BREAKING: Savage Arms MSR Coming January 2017

Savage Arms MSR

Savage Arms posted a teaser video on YouTube yesterday showing remnants of an MSR (modern sporting rifle). Some simple features that can be seen from the shadowy video are an M-Lok free float handguard, a side charging handle, and a dust cover (possibly plastic). The Savage Arms MSR should officially be unveiled at SHOT Show.

Some features that I would expect to see on the rest of the Savage Arms MSR are a lot of Blackhawk! branded parts. If you are wondering why not Magpul, Vista Outdoor owns Savage Arms and Blackhawk! accessories. It only makes sense to support yourself. A Blackhawk! AR Blaze Trigger was introduced this summer and they already offer collapsible stocks and iron sights. So that right there covers a few interchangeable parts.

Also, knowing the reputation of barrel quality that Savage Arms offers in their bolt-action rifles I would hope to see an above-average barrel.

The slightly cryptic, but exciting video for the Savage Arms MSR can be seen below.

With Savage Arms’ ability to produce high volume firearms and their reputation of quality, 2017 should make for an interesting year in the world of AR-15s.

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • Machinegunnertim

    I know a lot of guys that want an AR and still haven’t built or bought one yet. I hope this is a quality/affordable option I can recommend, it looks promising.

    • Twilight sparkle

      It they haven’t bought one of the 500 dollar guns from Anderson or whoever yet then they probably just aren’t going to buy one.

      Judging by the billet upper and lower this is probably going to be a higher end ar

  • k374353

    I thought ‘oh great, another boring AR clone’. Then I saw the side charging handle. There are other side charging AR uppers, but none that I know of from a big name company like this. I am intrigued.

    • Major Tom

      Sadly however, your initial statement is likely the most correct. It’s probably going to be yet another boring AR clone no matter what they doll it up with.

      • Wetcoaster

        Until the charging handle was mentioned, I was hoping it would be a factory supported chassis for their bolt guns. Bah.

      • iksnilol

        I dunno, knowing Savage it’ll be inexpensive compared to the precision you get outta it.

        Would be a good foundation for a DMR build.

        • nova3930

          I’ve got my fingers crossed that it will be an inexpensive AR-10 class rifle….

          • Rick O’Shay

            As long as it follows one of the existing standards, rather than creating yet another proprietary one… I don’t even care which one they pick (Armalite, DPMS Gen 1, Gen 2), as long as they stick with something already established.

          • Marcus D.

            That side charging handle arrangement I have seen before, as well as the bolt on free float hand guard. Both fit on standard lowers if the upper is to a standard AR spec.

          • Stan Darsh


            •.308 Win

            •20″ barrel

            •Custom forged receiver

            •SA free float handguard

            •Magpul PRSGen3 Buttstock

            •BH! Blaze 2-Stage Target Trigger

            •Side charging handle

            •10 Round magazine

            •MSRP $1962

          • Marcus D.

            Ain’t no such animal. I just bought a stripped lower for $200 (with shipping, tax and transfer/DROS it was $290). And the AR 10 is the new hot buy, so prices will likely remain high as long as supply is limited.

          • Twilight sparkle

            That’s what I payed for a stripped upper and lower together… Might help that I don’t live in cali

  • thedonn007

    Stop the madness. So, who does NOT “make” an AR-15 variant now?

    • borekfk

      Ed Brown
      That’s all I can remember

      • Swarf

        I would so totally buy a Henry lever action AR.

        If it had a loading gate.

        • borekfk

          I would run down to my LGS and order a .357 Henry rifle if it had a loading gate.

          Henry does make that BLR clone that they could adapt to an AR-esque chassis and then make 30-round mags.

        • Just say’n

          Marlin 464, but it’s a 30-30

      • mike

        Add Glock

  • I’d look for this to more an AR-10 on 308 and 6.5 Creedmoor out of the box at SHOT Show than an AR-15. This is based on a comment from Patrick Kelly on Facebook. He was announcing that he is being sponsored by Savage to shoot the MSR in 3Gun for 2017. He had a couple other hints that made you think this was he was not talking about shooting a 5.56 variant.

  • Patrick Karmel Shamsuddoha

    is it for sure an AR-15 or could it be a precison .308/6.5 creedmore AR I would be very excited by competion to the LWRC REPR and DPMS GII

    • Rocky Mountain 9

      Take a look at the SIG Sauer 716G2 DMR.

