Touring Ritter & Stark: High Tech To Achieve High Precision

Ritter & Stark is reasonably new to the market and brings a very young approach to firearms manufacturing. Their SX-1 rifle boasts a .5 MOA guarantee as a result of the precise manufacturing processes used.

Patrick traveled to Austria so he could show you how much technology is utilized to build some of the most impressive CNC machinery that we have seen in a firearms manufacturing facility yet. We will have a review of the SX-1 rifle that you see them producing next week and a glimpse at the new SLX as well.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and TFBTV Host. He likes guns and has liked shooting guns for as long as he can remember. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at TFBpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Ehtacs

    Alrighty marketing people… We can’t have like 10 different rifles *all* be the most accurate tactical rifle in the world! I’m calling shenanigans.

    • Gary Kirk

      You got it.. “Marketing”.. It’s like when retailers say “If you find it for less”, as long as they all sell at the same price.. They’re all the cheapest.. As long as 10 rifles meet the same quota of MOA, they’re all the most accurate..

    • RavishedBoy

      Not all shenanigans are created equal. It depends on who says them.

    • noob

      What if they all shoot exactly the same sized groups? Equal first place?

  • Walter E. Kurtz

    No horror here. The beauty….the beauty!

  • Destro Yakisoba

    How many American dollars is this supposed to cost?

    • Haulin’ Oats

      $6,555 @ eurooptic

  • Gary Kirk

    “High tech to achieve high accuracy”.. Forgot at high cost.. But, then again, precision isn’t a cheep man’s game.. Still would like to know the price of one of these, for comparative reasons..

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      The SX-1 caliber convertible rifle starts at $5500 or so. The rifle I have for review is $8555 with a nice Pelican style case that houses both .308 and .338 LM barrels.

      • Gary Kirk

        Not bad, for what you’re getting.. But there will be those.. “Welp I’s can built me an AR fo foh hunnert

        • FarmerB

          ..and it shoots 1/4 MOA all day, “as long as I do my part”

      • iksnilol

        The feeling when someone spends more than 5k on the rifle alone just to have it in .308.

        That’s painful.

        • MeaCulpa

          Sort of like competitive walking, being the fastest at moving slow.

          • jonp

            How about a 308 Norma Mag?

  • Haulin’ Oats

    Did you somehow sneak a free sample out of the factory and on board your return flight to Texas?

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      I wish! I had a SX-1 in for review prior to me heading over there. Very impressive rifle.

      • Juggernaut

        Is SX short for Sexy?

  • Rusty S.

    Great video, Patrick! Looks like a facility up to the most modern standards in manufacturing, that must have been quite an investment up front!

  • QuadGMoto

    It looks like the receiver attaches to the barrel via the Pic rail. That’s quite a fascinating idea and it explains why they machine those rails instead of just using an extrusion.

  • Julio

    Isn’t there a version of the SLX with a polymer receiver under development? No mention of this here. I hope that doesn’t mean it’s been shelved.

  • Giolli Joker

    The barrel is rifled by ECM.
    Spoke to these guys in IDEX and found their system impressive. Barrel and bolt head change are quick and efficient, compatibility to use several types of magazines is great as well.
    Very interesting facility they have there.

    • noob

      That’s clever – just like etching a PCB. Hey does that mean they can make barrels out of ultrahard materials like Stellite without burning out their tooling if they have an agressive enough etching solution?

      • Giolli Joker

        AFAIK the use steel (as shown in the video) however they market their system as capable of allowing use of harder steels while not applying any mechanical stress in the material.

        • noob

          I wonder how they managed to paint the resist mask on the inside of the bore before etching. Or maybe they had a conductive mandrel like that one the weponeer 3d printed. I hope they patent the tech so we can all benefit in 16 years rather than keeping it as secret as the 11 secret herbs and spices.

          • Giolli Joker

            I have no idea on the details, but, according to Daniel E. Watters, S&W has been using ECM rifling for decades. I do not know if R&S have developed a dedicated process or they are just using existing techniques, maybe tailored more towards accuracy rather than cost efficiency.

  • jonp

    ummm….wow….Great Video, Patrick. Thanks for the effort. Man, I wish I had the money for this.

  • Juggernaut

    I just hope my UTG BugBuster will stand up to the recoil of the .338 Lapua