American Rifle Company
American Rifle Company has been building and selling some great scope mounts, but the intent has always been to build guns. The company was at SHOT Show with the prototypes for these guns, most notably the M2 precision rifle. This is a multi-caliber platform that will handle everything from .308 Winchester to .338 Lapua Magnum. While their other rifle, the M5 Mausenfield, was built on a Remington 700 footprint, the M2 has a custom footprint. American Rifle paired this custom footprint with a Springfield ejector and a Mauser type extractor. It basically cherry picked the best features of the guns out there and then invented what the designers couldn’t find, like the toroidal bolt head. The bolt head has semi circular bolt lugs. The bearing surface of the lugs engages a spherical bearing surface in the receiver, creating very strong lock up, which means that the bolt is insensitive to its alignment in the receiver. This is just one feature that contributes to the gun’s overall accuracy. The unique chassis/action interface also prevents stresses on the chassis from being transmitted to the action. Some of its other singular features include a bolt handle that can be field changed from right hand to left hand, and a folding stock that can likewise be configured to fold in either direction based on the position of the bolt handle, making this the only ambidextrous bolt action rifle in the industry. At 12.9 pounds in .338 Lapua Magnum, including the bolt and magazine, the M2 is the lightest multi caliber gun in its class. American Rifle doesn’t yet have the guns on the website but plan to get them up soon. I don’t know how long it will take to bring the designs to market, but they’re not too far out. We’ll be watching closely.