TFB @ Q Headquarters – The Fix Is In

Much like the North Pole two weeks before Christmas, Q headquarters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is full of excitement and energy – as well as guns and silencers. Prepping for their pre-order run of 500 “The Fix by Q” line of bolt action rifles, the Q team invited me up for an exclusive behind the scenes look at what goes in to manufacturing functional artwork.

First, let’s talk about The Fix. Sitting at just about five and a half pounds, this rifle needs to be held to be properly appreciated. Even though I have little to no practical use for a .308 bolt gun at the moment, I found myself wanting one almost immediately. The ergonomics are comfortable, the in-house made trigger is dreamy, the operation and controls are smooth and simple and the whole gun just feels right.

For the first run, dealers are limited to orders of only five rifles, leaving just enough for the rest of the us shooters. Customers will also have the ability to order a trash PANDA silencer at the same time as their rifle, complete with matching serial numbers. Delivery of the initial preorder run is expected to come in the June/July timeframe.

The preorder site for The Fix can be found here (2/01/2017)

The preorder rifles come complete with custom cases designed and made by Blue Force Gear.

The Fix

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The Fix By Q Specifications:

  • WEIGHT – 5 lbs. 9 oz. without accessories (16 in. Barrel, 7.62 x 51mm)
  • TRIGGER – A factory bolt action trigger that is light, crisp, and most importantly – safe.
  • BARREL LENGTH – Bartlein barrel / Tooley match chambered.
  • STOCK – Fully-Adjustable folding stock.
  • CALIBER(S) – 7.62 x 51mm (16”) / 6.5 CREEDMOOR (20”) / 338 FEDERAL, 300 WSM

Moving on – At first glance it’s easy to write off the Honey Badger by Q as just another suppressed, 300BLK short barreled rifle. However, seeing and feeling is believing. The integrated collapsible stock is sleek and functional, giving all currently available PDW-type stocks a real run for their money. The rifle itself is light, slim and points naturally. It’s just plain impressive.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the Honey Badger preorder announcement.

Q Honey Badger

Honey Badger by Q

Honey Badger Specifications:

  • WEIGHT – 5 lbs. 4 oz. with Silencer
  • CALIBER – 300 AAC Blackout
  • BARREL LENGTH – 7 in.

For the Honey Badger history buffs out there, here’s the original prototype lower:

The Fix

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As for the rest of the Q command center, everyone is busy designing, building or finishing a rifle or silencer. VP of Engineering, Ethan Lessard said that some of the team has been working 80-100/week to get to the production phase.

I am hoping that TFB will get invited back for regular Q updates. For a silencer nerd, Q HQ is pretty much heaven. Until then, here’s a ‘day in the life’ at Q in pictures.

Here a direct thread rifle silencer by Q gets the wire EDM treatment. The process is like something taken from a SciFi movie. Wire EDM is used to “trim” the baffles to ensure the boreline is perfectly concentric.

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The Q vault, filled with prototypes, test weapons and important design milestones.

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Q VP Robby Johnson and Engineer Andrew Sands inspect prototype parts for yet to be announced Q product. Any guesses?

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A few hundred El Camino rimfire silencers are packaged and stacked, Form 3s approved and ready to head out to Silencer Shop.

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Q had a custom laser engraver built, allowing for fast, high-quality engraving of parts.

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  • Dave Webster

    This is a good article with good pictures but, respectfully, none of it means anything to me unless i can know what it will cost me.

    • Many times when we are a few months from release we can’t get a price. The companies wait until just before release to set them usually.

  • E T

    My guess for the prototype parts is rifle caliber silencer based off the erector design.

    • Rob

      Kevin stated that he canned their more conventional pistol caliber cams when they came up with the erector. The implication that they replaced it with an erector style pistol cal can.

  • Dracon1201

    Damn, this is exactly the place I want to work! They’re going to produce some legendary stuff.

  • Dave Webster

    Thank you!

  • Sol

    In reference to The Fix, I noticed the .308 Win Match ammo in your photos. Is this safe/recommended for the 7.62×51 barrel?

  • Julio

    I really like the look of this, but did they really copy the bolt from Merkel’s KR1?

  • Devil_Doc

    This needs a review…