NRA Gun of the Week: Christensen Arms Modern Precision Rifle (MPR)

posted on September 14, 2019
Manufacturing processes and firearm designs have shifted in recent decades due to out-of-the-box thinking, and a drive for innovation. Case in point, a company based out of Utah founded in 1995 with roots in the aerospace industry provided the commercial firearm market with a barrel design unlike any prior. Christensen Arms patented the first rifle barrel to utilize carbon-fiber fabric; lightening and strengthening the barrel while providing assistance with heat mitigation. American Rifleman’s Christopher Olsen examines the MPR (Modern Precision Rifle) from Christensen Arms—a rifle chambered for 6.5 mm Creedmoor that takes advantage of the company’s patented technology by employing a 22” carbon-fiber-wrapped barrel. Additionally, the MPR utilizes a folding chassis built of aluminum, combined with more of the space-age carbon-fiber material. To learn more, watch our NRA Gun of the Week video.

Manufacturer: Christensen Arms
Model: Modern Precision Rifle (MPR)
Action Type: bolt-action center-fire rifle
Chambering: 6.5 mm Creedmoor
Chassis: 7075 anodized aluminum; adjustable, folding buttstock
Receiver: Remington 700-style; Nitride-treated stainless steel
Barrel: 22” carbon-fiber-wrapped stainless steel
Sights: none; 20-m.o.a. Picatinny rail for optics
Trigger: 1-lb., 12-oz. pull
Magazine: AICS style; 10-round detachable box
Weight: 7 lbs. 10 ozs.
MSRP: $2,395

Additional Reading:
Uncovering the Secrets to Long-Range Precision Shooting
Tested: Hornady 6.5 Creedmoor
Latest Loads: 6.5 mm Creedmoor


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