Steyr Carbon rifle, accuracy and lightweight

Early this year the Austrian company Steyr presented two new rifle models, the SM12 and CL II in a “Carbon” version. Steyr has been producing guns for over 150 years and the SM12 bolt action hunting rifle was introduced back in 2012 (you can find more here). Revisiting the SM12 and CL II with the new Carbon models, Steyr combined the excellent precision typical of its production with the new extra light and robust carbon fiber stock.

The Steyr Carbon CL II rifle, right side view.

Steyr Carbon: the secret lies in the stock

Designed by FBT, the carbon fiber stock is not only interesting for its lightweight and robustness, but also because it offers the same acoustic comfort of the wooden stock. Another feature worthy of note is the new Steyr FlexSight, which has a special thread that allows to change from open sights to silencer or muzzle brake without the need of any tools. As claimed by the manufacturer. "This is the first open sight that can be changed and also easily returned to the exact same position," is the manufacturer's claim.

As standard, there is a Picatinny rail for the optics, while the rail on the forend for the bipod is sold as an accessory. In addition, the CL II model can have both the single trigger with French-type Schneller system and stecher double trigger. Safety is the traditional 3-position type.

Steyr Carbon rifles are chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win., .30-06 Spr., .270 Win., .300 Win. Mag., and .338 Lapua Magnum and are available in a variety of versions and barrel lengths.

Magazine capacity, depending on the caliber, is from 3 to 4 rounds, while the weight ranges from 2.87 kg to 3.5 kg and the overall length of the rifle from 43.7 in/1100 mm to 48 in/1220 mm. Recommended price for the CLII Carbon is 4,299 USD.

Data table Steyr Carbon 

Caliber 6,5 Creedmoor, .308 Win., .30-06 Spr., .270 Win., .300 Win. Mag., e .338 Lapua Magnum
Weight 2,87 kg - 3,5 kg
Capacity 3-4 rounds
Barrel lenght 508 mm – 635 mm e 650 mm
Total lenght
1100 mm 1220 mm

For more information, please visit the Steyr Mannlicher website.

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