Meet the MSR, Savage’s new side-charging AR variant (VIDEO)

Savage Arms dropped a short teaser video late Thursday with footage of what looks to be the historic company’s new entry into the crowded AR-15 field.

Entering the market on the heels of Springfield Armory’s Saint series, Savage joins the ranks of traditional rifle makers such as Mossberg, Ruger and Remington in producing a modern sporting rifle, continuing to entrench the AR as “America’s Rifle.”

With the tagline “Better Comes Standard,” the video from Savage is only about 15 seconds long so if you blink you can miss most of the good stuff.

From the looks of things, the rifle will have a very well textured pistol grip but that is not the biggest news.

Instead of the standard AR-style charging handle, the gun shows a side mounted folding charging handle, which could point to radically different internals, possibly even a delayed blowback action of some sort as seen on Savage’s popular A17 line.

A flattop and full length rail on what looks like an M-LOK style free-float handguard makes a brief cameo.

The Savage MSR is set to premier in January 2017, meaning it will likely be shown off at the upcoming SHOT Show in Las Vegas.