Savage IMPULSE Straight Pull Rifle

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 3 weeks ago

Wide Open Spaces.

Savage Arms has announced the latest addition to their lineup of firearms, and it’s a style of gun Americans may not be entirely familiar with.

The new Savage IMPULSE has just been unveiled, and we’ve got all the details straight from the source.

The American-made IMPULSE rifles feature a unique straight-pull bolt action, popular in European markets, that refines the basic function of the conventional bolt into one quick movement. Instead of twisting the bolt handle up, pulling back, pushing forward, then twisting back down, a straight pull rifle like the IMPULSE only requires a straight back, then straight forward manipulation of the cycling process.

The key to IMPULSE’s lightning-quick functionality is the new action, which is built around Hexlock, an innovative new style of lockup that allows for IMPULSE’s reliability and speed, not to mention safety and accuracy.

Hexlock holds the key to the unique straight pull action, and operates in a rather interesting way. Six hardened steel ball bearings combine to lock the bolt in place inside the receiver’s barrel extension. When pressure increases, Hexlock’s hold strengthens, making sure that the bolt can’t move rearward.

Once the round has left the barrel, the pressure eases up, and the action can open safely with the straight pull of the bolt handle. In addition, the bolt handle’s position can be adjusted to several different angles, which helps ensure you’re clearing optics or satisfying your personal preference. You can even switch from a right hand to a left hand bolt operation without any special tools or skills.

This model has an MSRP of $1379.  I have to confess that I’m not familiar enough with European designs to know much about straight pull systems.  Gunsmiths can weigh in.

But the MSRP (which will doubtless be higher than what you see in stores) is enough to buy a classical bolt action gun, and a very good precision one at that.  Savage is making some very nice equipment, but some of it is still a bit pricey.

Trackbacks & Pingbacks


Comments

  1. On January 6, 2021 at 12:34 am, BRVTVS said:

    Straight pull rifles used to be American. The Lee Navy performed well during its brief service.

  2. On January 6, 2021 at 1:04 am, Emmel said:

    I’ve owned a German Made Blaser R93 for 20 years, they build fantastic rifles and the follow-up shots are fast, at top speed is sounds like a semi auto.
    This is great news to see an American company finally get into this market.
    I’d expect to see other mfg. follow suit.

  3. On January 6, 2021 at 5:42 am, anonymous said:

    Swiss K31 Schmidt-Rubin carbine (7.5×55 cartridge, similar to 7.62 NATO power) uses the straight pull action as well. It’s parent is even older, turn of the 19th century.

    Smoooooth action and often very accurate.

  4. On January 6, 2021 at 7:12 am, Rocketguy said:

    I have a K-31 and a M-95 Steyr – both straight pulls – and love them. Always interesting to chat with folks at the range who aren’t familiar and they’re both decent shooters.

    The only down side I’ve encountered – primarily with neck-sizing cases for the K-31 – is, when you get sloppy with checking case growth and encounter a round where the shoulder needs pushed back a skosh, you don’t have the mechanical advantage to close the bolt those last few thousandths.

  5. On January 6, 2021 at 9:55 am, TRX said:

    I have a Ross straight pull rifle. It’s a rotating-bolt setup like most, not like the ball-bearing lock.

    There are four main disadvantages to the that system:

    1) since the bolt is turned with internal cams, the bolt travel must be longer to provide for that

    2) the “primary extraction” and “closing” cams are part of the same internal ramps, meaning the power to operate that comes from the longitudinal movement of the bolt. You simply don’t have the power of the rotating bolt handle to force a balky cartridge in or out.

    3) the internal cams and ramps require more, and more-precise, machining, thereby increasing expense

    4) the bolt is complex, often hard to disassemble or clean, and for military rifles, can be a problem in freezing weather or powdery-dust environments.

    Not all deal-breakers, as there have been several successful straight-pull rifles, but it makes them more expensive and doesn’t offer any real advantage over a standard turning bolt, which is why their replacements were always of conventional design.

    The ball-bearing system as used by some European rimfires and the new Savage requires extremely precise machining, and each ball engages the receiver and bolt in point contact, not line contact or a plane surface. That means material choice and heat treatment are critical. Not deal-breakers, but I’m curious as to how it will handle dirt, unburned powder granules, ammunition out at the limits of spec, etc.

    I love $NEW and $SHINY, but there are good reasons why ball locks aren’t used with nontrivial cartridges. If Savage has pulled a rabbit out of its hat, good on ’em, and I’ll cheer… but I’m not going to be an early adopter.

  6. On January 6, 2021 at 10:21 am, Don Curton said:

    Being a lefty, the only part of the description that grabbed me was the ability to switch the bolt to a southpaw approved side. The gun industry seriously does not cater very well to non-right handed persons. I own exactly one bolt-action rifle and that’s only because it’s a military collectible. Everything else is lever, pump or auto. Even the auto’s can be finicky and several designs consistently put empty cases, exhaust gases, and unburnt powder directly in my face. Of course the M1a that put hot brass down the sleeve of my jacket and left multiple burns on my right arm was just peachy.

