RISE Armament 1121XR in 6.5 Creedmoor

    I have long been a fan of RISE Armament, and have been running their triggers for years. Last year I took the plunge and picked up their 1121XR Precision Rifle (chambered in .308 Win), which has been an amazing rifle. Their new offering this year is a variant of the 1121XR in 6.5 Creedmoor.

    As we all are well aware, 6.5 Creedmoor has become significantly more mainstream. This is evidenced by a number of manufacturers releasing variants of existing lines chambered in it.

    The 1121 is an easy shooting rifle, especially coupled with the Vortex optics. Ignore the fact that I am shooting from a bipod.

    The 1121XR is an easy shooting rifle, especially coupled with the Vortex optics. Ignore the fact that I am shooting from a bipod.

    I had the opportunity to run a demo of the rifle at SHOT Industry Range Day and was immediately rewarded by a first-round hit at 960 yards (of course the rifle was already dialed in). Followup shots were shockingly easy to take, resulting in 100% hits against shots taken.

    The 6.5 Creedmoor variant uses the same base furniture as the .308 Win version. All are solidly built and very functional.

    The 6.5 Creedmoor variant uses the same base furniture as the .308 Win version. All are solidly built and very functional.

    The rifle comes installed with a couple of their standard offerings, the RA-535 Trigger and the RA-701 compensator. It has a 20-inch 416R stainless steel barrel with a 1:8 twist and is guaranteed sub-MOA. The 1121XR comes with a Magpul PRS Adjustable stock and the RA-905 15-inch MLOK handguard (with a Picatinny upper rail). It weighs in right at 9.5 lbs and should retail at MSRP for around $2500.

    The 6.5 Creedmoor variant is not yet listed on their site but should be available early this spring. You can check in at http://www.risearmament.com/

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com


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