Savage Arms says “Better is Coming” in January of 2017, pointing us to this teaser video for an upcoming MSR. That’s “Modern Sporting Rifle,” AKA an AR-platform gun. It’s a first for Savage, just like it was for Springfield when they released the SAINT last month, but in the MSR’s case they’re deviating from traditional “Mil-Spec” format in a few ways…
The upper is a side-charger. Looks like a non-reciprocating side charging handle on the left side of the rifle. Additionally, the handguard and upper bolt together directly.
The handguard appears to feature M-LOK slots and a full-length top rail.
The magazine well sure looks large, and it’s safe to say that both upper and lower are machined from billet and do not follow a Mil-Spec form.
And a grippy-looking grip.
As for details from Savage, a company known primarily for its bolt-action rifles, this is it so far. I suspect we’ll get the full scoop at SHOT Show, which is now less than a month away.
Maybe it will be cheap like Savage’s other stuff, but with that much proprietary stuff I’m doubting it.
And if savage stays true to form, it should be very affordable.
Savage huh? As in made in China like the Savage350 I had? Or better…choice is good. I wonder if they thought having the Hildebeast as chief potentate was a factor in jumping into a crowded market?
the stevens version will be asian.
“It’s a first for Savage, just like it was for Springfield when they released the SAINT last month, but in the MSR’s case they’re
deviating from traditional “Mil-Spec” format in a few waysactually doing it right…”
ARs really dont catch my interest these days unless they’re top quality piston units like LWRC, POF, etc.
This one looks more like an H&K or FAL style rifle with some of the things we like about AR’s. Or, it’s an AT with some of the features I like about the FAL? Either way, it looks different enough that I’ll take a look at it when it comes out.
Wow. The Saint is already yesterday’s news. Well, not that it was much news in the first place. Can’t wait for the Taurus AR-15. Now that will be news! At least until its recalled…for the third time.
“At least until its recalled…for the third time.”
Oh snap! Or, if you prefer, oh no he di’int!
Having said both of those, I can recall having had exactly one (1) problem with a Taurus gun in the dozen or so I have owned. Perhaps I’m a “Fanboy” and am able to look-past/forget any other issues I’ve had, but a Taurus AR might be on a short list for me to purchase.
In case you were wondering, it was a slightly crooked extractor rod in a Judge which wouldn’t push spent .410 shells out. Dealer actually made it right with a straight-up swap for another gun.
Sure, why not. Mossbrg has had their MMR AR for years. Time for Taurus to ride that bus too.
I have owned a few Savage rifles and I bought the Savage/Steven’s 12 gauge when it came out. I would give the modern Savage products an A+. A lot better than the modern self firing Remington rifles or craprastic 870s.
Hm, got my last name right on it, and i dont own a single savage arm yet, maybe this will be my first from the company.
Looking forward to seeing this. A non-recip sidecharger will be a nice change of pace from the business-as-usual ARs everyone keeps releasing. Assuming it can keep the modularity of the platform and come in at a reasonable price and weight that is.
The only upper I use on my rifles and the ones I build for others. The only downfall, it’s not compatible with anti-rotation tabs on some handguards. Nothing a grinding wheel won’t fix.
Wow, pretty heavy.
If Savage’s MSR is anything like its bolt guns, this new rifle will be inexpensive and accurate.
If want to see calibers and barrel lengths and price check out Grabagun (sorry, no photos) http://grabagun.com/search/?q=savage+MSR
16″ & 20″ .308 Win, 17″ 6.5 creedmoor and 16″ AR15.
Just for the 20″ barrel I’d get the Savage over the Ruger SR-762.
Edit; If you want to see.
Under $800 for the 223- make one in 6.8 spc (just cause I don’t have one yet) and I’m in.
17″ seems on the short side for 6.5 Creedmoor. All I’ve seen to date have been 22 or 24. And the .308 is not what I would call a cheap rifle at nearly $2k.
hmm…I wonder if this too is made by Gibbz like just about every non-reciprocating side-charging AR upper…I also wonder if it will have a dust cover, case deflector, and/or forward-assist…
If you were left wondering whether it will have a dust cover or case deflector, you may want to give the post another quick read 😛 (hint: second from last photo)
My question is… Accutrigger? That with the side charging handle would be sweet.
So when they announce at SHOT that there will be two models, one on 5.56 and 300, and the other in 308 and 6.5 Creedmoor, also these are side chargers, does that change things from “oh look another AR”?
Yes. A reasonably-priced 6.5 AR from Savage is something I would actually buy, unlike most ARs.
Next they are going to be producing 1911 pistols. At least this one maybe different
Am stoked looking at these features. If only the trigger is customizable or replaceable with aftermarket. These features along with a great muzzle brake…count me in. Oh, almost forgot…must be a good piston system or convertible to one. I love the Osprey 316 kit.
Still waiting on the 300 Federal Ar.