I’ll admit it: I’m a die-hard Blaser fan boy, and a fan of straight pull bolt action rifles in general. I own the Blaser LRS-2 police sniper rifle, which is one of the most accurate rifles I’ve ever owned. But you don’t see high-end rifles like this sitting around on the shelf of most LGSs. So I was pleased to see that Blaser was making an appearance at range day with the R8 hunting rifle . . .
This year, Blaser is introducing a new stock design with a Prince of Wales grip, for superior pointability, Rigby style cheek piece for a proper cheek weld, inlayed sling swivels and a custom pistol grip cap. Of course, it comes with all the features found in all R8 rifles, such as the manual cocking bolt, interchangeable caliber system, trigger magazine housing combination and feathery 1.75 lb. desmodromic trigger. Top it off with a Swarovski scope and you have yourself one fine rifle. Prices start at $2,500 and go up to $5,000+.