Its hard not to enjoy a good bolt-action rifle. The action is completely satisfying: unlock, pull, push, and close the action. With fine, smooth guns, it’s a therapy unto itself.
However, the manually rotating bolt action is perhaps a vestige of the past, with countries noticing over 100 years that it was faster and more ergonomic to use a straight-pull action. The only major drawback is the increased complexity and cost to the straight-pull, which has kept them relegated to typically high-end offerings.
Today, companies are looking to convert modern semi-auto designs into bolt-actions, if only due to various firearms restrictions in place around the world. An AR-15 makes for a handy straight pull with spring-assisted closure speeding up shooting. POF has modified the AR-10/LR-308 side too.
But, what happens when you add a straight pull action to a BAR? You get the Browning Maral, a high-end hunting rifle offered primarily in Europe. Chambered in (as one would expect) .30-06, the rifle adds a contoured bolt handle the bolt carrier and when coupled with Browning’s elegant stock options creates quite the compelling sporter.
Released in 2014, the Maral is slowly gaining SKUs including options in 9.3x62mm, .308 Winchester, and 300 Win Mag. Pricing for 2017 has been released at a hair over 2,500 Euros or about $2,600 dollars for those here in the United States.