Stag Arms Unleashes Pursuit Hunting AR & Bolt Rifle Line at SHOT Show 2023
Stag Arms debuted two completely new product avenues at SHOT Show 2023. First, it released its Pursuit line of rifles specifically designed for hunting. Second, it dropped its first bolt gun, which is also part of the new Pursuit line.
The AR Pursuit line consists of AR-10 and AR-15-style guns. All have a midnight bronze Cerakote, lightweight Magpul CTR stock with custom leather stock pad to keep your face warm, ambi safety levers with either a 60- or 90-degree throw, large charging handle, Magpul K2+ grip that is good for gloved hands, VG6 muzzle brakes, and Timney two-stage triggers.
They come with lightweight Hanson-profile barrels (except the 6.5 Grendel) to make the guns easy to carry in the woods. Plus, like all Stag Arms guns, these will be available in left-hand models and are all 100-percent American-made rifles.
The AR-10-patterned guns come in 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 calibers. The .308s have 16-inch stainless-steel nitride-coated barrels with mid-length gas systems and 13.5-inch slim handrails. They weigh 7 pounds, 13 ounces. The 6.5 Creedmoor rifles have 18-inch stainless-steel nitride-coated barrels, mid-length gas systems, and 13.5-inch slim handrails. The AR-10 rifles also come with Magpul magazines.
The AR-15-patterned guns are chambered in .350 Legend and 6.5 Grendel. The .350 Legend guns have 16-inch stainless-steel nitride-coated barrels with a mid-length gas system and 15-inch slim handguards. They come in at 6 pounds, 3 ounces. The 6.5 Grendels have 18-inch stainless-steel nitride-coated barrels with a rifle-length gas system and 16.5-inch slim handguards. They come in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces. The AR-15 rifles come with steel 10-round magazines.
At SHOW Show Industry Day at the Range, I was able to make first-round hits with Stag’s .350 Legend. It had a great feel, very controllable recoil for a .350 Legend, and a great weight for packing around.
The Pursuit line bolt gun is still in pre-production, so specifics are not completely nailed down yet. What we do know is that it is a Stag Arms’ action designed for them by Aero Precision. Internally, it is the new Aero Precision action with an exterior custom to Stag Arms. The action has a Remington 700 footprint, a three-lug interchangeable bolt head, a 60-degree cock-on-lift throw, dual extractors, toolless bolt disassembly, and a 20-MOA integrated scope rail.
To me, it felt like a solid, entry-level action. Stag Arms is still working on what trigger to put into the rifle. I suggested TriggerTech. The action will take ACIS magazines. Initially, it will come in three calibers: .308, 6.5 Creedmoor and 6.5 PRC. The colors will be black, OD green, gray, and FDE. The barrel is a Stag Arms spiral-fluted barrel that will have a proprietary barrel-change feature.
The Shot Show chassis was aluminum but I was told it will eventually be made of magnesium to save on weight. The unique aspect of the chassis is that the stock and forend will be totally modular. The furniture will be held in place with pins. The pins are easily removed, and when you do, you can swap the stock and forend to whatever you like. Stag Arms is initially releasing the rifle with precision hunting accessories, but they will eventually release precision competition and lightweight hunting options.
Stag Arms is hoping for a Q3 release date with a price that is well under $2,000.