Hardy Hybrid in hiding: NZ’s revolutionary rifle gets camo

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The Hardy Hybrid, a high-tech New Zealand-made switch-barrel ultralight rifle with a price tag as impressive as its specifications, is now available in camouflage.

Billed by Hardy as “the one rifle that can do it all and to the highest possible standards,” the Hybrid allows you to configure the rifle for many kinds of shooting in different calibres, from hunting to competition, from vermin shooting to buffalo hunting.

It has a carbon-fibre stock and carbon-wrapped 24-inch barrels, for total weight of only 3.0kg or so.

From what we’ve seen of them, the quality and workmanship are superb — exactly what you’d expect of a high-end Kiwi product.

Hardy Hybrid rifle
A number of different finishes are available from Hardy

But it’s not cheap, with a price here in Australia of $8179 for the rifle in one calibre, complete with muzzle brake, bipod, tools and a hard case.

Barrel kits are available in calibres ranging from the .223 up to the .338 Lapua, and you can opt for carbon-wrapped or all-steel barrels.

Each kits includes the barrel, muzzle brake, bolt head and magazine, all matched to the chosen calibre.

Changing to another calibre takes only a few minutes with the tools provided, with no need for head spacing, and Hardy says the Hybrid will reassemble to be bang on target.

The attention to design detail in the Hybrid goes as far as including a unique extraction system that initiates rearward movement of the fired case as soon as you start turning the bolt handle.

Hardy Hybrid rifle
The action includes a unique extraction method and replaceable bolt heads

Hardy says the standard way of extracting cases doesn’t begin until the bolt handle is almost fully rotated, contributing to jams and broken cases or extractors.

The Hybrid’s muzzle brakes are directional and tuneable.

Even the Hardy bipod is a work of artistic engineering, made from carbon-fibre, stainless steel and brass with a ball swivel. 

Find out more on the Hardy website.

Hardy rifles are distributed here by OSA Australia. In all likelihood your dealer won’t have one in stock but they’ll undoubtedly be able to order one for you.  

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