pounds, 2 ounces
MSRP: $1,150
(877) 892-7544 bergarausa.com



Browning X-Bolt Target McMillan A3-5
Browning’s acclaimed X-Bolt action is now available in a stock perfect for long-range shooters. The first chambering in the McMillan A3-5 stock is the hot new 6 mm Creedmoor, which offers superior performance at extreme ranges.

Caliber: 6 mm Creedmoor
Magazine Capacity: 4 rounds
Barrel Length: 28 inches
Overall Length: 46 inches
Weight: 10 pounds, 3 ounces
MSRP: $2,800
(800) 333-3288 browning.com



Howa HCR
The Howa HCR features a Howa 1500 heavy-barreled action mated to a precision-engineered aluminum chassis. The rifle is available in six different calibers and black or MultiCam finishes.

Caliber: .308 Win.
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 22 inches
Overall Length: 41 to 45.25 inches
Weight: 9 pounds
MSRP: $1,239
(800) 553-4229 legacysports.com



IWI US Dan Tactical Precision Rifle
This combat-proven precision turnbolt is built on a one-piece, aluminum-alloy chassis. Designed with IWI’s commitment to ergonomics, it promises superior accuracy at extreme ranges and is already in use with the SAS in Syria.

Caliber: .338 Lapua Mag.
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 28 inches
Overall Length: 47.6 inches
Weight: 15 pounds, 5 ounces
MSRP: $8,999
(717) 695-2081 iwi.us



Remington 700 Magpul

It’s a match of titans as rifle giant Remington meets the king of furniture, Magpul. The Model 700, one of the foremost bolt-action rifles on the market, gets the Magpul Makeover with a customizable stock.

Caliber: .308 Win.
Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 22 inches
Overall Length: 41.5 inches
Weight: 8 pounds, 12 ounces
MSRP: $1,175
(800) 243-9700 remington.com



Ruger American Rifle Ranch
Featuring a lightweight synthetic stock designed for quick, easy handling, Ruger’s latest addition of its Ranch line of American Rifles is chambered in .450 Bushmaster, making it one versatile and hard-hiting boltgun.

Caliber: .450 Bushmaster
Magazine Capacity: 3 rounds
Barrel Length: 16.12 inches
Overall Length: 36 inches
Weight: 5 pounds, 8 ounces
MSRP: $599
(336) 949-5200 ruger.com



Savage Model 10 Ashbury Precision
Savage Arms partnered with Ashbury Precision Ordnance and Drake Associates to develop a lineup of tack-driving “chassis-style” rifles. The modular, upgradable and reconfigurable chassis features a double-locking, folding shoulder stock, along with an octagonal aluminum handguard.

Caliber: .308 Win.
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Barrel Length: 24 inches
Overall Length: 46.73 inches
Weight: 10 pounds, 5 ounces
MSRP: $1,799
(413) 568-7001 savagearms.com



Weatherby Vanguard Modular Chassis
This machined, 6061-aluminum chassis houses Weatherby’s proven Vanguard action and comes with a sub-MOA guarantee from the factory (when shooting premium ammunition). The minimalist fore-end allows attachment of rail sections for adding accessories.

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 20 inches
Overall Length: 39.25 to 40.25 inches
Weight: 8 pounds, 8 ounces
MSRP: $1,519
(800) 227-2016 weatherby.com



Winchester XPC
Built off of Winchester’s rigid XPR receiver, this chassis gun features a button-rifled, freefloat barrel with a target crown and threads for mounting a suppressor or muzzle device. The alloy chassis is finished with Cerakote to enhance durability. The XPC is also available in .308 Win. and .243 Win.

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Magazine Capacity: 10 rounds
Barrel Length: 24 inches
Overall Length: 44 inches
Weight: 10 pounds, 5 ounces
MSRP: $1,598
(800) 333-3288 winchesterguns.com

Smith & Wesson Joins with Magpul to Expand M&P15 Series Rifles

By: American Rifleman Staff

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Smith & Wesson has announced that through a collaboration with Magpul Industries, it is adding three firearms to its popular M&P15 series of rifles. The new M&P15 MOE SL rifles integrate Magpul’s MOE SL accessories that shooters were adding to their rifles in a ready-to-shoot package, as well as a new Stealth Gray option.

The rifles have also been enhanced to feature the latest Magpul slim line accessories such as the MOE SL Carbine Mil-Spec stock, MOE grip, and MOE SL mid-length handguard in three different color options, Black, Stealth Gray, and Flat Dark Earth.

“Magpul and Smith & Wesson have been collaborating for almost 10 years,” said Drake Clark, Magpul senior director of sales and business development. “When it came time to refresh the M&P15 line, we were excited to assist with the development.  … we know these will be popular with M&P fans.”  

The M&P15 MOE SL rifles feature a mid-length gas operating system, resulting in lower recoil and the ability to make quick, accurate follow-up shots. The rifles also feature a Smith & Wesson/Magpul co-branded lower receiver, Smith & Wesson patented flash suppressor, folding Magpul MBUS® rear sight, and a lightweight 5R rifled 4041-steel contoured barrel with a 1:8” twist rate. MSRP: $1,239

M&P15 MOE SL Mid Magpul Spec Series Configurations:

M&P15 MOE SL Mid Magpul Spec Series – Black                              SKU:11512
M&P15 MOE SL Mid Magpul Spec Series – Stealth Gray                   SKU: 11553
M&P15 MOE SL Mid Magpul Spec Series – Flat Dark Earth              SKU: 11513

Ruger Precision Rifle Now in 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem.

By: American Rifleman Staff

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Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. has introduced the Ruger Precision Rifle chambered in 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem., usable with a wide range of readily available ammunition, and broadening the appeal of the already very popular rifle.
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The new Precision Rifle employs a hybrid “Target” chamber, which safely accommodates 5.56 NATO cartridges while providing excellent projectile control and accuracy for both .223 Rem and 5.56 NATO cartridges. The rifle ships with two Ruger AI-Style Precision Rifle magazines that accommodate 5.56 NATO and .223 Rem. factory ammunition loaded with the longer, higher ballistic coefficient projectiles popular among long-range shooters.

Like all Ruger Precision Rifles, this model’s highly accurate, free-floated barrel is cold hammer-forged from 4140 chrome-moly steel and features 5R rifling for minimum bullet upset. Minimum bore and groove dimensions (air-gauged for process control) and a centralized chamber deliver outstanding accuracy, longevity and ease of cleaning. This new model features a 1:7” twist rate that stabilizes long-for-caliber projectiles.

All models of the Ruger Precision Rifle are equipped with a left-folding stock with adjustable comb height and length of pull, an ergonomic pistol grip and a Precision Rifle handguard, all of which may be customized with AR-style components. The Ruger Precision Rifle also features a Ruger Precision Rifle Hybrid Muzzle Brake, a 20 MOA scope base and the Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger, which provides a user-adjustable pull weight range between 2.25 and 5 pounds.