Nosler Introduces the M48 NCH Bolt-Action Handgun

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Nosler has just released a new bolt action handgun called M48 NCH (Nosler Custom Handgun). This firearm was designed from the ground up by Nosler engineers with the help of some of the most successful handgun hunters. Having the overall layout of the iconic Remington XP-100, where the grip is located in front of the action, this handgun is designed to be a well-balanced precision hunting tool.

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The M48 NCH is based on the Nosler Model 48 short action rifle. It is a single-shot firearm and has a solid-bottom receiver. This gun utilizes an aluminum stock which is CNC machined out of a billet 6061-T6 aluminum. The pistol grip is AR-15 compatible. The gun comes standard with a black Hogue OverMolded rubber grip.

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This handgun is available in one of the following calibers: .22 Nosler, .24 Nosler, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5mm Creedmoor, 7mm-08 Remington and .308 Winchester. If this firearm gains popularity among the hunters and competition shooters, then I think it will quickly become a host for custom builds chambered in wildcat calibers that avid hunters and competition shooters praise so much (e.g. Ackley Improved family of cartridges).

Nosler M48 NCH handguns feature heavy contour free-floated and threaded Shilen barrels made of 416R stainless steel. The barrels can be ordered to be either fluted or non-fluted. The customers can also order these handguns with a thread protector on the muzzle threads or with a factory installed Harrell’s Precision Tactical 4-Port muzzle break. Although the company states that the standard barrel length is 15″, the customers can also order barrels as short as 12″, as long as 18″ and everything in-between in one-inch increments.

The variety of calibers and barrel lengths will allow using these handguns for different hunting purposes (from varminting to big game hunting) as well as for silhouette shooting competition.

The overall length of the Nosler M48 NCH handgun with a 15″ barrel is 21″. The overall weight of the 15″ fluted barreled NCH (without a scope and scope mounts) is 5.4 lbs.

Nosler M48 NCH handguns are available with one of the following 10 Cerakote color options: Graphite Black, Armor Black, Satin Mag, Blue Titanium, Hunter Orange, Desert Tan, Burnt Bronze, Sniper Grey, O.D. Green and StormTrooper White. Other Cerakote colors are available upon custom order. When ordering these handguns you can choose the color of the stock/chassis and the barreled action separately. This will allow having two-tone guns with a huge variety of possible color combinations.

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The MSRP of the M48 Nosler Custom handgun is $2,495. The fluted barrel option will add $100 to the price. If you choose to order the gun with the muzzle brake, then you’ll need to pay $200 more for that option.

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  • Jerry young Jerry young on Jun 12, 2018

    If this is a pistol that is designed to be so well balanced why does is it shown with a bipod? one would think a pistol should be shot off hand but I can see the need for something to stabalize your shot since it is so long, I would consider any gun with a barrel that long to be a rifle, what options will come with this, a folding stock to give you more rifle like accuracy and feel. My thought is if I'm going to hunt with a pistol then I'll buy a pistol not a rifle without a buttstock

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    • Spike1984 Spike1984 on Jul 06, 2018

      @Sunshine_Shooter If you want a single-shot handgun to reload faster, fasten a strip of spare rounds down the side if magazine-fed systems are tightly regulated, just like how soldiers fit their shotguns with shell belts and assault rifles with side-by-side magazine holders instead of getting reloads from their bandolier chest rigs.

  • Fds Fds on Jun 12, 2018

    Put it a folding or telescoping stock or at least stock capability and i will like it.