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[SHOT 2024] Christensen Arms Launches Three New Rifles, Including Sub-$1000 Model

At this year’s SHOT Show, Christensen Arms unveiled three new rifle models, broadening their product range in both the entry-level and high-performance segments. Among the releases is the Christensen Arms Evoke, the company’s inaugural offering priced under $1,000, designed to attract new customers to their products.

The Evoke boasts a specialized Christensen action featuring three lugs and a 60-degree bolt throw. Customers seeking personalization will appreciate the four finishes available: Evoke Standard, Evoke Mossy Oak, Evoke Hunter—which includes a Picatinny rail atop the action as a standard feature—and the Evoke Precision that adds a hybrid grip angle stock and a carbon-fiber cheek riser to the Picatinny rail equipped action. The base model carries an MSRP of $898, with variations chambered in an array of calibers including .243 Winchester, 6.5 PRC, 6.5 Creedmoor, .270 Win, 7mm Rem Mag, 7mm PRC, .308 Win, .30-06 Springfield, .300 Win Mag, 300 PRC, and 350 Legend.

Importantly, short-action cartridges are matched with short-action rifles for optimal performance. However, not every version of the rifle will be offered in every caliber, and barrel lengths will vary from 18 to 22 inches depending on the model. In preparation for customization, each rifle comes suppressor-ready, accompanied by Christensen’s own RFR brake.

Product specs for all Evoke models include a carbon-fiber stock with an integrated rail, a 416R stainless steel barrel, a Triggertech trigger, and a detachable magazine. The company indicated that the Evoke series is a significant opportunity to introduce new shooters to Christensen Arms, particularly those who may have found their more premium models beyond their budget.

Moving upwards in the product line, Christensen Arms has upgraded their elite selection of hunting rifles with the introduction of the Modern Carbon Rifle. This rifle is built around a Christensen-crafted Rem 700-pattern action, enhanced with a 20 MOA rail atop the action. The incorporation of the FFT Carbon stock is notable for its carbon-fiber push-button-adjustable cheek riser, and versatility is further emphasized with both M-LOK and Picatinny attachment points on the forearm, along with QD swivel points at both ends.

A lightweight 6.7 lbs design is mainly achieved thanks to the significant weight reduction from the carbon-fiber barrel. Precision is key, as evidenced by the standard Triggertech trigger, adjustable between 2.5 to 5 lbs. A half-MOA accuracy at 50 yards is guaranteed by Christensen.

This cutting-edge rifle is available in calibers such as 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, 7mm PRC, .308 Win, .300 Win Mag, and 300 PRC. Standard calibers come with a 22-inch barrel length, whereas the 7mm PRC, .300 Win Mag, and 300 PRC feature a 24-inch barrel.

The final addition to Christensen Arms’ repertoire is a rimfire variant of their acclaimed bolt-action Modern Precision Rifle. In terms of design, it borrows heavily from the centerfire models, utilizing the same chassis system, complete with its folding stock, a Remington 700 trigger system, carbon-fiber handguard (offered in two lengths), and a carbon-fiber comb piece. Standard on this model is the Christensen Arms Carbon Fiber Tension Rimfire barrel.

A Picatinny rail is integrated into the top of the action and the barrels are threaded for suppressors or other muzzle devices. It uses Ruger BX-1-pattern magazines, and the MSPR is set at $1,249. The rifle is guaranteed to perform at sub-MOA accuracy at 50 yards and will start shipping in March with three color options.

The available calibers for the rimfire rifle are .22 WMR, .22LR, and .17 HMR, with barrel lengths of 16, 18, or 20 inches corresponding to each caliber. In terms of weight, the rifle starts at 6.2 lbs and varies depending on the chosen configuration.

 

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