SAUER Introduces Ultralight S101 Highland XTC Carbon-Fiber Rifle

    J. P. Sauer & Sohn, or Sauer for short, is a German firearm manufacturer with a long tradition in manufacturing hunting guns. While sticking to time tested formats such as bolt action rifles and double barrel shotguns, the designers at Sauer, now part of the Blaser Group, don’t shy away from trying modern solutions. One such example is the S101 Highland XTC rifle with carbon fiber stock.

    Sauer S101 XTC Carbon

    SAUER Introduces Ultralight S101 Highland XTC Carbon-Fiber Rifle

    Here below is the full press release from Sauer USA:

    San Antonio, Texas (November 10, 2020) – J. P. Sauer & Sohn, Germany’s oldest manufacturer of hunting firearms, is pleased to introduce the ultralight S101 Highland XTC carbon-fiber rifle. Weighing just 5.4 lbs. in the .308 Win version, this highly accurate bolt-action rifle is ideal for strenuous hunts when every ounce counts.

    The S101 features a hand-laid, carbon-fiber stock with advanced recoil absorbing properties. The barrel is fluted and threaded for additional weight reduction and cold-hammer forged for guaranteed precision of less than one MOA at 100 yards. The barrel and receiver also feature Sauer’s Diamond-Like-Carbon (DLC) surface for maximum corrosion protection.

    The DLC layer is 40 times thinner than a human hair while offering key advantages such as superior surface hardness and maximum rust protection and wear resistance,” said Jason Evans, CEO, Blaser Group. “Many advances were made in the production of the Highland XTC, and it now holds the record as Sauer’s lightest rifle ever.”

    Additional features include superb balance, a crisp match-grade trigger, fluted bolt, and Sauer’s Dura Safe direct firing pin safety which operates as an ergonomic slide on the bolt shroud for enhanced safety and optimum operation. The Highland XTC consistently delivers precision and accuracy even under the most extreme climate conditions.

    The Sauer S101 Highland XTC carbon-fiber rifle is available in all current calibers in the S101 series and, depending on the caliber, in barrel lengths from 20-inches to 22-inches.

    MSRP: $3,000 

    Sauer Ultralight S101 Highland XTC Carbon

    SAUER Introduces Ultralight S101 Highland XTC Carbon-Fiber Rifle – Detail of the DLC finish on the fluted barrel.

    S 101 Highland XTC Specifications

    Standard: .243 Win., .270 Win., 6,5×55 SE, 7×64, .308 Win., .30-06 Spring., 8×57 IS, 9,3×62
    Magnum: .300 Win. Mag., 7mm Rem. Mag.
    Total Weight
    Standard: ca. 2.500 g / 88 oz.
    Magnum: ca. 2.600 g / 91 oz
    Total Length
    Standard: 1.015 mm / 40 inch
    Magnum: 1.065 mm / 42 inch
    Barrel Length
    Standard: 510 mm / 20 inch
    Magnum: 560 mm / 22 inch
    Barrel Contour
    Standard fluted (kanneliert)
    Barrel Surface
    Diamond like carbon (DLC)
    Trigger Weight
    950 g / 33,5 oz.
    Magazine Capacity
    Standard: 5
    Magnum: 4
    Muzzle Thread
    Stock Shape
    ErgoMax RH/LH
    Stock Material
    Adjustable Comb
    Sauer Ultralight S101 Highland XTC Carbon

    SAUER Introduces Ultralight S101 Highland XTC Carbon-Fiber Rifle – Detail of the carbon weave of the stock

    Beside offering the benefits of the carbon fiber stock, the S101 Highland XTC shares with other models of the same family a patented bedding system called EVER REST. The free floating, cold-hammer forged barrel is guaranteed to group 5 shots within 1 MOA. More info can be found on the official website here.

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    Italian firearm enthusiast now living in an even more restrictive country, Giorgio has a passion for innovative or plainly unusual mechanical solutions. He’s also interested in manufacturing technologies with a recent focus on additive manufacturing.

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