by Jason J. Brown - Friday, January 20, 2017
Advances in firearms technology have made rifles more accurate than ever before, and gunmakers are rolling out new precision rifles that show off long reach. Equipped with stocks that allow pinpoint adjustments, rail systems for accessory mounting, newer punch-packing calibers and more, the lineup at this year’s SHOT Show is encouraging for long-range marksmen looking for a pinpoint new rig.
Weatherby Modular Chassis Rifle
Weatherby’s Modular Chassis Rifle is based on their proven Vanguard action. The rifle features a CNC-machined 6061 aluminum chassis, wrapped in an attractive black hard-anodized finish. The chassis features M-LOK accessory rail slots and a bipod stud. Boasting an adjustable two-stage match trigger, this Modular Chassis Rifle is guaranteed to shoot a 3-shot sub-MOA group with premium ammo. The rifle is available chambered in .308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor and .223 Remington.
Bergara B14 BMP Chassis Rifle
The new B14 Bergara Match Precision Chassis Rifle is a versatile new precision rifle that fits in on the range, in the field and in competition. With a 7075 T6 aluminum chassis replete with QD points and M-LOK slots, the BMP is light, but strong. The BMP uses a quick-change barrel nut so shooters can easily swap barrels, and an AR-style grip for familiar and ambidextrous ergonomics. The magazine well can be used as a support brace when shooting supported. The trigger is Bergara’s B14-series adjustable model. The BMP is available in .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor, all feeding from AICS-style magazines.
IWI DAN Tactical Precision Rifle
IWI enters the U.S. precision rifle game with the DAN Tactical Precision Rifle, built to deliver a rugged reliability, sub-MOA shooter in the .338 Lapua Magnum. The DAN uses a one-piece lightweight aluminum alloy chassis fitted with full-length Picatinny top and bottom rails, plus two modular short rail sections. IWI skeletonized the aluminum side-folding stock is skeletonized for weight savings. The rifle also features a 28-inch fluted, free-floated, cold-hammer forged 1:10 twist barrel that can be quickly changed, a two-stage adjustable trigger, ambi mag release and trigger block safety, Atlas bipod, ACCU-SHOT folding monopod, two 10-round mags, and other accessories.
Winchester Repeating Arms XPC
The XPC Rifle from Winchester Repeating Arms is a full-house precision chassis rifle based on their proven XPR bolt action. The steel Permacoted receiver is drilled and tapped for scope mounts, and the free-floated barrel has a button-rifled bore, 5/8”x24 threading for muzzle attachments or suppressors. The stock features a Cerakoted fully machined alloy chassis frame paired with a Magpul PRS Gen III stock. A full-length Picatinny rail allows for mounting optics, and M-LOK and QD mounts grace the XPC for easy attachments. A Magpul MOE-K grip rounds out the furniture, and the rifle comes bundled with one 10-round Magpul AICS PMAG and one five-round MDT metal mag.
Tikka T3X TAC A1
Tikka unveiled its T3X TAC A1 bolt-action rifle, touted as “smooth and dependable.” Like many new precision rifles hitting the market thus year, the T3X TAC A1 features AR aesthetics, including the folding AR-compatible stock, which is machined aluminum. The TAC A1 comes with two proprietary 10-round mags, and buyers receive a third when they register the rifle with Beretta. A full-length Picatinny rail spans the top of the handguard, which features the popular M-LOK attachment system. The TAC A1 comes chambered in .308 Winchester in 16 and 20-inch barreled models, .260 Remington in 20 or 24-inch models, and a 6.5 Creedmoor model with a 24-inch pipe.