Ruger Hawkeye FTW Predator Rifle

Ruger FTW

Just days ahead of the SHOT Show, Ruger released another new rifle: the Hawkeye FTW Predator. These new rifles expand the current Hawkeye line with a combination of features from the existing Hawkeye Predator and Gunsite Scout rifles.

Ruger FTW

The FTW rifles will be available in both .308 Win (22″ barrel, 1:10″ twist; 8.0 lbs) and 6.5 Creedmoor (24″ barrel; 1:8″ twist, 8.12 lbs). A soft rubber buttpad is standard, as is the three 1/2″ spacers that can be used to adjust length of pull from 12.75″ to 14.25″.

Ruger FTW

Scope mounts are machined into the receiver and scope rings are included.

The MSRP is $1,099 for either rifle.

From Ruger:

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announces the addition of the Hawkeye® FTW Predator rifle to its Hawkeye line of bolt-action rifles. This new model combines popular features of the Gunsite Scout Rifle and the Hawkeye Predator to deliver a long-range, accurate rifle for both range and field.

The Hawkeye FTW Predator rifle design began with extensive on-range consultation with SAAM (Sportsman’s All-weather, All-terrain Marksmanship) shooting instructors at the world-renowned FTW Shooting School in Barksdale, Texas. The SAAM instructors were impressed with the proven accuracy of the Hawkeye Predator and the quick handling of the Gunsite Scout rifle. With their input, Ruger engineers designed a rifle that combines the trigger and action of the Hawkeye Predator with the adjustable buttstock design found on the Gunsite Scout rifle. The result is a perfect combination of ergonomics and long-range accuracy needed in a fast handling predator rifle.

The Hawkeye FTW Predator features a two-stage target trigger, Green Mountain laminate stock, stainless steel receiver and medium contour barrel. Models are available with either a 22″ barrel with a 1:10″ twist chambered in .308 Win., or a 24″ barrel with a 1:8″ twist chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. The soft rubber buttpad is adjustable with the use of three, ½” buttpad spacers (included) which allows the rifle to be properly sized for different shooters or varying levels of outerwear. The non-rotating, Mauser-type controlled round feed extractor is the most positive case extraction system ever invented. The design of the hinged, solid-steel floorplate allows for easy unloading without having to chamber each cartridge and has a patented latch that is flush with the trigger guard to avoid accidental dumping of cartridges. Patented integral scope mounts, machined directly on the solid-steel receiver, provide a stable mounting surface for the included scope rings.

Richard Johnson

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  • Bill

    I wonder if they know what “FTW” means in some circles. I don’t think I’d use it to name a shooting school or rifle.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      For the win? Now I wonder if you know what it means?

      • For the win is a more modern, texting-generation meaning. FTW has another, older meaning in outlaw motorcycle gangs. Perhaps it is a sign of my aging status or prior employment, but I never think of “for the win” first.

        • iksnilol

          From what I have read it can mean a lot of things.

          Bikers read it as “Forever Two Wheels”. Outcasts/rebels read it as “F*** The World” and white supremacists read it as “Forever Truly White”.

          • Bill

            I didn’t know it was used in texting, but I sure knew it was used in those other contexts. Regardless, nice rifle. It’d be nice to have on high cover when stopping an outlaw motorcycle gang 😉

          • iksnilol

            I presume you were/are in law enforcement? What kind of weapons do gangs usually have over there in the US? I know in Bosnia there is all kinds of weapons while in Norway stolen millitary weapons are the most popular (G3, MP5 and the Glock 17 that was used by Norwegian millitary before).

            Also, for the “short” ranges LEO snipers experience wouldn’t a semi auto be more beneficial (due to multiple targets and close proximity)?

            I hope I am not bothering you, I am just a bit curious.

          • Bill

            it’s pretty much the same here: a lot of ARs and AKs that were normally criminally obtained. It’s a dirty little secret that the military has had issues with gangs of all sorts using them for training and supplies. I haven’t dealt with it personally, but other agencies have found grenades and launchers and the occasional light machine gun. Our OMGs also have a preference for exotic animals as pets, so you can be serving a warrant and run into a lion.

            “High cover” is nice because our bikers usually have a vehicle following them a short distance back that is completely plain and ordinary in appearance, but contains the heavier weaponry and contraband. But you are right about the short range of LE sniper shots, I think they average 40 yards or less. I’m old-school, but starting to warm to the idea of semi-auto precision rifles as the technology and training advances.

          • iksnilol

            Seems consistent with what I have seen here in Europe: Many guns in criminal hands are ill gotten from the millitary (either through corruption or theft from armories). Though I was surprised at LMGs and launchers/grenades. That stuff is hot, isn’t it? “Hot” as in attracting a lot of attention.

            I have always liked the idea of a semi auto rifle for more precise fire. Something like the Dragunov SVD, though those are rare/expensive/not practical in the US.

      • DonDrapersAcidTrip

        You actually want a firearm named after a phrase 15 year olds on xbox live shout at each other?

    • Fruitbat44

      I had the same thought, but a For The Win rifle. I could go for that. 🙂

  • Don Ward

    For that price, I could just buy a trigger guard on a Mauser M98 Magnum!

  • Smedley54

    I wonder how this in 6.5 Creedmoor would do in metallic silhouette?