The Allure Of Straight-Pull Bolt Actions

I have always been fascinated with straight-pull bolt-actions. I’m talking rifles like the Blaser R8, the Merkel Rx Helix and the Heym SR-30, German guns all. I’m not sure why these guns are so popular there and in other parts of the world, but they’re not here.

Other than the Browning T-Bolt, a superb rimfire rifle that’s been with us since 1965, no American firearms manufacturer has taken a chance with a straight-pull, rim or centerfire, other than Volquartsen. While not exactly a household word, in the rimfire world this Iowa-based firearms manufacturer is a major player offering an extensive array of rimfire rifles and pistols.

In 2018 they introduced a really interesting straight-pull rimfire called the Summit in .22LR. This year they’ve added the 17 WSM (Winchester Super Magnum), the most potent rimfire by far, capable of launching a 20-grain Polymer-tipped bullet at 3,000 fps, and a 25-grain at 2,600. In terms of maximum practical range, it bests the 17 HMR (Hornady Magnum Rimfire) by about 40-50 yards, which means it’s effective out to around 200 on varmints/predators.

The Summit’s silhouette is rather distinctive in that its stainless steel receiver is…well, a box, with a full-length Picatinny rail on top. Apparently, no effort was made to blend lines, but you gotta’ admit it’s a look you don’t soon forget!

The bolt handle juts downward, much like the Anschutz 1727, so as to facilitate opening the action with the forefinger and closing it with a push of the thumb. The Summit is fed by a Ruger 6-rd. rotary magazine and boasts a 1-3/4-pound trigger pull.

A distinctive fluted barrel is standard on the Summit; it’s 20 inches long and has a ½”x28 threaded muzzle to accommodate a suppressor. A very nicely done Monte Carlo wood laminated stock is also standard and available in three different color combinations. We’re rather anxious to get our hands on one! Prices start at $1,553. www.volquartsen.com–Jon R. Sundra

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