For those of you living under a rock you may not know I am a big fan of the Blaser Tactical 2 rifle system based on the time proven R93. When the R8 was released I was kind of underwhelmed they continued with their trigger and magazine in one design but still impressed with the overall accuracy of Blaser rifles.
Then comes the end of September 2021 and Blaser have released images and a cool video of their new Blaser R8 Ultimate X rifle with a 10 round detachable magazine. I have to say I am actually impressed with this new offering.
Featuring a new 10 round detachable magazine design separate to the trigger, Blaser now have the under pinnings of what could be a new tactical rifle for the brand. It certainly appears to be an excellent hunting rifle design.
I know Alex over at Akila already has a chassis design for this rifle which I’m quite impressed with, as it now makes this rifle a viable option for the PRS or other Precision/Tactical Rifle competitions. (I may have to see about getting one down here in Australia for myself)
The Blaser R8 Ultimate X will be available in your standard cartridges available from Blaser for the R8 and able to take all R8 barrels as well. This makes the Blaser R8 Ultimate X a one rifle solution for most peoples desires for everything from .243 Win all the way up to .338 Lapua Magnum. To me this is very enticing indeed.
With this new design direction from Blaser I have to wonder if they are considering going down the Tactical rifle path again and making a Blaser Tactical 3 as the heir to the cult like following of the Tactical 2.
I can only hope. Until then mayble Akila will suit my purposes. Who knows?
Well, just as I was getting ready to pull the trigger on a purchase! The Akila chassis sure looks like a keeper. I went through their FB page and found a post in which they have an AR buttstock on their R8 chassis. Was just wondering what all options might we have there? For instance, can I install a Cadex skeletonized buttstock on the Akila chassis? Logically, I think it shouldn’t be too hard. All that would be needed is an adapter but might Akila offer such options out of the factory?
I really don’t know the answer to your question mate. Email them. Alex the owner is very responsive. Cheers
I left them a comment on the FB post. Their reply:
“hi John, the buttstocks attachment interface is compatible with AR15 receiver extension thread (buffer tube) so you can choose from some different offerings besides our two buttstocks.”
This is very interesting as it opens up a lot of possibilities. I will love to try different stocks to see what works for me.
Awesome. Get to it mate. Keen to see what you do with it
Any idea when you will be able to complete the article on the FNH SPR ?
That will have to wait until early next year mate. Im currently deployed and away from home. Plus my mate who owns the rifle lives in another state at the moment. Believe me it is coming though. I appreciate your patients
Copy, stay safe.