Great New Rifles for 2015
February 02, 2015
From stubby Scout rifles to .338 Lapuas that fit in your backpack, 2015 looks to be another big year for purpose-built rifles. Several companies like Daniel Defense are offering modern, feature-loaded ARs for specialized pursuits. CMMG, on the other hand, worked to blend the best features of the AR with the AK platform in their aptly-named Mutant rifle, which is modified to accept AK magazines and offers a 7.62x39 version of the AR.
In other news, Colonel Cooper's beloved Scout rifle platform, which consists of a turnbolt rifle with a forward-mounted scope, auxiliary iron sights and a large-capacity box magazine, seems to have caught the attention of several riflemakers simultaneously. At least four companies are offering new Scout rifles or variants of older, existing models.
Traditional rifles such as the Springfield Armory M1A are being dressed up with adjustable chassis that allow the shooter to adjust stock and length of pull with a lightweight, sturdy platform designed for long-range shooting. One barrel company, Bergara, delved into production rifle development, and Mossberg expanded their bolt action rifle lineup significantly with the rollout of dozens of new variations of their push-feed Patriot turnbolt.
It was a busy week in Vegas, but here's a look at some of the best new rifle designs for 2015.