      • Patrick Karmel Shamsuddoha

        thats a nice rifle as well, i don’t really care for the key-mod hand guard of that rifle.

      • Patrick Karmel Shamsuddoha

        now the SIG MCX-MR that they built for the CSASS trials that was a sexy rifle

    • JustAHologram

      A side charge AR-10 would be nice to see

  • Judging by the music, this “new” AR15 will spike your drink at a late 90s Trent Reznor concert. You’ll wake up the next morning with a charging handle somewhere else.

  • Ebby123

    If they can produce a side-charging AR platform that takes standard barrels for less than the insaley priced receiver sets available currently, I will be ALL. OVER. THAT. SH*T.

    Side Charging is what the AR should always have been.

  • Twilight sparkle

    Am I the only one that thinks that dustcover looked a little long? Wouldn’t be too surprised if their turned out to be an ar10 in 6.5 creedmore

    • Rob

      It looks like the dust cover spans 9 picatinny slots instead of 8. That adds 0.4″ to the length. Could be enough for a .308 based round.

      • Twilight sparkle

        This could explain why they did billit receivers instead of forged receivers as well. A side charging ar 10 in 6.5 creedmore would be something

        • Cole

          While it is much more expensive than this would be, JP does make side charging AR 10 type rifles in 6.5 Creedmoore

  • Just say’n

    Oh yippe, another AR. Is Browning the last firearms company to NOT offer an AR? Geez, and they don’t even offer a 1911 for that matter. How ironic is that?

  • Joe Bagadone-Utz

    You’d think that someone who is writing “stories” for a major “news source” would be able to figure out that Federal/Savage haven’t been a part of the ATK group in almost two years. Nice try tweedle dee, maybe you should spend more time securing your stock, and less time spreading junk info.

    • Marcus D.

      Yes, ATK spun off these companies into Vista Outdoors last year. ATK spun-off Vista Outdoor upon closing its merger with Orbital Sciences and became Orbital ATK
      on February 9, 2015. Anyone holding ATK common stock at the end of the
      business day on February 2, 2015 received two shares of Vista Outdoor
      common stock. Eligible shareholders had their brokerage account credited
      or received a book-entry account statement reflecting their ownership.
      Vista Outdoor was thus initially 100% owned by ATK shareholders. Vista
      Outdoor stock traded on a “when-issued” basis from January 29, 2015 to
      February 9, 2015. It began “regular way” trading on the New York Stock Exchange on February 10, 2015 under the ticker symbol “VSTO.”

  • gunsandrockets

    Guess there is no escaping the dumb “MSR” acronym. Sigh.

    • Marcus D.

      You prefer “assault weapon”? As long as they are black military looking rifles, people will call them something. I kind of like EBR (Evil Black Rifle), but then I enjoy thumbing my nose at the Banners who know nothing about these rifles.

      • Joe

        SAR. Semi-Automatic Rifles.

      • gunsandrockets

        Good Grief. MSR is just as contrived a description as “assault weapon”, only with a different political purpose. It is not as if perfectly accurate and traditional terms weren’t available either. I prefer Self-Loading Rifle.

        • Marcus D.

          Yes, it is all about appearance and perception, and nothing to do with reality.

    • uisconfruzed

      Agreed, the ‘Modern Sporting Rifle’ is fifty years old.

  • mike

    Accu trigger???????????/

    • Marcus D.

      That would require a complete redesign of the FCG, and might preclude use of any aftermarket drop-ins. And that would be a gamble if a buyer could not upgrade to a competition trigger group.

  • Brian Fulmer

    I hope they make uppers available separately, I’ve got no prospect of additional lowers in California as of Wednesday. I have three Savage bolt guns that are $1K+ shooters for <$500. Despite I have a fancy custom stainless barrel nut wrench, I've kept the factory barrels because they SHOOT. If I could get an AR that does 2XMOA of my varmint 223 OR 20" bull Savages, I'd be pleased as can be. I would want the same MOA as my 308 20" Savage, .75 MOA at 100 yards seems an estimable goal.

    • Marcus D.

