Ritter & Stark, a year old European precision rifle maker based in Austria has released their new modular bolt-action precision rifle named the SX-1. The new Ritter & Stark rifle is a contemporary chassis based bolt gun that was designed similar to the Remington XM2010 (which is in service with the US Army), and the new Ruger Precision Rifle.
Like other chassis based bolt guns, the Ritter & Stark SX-1 has the advantage of modularity over the traditional rifle stock design. The SX-1 comes with a fully adjustable side-folding stock, an AR-15 style pistol grip, removable magazine, and a tactical handguard with both the 1913 rail and M-LOK interfaces, as well as the M5 screw mounting system.
The SX-1 has a beautifully machined aluminum receiver, and is compatible with any aftermarket Remington 700 trigger. The SX-1 model that chambers for the .308 Win can use any SR25 pattern AR-10 magazine. The SX-1 is also available in .300 Win Mag and .338 Lapua Mag.
Just in case you want to know what optic is on the SX-1, it’s a Hensoldt 3.5-26x56mm FFP tactical precision scope. Hensoldt used to be the military division of Zeiss, but was sold and is now part of Airbus. Yes, the same Airbus that makes passenger airplanes! As for the price of the Hensoldt optic, if you have to ask, you probably couldn’t afford it.
The Ritter & Stark SX-1’s free-float barrel is both quick changeable and has a Picatinny 1913 top rail directly fixed to it. The purpose of this is to be able to match an optic to the barrel without affecting the optic’s zero after it has been removed and reinstalled. Ritter & Stark SX-1’s projected price is from $5000-$6500 USD depending on the configuration. The price is inline with other high-end military grade precision bolt-action rifles offered by Remington, Beretta, Steyr and others.
The barrel used on most high-end precision bolt-guns is usually the most critical component. Every manufacturer has their-own “Black Magic” process in making it. Ritter & Stack is no exception with their unique process that limits any mechanical stress and thermal effects. The barrel life is quite good with guarantee of ½ MOA accuracy to 5000 rounds for the .308 Win and .338 Lapua Mag calibers, that reduced to 2000 rounds for the hotter 300 Win Mag. The SX-1 barrel is available in both the bull-barrel and fluted lightweight profiles.