The Blaser R8 is quite a rifle. Its interchangeable barrel and bolt system enables a relative quick caliber swap, from the demure (if speedy and accurate) .222 Remington to the monstrous (if monstrous) .500 Jeffery. [Click here for an X-Ray look at how the R8’s caliber-change system works.] As Nick recently pronounced – whilst installing a UTM RBT Target Shooting Kit in an AR – modularity has been the disruptive technology in the rifle biz. Consumers who used to buy finished modern sporting rifles are now rolling their own from parts produced hither and yon. In the world of handguns . . .
SIG SAUER’s modular P320 and [full-size] P250 offer a quick caliber change. The guns are selling well but they haven’t exactly set the world on fire, perhaps because of their price or consumer awareness. But it’s the continuation of a modular handgun trend – born of a desire to shoot cheaper ammo in a gun with a higher caliber – which has a bright future. How modular are you?