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Ritter and Stark SX-1

I like this rifle. I have been in contact with Ritter and Stark and I have told them I want to see this rifle in the American market because of how awesome it is!

I am on a caliber conversion kick right now with the #WindhamProject, so the Ritter & Stark: SX-1 MTR Modular Tactical Rifle has really tickled my fancy.

This promo video below is making me drool.

This is just a thought of mine and not something I have talked about with them but it would be cool to see a platform like this that runs the .308, .300 Win Mag and the .338 Lapua but has the ability to be upgraded to .50BMG or .408 Cheytac. (The Ritter and Stark SX-1 does not do this)

If you haven’t caught our Name this Gun post where we talk about it you can check it out here:
Name This Gun: 7-13-16 Answer SX-1 MTR

 

Name This Gun: 7-13-16 Answer SX-1 MTR

Ritter & Stark SX-1 MTR [UPDATE]

 

Ritter & Stark SX-1 MTR Sniper Rifle

Ritter & Stark SX-1 MTR Sniper Rifle Broken DownThe SX-1 MTR is an Austrian bolt action rifle that has an interesting modularity to it. It was designed by the Russian team who helped bring the Orsis T5000 to life. They have built a platform that allows the end user to customize this rifle not only in stocks, pistol grips and triggers but also in calibers as well.

The SX-1 can be chambered in .308Win, .300Win Mag and .338 Lapua… almost as if they knew all my hopes and dreams…     *clears throat* as I was saying the modularity of this rifle is rather impressive. The picatinny rails are attached to the barrel rather than the receiver so that you don’t have to rezero the rifle every time you change calibers if you want to mount three different optics to the barrels.

The SX-1 does not use three bolts but rather one, that with a quick change of the bolt head, you can change calibers. Okay, so the carrying case is going to be big to fit all that expensive glass you are going to have mounted to each barrel, but we can save “some” space with the lack of three distinct bolts.

When it comes to how the rifle feeds, you might be asking, am I going to be spending $100s on extra mags for each caliber? No, because they offer magwells that use SR-25 style mags for your .308 and Accuracy International Mags.

The trigger is a Remington 700 so you can get after market triggers for this rifle which is an excellent feature.

The stock and pistol grip use standard AR platform stocks and grips so you can customize the rifle even more. Personally, if I owned this, I would use the SIG Brace and call the whole rifle my pocket pea shooter.

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I don’t know about you, but I only would shoot this rifle off hand from a standing position, with a sig brace and arm fully extended. That is how you get SUB SUBMOA.

[Insert epic photo of Atticus riding a Griffin while shooting this rifle with a Sig brace]

 

FN Ballista

The FN Ballista has similar features in that it can be rechambered to the same calibers, however it is lacking on some of the modularity that the Ritter & Stark SX-1 MTR has.  Such as. the interchangeably of the stock, and possibly the trigger (I cannot not remember if the FN Ballista uses a trigger like that of the Remington 700)

On the topic of Remington Defense we look to their XM2010.
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Are you noticing a theme here?  While this rifle is just an upgraded version of the Remington 700 (M24 or M40) it has the same looking features as the Ritter & Stark SX-1 MTR and the The FN Ballista just without interchangeability (GET ON THAT REMINGTON! Also make it available to us).

I have yet to find anyone selling the Ritter & Stark SX-1 MTR rifle in the US. I am hopeful that maybe they will think about bringing it here by 2017 with an introduction at SHOT Show 2017.

(UPDATE from Ritter and Stark)

”Only one important thing you missed I think, the bolt is locked into the barrel breach not a barrel extension, locking lugs machined in the breach. Main idea was to create a very stable shooting platform and get rid of parts between the scope and the barrel. So basically the rifle itself is the barrel.”

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Name This Gun 6-3-16: Answer Franchi-LF 57

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Specs

Name: Franchi LF-57
Manufacturer: Franchi
Dates Produced: 1956-1960’s 
Place of Origin: Italy
Type: Sub Gun
Caliber: 9mm (9x19mm parabellum)
Action: Blowback
Rate of Fire: 500 Rounds Per Minute
Manufacturing: Stamped metal

I like to post guns on Name this Gun that are different and odd looking when I can.  I just find this to fit the bill for me. It just looks overly bulky. I am not really someone who cares to collect rare and odd firearms.  I like to be able to enjoy the use of my firearms and if I derp up and break something, I want to be able to fix it without being shunned in the collectors community. With that being said, I would still like to get my hands on a functional Franchi LF-57 and take it for a test drive.

From what I understand, Franchi didn’t produce all that many of them. Apparently they just produced a small batch for the Italian Navy in the 1960’s. Is it just me or does running the 9mm make the mag and magwell look disproportionate to the rest of the gun?   

 

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This Submachine gun caught my eye due to its shape. I think of the Midwest Industries hand guard for the Tavor when I see this gun.

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Maybe I am just odd and see things but maybe you can see what I am talking about.

