Savage Arms − a historic and iconic brand of the American gun industry, now a well-established innovator in the field, owned and operated by the Vista Outdoor group − introduced several new bolt-action and autoloading rimfire and centerfire rifles conceived to suit the needs and tastes of hunters and sport shooters alike.
The mainstay in the new product line for Savage Arms in 2016 is the A22 Magnum semi-automatic carbine, a delayed-blowback rimfire rifle conceived for target practice, sport shooting and varmint.
The Savage Arms A22 Magnum semi-automatic rifle sports a black synthetic stock, a 21-inch barrel, and weighs 5.5 pounds (about 2.5 kilograms). A new version of the already popular A17 rimfire rifle, the new A22 is chambered for the popular .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire caliber, and feeds through a 10-rounds detachable rotary magazine.
Available on the U.S. market at an extremely affordable price ($473.00), the Savage Arms A22 Magnum sports a hard-chromed bolt with dual controlled round feed and a case-hardened receiver.
Another Vista Outdoor group company, CCI Ammunition, also makes available a dedicated line of ammunition − aptly dubbed the A22 Magnum − conceived and developed around this new semi-automatic rimfire rifle. Sold in 200-rounds boxes, the CCI A22 Magnum rounds offer a staggering a 2,100 feet-per-second (640 metres-per-second) muzzle velocity, reliable cycling and excellent accuracy when used on the Savage Arms A22 Magnum carbine, and sport 35-grains GamePoint bullets that expand like a big game bullet on impact, maximizing terminal effects.
New for the year 2016 are also three new versions of the Savage Arms A17 .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire semi-automatic carbine, launched at the 2014 SHOT Show.
More specifically, Savage Arms' groundbreaking .17-caliber rifle is now available in the A17XP variant − factory-issued with a Bushnell 3.5-10x36mm riflescope; in the A17 Target Sporter Laminate variant, sporting a light grey laminate stock; and in the A17 Target Thumbhole version, issued with a grey laminate thumbhole stock.
Still not available outside of the United States, the new versions of the Savage Arms A17 semi-automatic rifle are definitely budget-priced: the A17 Target Sporter Laminate is being sold at $571.00, while the A17XP goes for $578.00 and the more expensive A17 Target Thumbhole model goes for $631.00.
Last, but not least, Savage Arms is also expanding some of its best and most popular lines of bolt-action centerfire hunting and sporting rifles with eight new entries chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor − a caliber developed by Hornady in 2007 and now increasingly popular among hunters and sport shooters in Europe and north America.
Among the new Savage Arms 6.5 Creedmoor caliber bolt-action rifles include the 16 Lightweight Hunter model; the widely popular AXIS rifle, also available in a left-handed model; the AXIS XP rifle, in its baseline variant as well as in its Stainless and Camo versions; and the AXIS II XP, both in its black synthetic stock version and in its Hardwood stock variant.
The new 6.5 caliber Savage Arms bolt-action hunting and sporting rifles are already available on the U.S. market; no information has been released so far concerning international availability and pricing.