By Brian Jensen
Mossberg has added to their MVP bolt action rifle series by expanding their Flex line of innovative modular construction. If you didn’t see the Flex Shotgun last year, the design is unique, because it utilizes a completely tool-less system. You pop out the removal lug and pop it back in. There are no parts to lose and no parts to booger with a screwdriver. The Flex system is brilliant and has nothing by great reviews.
The Mossberg MVP rifle series is meant to be a ton of gun for the money, and that succeed at exactly that. This new MVP Patrol rifle is one of those
guns that is purely aimed strait at people needing a patrol-style bolt rifle meant to put meaningful hits downrange, at a reasonable and affordable price. You may not be in law enforcement, but this rifle is light, carries well, and comes with features you’d expect to see in a much higher priced gun.
The MVP Patrol Rifle comes with a 16 ¼” medium bull barrel with a flash hider attachment. Twist rate is 1 in 9 inches for the 5.56 NATO, and 1 in 7 for the 300 AAC Blackout. Currently, the gun only comes in .223/5.56 NATO and .300 AAC Blackout, but come later this year, we’ll see this gun in .308 Win (7.62 NATO) with a 1 in 10 twist rate. The guns range from 6 ¾ lbs to 8 lbs depending on caliber and if it comes as a scoped package.
Sights are a standard rifle setup, with the exception of the 300 AAC. These sights consist of a raised platform rear adjustable rifle sight mounted on the barrel and a fiber optic front blade. The gun also has a picatinny style scope base standard. The Patrol Rifle will come either as the rifle alone, or in a combo with a 3-9 power illuminated scope.
In the 5.56 version it comes with a 10 round magazine but can also use standard AR magazines due to the new bolt design. However, all guns will come standard from the factory with the 10 round magazines. The rifle comes in a polymer stock, with sling mounting studs. All of these guns come with the patented LBR Adjustable trigger. This rifle is also available in the non-Flex mode.
For law enforcement, the value of this weapon is obvious. Sometimes you can’t carry an AR-15 due to the delicate sensitivities of your local bosses. Or maybe, you want something you can put a more accurate, or more potent round downrange with; not a sniper, more like a designated marksman per se.
Even though they called it a Patrol Rifle, this MVP should do equally well in the civilian market. The Flex system makes the gun easy to break down for travel, and the versatility of the accessory features gives you a lot of options for the rifle to grow with you as you enjoy different aspects of our shooting sports. The MVP Patrol Rifle should be available at your dealers soon, and though we didn’t get any pricing information from them, my guess is that it will carry a street price in the under $500 range.