Christensen Arms’ new lightweight Ridgeline Scout rifle with 16″ barrel

A short, ultralight 10-shot hunting rifle for shooters with a fat wallet

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Christensen Arms Ridgeline Scout rifle

The new Ridgeline Scout rifle from Christensen Arms, which features a short 16-inch, carbon-fibre wrapped barrel and a carbon-fibre composite stock, is coming to Australia.

The handy little rifle weighs less than 2.7kg bare yet promises to deliver hot-barrel accuracy comparable to a heavy-barrelled rifle thanks to the carbon-fibre wrap on the barrel.

The Scout is based on the existing Ridgeline model but has had the barrel shortened from the parent rifle’s 24 inches, and a 10-round box magazine added to the specification.

Like the larger Ridgeline, Scout has a fluted bolt body to reduce mass, while additional weight-saving measures include a skeletonised bolt handle.

The Scout comes with a flash hider fitted to the threaded muzzle, a rail for scope mounting and another rail under the fore-end for accessories. 

The Trigger Tech trigger comes set with a pull weight of approximately 1.4kg (3lb) and is adjustable. 

Christensen Arms Ridgeline Scout rifle
The Ridgeline Scout is a typical scout-type rifle with short barrel and 10-round magazine

The ultralight sporter stock includes a pillar bedding system to enhance accuracy, and allows the barrel to free-float. 

It is finished in a tan colour with black web highlights. 

The Scout will be available in four calibres: .223 (1:8” twist), 6.5CM (1:8”), .300 Blackout (1:7”) and .308 (1:10”).

Christensen Arms has given the Scout a sub-MOA accuracy guarantee.

This high-end rifle won’t be cheap, though, with prices expected to be around the $5000 mark. 

For all its weight-reducing construction and short barrel, the Scout is not Christensen’s lightest firearm.

Christensen Arms Ridgeline Scout rifle
Extensive use of carbon-fibre ensures the Christensen Arms Ridgeline Scout is an extremely light rifle

A number of titanium-actioned models, including a Ridgeline version with 24” barrel, cut mass even further. 

More details are available on the website of importer OSA Australia. See your local dealer for exact pricing and to place an order. 

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