Adding firearms to a holiday wish list can get expensive and leave most disappointed. But there are affordable rifles out there that are realistic wish list items.
Every year sees a bumper crop of great new firearms, and 2017 was no exception. From classic bolt actions to modern sporting rifles, a wave top-notch firepower hit gun store shelves and shooting ranges in the last 12 months. So treat yourself or someone else to what you really want this holiday season: A new rifle.
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We’ve compiled a list of this year’s best bets. Scroll through the gallery above for a better look and read below for more information.
Affordable Rifles: U.S. Survival AR-7 Rifle
Long a favorite of bush pilots, back country adventurers, and backpackers far off the grid, the U.S. Survival AR-7 Rifle from Henry Repeating Arms is now available in Western Viper Camo.
Designed by Eugene Stoner of M16 fame, this .22 caliber rifle packs into itself, creating an impact- and water-resistant package measuring only 16.5-inches long. This self-contained semi-auto may just be the ultimate truck gun or wildness survival tool. You can have camo-clad backwoods independence for only $284.
For more information, please visit HenryUSA.com.
Affordable Rifles: Ruger American Rifle Predator 6.5 Creedmoor
The popularity of the 6.5 Creedmoor has grown in leaps and bounds thanks to the superlative performance of the round in a number of arenas. This Christmas season, get in on the action with the Ruger American Rifle.
The free-floated heavy-profile barrel comes threaded so you can attach your favorite muzzle device, and is fed reliably by Ruger’s dependable rotary magazine. In the Predator line, you can get a synthetic-stocked model that offers minute of angle accuracy for only $529.
For more information, please visit Ruger.com.
Affordable Rifles: Savage MSR 15 Patrol
Savage brings the accuracy it was known for in its bolt actions into the realm of the Modern Sporting Rifle.
The .223 Wylde chamber on the Savage MSR 15 Patrol digests .223 and 5.56 ammo with equal ease—and accuracy. The mil-spec upper and lower receivers are attached to a Blackhawk! Knox AR pistol grip and Axiom carbine stock for superior ergonomics. All this is cloaked in a Melonite QPQ finish, available for only $868.
For more information, please visit SavageArms.com.
Affordable Rifles: Mossberg MVP FLEX Rifle
Let the tool-less locking system of the Mossberg MVP FLEX rifle become the Most Valuable Player in your gun safe.
You can easily change the configuration of the FLEX, even in out in the field, to meet the conditions at hand. You can easily attach suppressors or brakes, thanks to the threading on the medium-contour bull barrel. Adding the safe appeal is a fluted bolt, offering custom aesthetics in a production gun. Available in 7.62 and 5.56 for a suggested retail of $765.
For more information, please visit Mossberg.com.
Affordable Rifles: Springfield Armory Saint
Perhaps it’s fitting that the company that revolutionized sporting arms when American GIs returned home with the M1 Garand in tow after the Great War should join the fray with a Modern Sporting Rifle of its own to continue the legacy. Enter the Saint series of AR-15s from the Springfield Armory.
Available in a variety of configurations, including California-legal variants, the Saint starts at a suggested retail price of $899.
For more information, please visit Springfield-Armory.com.
For The Ladies: Weatherby Vanguard Camilla
Designed expressly for the woman shooter, Weatherby brings its decades of rifle-building experience to the Vangaurd Camilla.
Built with a shortened length of pull to fit the female figure, a slender forearm, a slimmer grip with a gentle palm swell, and a higher comb engineered to ensure proper scope-eye alignment of smaller-statured shooters. Even the recoil pad is built with a woman’s figure in mind, canted to fit her shoulder properly. The Camilla features graceful lines and sub-MOA accuracy for only $849.
For more information, please visit Weatherby.com.
Honorable Mention: Bergara B-14 HMR
If you’re looking to really reach out and touch something, look no further than the Bergara B-14 HMR. An integrated chassis molded into the stock supports a free-floated barrel to achieve tack-driving precision.
Designed for the serious long-range shooter, or the shooter looking to get seriously involved in the long-range game, the B-14 HMR is supremely affordable for a benchrest/tactical rifle at only $1,150 to start.
For more information, please visit BergaraUSA.com.