      There is no reason that stripped lowers cannot be sold after the first of the year, AFAIK. The DOJ doesn’t know if it is an “assault weapon” or not until you build it, and featureless builds are still perfectly legal, and the new Bullet Button Reloaded/Patriot Button (that require opening the action to release the mag) may be legal. In addition, Franklin makes a special bolt release and and a magazine that can only be removed when the action is open that also appears to be legal (if a pain in the ass–and the special mags are pricey).

      • Brian Fulmer

        I don’t consider a neutered AR / MSR useable, I’ve plenty of firearms that aren’t compromised. I’ll be registering everything I can so I can shoot a rifle without making it a janky piece of crap. When I can’t shoot them any longer, as that is the clear intent of the legislation leading to registration, I’ll turn in my lowers and get what $$ I can for the uppers. Pretending that a “featureless” isn’t a crap sandwich is fine if you don’t have an SKS/Garand/M1 Carbine/M1A/Mini-14/Mini-30 that function identically except the dipshits in Sacramento haven’t yet demonized them. I expect my “scary sniper rifle” bolt guns to be banned next, for that matter.

        TL;DR – A stripped lower built into an awkward pale imitation of an MSR is not worth fiddling with. I stand by opening statement.

        • Marcus D.

          Have you tried the Thordsen stock? It is fixed, as any A2 stock is, and it looks funny, but it is hardly neutered. After that, the only thing you need is a muzzle brake–that you should have anyway, and you don’t need a bullet button. Just like the other rifles you list. The other featureless stocks, like the Monsterman Grips, are, I agree, abominations. But each to his own. You do realize that there are strict limits on where you can possess and how you have to transport your Registered RAW? Like basically to the range and back, or out of state. A featureless is not only not subject to such restrictions, it is saleable and heritable. A thordsen is on my must buy list.

      • Joe

        Refuse to comply, or move. The only way to effect good change is for all Californian firearm owners to refuse to comply with the absolutely retarded gun regulations. Once it becomes a lost cause then hit the eject button and bail out.

  • DW

    Bring back the Model 99 that takes 762 Pmags please?

  • RickfromPaso

    Too late for us wretched Kalifornians…

    • Marcus D.

      Not if they sell the upper separately. The only thing the upper would need would be a muzzle brake. And there are work-arounds that may allow the complete rifle to be sold in California–that is, if the Patriot Button is deemed to comply with the law.

  • HenryV

    I was hoping they were going to do a Ruger on Ruger and produce their own but better Precision Rifle.

    • Marcus D.

      They have a lovely precision rifle already. It’s the 10 BA Stealth. Impressive. Solid billet aluminum chassis, blue printed action, 20″ barrel (.308) or 24″ (6.5 Creedmoor), AccuTrigger. Weighs in at 9.2 lbs, MSRP is around $1200, but Bud’s sells them for under a grand.

  • brian

    Drooling..n IF it’s not insanely priced…I have enough that this isn’t needed…but I LOVE my savages and curiosity would get me to buy…but I’d prob end up either selling it afterwards or pulling it apart and putting on my own parts like I do with everything…but I’m still oddly aroused at the idea of a savage msr even though I typically loathe everything Blackhawk related when it comes to parts…

  • uisconfruzed

    The charging handle upper has my attention- no gas in the face for those who run with cans.

  • dltaylor51

    If you’re going to buy an AR just get a Colt and leave it alone,its good enough the way it is.

  • MidGasFan

    MSRP is under 2K for a non-reciprocationg side-charging .308? Heck yeah! Knowing Savage, it’ll have a fantastic trigger, top shelf reliability, superb customer service and be really accurate.

    I’d love a smaller version in 6.5G. What a great DMR-type rig. Our, a .308 frame in 7mm-08 for hunting and mid-range shooting.

    I for one like innovation. The more companies getting into the business, the better. Competition breeds ingenuity and better pricing. Why is that such a bad thing? Considering a non-reciprocating .223 sized upper and bcg, just those two items, would run more than $500, this seems like a great start!

    If you don’t like it, don’t buy it, no point in being a jerk about it. Don’t like the polymer dust cover? That’s what would keep you from buying the gun? Seriously? Change the dust cover to metal so it could potentially rust. Ever seen one break? Me neither.

    I was reading about this gun on another forum and most comments were negative, couldn’t understand why?


  • sometrend

    I`d buy a 1/2min 6.5 creedmore from savage…. wouldn`t think twice about it

  • Lee

    I dig the side charging handle! I reckon Savage is going to do what Springfield Armory didn’t do with the Saint.