As recently as a few decades ago, many shooters had only a handful of considerations when choosing a gun. If you didn’t purchase your weapon from a big-name manufacturer, you likely would find that it was unreliable and inaccurate. Today, the field has opened up as manufacturing technology has made it easier to break into the process. With the rise of smaller firearm companies, shooters have also started to notice a change in what they look for.
Among those qualities, finding a half-MOA rifle for competition or precision shooting has become almost a requirement. If the claims of up-and-coming manufacturer Ritter and Stark are true, they may soon find themselves in that exclusive class ready to deliver.
Shooting with Half MOA Accuracy
In case you are unfamiliar with the terminology, MOA means minute of angle. When shooting, the MOA refers to how accurate the gun can be under optimal situations. An MOA of 1 means that you could achieve a 1” spread at 100 yards. Even if you failed in your math class, you should be able to figure out that half MOA means you can get that elusive 1/2” spread at 100 yards. When competing, this is pretty much required. Perhaps even more important, tactical shooters can get a better mark on their target when they have a rifle that achieves this level of accuracy.
How Does Ritter and Stark Come Into the Picture?
According to Ritter and Stark, they have created their first rifle for release and it easily achieves this half MOA accuracy. Based out of Austria, you have likely not heard mention of this company before -namely because this will be their first firearm. So far, the company has revealed that its new rifle is guaranteed to hit that half MOA accuracy. They have further guaranteed that it will maintain that level of accuracy for at least 5,000 rounds on their .308 and .338 models. Built with military and law enforcement in mind, they have named their new rifle the SX-1 Modular Tactical Rifle (MTR).
The SX-1 MTR
As the name suggests, Ritter and Stark’s first venture into the industry is a fully-modular rifle. The SX-1 will be available in .308, .338 Lapua, and .300 Win Mag, giving precision shooters some options based on the application at hand. It promises a railed barrel assembly, which will allow shooters to affix the optics directly to the barrel. In practical applications, this means you can swap out barrels on the fly without worrying about the need to re-zero the optics. The magwell, buttstock, and pistol grip are also modular, which makes customizing the feel of the weapon a breeze. Offering a Remington 700-based fire control group, users should also find there are plenty of options out there for further customization.
What Are the Specs?
Since the SX-1 MTR is fully modular, individual shooters will be able to configure the weapon as they choose. At this point, they have released some key specifications that you might be interested in. For starters, the .308 Win barrel is 24” while the .300 Win Mag and .338 Lapua Mag will be available in 27”. With the stock folded, the rifle will range from 38-41” and with it fully extended it will reach 47-50”. Depending on the caliber, you can rely on a 5-round or 10-round magazine and you can choose between a bull or fluted barrel. Depending on the caliber, the bull barrel will weigh between 12.8-13.7 lbs. overall while the fluted barrel will cut the weight to 11.3-11.9 lbs. Offering 13” or 16” rails with KeyMod or picatinny options, you have a plethora of choices to make.
One Surefire Way to Order Yours
To say we are excited about the prospect of this new weapon would be an understatement. Precision accuracy like this isn’t easy to find, especially from a system that offers so much customization. The company is set to display this rifle at the AUSA (Association of the United States Army) in October. One thing you can be sure of -as soon as it’s available for civilian sales, we will be ordering inventory.
So, if you want to get your hands on one of these Ritter and Stark rifles, make sure to keep your eyes peeled. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to get yours in time for this year’s holiday season.