The Hunting Rifle SAPHIRE ER has been designed for all those hunters who do not want to carry heavy and “complicated” target rifles, but still enjoy an extended range of hunting.
The action is machined from a solid block of Ergal 55 aluminum alloy and features two integrated Picatinny rails for fast fitting and regulation of sighting devices. The bolt with 3 front lugs is no longer a monolithic piece but is made in three parts: the head, the body and the handle. This allows a more accurate manufacturing of the parts, the use of different kinds of steel and heat treatments based on the mechanical features required.
The bolt moves very smoothly after assembly and its floating head guarantees perfect contact on all 3 lugs thus enhancing precision. The tactical bolt head design makes operation faster and easier. The muzzle diameter of the barrels is bigger than in standard hunting rifles (17 mm). The barrels in AISI 4140 steel (42CrMo4) are all cold-hammer forged and their Multiradial Rifling (MMR) improves accuracy and guarantees longer barrel life, easy cleaning and higher bullets speed. The threaded muzzle is “break ready”. Barrels are interchangeable just by means of a simple wrench for M6 screws. You can switch from one caliber to another in the same group by replacing the barrels; if the calibers are not in the same group, magazine, magazine box and bolt head shall also be replaced.
The barrel extension made of NiCrMo steel and the bolt head are hardened and tempered by a special process to improve hardness on the surface and tenacity in the heart; they are the most important part of the gun and the safety is entirely related to them.
There are two different types of trigger mechanisms for this Hunting Rifle: 3-lever Match (trigger pull weight of 600g.) or Set Trigger (standard trigger pull weight of 1,5 Kg. that can be reduced to 250g.) They are interchangeable and can be replaced by a gunsmith.
The current safety is a typical 2-position side lever that locks trigger and sear.
The rifle comes with a brand new straight grip stock which allows perfect grip under all shooting conditions. The stock in high resistance polymer material is ultra light yet very strong. It reduces vibration to the benefit of precision.
The forearm is small, as is typical for hunting. However, the flat bottom makes it very versatile and adaptable to all hunting and shooting conditions. 2 simple screws make the cheek piece adjust up and down. The LOP can also be adjusted through spacers that come standard with the rifle.
The receiver is machined from a solid block of Ergal 55 aluminum alloy and features two solid Picatinny rails to easily fit the mounting solution of your choice and regulate your gun. The 3-front-lug bolt with 60 ° locking consists of three main parts: head, body and handle.
- The body heat-treated and ground moves very smoothly allowing fast repetition.
- The head in special steel undergoes a thorough heat treatment that makes it strong, but not brittle and therefore able to withstand the high pressure generated by the explosion in the body. The floating head guarantees perfect contact in the barrel extension with all three lugs thus improving precision.
- A 5/16” thread allows to easily switch bolt handle and go from a traditional spoon-shaped hunting handle to a very tactical one.
The most important part of the gun in terms of accuracy and safety is the “barrel extension” with bolt head in NiCrMo steel. This undergoes a special heat treatment for a hard surface with a strong core allowing superior strength and longevity.
The interchangeable barrels are surely fixed to the barrel extension by means of 3 M6 screws that can be removed and replaced using the hexagonal wrench provided.