It always kills me to see this. I understand that we (The United States) don’t like to import certain types of firearms and that if you really want some guns you have to get them as “kits” but come on! This isn’t the time or place to rant Atticus! *Woosah*

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Name this Gun 11-26: Robinson Armament XCR-M

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Specs

Calibers: .308, .243, .260
Overall Length: 37″ (18.6″ barrel) Collapsed
Folded Length: 30″ (18.6″ barrel)
Weight Empty:9.25lbs (heavy contour barrel)
Barrel Lengths: 16″, 18.6″, 20″
Top Rail Length: 20″
Side and Bottom Rails:9.4″

Daniel Watters Correctly named this rifle.

 

I am someone who prefers the larger cartridges like the .308win. It is interesting to me to see a semi auto chambered in the .243win as it isn’t as common to see. The GEARS Crew has a bolt action .243 that we have used from time to time in testing. The design is reminiscent of the Scar and the ACR rifles. The rifle does use SR-25 style mags vs. the expensive AR-10 style, that also means it uses the .308 P-mags from Magpul.  This rifle has a left side charging handle. The rifle uses a long stroke gas piston.

What are your thoughts on this rifle?

NAME THIS GUN 6-6: MSBS Radon-B

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As many of you may already know Caleb and I both have an interest in bullpup firearms (The GEARs crew owns an FN FS2000). The MSBS Radon-B  and Radon-K are new Polish rifles designed for their (Radon-B) Special Forces and (Radon-K) for their infantry.

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Weight:  3.7 kg (8.2 lbs.) and Radon-B 3.4 kg (7.5 lbs.)
Length: Radon-K 980 mm (39 in) Radon-B 720 mm (28 in)
Cartridge: 5.56×45mm NATO
Action Type : Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Cyclic rate: 700–750 rounds/min
Magazine type: Stanag (M-16/M4 style) (seen using Magpul PMAG above)
Controls and ejection: Fully ambidextrous

(MSBS = Modułowy System Broni Strzeleckiej kalibru or Modular caliber Arms)

Polish Armed forces are currently using The Kbs wz.1996 Beryl. (seen below)   (click the image to read more about the Beryl from Military Today’s website)

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Name this gun: BCM Europearms CM4 Storm

 

SPECS:

Calibers available: 9mm Luger, 9×21 IMI, .40 S&W
Barrel Length : 6.8inches including muzzle device (175mm)
Overall length: 15.5 inches (395mm)
Weight: 5.2 Pounds (2400g)

Versions available:
CM4 (Carbine)
PM4 (Pistol)

The BCM Europearms PM4 Storm semi-automatic carbine is designed in Italy and has its roots based in the Spectre M4 which was developed by the Italian company SITES in 1980s. This firearm was designed by the same people who designed the Spectre M4 (seen below).

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SITES (Società Italiana Tecnologie Speciali S.p.A.) Spectre M4

The BCM Europearms PM4 Storm was designed for the civilian and security markets. The availability outside of Italy is unclear to Gearsofguns.com at this time.

The platform does not have a manual safety since the firearm uses its own proprietary  SA/DA trigger group. The first trigger pull will always be double action only and each subsequent trigger pull will be single action similar to that of a revolvers SA/DA trigger.

MSRP for the pistol is 1200 euro and 1400 euro for the carbine. 

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Taurus CT G29

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Model: CTG29
Safety: Manual Safety
Caliber: 9 mm
Capacity: 10
Front Sight: Fixed
Barrel Length: 16″
Rear Sight: Adjustable
Trigger Type: Smooth
Finish: Blue
Overall Length: 36″
MSRP: $898.00
Weight: 6.6 Lbs
Grooves: 0

Description From Taurus USA website

The new CTG29 (9mm) is a new close quarter carbine platform for Taurus, with a blowback-operated system that fires from the closed-bolt position. The CT Carbine’s upper receiver is constructed of aluminum with an integral full-length Picatinny rail with sights attached. The rear sight is fully adjustable and the square-post front sight has a protective hood. The convertible charging handle can be switched for right- or left-handed shooters. The CT Carbine incorporates a versatile polymer handguard that can accommodate 3 additional Picatinny rails in the 3-6- and 9 O’clock positions for the addition of accessories.

I haven’t read any full reviews on this carbine yet and most of the other sites who have reported on this rifle were back in 2011 when they first introduced this at SHOT 2011

SAM_0064I did not get a chance to talk with Taurus at SHOT 2011 as they were always busy when we were near the booth but The Gun Bunny did get a picture of their carbines that shows them in black and tan.

While I am a fan of the thumb over bore grip (as seen by Chris Costa below) on my AR. I do know that a favorite grip by a lot of people is the mag and mag well grip and the CT G2 has a gripped magwell on the rifle so you are not pulling on the magazine.

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During our name this gun feature a number of people guessed that it was the H&K USC (pictured above) for the similar design.

Has anyone had a chance to shoot this gun? I would love to hear some feedback.