We’ve come to expect the extraordinary at affordable prices from Savage Arms, and they’ve outdone themselves for 2021. Not only have they launched America’s first straight-pull bolt gun of the 21st Century, but they’ve done it at never-before-seen prices for such an innovative rifle.

Meet the Savage Impulse. 

What Is a Straight-Pull Bolt Action?


Speed, reliability, and precision: That’s the name of the game for straight-pull rifles. A conventional bolt action uses four motions to cycle the action—lifting up, pulling back, pushing forward, and then down. Meanwhile, a straight-pull bolt action does just what its name suggests—draws directly rearward and forward in two quick movements. Savage has been working on the Impulse project for nearly three years, and its design makes use of 13 pending patents. 

A closer look at the bolt from the Savage Impulse. (Photo: Savage)

“We’ve studied more than a century’s worth of straight-pull actions and kept running up against the same conundrum; straight-pull actions are fast, but they don’t inspire confidence,” says Al Kasper, president and CEO of Savage Arms. “Speed means nothing if you can’t hit what you’re aiming at. Impulse changes that. We’ve brought our tradition of accuracy into the mix to make the fastest, most accurate straight-pull rifles ever built.”

The Westfield, Massachusetts, company uses what they call Hexlock, a ball-bearing locking mechanism that secures the bolt. When the Impulse’s bolt handle is closed, six solid ball bearings are forced outward into locking recesses that are machined in the barrel extension. When a round is fired, the ball bearings tighten relative to the pressure increase and provide a robust and secure lockup. 

Benefits of a Straight-Pull

The Impulse platform was designed to be modular and customizable. Each is built on an aluminum receiver with an integrated barrel extension and a carbon steel barrel. There’s also an integral 20 MOA optics rail machined into the receiver. 

In addition to speed and accuracy, there are numerous benefits to the Impulse and its action. Barrels can be swapped in the field, which allows caliber changes and the tool-less removal of the floating bolt head. 

The Savage Impulse is fully customizable right out of the box. (Photo: Savage)

One of the most interesting possibilities with a straight-pull bolt action is the ability to swap the bolt handle from right to left. This makes the platform truly accessible for left-handed hunters. In addition, the bolt handle is threaded to receive aftermarket knobs and the threaded barrel offers ample options for brakes and suppressors. 

The Impulse carries over some of Savage’s most popular bolt action features, including everything Accu. It makes use of the user-adjustable Accu-Trigger. It also has the Accu-Stock and Accu-Fit system to allow for adjusting the length of pull and comb height. The Accu-Fit stock components and magazines are compatible with existing Savage 110 rifles. 

Impulse Models

The Savage Impulse is launching simultaneously with three separate hunt-specific models: Big Game, Predator, and Hog Hunter. 

Impulse Big Game: Hazel Green Cerakote metalwork accents the Kuiu Verde 2.0 camo stock. It has a medium-contour fluted barrel with lengths of 22- or 24-inches, depending on the caliber. The rifle features a flush-fit detachable box magazine. Calibers include 6.5 Creedmoor, .243 Winchester, .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Short Magnum, .30-06 Springfield, and .300 Winchester Magnum. MSRP is set at $1,449. 

Impulse Big Game (Photo: Savage)

Impulse Predator: This rifle has matte black metalwork and a Mossy Oak Gila camo Accu-Stock. It features a 10-round AICS magazine with ambidextrous release. Each rifle has a 20-inch barrel and comes in four caliber options: .22-250 Remington, .243 Winchester, .308 Winchester, and 6.5 Creedmoor. MSRP is set at $1,379. 

Impulse Predator (Photo: Savage)

Impulse Hog Hunter: The Hog Hunter has matte black metalwork dressed in an OD green Accu-Stock. Its heavy barrel comes in lengths of 18, 20, or 24 inches, depending on caliber. The rifle has a flush-fit detachable box magazine. Chamberings include .308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, .30-06 Springfield, and .300 Winchester Magnum. MSRP is set at $1,379. 

Impulse Hog Hunter (Photo: Savage)

Fast, Accurate, Reliable, and Affordable

With a bevy of models, calibers, and options, the Savage Impulse—priced at less than half of its imported competitors—is poised to change the face of the American hunting market. Stay tuned to Guns.com as we go in depth with the Savage Impulse Big Game both on the range and in the field. 

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