TFB has covered the Savage MSR15 Competition before, but there are now more details uncovered and – more importantly – shipments have been made to dealers.
The PROOF barrels I have tested have all been very light, sweet and accurate so it’s nice to see them on “off the shelf” competition rifles.
The speed, accuracy and customization needed to win are built into every aspect of the new MSR 15 Competition.Savage teamed with PROOF Research to craft a barrel specific to the firearm. Its unique ported muzzle brake allows the shooter to tune the recoil impulse to stabilize the muzzle for faster, more accurate follow-up shots.The custom-length gas block can be adjusted for optimal cycling of the full range of bullet weights, as well as for use with a suppressor. The gas block has also been upgraded with an integral Picatinny rail and a custom handguard.
WESTFIELD, Massachusetts – October 2018
Savage built the speed, accuracy and customization competitive shooters need to win into every aspect of its new MSR 15 Competition.
The MSR 15 Competition is fitted with an advanced, 18-inch carbon fiber wrapped stainless barrel built specifically for the rifle in a collaborative effort between Savage and PROOF Research. Its unique ported muzzle brake allows the shooter to tune recoil impulse to stabilize the muzzle for faster, more accurate follow-up shots.
The custom-length gas block can be adjusted for optimal cycling of the full range of bullet weights, as well as for use with a suppressor. The gas block has also been upgraded with an integral Picatinny rail and a custom handguard.
Features & Benefits
• Savage by PROOF Research 18-inch carbon fiber wrapped stainless barrel
• Nickel-boron bolt carrier
• Custom-forged upper and lower receivers
• Non-reciprocating side charging handle
• Savage tunable muzzle brake
• Magpul CTR buttstock
• Two-stage trigger
• Custom-length adjustable gas system
• Rigid free-float handguard with M-LOK, anti-flare grooves and red QD sling mount
• Red ambidextrous selector, receiver end plate with QD mount, and removable custom mag well flare
• Ambidextrous magazine release
• Hogue pistol grip
All these features means that the price will be more than your average AR15, but I know for a fact that a lot of competitors are prepared to pay more – or a lot more – for the right rifle.
You can get the MSR Competition in two calibers, the price is the same:
Part No. / Description / MSRP
22938 / 223 Rem., 18-inch barrel / $2,875
22936 / 224 Valkyrie, 18-inch barrel / $2,875
The 223 runs a 1 in 8” twist and the 224 uses 1 to 7″.
According to Savage the weight is 7.90 pounds (3.6 kilograms).
Do we have any readers in Savage’s target group? What do you say, does the MRS 15 come with the right features and price?
Personally I like the PROOF barrel and the left-hand charge looks interesting. I would definitely have chosen another stock however, and prefer single stage triggers.