  7. On January 6, 2021 at 12:07 pm, Ned said:

    Don, I have a number of left had bolt rifles from Savage, Browning and Ruger. They’re not that rare. Try one sometime.

    Rocketguy – ditto on K-31 and M-95.

    Bonus – you can have a loaded Steyr M-95 as a wall hanger/emergency backup rifle and next to no one will know how to load the thing.

  8. On January 6, 2021 at 2:54 pm, Jimmy the Saint said:

    Didn’t Parker-Hale make a straight pull rifle? Somebody in Canada did, if I remember right.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment


You are currently reading "Savage IMPULSE Straight Pull Rifle", entry #26607 on The Captain's Journal.

This article is filed under the category(s) Firearms,Guns and was published January 5th, 2021 by Herschel Smith.

If you're interested in what else the The Captain's Journal has to say, you might try thumbing through the archives and visiting the main index, or; perhaps you would like to learn more about TCJ.

26th MEU (10)
Abu Muqawama (12)
ACOG (2)
ACOGs (1)
Afghan National Army (36)
Afghan National Police (17)
Afghanistan (679)
Afghanistan SOFA (4)
Agriculture in COIN (3)
AGW (1)
Air Force (35)
Air Power (9)
al Qaeda (83)
Ali al-Sistani (1)
America (21)
Ammunition (142)
Animals (93)
Ansar al Sunna (15)
Anthropology (3)
Antonin Scalia (1)
AR-15s (263)
Arghandab River Valley (1)
Arlington Cemetery (2)
Army (78)
Assassinations (2)
Assault Weapon Ban (27)
Australian Army (6)
Azerbaijan (4)
Backpacking (2)
Badr Organization (8)
Baitullah Mehsud (21)
Basra (17)
BATFE (108)
Battle of Bari Alai (2)
Battle of Wanat (18)
Battle Space Weight (3)
Bin Laden (7)
Blogroll (3)
Blogs (22)
Body Armor (20)
Books (3)
Border War (11)
Brady Campaign (1)
Britain (38)
British Army (35)
Camping (4)
Canada (3)
Castle Doctrine (1)
Caucasus (6)
CENTCOM (7)
Center For a New American Security (8)
Charity (3)
China (14)
Christmas (12)
CIA (28)
Civilian National Security Force (3)
Col. Gian Gentile (9)
Combat Outposts (3)
Combat Video (2)
Concerned Citizens (6)
Constabulary Actions (3)
Coolness Factor (2)
COP Keating (4)
Corruption in COIN (4)
Council on Foreign Relations (1)
Counterinsurgency (216)
DADT (2)
David Rohde (1)
Defense Contractors (2)
Department of Defense (164)
Department of Homeland Security (26)
Disaster Preparedness (4)
Distributed Operations (5)
Dogs (12)
Donald Trump (26)
Drone Campaign (3)
EFV (3)
Egypt (12)
El Salvador (1)
Embassy Security (1)
Enemy Spotters (1)
Expeditionary Warfare (17)
F-22 (2)
F-35 (1)
Fallujah (17)
Far East (3)
Fathers and Sons (2)
Favorite (1)
Fazlullah (3)
FBI (32)
Featured (184)
Federal Firearms Laws (18)
Financing the Taliban (2)
Firearms (1,308)
Football (1)
Force Projection (35)
Force Protection (4)
Force Transformation (1)
Foreign Policy (27)
Fukushima Reactor Accident (6)
Ganjgal (1)
Garmsir (1)
general (15)
General Amos (1)
General James Mattis (1)
General McChrystal (43)
General McKiernan (6)
General Rodriguez (3)
General Suleimani (9)
Georgia (19)
GITMO (2)
Google (1)
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (1)
Gun Control (1,301)
Guns (1,809)
Guns In National Parks (3)
Haditha Roundup (10)
Haiti (2)
HAMAS (7)
Haqqani Network (9)
Hate Mail (8)
Hekmatyar (1)
Heroism (4)
Hezbollah (12)
High Capacity Magazines (16)
High Value Targets (9)
Homecoming (1)
Homeland Security (1)
Horses (1)
Humor (32)
ICOS (1)
IEDs (7)
Immigration (92)
India (10)
Infantry (4)
Information Warfare (2)
Infrastructure (2)
Intelligence (23)
Intelligence Bulletin (6)
Iran (170)
Iraq (379)
Iraq SOFA (23)
Islamic Facism (64)
Islamists (95)
Israel (18)
Jaish al Mahdi (21)
Jalalabad (1)
Japan (2)
Jihadists (80)
