The TLD Red is the new long distance bolt action rifle manufactured by Sabatti.
This bolt action rifle is intended for both traditional 300-m shooting and Long Distance, the discipline this rifle is named after.
This model was designed and engineered by Sabatti in cooperation with the well-known “BCM” company. It represents a natural evolution towards very technical and high performance competition rifles that meet the requests of very demanding and knowledgeable shooters.
This bolt action rifle does not come from an adaptation of an existing hunting action. It was actually designed and built specifically for competition shooting featuring perfect alignment of bolt and barrel and perfect fit of lugs and frame to maximize contact surfaces.
The stock design of this bolt action rifle is also innovative.
Despite being inspired by F-Class and Open Category stocks, the addition of a removable magazine makes it usable in all competitions. In fact, the way the action fits the stock is what tells this rifle apart. Stock and frame do not touch like they normally do. The frame is actually “suspended” above the stock by means of a front “V” block, that also functions as a recoil lug, and a rear round cradle, which eliminates stress and improves shooting. We have named this self-regulating system “SUSPENDED ACTION” whereas bedding is not only unnecessary but also potentially limiting.
We definitely had high performance in mind when we started to work on this rifle, but we did not neglect safety either. We consciously decided to stay away from any engineering solution that could create issues down the road with metal ammunition developing uncontrolled pressures. The system we adopted actually minimizes damages of such occurrences.
We always suggest using factory-loaded ammunition versus potentially dangerous reloaded ones. However, we do know reloading is very popular and we do know that the weakest and most dangerous component is always the case that gets reloaded multiple times and, when it breaks, may seriously injure shooters and bystanders.
Mechanism, bolt and magazine are all machined from solid bars of high quality steel. Their surface is hard, but their core is soft, which makes them super strong, but not fragile. This is of the utmost importance with long distance rifles as shooters are notorious for “abusing” ammunition while trying to squeeze yet another meter a second out of them. The 3-tenon locking mechanism is also responsible for a very fast 60 opening. The new guillotine-type extractor helps support the rim o the shell while seating in the bolt head, thus minimizing the risk of abnormal deformation.
The bolt is ground for precision tolerances and chromed for protection against oxidation caused by exposure to combustion residues as well as wear. The chroming and extreme polishing of all sliding surfaces yield a very smooth operation which translates into more speed and less stress on a shooter who does not have to deal with bolts that get stuck or do not run smoothly.
The barrels of this bolt action rifle are cold hammer forged and feature the MRR Multiradial Rifling now considered as synonymous of precision and reliability by shooters the world over. The trigger mechanism can be either a 3-lever Match or the new 2-step one (DSMT), whose excellent performance we constantly strive to improve.
The stock in the TLD model is an evolution of an “F-Class” stock and it is definitely geared towards competition. It is made of a new multilayer laminated material of Italian origin, much stronger than the materials coming from Northern Europe. The result is a more rigid stock which improves performance overall. And as we felt we “owed” our shooters a chance to further customize their rifles, rather than having to adjust to it, all our TLD come standard with adjustable cheek piece and spacers for LOP adjustment.
As a result, the TLD is one of the most innovative and high performance rifles on the market today whose modern captivating lines do not go unnoticed.
New Sabatti ACTION for tactical and competition rifles model TLD and ST18
This action was designed and built in cooperation with the renowned manufacturer of competition rifles, BCM. It is not a hunting action converted to competition, like so many others on the market today. This action was specifically designed for sporting and tactical shooting where the need for resistance, longevity and accuracy is more extreme than in hunting.
The new action is manufactured on lathes and milling machines starting from solid bars of high resistance steel alloy. It features three locking lugs with an easy and fast 60° opening. The handle of the 3-front-lug bolt with a 5/16 thread is easily interchangeable. After machining, the action is heat treated for resistance, ground and chrome plated. The smooth contact surfaces guarantee effortless bolt movement as well as lower noise level than all competitors’ products.
The special steel alloy of actions and bolts generates surfaces that are very hard, basically indestructible, but not fragile. The cores are strong.
The new guillotine-type extractor is extremely reliable and safe, as it cannot move backwards when the cartridge bottom expands under pressure. This design tends to reduce (but not eliminate) the damages generated by the use of ammunition operating at out of range pressures.
But what truly sets this rifle apart is the way action and stock come together in a dynamic suspension. The new action “floats” above the stock by means of two supports, a V-shaped front block, which works as a recoil lug, and a rear cradle block. The barrel is completely suspended. The stress and tension generated by traditional barreled action- stock bedding and fitting are therefore eliminated to the benefit of accuracy.
This system can be called “SUSPENDED ACTION”.
Thanks to the all the features and pluses described above, we feel 100% confident we offer one of the best competition actions available on the market today.