Sabatti is a new brand to me, though it is far from new to firearms. They have been in the gun business for 400 years, an unbroken line of smiths from father to son, with no interruptions. That is a pretty big deal considering most of us, me included, couldn’t tell you how exactly our ancestors arrived on the continent.
Sabatti has quite a name in Europe, for high quality yet affordable hardware. They make shotguns and double rifles, in addition to bolt actions. In the United States, Sabatti bolt action rifles are brought in via the Italian Firearms Group, based out of Amarillo, Texas.
The test model we received is the Rover Tactical. This gun features a bull barrel, threaded and suppressor ready. Also on board is the new Sabatti multi radial rifling, which they boast is the greatest innovation in rifling in 100 years. Instead of normal lands and grooves, it has rifling of alternating radii. The result looks something like the skin of a golf ball. The benefits are supposed to be higher muzzle velocity, easier cleaning, and more accuracy.
The stock is a bit chunky on this model, but in the military context, sniper rifle rarely means light. If nothing else, it feels durable. There is a pebble texture on the fore end and grip area, nice for adverse conditions. The rear of the stock features a flat base, which makes sense if you need to use improvised rests. The comb height is adjustable, with a locking mechanism. There are embedded QD sling mounts front and rear, and on both sides.
- Over Sized Tactical Bolt Knob
- Threaded Barrel
- 5 Round single stack detachable magazine (Sabatti Mag)
- 4″ Bottom rail to mount accessories
- Matte black metal finish
- flush cup QD attach points on the stock
- Multi Radial Rifling
- 20 MOA Picatinny Rail Included
- 24-inch barrel
- Multi-radial rifling
- MSRP: $1,295
The action is smooth. It’s one of the better bolt guns I have seen recently. An oversized bolt knob ensures you won’t miss it during rapid fire. The trigger, however, takes the cake. It is a clean single stage, and it broke crisply at 2.4 pounds.
The magazine included is a Victrix, another well known Italian brand. Capacity is rounds in .308, feeding from a single stack. The magazine release is a bit unorthodox, being located directly at the front curve of the trigger guard. A little practice showed the best way to use it was to thumb press it while grabbing the magazine with the rest of the fingers. In field testing, it never proved a hinderance.
How was the performance? Well, for the price point, pretty impressive. Using Black Hills 308 Match, the test gun turned in a 5 round group just over a half inch. The gun may be capable of more, that is a difficult thing to judge without more testing time. I can shoot sub ½ inch groups, but I can’t guarantee it on any given day. Even at a .55, these are impressive numbers.
Due to flooding on my local range, I was only able to reach out to 685 meters while I had this gun. That is suboptimal testing range for a .308 with a 27X scope, but it is what was available. After a sighter round, the Sabatti did shoot a sub 5-inch group, in difficult winds. For the price of this rifle, I consider that a win.
While the MSRP is $1,295, I have found the street price to be close to $1,000. For this kind of performance, that is a steal.
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