Italian BCM Extreme .338, .408 and .460 Rifle

Italian firm BCM Europe Arms was exhibiting their Extreme rifle at the Italian gun expo EXA 2012 which finished earlier this week.

The Extreme Rifle is a competition rifle and is chambered in .338 Lapua Mag. (27.5″ barrel), .408 Chey-Tac (27.5″ barrel) and .460 Steyr (31.8″ barrel). The rifle can be produced on request in 6.5×47 Lapua, 6.5/284 Norma and .308 Win.

It has a single shot, shell holder style action. The 7.5 lbs stock is machined from a single block of aluminum which can be anodized in a range of colors to suit the customer. The rifles feature large muzzle brakes in a variety of styles.

[ Many thanks to Paolo for emailing us photos of the rifle. ]

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  • John Doe

    The stock and muzzle brake are gorgeous.

    • Gabriel O.

      Yes!!! Cant wait to see one in person

  • Giolli Joker

    The muzzle brake of the first prototypes was made out of titanium…
    One of the first companies in Italy to produce guns in .408CT; seen them in person (EXA a few years ago) and they’re really cool. the DEFENCE part of the website seems to be only in italian, I don’t know if a single shot rifle could be considered as a military sniper weapon by an Army, so maybe the guns are more tacti-cool then tactical, but sure are interesting.
    The “civilian” production is shown even in English.
    I remember the first products in .408CT being priced around 5000€, they’re likely to be even more expensive now… not that the direct competitors are likely to give their products for free…

  • Julio

    The chassis system on the rifle in the background is also worth a look. The rifle is BCM’s MAAR, so named for their modular aluminium alloy stock. This is made up of 3 main sections: the butt, the chassis, and the fore-end, allowing the user to run the same chassis with a fixed, folding or detachable stock in either a sniper or F-Class style, and either a light fore-end for bipod use or a wide benchrest fore-end. Further room for choice is provided by the use of AR-type pistol grips. There’s also an Extreme MAAR that uses the Extreme action and equips the chassis with a multi-adjustable AICS butt plate, rear monopod, Harris swivel bipod and forward Picatinny rail for mounting an NVD. By contrast, the “standard” MAAR uses a smaller action with a two-lug bolt that can be supplied in single-shot or as a repeater with 10-round AI magazines.

  • I am a close friend with Mr. Vittorio Taveggia and Mr. Gianmattia Molina, the founders and owners of BCM Europearms. You can ask whatever you want to know about their products directly to me.

    As for the “Extreme” rifle, it comes in either single-shot, shell-holder bolt version or three-shot version, this last one mainly for Mil/LE sales, for which it is also offered in .50-BMG/12,7x99mm-NATO caliber. The muzzle brake has been CAD-designed and CNC-manufactured completely in-house out of a single aluminium block; so are all their aluminium-made parts, such as rails and some stocks. Barrels can be PAC-NOR, Broughton, or others, although for the larger calibers they are setting up a local production line. Actions are completely made in-house. They also use Jewell triggers.

    The version in .460-Steyr is currently the most powerful firearm available for civilians in Italy; other than .460, it comes in .408-Chey-Tac, .338-Lapua Magnum, and soon in .416-TYR. The BCM-Europearms MAAR, EXTREME MAAR and TMR rifles are currently used by the Italian Special Forces.

    • On a side note, you can already enjoy an EXA special here:

    • William

      Do you know of they will export the .460 to Austria?
      The caliber is legal here, and d’d really like one 🙂

      Regardless of the caliber, all will be legal here and can be bought with 18 and no license required as they are not semi auto – SOme of our laws are actually usable for something it seems.

      • The BCM EUROPEARMS rifles are obtaining a huge success here in Italy, and the company is struggling to meet the orders from the national market, so I doubt that they would actually set up a full-fledged export line for everywhere in the world, exception made for the military and the law enforcement sales. However, as far as commercial/civilian sales go, all inquiries should be made directly to the company at – they have all interests in exporting, problem is that you should place an order for your guns and you would have to wait… quite some time. Plus, quality never comes cheap, and that’s especially the case of BCM EUROPEARMS, whose rifles are (almost) all made on a custom basis, with specifics coming directly from each single customer, and many parts hand-machined. They ensure great reliability and the equivalent in firearms of the performances you’d expect from an Italian sports car… but you will need to have some bucks in your piggy bank!

      • William

        The problem is that i, as a normal citizen, cannot legally import it here – Either the manufacturer needs to do it or it needs to be in service with the military here (which very rare)…. so i guess none for me 🙁

  • noob

    is there a price for a spare bolt/shell holder you can hand to a buddy to reload while you shoot? by swapping shell holders quickly, you could get as high a rate of fire as your shoulder can bear

    • The BCM EUROPEARMS creations sure don’t come cheap. Basically every firearm and part of it can be ordered from the company, but the rifle in single-shot, shell-holder bolt configuration has been conceived for firing aimed, precise shots in extreme long-distance shooting competitions, and in these occasions, rapid fire makes no sense. A multishot configuration is made for Mil/LE sales.

  • For those who like “evil black guns”, I should point out that BCM EUROPEARMS also manufactures the “Storm”, an “assault-style” semi-automatic pistol that can also come with a folding foregrip and an M4-type telescoping stock, and reprises the working system of the SITES “Spectre” sub-machinegun and of its semi-automatic civilian counterparts.

    • noob

      The sinusoidal rifling system on that gun interests me.

      Does the velocity end up somewhere between the velocities achieved by the excellent gas seal in a polygonal bore and the easy to clean conventionally rifled bore?

      Is the barrel made by hammer forging?