Long revered for its somewhat Euro-centric bolt-gun designs, CZ has revamped its line, now offering American shooters models that compete directly with the most modern examples on the market.
In 1959 Japanese manufacturer Howa Machinery imported its first bolt-action hunting rifle stateside in limited numbers. Today, through its U.S. importer Legacy Sports Int'l, there is no shortage of chamberings, stocks, barrel lengths and configurations from which to choose in the Howa Model 1500 lineup. Each come with a lifetime warranty and sub-moa guarantee.
The Boys rifle saw service with U.S. Marine Raiders during the Makin Island Raid of Aug. 17 and 18, 1942. “Carlson’s Raiders” used their Boys rifles to dispatch two Japanese float planes. It was likely an unenviable task to lug the massive bolt-action through the jungle.
In 1956 Savage Arms launched an ambitious project—creating a new bolt-action rifle built for longevity and reliability, one the company could offer at an affordable price. Add the requirement that it also needed to be accurate, and designer Nicolas Brewer faced with a formidable task.
Christensen Arms of Gunnison, Utah, released its own interpretation of the scout rifle platform, known as the Ridgeline Scout, with a few noteworthy variations on the scout theme. Thanks to the abundant use of carbon fiber, it is among the lighter models in this category, with listed unloaded weights starting at 5 lbs., 14 ozs.
During the U.S. military’s search for a breechloading rifle design in the years after the Civil War, America’s first military bolt-action was deemed both novel and sometimes dangerous.