Adding stealth to the Highland Stalker rifle, London gunmaker John Rigby & Co. has partnered with top British engineering firm, Barton GunWorks to develop a bespoke sound moderator befitting their award-winning rifle. Moderators not only significantly minimizes sound but also reduce recoil.
With specific criteria for design, Barton GunWorks was challenged to produce a sound moderator that would not affect the handling and balance of the rifle, be aesthetically pleasing and compact so owners could still use the open sights with the moderator fitted.
After months of engineering, the end result is a Rigby moderator that measures 40mm in diameter (1mm less than the front sight) and 130mm in length. The moderator comes back over the barrel as far as the front sight allows and weighs 224 grams.
Complementing the look of the rifle, the moderator is finished with a high quality, non-reflective, satin black with the back of the moderator designed in a fashion to follow the profile of the front rifle sight.
The moderator can be purchased as part of a package from Rigby that includes the blended muzzle caps, screw cutting and fitting to the rifle (14×1 thread), plus a leather Rigby pouch for storage when not in use. The pouch holds the blended muzzle caps in a special compartment when the moderator is fitted.
Marc Newton, managing director of Rigby, says he is “delighted” with the end result from Barton GunWorks and that the moderator “whole-heartily complements the Rigby brand.”
According to Newton, “anyone who wishes to purchase a new Rigby moderator, the barrel will be screw-cut with a precision edge for an almost invisible join; so should you choose not to use your moderator on every hunt, it won’t impact the look of your rifle.”
Dr. William Westlake, director of Barton GunWorks, called the end result “more than we could have hoped for.” And noted that with the Rigby moderator fitted to the rifle, you could hand the Highland Stalker to someone blind and they wouldn’t even realize it was there.”