Germany’s oldest manufacturer of hunting firearms, J. P. Sauer & Sohn, announced this week they have a new offering in their S404 rifle series in the U.S., complete with carbon fiber. 

The S404 Synchro XTC ditches the 267-year-old company's more standard walnut furniture for a hand-layered carbon fiber stock that helps cuts weight down to 6.1-pounds while retaining a standard-length cold-hammer-forged barrel. Available in 14 calibers ranging from common American hunting rounds such as .243 Win, .270 Win, .308 Win, .30-06, and 6.5 CM, the Synchro also shows off its German roots with offerings such as 9.3x62 and 10.3x60R. 

The Sauer S404 Synchro XTC is modular, with the user able to easily swap between 14 calibers through barrel and bolt-head changes. (Photo: Sauer)

Billed as a "fully modular rifle" the S404 Synchro XTC has an aluminum chassis, as well as an adjustable stock and trigger, with the latter able to change between four different weights down to as low as 1.2-pounds. Further, a key part of the platform is the ability for the user to easily change out bolt heads and barrels to accomplish quick caliber conversions. 

“The Sauer 404 is the finest traditional bolt-action rifle engineered today,” said Jason Evans, CEO, Blaser Group. “The elegance, craftsmanship, precision, and modularity of the S404 line is legendary, incorporating nearly 270 years of knowledge with 21st Century technology. The Synchro XTC camo green gives hunters yet another option in our popular flagship line.” 

MSRP on the S404 Synchro XTC is $8,199 (not a misprint) so you have to be ready to pay to play. For those looking for a Sauer rifle with a more traditional layout and a price that starts around $500, buyers may want to consider the company's S100 line. 


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