Austrian firearms manufacturer VOERE Präzisionstechnik GmbH has introduced a new bolt action rifle called Voere S16. As you can see on the images of this article, the rifle has one very distinctive feature. It has a side magazine well which takes AR-15 (STANAG) magazines.
According to the company, the reason they designed the rifle with a side magazine is to “ensures for an improved ergonomics over the conventional rifle design in prone shooting“.
The rifle is chambered in .223 Remington and it is compatible with all standard AR-15 magazines. The AR-15 magazines will also stop the bolt from moving forward if the magazine is empty. So the bolt will extract and eject the last round but it won’t close on the empty magazine. That will allow the shooter to know that he has no rounds in the magazine.
The rifle is also quite lightweight weighing only 2 kilograms (about 4.5 lbs). It features a polymer stock and a carbon fiber wrapped barrel. There is also a version with an integrally suppressed barrel. The length of pull and height of the cheek rest are adjustable.
This rifle has a cock-on-open action. It is based on Voere K15A rifle action. The safety lever is located on the tail of the bolt. There is a cutout in the stock (similar to bolt handle cutout) for the safety lever. The Voere S16 rifle also has an adjustable two stage trigger.
Voere S16 features a Picatinny rail on top of the receiver. On the bottom portion of the forearm, there is a Freeland rail. The latter is a T-slot shaped accessory mounting platform similar to Anschütz (UIT) rail. The rifle also comes with QD sling swivel mounting sockets.
Here is also a promo video published by the manufacturer:
Images by VOERE Präzisionstechnik GmbH.