The Savage 10 FCP-SR fits the bill for an accurate, reliable and light rifle that’s easy to field. It provides an affordable option for rapid-deployment applications or as a patrol rifle, all in the proven 7.62mm caliber. Show with a Weaver Tactical 3-15x50mm scope.
The industry continues to produce precision rifles designed for use in prone—it’s easy to forget that many want something else. During most police deployments, officers are in the prone position, so weight is often a non-issue. This in turn has lead to a heavier, more complicated stock with a barrel diameter somewhere between a large broomstick and a trailer axle. Such stocks are adjustable for length of pull, cheekweld and even the buttstock’s height. As far as ruggedness, I have often dropped my rigs off of trucks only to pick the guns back up, confident that they’d fire reliably. And I’ve seen a sniper rifle roll off a roof and land at the bottom of a house, so it’s nice to know my rifle can actually survive something like that. However, this kind of ruggedness isn’t always necessary. There are tradeoffs to durability—your gun will be heavier, for one. The U.S Optics scopes I use could literally be thrown across the parking lot and still hold zero, but they also add weight. And steel mounts, bases and so forth are all heavy.
All the nice add-ons can also add complexity. One of my favorite sayings from Clint Smith was “if the space shuttle can fail, so can your rifle”—wheels come loose, set screws don’t set and what fits in one position may not fit in another. Thus, simpler is often better. For most applications, all you need is an accurate, reliable rifle with a simple stock, configured for duty use. This was exactly what had been decided for our department rifles when it came time to rebuild them several years ago. Although the actions were blueprinted and tuned, a nice medium-weight barrel was added and threaded to accommodate our Jet Suppressors. A simple stock was chosen in a nice camouflage with no mechanical adjustments. Cheekweld was accomplished with a stock pack and set up for each officer. These rifles remain in service, shoot incredibly well and have served for many years and many deployments.
Savage Arms’ precision rifles have long been known for their simplicity, affordability and, above all, accuracy. From their earliest days Savage rifles have been accurate (often to the consternation of the shooter with a custom-built gun). True, Savage’s triggers were a bit rough at first, but that has been solved with the Accutrigger. Savage’s stock choices used to be minimal as well, but today state-of-the-art stocks are available. I’ve encountered several Savage precision rifles at training schools I’ve attended and taught at. At the precision rifle portion of our Peace Officer Standards and Training firearms instructor school years ago, there were always two or three in class. These guns were often purchased by officers that simply could not afford spending a couple grand on a rifle. But the best offerings from Savage are those that are simple and affordable, and the 10 FCP-SR fits the bill.
The 10 FCP-SR is a simple rifle, with all you need for precision-rifle use. The lightweight synthetic molded stock is in a tan digital camouflage. Two studs are included in the front of the stock to accommodate a bipod and sling—one is at the rear, in the bottom of the stock. The forend is flat at the bottom with a slight taper, allowing for solid positions while resting on a wall or other surface. The comb is straight. The grip is a standard rifle angle with stippling for solid control. The rear of the stock utilizes a nicely padded buttpad.
The action uses a bottom metal that accommodates the AICS magazine platform. A single 10-round Accurate-Mag is provided and includes a large paddle for magazine changes. There were no issues with insertion, and the magazine dropped free when empty. It rattled a bit but moved easily. My Accuracy International magazines fit quite a bit tighter—they still moved but didn’t rattle. Neither magazine locked the bolt open on the last round, which made for fast single-feeding.
The 10 FCP-SR’s oversized triggerguard enables use with gloves or by large hands. The Savage Accutrigger breaks cleanly, and the trigger safety acts almost like a two-stage trigger. If the trigger is pressed without the safety engaged, it locks the trigger in place and forces a reset in order to fire. Engaging the safety as you press the trigger provides a clean, crisp break.
The bolt uses a large knob that is attached to the bolt, as opposed to being screwed on. The knob is pretty straight and allows for fast bolt operation. The three-position safety is located directly behind the bolt, and all the way forward is the fire position: moved back one click, the bolt can be manipulated while the trigger is locked; moved all the way to the rear, the bolt is locked in place. The safety’s positions are close together but easy to feel.
Atop the action is a 20-MOA one-piece tactical rail for attaching optics. The barrel is a 24-inch carbon steel with a 1-in-10-inch twist rate. Although the barrel is referred to as being heavy fluted, by today’s standards it is medium weight. It is nicely fluted and has 5/8-by-24-inch threading to accept suppressors—my Jet Suppressor (361-758-9381; jetsuppressors.com) attached without issue. A knurled thread protector is provided for normal use.