Savage Arms unveiled four new semi-automatic rifles based on the familiar AR platform at the 2017 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, USA. Great news for shooters who expect more from their modern sporting rifles. The entry-level model (MSR 15 Patrol) is 852.- US-Dollar in the US. The top-of-the-range model costs 2.284.- US-Dollar (MSR 10 Long Range).
The four new semi-automatic models offer increased performance with a more modern design, as well as user-defined add-on components that are already installed by default.
Four new Savage Arms MSR semi-automatic rifle models
Based on the AR-10 platform
The MSR 10 Long Range is Savage’s answer to the demand for high-performance and more modern sporting rifles for long-range shooting. Savage Arms has packed all the features expected of a semi-automatic precision rifle into the MSR platform — producing the MSR 10 Long Range. The semi-automatic rifle is available in the calibers .308 Win. or 6.5 Creedmoore and has a compact AR-10 design. The receiver is matte black anodized and the ribbed barrel has a Melonite QPQ finish.
Savage Arms has outfitted the MSR 10 Long Range with an M-LOK handguard, an adjustable Magpul PRS Gen3 buttstock, and a BLACKHAWK! two-stage precision trigger. The magazine holds ten rounds. The Long Range model has a 20-inch barrel in caliber .308 Win., a total length of approx. 105 cm, and weighs about 4.4 kilograms. The model in caliber 6.5 Creedmoore is slightly larger at 4.5 kilograms, features a 22-inch barrel, and has a total length of approx. 111 centimeters.
The manufacturer’s recommended retail price for the MSR 10 Long Range is US$2,284.
Also based on the AR-10 platform, Savage presented the MSR 10 Hunter in the high-caliber .308 Win. and 6.5 Creedmoore. As the name says, it has been designed to appeal to hunters as well. Savage has outfitted this model with a BLACKHAWK! AR Blaze trigger and an extendable AXIOM buttstock by the same brand.
The pistol grip is also from BLACKHAWK! (KNOXX AR). The variant in caliber .308 Win. has a 16-inch barrel, a total length of approx. 100 cm, and weighs around 3.5 kg. The MSR Hunter in caliber .6.5 Creedmoore is equipped with an 18-inch barrel, has a total length of approx. 105 cm, and a weight of 3.6 kg.
The manufacturer’s recommended retail price for the MSR 10 Hunter is US$1,481.
Built on the AR-15 platform
The Savage Arms MSR 15 Patrol is one of the two AR-15 models and one step closer to the many M4 clones available on the market. With its improved 16-inch barrel in caliber .223 Rem., the MSR 15 Patrol provides more precision than conventional AR-15 rifles. With a handguard, pistol grip, adjustable buttstock, and mechanical flip-up sights from BLACKHAWK! as part of the default configuration, the Patrol further sets itself apart from other semi-automatics. The Patrol weighs around 2,950 grams. The manufacturer’s recommended retail price for the Savage Arms MSR 15 Patrol is US$852.
Another model based on the AR-15 platform is the Savage Arms MSR 15 Recon. The difference to the Patrol is the significantly longer, free-float M-LOK handguard with continuous Picatinny rail. The 16-inch barrel in this model is also made of Tenifer (Melonite) with a QPQ finish. The pistol grip, adjustable buttstock, and mechanical flip-up sights are from BLACKHAWK! The MSR 15 Recon is slightly longer and hence a littler heavier (approx. 3,175 grams) than the Patrol. The manufacturer’s recommended retail price for the Savage Arms MSR 15 Recon is US$999.
It is unknown if and when these AR-10 and AR-15 semi-automatic rifles will be coming to Europe.
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