The host of YouTube channel called ECCO Machine has designed a bolt action magazine fed rifle chambered in .22LR, which weighs only 18.9 oz (unloaded). There are a couple of such lightweight survival .22LR rifles on the market, namely the Pack-Rifle and a Cricket rifle conversion by a company called Ruta Locura. These two weigh even less (around 15 oz), but they are single shot rifles. ECCO’s rifle is a magazine fed one.
The gun is made of lightweight materials. The chassis is machined from a block of ABS plastic. The receiver is an aluminum one and many parts are made of titanium (bolt, barrel extension etc.). The gun feeds from a 5 round detachable magazine. Despite of the small size, the gun has a couple of storage compartments – one in the grip and a waterproof compartment inside the stock. The stock tube can hold 40 rounds of .22LR ammunition.
This rifle is also a takedown one. The barrel easily detaches by pressing a latch on the receiver. The assembly process is even simpler and requires nothing more than pushing in the barrel and it snaps in place. The removed barrel mounts on the chassis to make a compact package. In this condition, the overall length of the gun is 17.2″.
Another interesting feature is that the bolt has two forward locking lugs much like centerfire bolt action rifle bolts. The YouTuber also says that he can make the gun even lighter with more titanium made materials.
I described all the features which I think are interesting. However, if you want to learn more about this gun watch the video below:
I think the designer used several interesting solutions. If this design is further refined, then I think chances are good that we’ll see a new small gun company.