Savage Arms Dives into 1911 Pistol Market, Beefs Up Rifle Offerings
Savage has come to be known with surprisingly affordable, yet accurate hunting rifles and practical sporting shotguns goes largely in a new direction for 2023. The big news is neither rifle nor shotgun, but rather, a pistol family. At SHOT Show 2023, we got a first look at the full dozen offerings of 1911 handguns, along with a handful of upgraded rifles, too.
The full-sized, single action Government-style pistols, built with a forged stainless-steel frame and slide, will be available in both 9mm and .45 ACP chamberings, though only the latter seems to be shipping now. The guns are fitted with a five-inch barrel. There’s a trio of finish options--bright Stainless, black Melonite, and two-tone, though all are built of stainless steel.
Further model breakdowns will suit buyers with a choice of either a standard or railed frame. Hot features include adjustable Novak Lo-Mount Tritium iron sights, ambidextrous controls, Nitride-coated titanium firing pins, and VZ G10 grips. There’s also a flared and lowered ejection port, along with angular front and rear slide serrations.
The 1911 pistols join Savage’s little-seen handgun launches from 2021 and 2022, including the Stance 9mm micro-compact CCW gun and the bolt action 110 Precision Chassis System (PCS). MSRP on the 1911’s starts at $1,350 and reaches upwards of $1,500 for the rail guns.
Hunters need not be depressed, as Savage Arms didn’t ignore its venerable Model 110 bolt action family while designing pistols. The 110 Carbon Predator catches the eye with its 18-inch PROOF Research carbon fiber wrapped stainless steel barrel. There’s a threaded muzzle ideal for suppressor mounting.
Best of all, the build retains popular 110 features like the user-adjustable AccuTrigger, AccuStock bedding system, and AccuFit sporter stock with both comb and LOP adjustments. There’s also a slick spiral-fluted bolt. The Carbon Predator eats by way of an AICS-pattern detachable magazine.
At the time of launch, calibers include .223 Remington, 22-250 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6mm ARC, .308 Winchester, and 300 Blackout. Retail pricing on the hunting rig, regardless of chambering, is set at $1,695 with guns weighing 6.8-pounds.
A piece of Savage Arms’ big news is a pint-sized rimfire. The A22 Takedown improves upon the proven A22 semi-automatic rimfire action with a two-piece configuration. The rifle breaks down with a twist, allowing it to become a packable backpack gun. The synthetic stock includes storage compartments. There’s dry storage in the pistol grip and a magazine compartment capable of housing three rotary mags in the cheek riser. The 18-inch carbon steel barrel is threaded at 1/2x28TPI and fitted with low-profile sights.
There’s a Picatinny rail with an open iron sight channel through the rail. The rifle feeds from a 10-round rotary magazine and uses the company’s vaunted AccuTrigger. The rifle weighs 6.3 pounds and measures 36 inches overall, which is essentially cut in half when taken down. MRSP is set at $479.
Impulse Mountain Hunter
Savage continues to ramp up its straight pull bolt action centerfire rifle family. Initially announced in late 2022, we were finally able to get our hands on the new Impulse Mountain Hunter at SHOT Show 2023. The latest rifle wears a PROOF Research carbon fiber-wrapped stainless steel barrel partnered with an aluminum receiver and synthetic stock.
The end goal is a 7.3-pound rifle. All the Accu-features remain, with AccuTrigger, AccuFit stock system, and AccuStock bedding system. There’s a 20MOA top optics rail. Chamberings include .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, 28 Nosler, 300 WSM, 7mm Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag, and the new 7mm PRC. Retail pricing on the latest American-made straight pull is set at $2,437.
The Mountain Hunter joins Savage’s other straight pull, ambidextrous, multi-position bolt handle rifles including the Big Game, Predator, Elite Precision, and Hog Hunter.