You might be seeing this thing pop up on prepper forums and in your gun shop soon, so you might as well know what it is. The Scavenger 6 is a new concept in survival rifles that looks like a revolver and can fire 21 different calibers of ammunition, just by changing out the cylinder.
When deciding what rifle should be the go-to rifle for when civilization breaks down often comes down to what it eats. When Federal, Remington, Winchester and the like aren’t pumping out cases of finished ammo, you might have to use what you can get, so a versatile rifle that can fire multiple calibers makes sense.
The idea has been tried before: Windham Weaponry has a multi-caliber AR system and the M6 survival rifle from Chiappa has more than 10 caliber options via chamber inserts. This story from Popular Mechanics shows that the Dyer Muti-Caliber Rifle tried to solve this problem back in 1943 but never made it off the page.
The Scavenger 6, which was designed by Air Force veteran Tim Ralston, who appeared on the reality show “Doomsday Preppers,” takes a different approach.
The trick is that the cylinder houses a barrel in each chamber, making it possible to use one cylinder to fire multiple calibers of ammunition (making it a single-shot rifle, of course). The Scavenger 6 can also be set up with different six-shot cylinders for various calibers. For instance, you could order the gun with a cylinder that fires six rounds of .223, another that fires .22LR, and another that fires 9mm.
Or you can get the standard “CB” which will shoot the following: .22, .22 magnum, .17 magnum, .380, .38 spec/.357 mag, 9mm, .40, 10mm, .45 ACP, .45 Colt, .410, .44 magnum, .223, 7.62×39, 7.62×51, .270, .30/06, .243, .270, .308. The Battle cylinder handles 5.56, 7.62×39, .30/06, .270, .308, and &.62×51. The Hunter CB chambers .243, .308, .30/06, .30/30, .223, .45 Colt and .410. The Survival cylinder takes .22, .38 special, .357 magnum, .45 Colt, .410, .223, 9mm, and .45 ACP.
The rifle has a stock extending from the bottom of its pistol grip and “barrel” that extends from the front, which gives the gun some body and allows it to meet the required length of a rifle, though the bore of the barrel extension never actually touches the bullet, assumedly.
The Scavenger 6 will have top and bottom rails to accommodate optics and foregrips, but oddly enough for a survival gun, it doesn’t appear to have any iron sights.
Without world-ending circumstances, the Scavenger 6 can be useful. For some hunters, it might be valuable to have a six-shot rifle that can be converted from a .22 to a .44 magnum by simply swapping out the cylinder, depending on the task at hand. Being able to back one gun and an extra cylinder with a box of ammo instead of an extra gun is a big help
The Scavenger 6 is in its final design stages, according to taskandpurpose.com, with the finished product expected soon. it should hit stores by January 2017.