July 13th, 2018

New Ritter & Stark SLX with Monolithic Barrel System

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The SLX is the latest tactical rifle from Austrian gunmaker Ritter & Stark. This new bolt action rig has many innovative features, such as a bolt that locks directly into the barrel assembly. This system, which allows rapid caliber/chambering changes, was pioneered with Ritter & Stark’s impressive SX-1 Rifle. In the USA, both SLX and SX-1 Ritter & Stark rifles are available from EuroOptic.com.

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Ritter & Stark SLX Rifle In .308 Winchester

By Patrick R. of FirearmRack.com
I had the chance while working for another publication to visit the Ritter & Stark factory in Austria and had the pleasure of being the first U.S. citizen to shoot the Ritter & Stark SLX. The SLX is the little brother to the SX-1 rifle that was reviewed on Ammoland a while back.

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My initial experience with SLX serial number 2 was overwhelmingly positive. The rifle was superbly accurate and produced a 10-round group under an inch. While that might not seem too impressive, keep in mind that the rear bag that I was using was less than optimal and I may not have been at the top of my game with the jet lag. I did see Max [the SLX’s designer] produce a 0.3 MOA group with the same rifle and ammunition I was shooting so I feel that I was the weak link in the equation.

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I was even presented with a very interesting polymer receiver version of the rifle. Since all the pressure is contained in the monolithic barrel it is possible to build the receiver out of a weaker material like polymer.

I took the rifle out to Triple C range in Cresson, TX where I could really stretch its legs. I outfitted the rifle with a Vortex Viper HS-T [and] Atlas bipod with Hawk Hill Custom replacement feet. I started shooting at 500 Yards after zeroing the rifle and landed two hits on a 2 MOA plate without much issue. The next target is the one that really showed the capabilities of the rifle. At 600 yards I dropped three consecutive shots on a 2 MOA plate, the group was less than 4″ wide!

The fact that Ritter & Stark was able to produce a factory half-MOA rifle is nothing short of impressive. Even more impressive is the caliber change system that they have developed. After personally seeing a rifle have its barrel removed and placed in another receiver then successfully hitting a target at 2,600 yards later that day is enough for me to take serious notice of the rifle’s ability to retain zero.

Ritter & Stark SLX — How Much Does It Cost?
MSRP on the rifle is a reasonable $3635.00. Now before you crucify me, keep in mind that the next rifle that comes close to the capabilities of the SLX is the Desert Tech SRS-A1 which carries an MSRP of $4,995. [Also the bigger Ritter & Stark SX-1 costs $5244.00 in the USA.] Learn more about the SX-1 on RitterStark.com or Ritter & Stark’s Facebook Page

Patric R’s Full Review appears on Ammoland.com. See other reviews on FirearmRack.com and the Firearm Rack YouTube channel.

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