John Nagl (5)
Joint Intelligence Centers (1)
JRTN (1)
Kabul (1)
Kajaki Dam (1)
Kamdesh (9)
Kandahar (12)
Karachi (7)
Kashmir (2)
Khost Province (1)
Khyber (11)
Knife Blogging (4)
Korea (4)
Korengal Valley (3)
Kunar Province (20)
Kurdistan (3)
Language in COIN (5)
Language in Statecraft (1)
Language Interpreters (2)
Lashkar-e-Taiba (2)
Law Enforcement (4)
Lawfare (7)
Leadership (6)
Lebanon (6)
Leon Panetta (2)
Let Them Fight (2)
Libya (14)
Lines of Effort (3)
Littoral Combat (8)
Logistics (50)
Long Guns (1)
Lt. Col. Allen West (2)
Marine Corps (263)
Marines in Bakwa (1)
Marines in Helmand (67)
Marjah (4)
MEDEVAC (2)
Media (59)
Medical (58)
Memorial Day (5)
Mexican Cartels (35)
Mexico (51)
Michael Yon (6)
Micromanaging the Military (7)
Middle East (1)
Military Blogging (26)
Military Contractors (4)
Military Equipment (24)
Militia (5)
Mitt Romney (3)
Monetary Policy (1)
Moqtada al Sadr (2)
Mosul (4)
Mountains (25)
MRAPs (1)
Mullah Baradar (1)
Mullah Fazlullah (1)
Mullah Omar (3)
Musa Qala (4)
Music (22)
Muslim Brotherhood (6)
Nation Building (2)
National Internet IDs (1)
National Rifle Association (72)
NATO (15)
Navy (22)
Navy Corpsman (1)
NCOs (3)
News (1)
NGOs (2)
Nicholas Schmidle (2)
Now Zad (19)
NSA (3)
NSA James L. Jones (6)
Nuclear (57)
Nuristan (8)
Obama Administration (221)
Offshore Balancing (1)
Operation Alljah (7)
Operation Khanjar (14)
Ossetia (7)
Pakistan (165)
Paktya Province (1)
Palestine (5)
Patriotism (7)
Patrolling (1)
Pech River Valley (11)
Personal (65)
Petraeus (14)
Pictures (1)
Piracy (13)
Pistol (2)
Pizzagate (21)
Police (510)
Police in COIN (3)
Policy (15)
Politics (875)
Poppy (2)
PPEs (1)
Prisons in Counterinsurgency (12)
Project Gunrunner (20)
PRTs (1)
Qatar (1)
Quadrennial Defense Review (2)
Quds Force (13)
Quetta Shura (1)
RAND (3)
Recommended Reading (14)
Refueling Tanker (1)
Religion (220)
Religion and Insurgency (19)
Reuters (1)
Rick Perry (4)
Rifles (1)
Roads (4)
Rolling Stone (1)
Ron Paul (1)
ROTC (1)
Rules of Engagement (75)
Rumsfeld (1)
Russia (30)
Sabbatical (1)
Sangin (1)
Saqlawiyah (1)
Satellite Patrols (2)
Saudi Arabia (4)
Scenes from Iraq (1)
Second Amendment (381)
Second Amendment Quick Hits (2)
Secretary Gates (9)
Sharia Law (3)
Shura Ittehad-ul-Mujahiden (1)
SIIC (2)
Sirajuddin Haqqani (1)
Small Wars (72)
Snipers (9)
Sniveling Lackeys (2)
Soft Power (4)
Somalia (8)
Sons of Afghanistan (1)
Sons of Iraq (2)
Special Forces (28)
Squad Rushes (1)
State Department (21)
Statistics (1)
Sunni Insurgency (10)
Support to Infantry Ratio (1)
Supreme Court (23)
Survival (42)
SWAT Raids (55)
Syria (38)
Tactical Drills (2)
Tactical Gear (6)
Taliban (167)
Taliban Massing of Forces (4)
Tarmiyah (1)
TBI (1)
Technology (17)
Tehrik-i-Taliban (78)
Terrain in Combat (1)
Terrorism (95)
Thanksgiving (10)
The Anbar Narrative (23)
The Art of War (5)
The Fallen (1)
The Long War (20)
The Surge (3)
The Wounded (13)
Thomas Barnett (1)
Transnational Insurgencies (5)
Tribes (5)
TSA (22)
TSA Ineptitude (13)
TTPs (3)
U.S. Border Patrol (5)
U.S. Border Security (14)
U.S. Sovereignty (17)
UAVs (2)
UBL (4)
Ukraine (3)
Uncategorized (56)
Universal Background Check (3)
Unrestricted Warfare (4)
USS Iwo Jima (2)
USS San Antonio (1)
Uzbekistan (1)
V-22 Osprey (4)
Veterans (3)
Vietnam (1)
War & Warfare (307)
War & Warfare (40)
War Movies (4)
War Reporting (21)
Wardak Province (1)
Warriors (6)
Waziristan (1)
Weapons and Tactics (71)
West Point (1)
Winter Operations (1)
Women in Combat (21)
WTF? (1)
Yemen (1)

February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006

about · archives · contact · register

Copyright © 2006-2021 Captain's Journal. All rights reserved.