When Springfield Armory dipped its toe into the AR rifle market by introducing The SAINT earlier this year, it was a little unsurprising when Savage dropped a very teasy teaser trailer for it’s new AR-platform rifle, which it is calling the MSR, for Modern Savage Rifle.
Well, the full release on the MSR came out today, and what is surprising is that Savage is not only introducing its first AR, but an entire line of new rifles.
Savage says it’s breaking into the AR market shouldn’t be a surprise, as the company has been making various AR-platform components, such as barrels, for years.
Let’s go down the list:
MSR 10 Long Range
First up is the big Savage MSR 10 Long Range rifle, which appears to be the subject of all those quick panning closeups in the teaser trailer, including that non-reciprocating side-charging handle that got everyone wondering.
The MSR 10 is based on the AR-10, the precursor to the AR-15, featuring a direct impingement action and comes chambered in the old reliable long-range duty horse: .308 Win., and the new long-range darling, 6.5 Creedmoor. It comes with a BLACKHAWK! AR Blaze two-stage trigger and a Magpul PRS adjustable buttstock. It comes standard with a upgraded, fluted Savage barrel which features 5R rifling and a Melonite QPQ finish. The whole rifle weighs in at about 9.5 pounds in .308 with a 20” barrel and 9.75 pounds in 6.5 Creedmoor with a 22-inch barrel. The company says it tailored barrel length specifically to caliber and purpose.
The MSR 10 also includes a custom forged upper and lower for “a unique look and compact size” as well as a free-float M-LOK forend and a 10-round magazine in either offered caliber. (MSRP: $2,284).
From the company:
“AR-10s have traditionally been heavy, bulky, and unwieldy. Savage tackled these issues head-on, shaving off unnecessary weight and trimming size with a smaller, lighter chassis that strikes a perfect balance between performance, fit, and function.”
This results, the company says, in an AR-10 design that feels and handles more like an AR-15.
MSR 10 Hunter
Savage is also offering a DI carbine version of the Long Range in the MSR 10 Hunter, which also comes chambered in .308 or 6.5 Creedmoor. It comes with a lighter, simpler stock and grip pairing, the BLACKHAWK Knoxx AR Pistol Grip and AXIOM Carbine Stock, and also features an adjustable gas block. The biggest visible difference is the barrel length options of 16.125 inches or 18 inches and the more familiar AR-style charging handle located above the buffer tube. The MSR 10 Hunter weighs in at about 8 pounds with an overall length of 35.75- to 39-inches and comes with a 20-round magazines. (MSRP: $1,481)
MSR 15 Recon
Now something for all the 5.56 fans out there: the MSR 15 Recon. As the name suggests, this is an AR-15 based rifle rather than an AR-10, chambered in .223 Wylde (so it can accept both 5.56x45mm and.223 Rem. ammo) with the same BLACKHAWK trigger and free-float handguard as the Long Range and Hunter.
Like the Hunter, this carbine comes with the Knoxx and AXIOM grip and stock pairing with BLACKHAWK flip-up iron sights, a full top rail, and a matte black hardcoat anodized finish on the receiver and the barrel has a Melonite QPQ surface hardening treatment applied to extend barrel life, as do all the the new MSR barrels.
The Recon weighs in at 7 pounds even with an overall length of 33.5 to 36.75inches. (MSRP: $999).
MSR 15 Patrol
If you’re a fan of a more traditional M4-type carbine, Savage has something for you too. The MSR 15 Patrol is mostly the same as the Recon model, but with a few difference in front of the chamber. The patrol features a mid-length gas system and comes with a BLACKHAWK drop-in handguard with a delta ring and an integrated A-frame gas block front sight, paired with a flip-up rear sight. Mounting options are limited to the rail section on top of the receiver, and M-LOK slots at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions on the handguard.
Also, instead of the BLACKHAWK trigger, the Patrol features a mil-spec bag switch. The different handguard knocks a half-pound off the Recon’s weight, with the Patrol tipping the scales at 6.5 pounds. (MSRP: $852).