Here’s a new, odd bird from Austria if you feel you want to be on of a few with the firearm of your choice at the range.
At only 2 kilograms (about 4.4 pounds) it is a very light rifle, and uses STANAG compatible magazines with a bolt-action. Apart from the low weight, the magazine’s location is the outstanding feature.
It reminds me a bit of the AR-7 Survival Rifle, but if we look back in history we also find rifles like the Krag–Jørgensen and the STEN sub-machine gun with similar magazine solutions.You can check the Fuchs design as well, which TFB covered earlier. (links to Wikipedia or the manufacturer if you want to check as reference)
The Mossberg MVP also uses STANAG magazines, but is loaded from a more traditional position.
The price for the starts at € 895, which is roughly 1 050 USD.
S16 Light Weight Rifle
Additional to calibre 223 Rem., our S16 light weight rifle is available in the calibres 222 Rem., 300 Whisper and 300 AAC Blackout starting from october 2018.
Furthermore the S16 will be delivered with a 5-rounds polymer magazine.
Other compatible AR-15 Stanag magazines from an accessory store can also be used.
Below: They call this a pistol grip. Note the carbon barrel.
- Calibre 223 Rem.
- Cock-on-open bolt
- Weight 2 kg
- Carbon fibre reinforced barrel
- Fibre reinforced stock
- AR-15 stanag magazine
- Firning pin safety
The action is describes as: “cock-on-open bolt, steel construction bolt action, robust locking lug, only 60° opening angle”
And the barrel: “Steel barrel with Carbon fibreshell more than 3mm and 1/2″ UNF Muzzle thread”
|Weight: ca. 2 kg|
|Barrel lenght: 50 cm|
|Overall lenght: 103 cm|
This is from VOERE’s homepage, but I think they used auto-translation from Austrian. I hope it makes some sense.
With the new S16 VOERE presents a handy and lightweight repeater rifle that can accommodate AR-15 magazines. Through a carbon fiber reinforced steel barrel with 50 centimeters in length, the rifle reaches a weight of less than 2 kg.
A fixed muzzle brake, it helps the repeater rifle the already low recoil of the 223 Rem.
The S16 has a 2-position firing pin safety device as well as a lock with two locking lugs and an opening angle of only 60 °, which makes fast repetition easier. Pressing the safety lever down activates the fuse and pressing it up unlocks the rifle. A red and a white dot on the lock indicate the current safety status of the rifle.
The trigger pull clear breaks at a trigger weight of 2 kg.
A characteristic feature of the S16 is the side-mounted magazine, which allows easy reloading, especially in prone shooting. The special feature is that practically all AR-15 magazines available on the market can be attached.
Depending on the feeder design, the magazine also functions as a catcher.
The lock holder is attached to the left side of the system. By simply pressing the button, the bolt can be removed.
The cheek rest can be easily and quickly adjusted very easily and quickly with the help of a 3mm Allen key or a 15x Torx.
The length-adjustable shaft can be fixed in 5 different positions by pressing the quick adjustment button on the right side and adjusted according to the size of the shooter.
Now what really interests me is the S16 integrated silencer barrel version, in 300 Blackout please…shown below.
The Suppressed S16 may not be as refined, but most likely a lot cheaper than the B&T SPR300. Another bonus is that the barrel length of the S16 is legal for hunting in most EU countries, where the limit is 45 cm (17.7″). I am very tempted.
The rifle looks a bit fragile in its design, especially around the charging handle, but Austrians normally have a tendency to deliver high-quality firearms (remember Glock and Steyr?)
I do like to Picatinny rail on the top of the receiver and the ability to get a barrel with integrated suppressor.
VOERE Präzisionstechnik GmbH who makes the rifle are based in the Tirol Area in Austria, and I presume getting one in the US will be a bit of a challenge.
VOERE have a few interesting precision rifles as well.
Here is a direct link to the manufacturer’s homepage.
So, what do you say? Is this a rifle nobody wants, or something we all need?