New from Accuracy International: Updated AX “Covert”

Courtesy Joe Grine

Accuracy International is one of the top manufacturers of military precision rifles. Chris Dumm and I really enjoyed testing the AX-308, and really hated to send it back to AI. Needless to say, AI was on my short list of “must see” booths on day one of the SHOT Show. Among the cool stuff they are offering this year is the updated version of the AX “Covert” urban sniper rifle . . .

Courtesy Joe Grine

The barrel, made by Proof Research, is made of steel wrapped in carbon fiber:

Courtesy Joe Grine

The rifle’s barrel is timed via a small allan screw located on the right side of the receiver:

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Unlike previous AI rifles, the stock folds to the right, and provide protection for the bolt.

Courtesy Joe Grine



  1. avatar MattG says:

    any room for a can in that case?

  2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    That has serious drool factor.

    1. avatar Jake Tallman says:

      Glad I’m not the only one

  3. avatar Dracon1201 says:

    Suddenly Jizzem has erupted from my loins…

    1. avatar C says:

      Enjoy that nut while you can because you’ll have to trade it for the rifle.

  4. avatar JeffR says:

    I. Want. That.

  5. avatar Excedrine says:

    Wonder if they’ll do them in magnum calibers next!

    I’ll give you Brits this much: you build some damn good (if very expensive) rifles.. and also make some damn good television.

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      +1 for Benny Hill

      1. avatar Simon Jester says:

        Friends from across the pond tell me that “true Britons” cringe when Yanks say that in their hearing.

  6. avatar Don in PA says:

    Real life is sometimes so much cooler than James Bond movies, and this is one of those instances.

  7. avatar Geoff PR says:

    How much over 5K?

    1. avatar bontajoe says:

      I thought you were joking about it costing 5K until I looked it up

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        So, how much over 5 thou?

        1. avatar bontai Joe says:

          If I read their web site correctly, it’s listed at $5200

  8. avatar engineear says:

    They give us Benny Hill…we have Benny Hinn..meh.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “They promised us Jet-Packs, they gave us Facebook…”

      The flying cars are here, only 200 thou or so…

      1. avatar Timmy! says:

        “The flying cars are here”

        Never going to happen. “The Great Unwashed” are too stupid to control a vehicle in three dimensions. Hell, most are too stupid to control them in two. And for crying out loud, we still have train wrecks and those are only controlled in ONE dimension!

        As an aside, I work for a class one railroad and my cohorts HATE when I make that last analogy!

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          “Never going to happen. “The Great Unwashed” are too stupid to control a vehicle in three dimensions.”

          No argument on ““The Great Unwashed”.

          Terrafugia is close, perhaps this year on their type acceptance for their Transition. The “Unwashed” will have to have at minimum an FAA Sport Pilot license. The plane will be around 280 thou, probably higher.

          They’re never going to be common, weight is their real enemy. The same kinds of folks who buy $6,000 1911s will be their primary market. *cough*

          Add in a few spectacular crashes and their market shrinks further.

  9. avatar ghost says:

    Just what I have always never needed.

    1. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

      The only use I can image personally would is to fool my wife into thinking I’m going to work when I’m really headed out for an afternoon at the range. Not worth the money for that, but it’s now on the list of cool stuff I’d want if I ever win the lotto.

      1. avatar Phil COV says:

        That’s it! The “covert ops” of the average gun owner!

  10. avatar PerplexedPistolero says:

    Ah, the geniuses at AI have come up with yet another ‘take my money I don’t even have yet’ offering. Well done good sirs!

  11. avatar stateisevil says:

    Two questions.

    Why doesn’t this site work on my PC?

    Why would I spend this much on a bolt gun when I can get sub MOA out of my $500 Weatherby? Yeah, it’s cool it folds and comes apart but the price tag is ridiculous. Their tax payer funded contracts maybe have clouded their vision. Another reason to hate the Empire.

    1. avatar JS says:

      I couldn’t get it to work for over 24 hours either, cleared cookies and its working again. So it is/isn’t their site.

  12. avatar IAB2 says:

    Ok, never mind that beautiful lightweight hunting rifle from WWG.
    This is what I am buying when I go to Vegas and pull the jackpot.

    Do I REALLY need it- why would you ask a silly question like that?
    Who REALLY needs a Ferrari?
    Or a landscaped swimmiing pool in the backyard.
    Who REALLY needs 38DDs and a facelift, after the kids are gone?
    Thats WAY more than the cost of this absolutely necessary home improvement item.

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