Perusing the bays at media day for the 2017 SHOT Show, Nick and I kept remarking to ourselves that we couldn’t find anything new, fun, exciting, or scintillating. The surefire cure for this sort of thing is to look for a logo you’ve never seen and dive right in. Enter EMF and the Pietta Kronos.
EMF is an importer of all things odd, specifically replica revolvers for cowboy action shooting as well as blank firing pistols. Of more interest to me was their Kronos semiautomatic rifle chambered in .30-06 imported from Pietta.
Featuring crisp fiber optic dovetail sights and an absurdly short barrel, the Kronos would seem to be happiest in brushy country where a fast pointing, fast reloading, hard hitting rifle is the order of the day.
Fed off a box magazine, and sporting fairly ergonomic controls for dropping the bolt and getting the safety from on to off, it’s actually a fairly nimble, pointable little rifle. Recoil is not as bad as I was expecting, owing in some part to the slowly cycling action.
The walnut isn’t the prettiest I’ve ever seen, but it’s good enough to say “classic” and that’s about it. Now for the bad news.
The trigger is the biggest pile of mush I’ve ever pulled my way through. Though it was quite light, it was more akin to a light double action revolver trigger with what seemed like half an inch of travel before the break. More worrying was that in the four rounds I fired, one failed to chamber with the bolt denting the case body in such a way that I judged it unsafe for firing.
Beyond the MSRP of $999, details are sketchy. I’ve shared my contact info with the only person at the booth who gave me a card and I hope we’ll be kept in the loop on this fun little rifle.