If you’re heading to the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis this coming Friday, you’ll have a chance to check out tons of new guns…but here’s one I don’t plan on missing: the Steyr Arms Tactical Heavy Barrel rifle with its all-new Manners Composite Stock furniture. The Tactical Heavy Barrel (THB) rifle has been famous among law-enforcement and long-range shooters since its debut, but those Austrian engineers at Steyr clearly believe that there’s no marvel of engineering that can’t be engineered further…so you can reach out further. (For the record, Austrians do not over-engineer things. Austrians engineer things precisely as much as they need to be engineered.) This highly optioned composite tactical stock is mated to the exceptionally accurate THB barreled action, and will be making its first public appearance at the NRA Show in Steyr Arms’ booth, #4423. Can’t make it? That’s cool…that’s why I’m here to tell you all about it.
This isn’t a matter of Steyr slapping an aftermarket stock on an existing platform; Steyr and Manners worked together to create the perfect heavy-barreled long-range tactical rifle. A Steyr exclusive, the new Manners tactical stock for the THB is built around the CNC-machined aluminum MCS Mini Chassis System that is perfectly fitted to the famous Steyr Safe Bolt System (SBS) action for maximum repeatability. The chassis incorporates a trigger guard as well as the Maxwell that accepts standard Steyr four-round magazines or 10-round magazines with the optional Steyr adapter kit. The outer shell is constructed of 35-percent carbon fiber and 65-percent fiberglass, hand-laid in multiple layers with high-temperature epoxy resins and then heat cured in a vacuum for the ideal resin-to-fabric ratio.
The Steyr THB Manners will be available in .308 Win. and 6.5 Creedmoor. The SBS action is perfectly married to a heavy-profile, cold-hammer-forged barrel. In the .308 version, it will be available with either a 16-, 20- or 26-inch barrel, while the 6.5 Creedmoor barrel will be 26 inches in length. The muzzles of each barrel are threaded with a 5/8-24 RH thread pitch to accept muzzle brakes or suppressors, and a thread protector will be included. With its match-quality single-stage trigger system, the THB barreled-action is virtually identical to that of Steyr’s high-end, long-range tactical rifles.
The THB Manners is terrific for shooters of all sizes, featuring an adjustable comb and a length of pull that can be easily adjusted by adding or removing spacers. The stock has two flush QD sling-swivel cups on the right side as well as a Picatinny rail on the bottom/front of the wide, flat fore-end for attaching a bipod or tripod. The Steyr THB Manners comes with a standard camouflage finish that is molded into the field-grade gel coat; however, additional colors can be special ordered at no charge. Select camouflage patterns can be ordered for an additional cost.
The rifle has a suggested retail price of $2,395, and as with all Steyr center-fire bolt-action rifles, the Steyr THB Manners is part of the Steyr Elite Experience that provides the purchaser an unconditional 1 MOA guarantee, a limited lifetime warranty, and a free world-class training course at the Steyr Academy ($650 value).
Is that still a bit too much dosh for your wallet? We get it…and that’s why you can enter today to win one of three Steyr rifles (including a Pro THB!) and Steyr Academy training.
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