Savage’s Modern Savage Rifle
Dr. John Woods 02.03.17
What a cool marketing coup to call a newly introduced AR the Modern Savage Rifle (instead of a “Modern Sporting Rifle”). It’s Savage’s way of saying, “We have arrived.” Arrived, that is, into the already highly overcrowded field of AR-15 type rifles. Can the marketplace really handle another AR? Yeah, in this case I sure think so.
The four new Savage AR rifles include the model names Patrol, Recon, Hunter, and Long Range. Appropriate names I would think for AR-15 and AR-10 type rifle configurations. Without having to overly detail all the specifications of each individual model here, I suggest interested parties consult their web site.
Briefly though, the MSR15 Patrol model is a basic AR black rifle with conventional appearance and features. The rifle is chambered in the .223 Wylde chamber, which means the rifle can readily accept both .223 Remington ammo as well as 5.56 Nato without issues. The barrel is 16 1/8 inches. The upper receiver has a short rail and comes with an open rear sight to match the standard front post “A” sight. The Patrol retails for $852.
The MSR15 Recon is configured with a full rail from snoot to boot with BUIS installed. There is an adjustable buttstock and the same barrel and chamber as the Patrol. The forearm is set up to accept accessories as well with M-Lok cutouts. The retail is $999.
The MSR10 Hunter is the first AR-10 or .308 Winchester in the foursome. It has the flat top rail from charging handle nearly to the muzzle. There are no open sights, but it’s ready to mount a full sized conventional scope or other optic. There is the adjustable buttstock and handguard up front for mounting accessories via the M-Lok system. Note here, too, that the Hunter model also comes available chambered in the 6.5 Creedmoor with an 18-inch barrel. Retails for $1481.
Finally, the MSR10 Long Range comes in .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor. Barrels are 20-inch. This model has the Magpul PRS stock and full rail top and M-Lok forearm with a $2284 retail. Again, check out all the specifications on their web site.