If you watched the series premiere of ‘Shooter‘ on the USA Network this past Tuesday, you may have noticed a very distinctive sniper rifle being featured. Meet the custom SEFR (Saber Enhanced Factory Rifle), created especially for the show by Ashbury Precision Ordnance Mfg‘s Custom Shop (APOCS). See the press release below to get a better understanding of the SEFR rifle.
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“The SHOOTER production team did not want a non-functioning Hollywood prop,” said Matthew Peterson, Ashbury’s Product Development Coordinator. “It was important that the sniper rifle used in the TV series had modern, realistic character and be a fully functional ‘real-steel’ precision rifle system. The new signature SHOOTER TV series rifle needed to be based on a ‘commercially available’ factory rifle, built on the innovative SABER®-FORSST® modular rifle chassis system.” APO had just the answer…a SABER Enhanced Factory Rifle – SEFR!
The new SHOOTER TV series SEFR rifle built by the APO Custom Shop started out as a Savage 110 with a factory 26″ 1:9 twist barrel chambered for the powerful .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge. The Savage bolt action receiver has been specially trued by the APOCS veteran US Marine Corps MOS 2112/2111 Gunsmithing/Armorer lead ordnance team. The barrel is topped off with a sleek, recoil reducing muzzle brake suppressor adapter. The Savage AccuTrigger is superb and the rifle is easily capable of turning in sub ¾ MOA groups or better, using RUAG Swiss-P 250gr Target OTM ammunition. This real-steel, range-ready APO precision rifle weighs in fully kitted at 18.5lbs!
The patented SABER® SVL-A2 MOD-1 is proudly manufactured in the USA by American military veterans and craftsmen from aerospace grade alloys, carbon reinforced composites and high-strength, light-weight carbon fiber. This SABER® modular rifle chassis system features a heat-mitigating prepreg carbon fiber forend with a 30MOA one piece monolithic rail that provides increased structural rigidity essential for consistent down range precision shot placement and solid co-linear mounting of a rifle scope, clip-on night vision or thermal weapon sight.
The Quattro forend has co-bore aligned Picatinny accessory rail attachment points at 3 and 9 o’clock for laser pointers, illuminators and laser rangefinders. The 6 o’clock forend rail accommodates variable bipod and tripod attachment points. The SVL-A2 MOD-1 has an ergonomically adaptable Push Button Adjustable Hybrid (PBA-H) shoulder stock, drop adjustable Limbsaver® premium recoil pad, height adjustable field monopod, re-positionable hand & grip angle adjustment and a detachable 10rd 3.76″ high capacity magazine that accepts CIP length ammunition.
“Through close design collaboration with Independent Studio Services, the current APO SEFR 110 is an enhanced version of the initial SEFR Savage 110 rifle platform Ashbury introduced in late 2012,” said Peterson. “The SABER MOD-1 modular rifle chassis rapidly adjustable ergonomic features and Quattro forend offers the TV series writers and actors a lot to work with in terms of positioning the actor in alternate firing positions and attachment of electro-optic accessories. Ashbury was really pleased to again work with the TV production industry having previously provided APO precision rifles and sniper support gear for television action series like THE UNIT, 24, and Chuck.”