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IDEX 2017: SX-1 rifle makes debut

13th February 2017 - 13:00 by Grant Turnbull in London

IDEX 2017: SX-1 rifle makes debut

Austrian firearms manufacturer and newcomer to the industry, Ritter & Stark, will be showcasing its SX-1 Modular Tactical Rifle (MTR) for the first time at IDEX 2017.

The company is using this year's exhibition in Abu Dhabi as an opportunity to speak to potential Middle East customers, for what it calls 'the most advanced and accurate tactical rifle in the world'.

'We have been participating in exhibitions in the region and there have been discussions,' said Jörg Martin Stuppnigg, sales manager at Ritter & Stark.

The SX-1 was launched at AUSA in October 2016.

The bolt-action rifle's 'modular' name derives from its ability to be highly-customisable, with users able to choose and interchange various parts including the barrel (for calibre changes), magazines and triggers.

Featuring a patented conversion system, the rifle is capable of interchanging between three calibres; .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Lapua Magnum. The company says a calibre conversion can be performed by an operator in the field 'within minutes'.

Stuppnigg told Shephard that the rifle was designed to 'function flawlessly' without lubricants, making it ideal for the demanding conditions of the Middle East.

'This property makes it the ideal sniper platform to operate in sandy and windy environments,' he explained.

The SX-1 is currently going through testing at Ritter & Stark's Austria facilities and will likely complete rigorous NATO qualifications by June this year, which the company hopes will be passed 'with flying colours'.

Firing a .308 round (NATO 7.62x51mm), the rifle weighs 5.9kg and features a 623mm length barrel. When converted to fire a .300 Win Magnum or .338 Lapua Magnum, the rifle weight increases to 6.3kg and barrel length is extended to 690mm.

A Picatinny Rail is mounted directly on the barrel, allowing operators to change barrels with preset scopes. The handguard features an octagonal cross section that allows accessories to be mounted with either M5-Screws or the M-LOK mounting system.

A unique feature for the SX-1 is the rifling process, which is carried out by a CNC-controlled electrochemical machine. According to Ritter & Stark, this avoids the 'transmission of thermal effects and mechanical stress to the material' and significantly refines the serial production of the barrels.

The company is also likely to expand its product range in the coming months, according to Stuppnigg.

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