[SHOT 2021] Howa Carbon Fiber Stalker: New Sub 5lb rifle

    Howa Carbon Fiber Stalker

    Howa Carbon Fiber Stalker

    The Howa Mini Action Gets even lighter

    New from Legacy Sports International this year is the Howa Carbon Fiber Stalker.  The stock itself comes from a collaboration between Howa and Stocky’s, an American gunstock maker.  Stocky’s has this to say about their newest line up of ultralight carbon fiber stocks:

    Truly the Next Generation of carbon fiber layup – they are stronger, lighter and more precisely machined than ever before. This, the newest carbon fiber stockmaking facility in America, took us more than a year to put together but we finally accomplished it. You can be sure our new CF lineup is formulated with the best-of-the-best American Technology, indeed the world, has to offer.

    The Howa Carbon Fiber Stalker looks to be initially available in the Mini Action calibers of .223, 6.5 Grendel, 7.62×39 and .350 Legend.  The stated weight of 4lbs 10 oz is significantly lighter than Howa’s previous lightest weight option, which was 5lbs 12.8oz.  Pricing has not been stated at this time.  Per Howa:

    Howa’s M1500 Barrel set in a Carbon Fiber Stock created by Stocky’s.
    The rifle weighs in around 4lbs 10oz without a scope! You can find the same 2-Stage H.A.C.T. Trigger, Sub-MOA Guarantee and Lifetime Warranty on Howa Rifles with this new product. The rifle comes with the standard 3 Position Safety with the Mini Action, Short Action and Long Action set up. The available calibers:
    Mini Action: .223 Rem, 6.5 Grendel, 7.62×39 and 350 Legend
    Short Action: 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08 Rem and .308 Win
    Long Action: .270 Win and 6.5 PRC

    Almost Perfect

    The only negative that I can see is that the new rifle does not have a threaded barrel.  Purely this author’s opinion, but if this rifle came with a threaded barrel my cash would be on the barrel for one yesterday.  As with many of Legacy Sports International’s Howa line extensions, a threaded version may be not too far off in the future.  Combined with a lightweight one-inch diameter scope for day use or a compact thermal optic, this will make a strong contender for a lightweight ranch rifle.  Here are some of TFB’s previous experiences with Howa Mini Actions:
    For more information, please visit Legacy Sports International
    Rusty S.

    Having always had a passion for firearms, Rusty S. has had experience in gunsmithing, firearms retail, hunting, competitive shooting, range construction, as an IDPA certified range safety officer and a certified instructor. He has received military, law enforcement, and private training in the use of firearms. Editor at Outdoorhub.com