New Howa Mini Action Rifles

Howa Mini Action rifle

Long action. Short action. Now Howa has the Mini Action.

At the 2015 SHOT Show, Legacy Sports showed the new Howa Mini Action rifles. Mini action rifles use bolts and chambers that are 12% shorter than normal short actions. In theory, this means a shorter throw that could result in a faster cycle. Additionally, the mini actions can weigh less than a standard short action.

Initially, rifles with the mini action will be chambered in .204 Ruger and .223 Remington. Legacy Sports advises that additional calibers will be released in 2015.

Presently, there will 36 different rifle packages available: 18 in each caliber. Stock colors (black, green and Kryptec Highlander), barrel length (20″ and 22″) and scope options all combine to make the 36 different SKUs. The MSRP ranges from $608 for a non-scoped, 22″ black or green rifle to $855 for a heavy barrel model in Kryptec with a Panamax scope.

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  • Blake

    “stock colors (black, green and Kryptec Highlander)”

    For once, a company announces different colored stock options without including Fashion Before Function Pink™. Hooray.

    Great to see .204 Ruger here; this is a fine example of a lightweight long-range varmint platform that won’t break the bank.

    Kudos to Howa for making some very nice rifles.

    • M.M.D.C.

      As token gestures go, I don’t think pink realtree is all that bad. But I’m just a guy. I would like to know what do our female fellow readers think. How could manufacturers better reach out to women? Is the pink stuff an affront?

      • Blake

        They could start by offering serious products with shorter length of pull and smaller grips for people of smaller stature.

        The Ruger 50th ann. 10/22 is an excellent example of this; it has 4 different stock extensions that let you get the cheek weld & LoP just right.

        Henry & CZ also make their 22LR rifles in “youth” models, which have a shorter LoP also suitable for smaller women.

        In general, the firearms industry would do well to follow the bicycle industry’s example of making female-specific products. I’ll use Specialized as an example:

        All but their most basic road, mountain, & multi-use bikes are built to either male or female specific geometry. If you look at the bikes in the link above, are they pink & fluffy, or otherwise tacky looking? No, they look pretty slick, like Spesh’s other bikes. But they come in smaller sizes, the geometry is optimized for shorter arm reach & wider hip bones, & some of their city bikes have a step-through frame option so you can get on & off easily while wearing a skirt.

        In rifle terms, I would translate this to something pretty close to this Howa: lightweight, chambered in lowish recoil calibers, but I would add a short LoP stock option with a slightly smaller grip.

        • M.M.D.C.

          I agree. There are all kinds of benefits for everyone to getting more gals into hunting and shooting and R&D would be a great place to start.

          One of the biggest gun shops in my area hosts a ladies night at their range and they are very courteous to women at the gun counter. It’s a sincere attempt to reach out to women and a great way to get them involved (and get their business).

    • Tassiebush

      those figures on the .204 ruger sound most pleasing!

  • andrey kireev

    Im considering one of those =)

    • Cameron

      Me too, but I’m holding out for Howa to release Fashion Before Function Pink™ version. Blake, gun companies have other customers than you, and some men have daughters, wives, and/or girlfriends who like pink guns. You’re okay with women and women buying guns, right?

      • Blake

        next the will want to vote and drive canrs too! can’t have that

        • M.M.D.C.

          Egads! Whatever you do, keep them away from the canrs. 😉

      • Blake

        Let’s try something:

        Regardless of whether you’re male or female, please give this comment one upvote if you think that “Muddy Girl” camo is an awful name and/or looks tacky as hell.

        • Cliff Yablonski

          I’m not going to create a profile to voice my approval for pink anything, but I don’t care what color gun anyone buys. As long as the person buying the gun supports 2A rights, is legal, safe, and responsible, the gun could have high-fiving unicorns riding rainbows and playing jumprope on it and I wouldn’t care. Hell, I’d probably rather spend time shooting with the owner of that gun than a tactitool mall ninja who frets over whether or not all of their FDE is the “correct shade.” Lighten up, Francis.

          • Blake

            True ’nuff. However my point was that there are better ways of marketing to women than just adding a bunch of pink plastic.

          • Cliff Yablonski

            Yeah, I saw that in your OP.


        • CrassyKnoll

          I was expecting something much more literal. ;-(

  • Mike N.

    A nice alternative to the CZ527.

    • Tassiebush

      A nice alternative with options of floorplate mag or 10shot mag too! Gee I hope they offer it with 1-9 twist or faster.

  • Jason M.

    Please make this in 6.5 Grendel!

    • dieks62

      Same here, please!

  • Cameron Bissell

    what about 7.62×39 or 300blk?

    • Blake

      I’ll take mine in .20 vartarg 🙂

  • MountainKelly


  • pmp

    Push feed or Mauser style action?

    • Tassiebush

      Push feed.


    Click on “Panamax” and see where you end up.

  • Mehul Kamdar

    Would you know if Howa would sell barreled actions also, like they do for the rest of their range? I’d also request (like many other clients would, I’m sure) that Howa consider Cerakote finishes on these like they’ve started offering on their bigger actions. I’d like to buy a pair of barreled actions and have them stocked. And, yes, as many have already said, a 300 BLK offering would be a superb addition.

    • ThomasD

      I’ve coated stainless Howa actions using Brownell’s Gun-Kote with very good results. The key is to warm the can (in a pan of water) prior to spraying, and spray slowly and evenly.

      The first time buy an extra can for practice – nothing is permanent until you bake it. So if your application has sags or orange peel just wipe it off and shoot again.

      Also make sure your action will fit an the oven before you start spraying..

      • Mehul Kamdar

        Thanks. I have an old Iver Johnson 38 to experiment with. Let me try Gun-Kote. Appreciate your advice.