APO Saber Modular Rifle Chassis System

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Ben got to shoot this suppressed .338 Lapua Magnum at Media Day. APO does also make the suppressors by the way, but what we found really amazing was that this was a chassis product, not a custom rifle. We only saw the folding stock versions that day.

Ben got to shoot this suppressed .338 Lapua Magnum at Media Day. APO does also make the suppressors by the way, but what we found really amazing was that this was a chassis product, not a custom rifle. We only saw the folding stock versions that day.

This is the cover of the catalog that you can download in PDF from their website. It appears that the middle one, meant for competition rifles, is not a folder, and that the Hunter does fold, but it is set up to be lighter and slimmer, for carrying in the woods.

This is the cover of the catalog that you can download in PDF from their website. It appears that the middle one, meant for competition rifles, is not a folder, and that the Hunter does fold, but it is set up to be lighter and slimmer, for carrying in the woods.

Some of these guns were absolutely gorgeous, and would be the envy of anyone at the gun club. Let's face it, a lot of us do buy guns just because we like the way they look and we know that nobody else will have them. Nobody at the club will have an APO Saber that is for sure.

Some of these guns were absolutely gorgeous, and would be the envy of anyone at the gun club. Let's face it, a lot of us do buy guns just because we like the way they look and we know that nobody else will have them. Nobody at the club will have an APO Saber that is for sure.

This was a .308 in regular black. You can see that it is constructed like a prosthetic device more than a riflestock. This is an ISO 9001 company using aircraft quality alloys and I wouldn't be surprised if that is the industry that they come from. The gun is made to custom fit to the shooter, and this is not some gimmicky toy with a couple allen screws. It is a professional piece of "Operator" equipment.

This was a .308 in regular black. You can see that it is constructed like a prosthetic device more than a riflestock. This is an ISO 9001 company using aircraft quality alloys and I wouldn't be surprised if that is the industry that they come from. The gun is made to custom fit to the shooter, and this is not some gimmicky toy with a couple allen screws. It is a professional piece of "Operator" equipment.

It appears that these are custom ordered depending on the options that you want. Contacting the company as step one would be a good idea. This is a very customizable product, and at the price they get, it better be!

It appears that these are custom ordered depending on the options that you want. Contacting the company as step one would be a good idea. This is a very customizable product, and at the price they get, it better be!

There are patents listed on the APO website and on the guns. This company has something here, and we aren't able to get a stock to convert a rifle with, hopefully we'll be able to get a closer look some other way and get everyone more details on this apparently unique product line.

There are patents listed on the APO website and on the guns. This company has something here, and we aren't able to get a stock to convert a rifle with, hopefully we'll be able to get a closer look some other way and get everyone more details on this apparently unique product line.

http://www.ashburyprecisionordnance.com/

Awesomeness is not a word you would think could make it through spell check, but it is actually a word. If there was one product at Media Day at the Range, SHOT Show 2012, that excelled at awesomeness, it was the modular rifle chassis system from Ashbury Precision Ordnance, or APO. It is called the Saber-FORRST, for Folding Rifle Stock System Tactical. They all don’t seem to fold, going by the catalog, so it is a little confusing. But they sure excel at awesomeness.

At first we thought these were high end custom rifles, but though they do make rifles, the stuff you see in the pictures were made from bare chassis, made by APO, and regular bolt action rifle actions. They can be installed without a gunsmith for most bolt action rifles, and specifically listed on the website, the HS-Precision HTR, McMillan G30, Remington 700, Surgeon 591, Sako TRG-42, Savage 110BA, and even the Weatherby Vanguard. We have spoken to the folkds at APO since this article was first written and they have over 20 rifle actions they are working with, so give them a call. Yes, it also does come in left hand.

Right now they have three models. The Model 1 Tactical which has a folding buttstock (FORSST). The Model 0 which has a fixed stock and is meant for competition and target shooting, and the Hunter model that seems to be a little lighter weight, and does appear to fold. The only one at Media Day was the tactical folder. There are a number of patents listed on their website, and some of their methodologies, how to make an accurate join without bedding, and some of the rail stuff, you won’t find anywhere else. In fact from what we have seen, you won’t find any of this anywhere else. If you are a fan of the bolt action sniper rifle, it really doesn’t get much better than this.

We can no update the pricing with some more info, and their sporting systems start at $1250 MSRP (street a little lower) and go up to stuff like you see in the pictures here at $2,600 MSRP. Elite tools have elite prices, but compared to many of the custom sniper rifles out there that are going for in the neighborhood of $10,000 plus, building your own with an APO Saber modular chassis may be the more affordable option to get what you really want in a package that very few people even know about (well, more know now). I would call them if you are in the market for one, rather than just try to find one for sale online. They appear to be custom made based on your specifications. Download the 4 page PDF catalog from their website to see all the options.

I would like to say that we expect to get one of these chassis in for a full review over the coming year, but because you do have to fit these stocks a little to most actions and the aggressive price point of the APO Saber, I don’t think they are going to give up one of their babies for the review mill. It would be interesting to see just how much work has to go into converting an off the shelf rifle, like a Savage .338 Lapua, into one of these cutting edge sniper tools. I’m sure Savage would send us the gun, so you never know. Our resident US Army Sniper Ben Becker got to shoot these guns on Media Day and he was really impressed. His M24 service rifle was custom fitted to him, so he knows what a good fitting gun feels like, and the APO Saber system really impressed him.

Most of us will add this to the list of toys we either can’t afford or can’t justify spending the money on. If they start having beauty pageants for rifles, you could do a lot worse than walking down the runway with a rifle equipped with an APO Saber chassis system. I’m sure all the tactical stuff on it, and the accuracy and all that is great, but it also makes for a darn nice looking rifle. There are very few of us who can justify such an extravagance, but I am quite sure that some of you reading this will go out and buy one. That is what makes us people who still are reading and writing about SHOT Show almost two weeks later, and what makes us all part of GunsAmerica.

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  • Sgt. Jeffrey Stoleson November 27, 2012, 3:19 pm

    I purchased a Saber system and dropped a M1A1 into it and was amased at how the groups narrowed up to a quater at 200 meters with a Meopta Scope with 168 gr. Soft points. This system is the way to go.
    Good hunting in Indian Country
    Sgt. Stolie

  • JoeNY February 2, 2012, 8:53 am

    This system looks very nice. If I may be so bold, I purchased a chassis system from McRee Precision (US company, US made product) that I’d highly recommend if this trips your switches. Scott McRee, the owner, is ex-military and got into long range precision shooting with his wife. They developed their own chassis system out of aluminum that is awesome- and under $1,000. You can fold the buttstock, pick the color, add all sorts of rails, etc., and it comes with an integtral bottom metal. His system was at/less the cost of buying a stock and having it bedded, adding a bottom metal, etc. and it ran perfectly from minute one. I’m not affiliated with the company, but I am a very happy customer.

    • SSG Steven I Szabo February 27, 2012, 8:38 pm

      Two thumbs up for the McRee system!

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