JTAC Industries ELF OWL Howa Mini Action Chassis

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    JTAC Industries is a firearms and accessories manufacturer from Plant City, Florida. One of their main products is a chassis called Elf Owl that is designed for Howa Mini Action barreled actions. This is a minimalistic, compact and lightweight chassis with quite a high level of modularity. Let’s take a closer look.

    JTAC Industries ELF OWL

    Its modularity is in the variety of stock and forearm options. By replacing the stock adapter you can attach an AR-15 buffer tube and stock/brace, Picatinny rail compatible stock/brace, or the company’s telescoping stock that is also available as a Tailhook brace adapter. The telescoping stock comes with an adjustable aluminum cheekpiece, has an adjustable length (3 positions), and allows working the action when it’s fully collapsed.

    The M-LOK aluminum handguard also contributes to the modularity of the Elf Owl chassis. The handguard is available in 5.5″, 7.5″ and 9.5″ length options. There is also a suppressor compatible 7.5″ version which has a relief cut at the front portion for use with 6.5″ barrels and suppressors with up to 1.5″ outside diameter. In this configuration, the handguard overlaps the suppressor by about two inches.


    As mentioned above, the Owl Elf chassis is compatible with Howa Mini Action barreled actions that are available in .223 Remington, .300 Blackout, 7.62x39mm, and 6.5 Grendel calibers. The core of the chassis is machined of aluminum. It is compatible with standard AR-15 pistol grips that don’t have a rear beavertail extension. The magazine well is flared and of course, takes Howa Mini Action magazines. Depending on the stock and handguard choice, the overall weight varies with the lightest configuration (no stock, 5.5″ rail) weighing 1.28 lbs. The chassis comes standard in black Cerakote finish but Coyote Tan, Stone Gray and Noveske Bazooka Green colors are also available for an additional $75.

    Talking about the price, the base configuration of JTAC Industries Elf Owl chassis that comes with any of the mentioned handguards but has no stock/brace and no pistol grip, has an MSRP of $299.95. The most expensive optional component is the telescoping stock that costs $249.99.

    Additionally, you can send your Howa Mini Action barreled action to JTAC Industries and specify what configuration (pistol or rifle) you want them to modify it to and get it back assemble in the Elf Owl chassis. Interestingly, if your barreled action has not ever been assembled as a rifle, it can be shortened and become a pistol not making an SBR, because as the company notes:

    Shortening Howa Barreled Actions for pistol builds IS legal, and does not create a short-barreled rifle. Howa Barreled Actions are not classified as rifles by the manufacturer, but rather as “Barreled Receivers”. Meaning they can be completed as either rifles or pistols.

    For those of you who already had your barreled action built as a rifle, the company offers an option of shortening the barrel and pinning and welding a muzzle device to keep the barrel length over 16″. Lastly, you can order an assembled Elf Owl Rifle (base price – $1,249.95) or Elf Owl Pistol (Base price – $959.95) if you don’t have a Howa barreled action or don’t want to buy it separately.

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