New Winchester SX-AR Autoloading Centerfire Rifle

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

I was very surprised when a reader email me about this new rifle from Winchester. The poor Browning BAR hunting rifle has been through yet another evolution and rebranding.

In early 2008 FN announced a tactical sniper rifle, the FNAR, based on the Browning BAR (FN owns both Browning and Winchester Arms). It added a detachable magazine, pistol grip and top, bottom and side picatinny rails.

The new SX-AR is a heavy barreled FNAR in a Mossy Oak camo finish but without the side rails and full length top rail (interestingly the bottom rail remains). It comes full circle, taking the tactical FNAR improvements back to the hunting market.

Winchester SX-AR
Caliber308 Win.
FinishMossy Oak Brush
Magazine Capacity10 (compatible with 20 round FNAR magazines)
BarrelMatch grade hammer forged chrome plated heavy contour with recessed target crown
Barrel Length20″
Rate of Twist1:12″
Overall Length41 1/2″
Length of Pull14 1/8″
Weight9 lbs. 14 oz.
MSRP (Price)$1,379.00

This rifle will have been developed to fight the new AR-10 based hunting rifles that have been coming into the market, for example, the Remington R-25. I suspect the reason it is being rebranded and marketed under Winchester, and not Browning, is so that the risk of the BAR being named in any Assault Weapon Ban (federal or state) is reduced. The Browning BAR can continue to be a “traditional” styled hunting rifle.

For comparison, there are photos of the SX-AR ancestors …

Browning BAR

A big thank you to Reese for emailing me about this new rifle.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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