By: Amy Carducci, Carducci Tactical
I’m always excited to see a new weapon hit the market designed for a lady or junior shooter. A properly fitted rifle is one of the keys for consistently shooting well. Many of the shotguns at your local gun store are made to fit an “average male.” In today’s world more and more women and juniors are hunting and participating in the shooting sports. Finding a rifle or shotgun that fits is a necessity – you have to be able to shoot comfortably and you may not be able to afford a custom stock.
A few months back I posted about the topic of length of pull and women. I listed some very good options and today I read about a new introduction that we can add to the ever-growing list – the Model 70 Featherweight Compact by Winchester.
New for 2011 Winchester Repeating Arms has designed this firearm with smaller-framed shooters in mind. Not limited to women and juniors but for anyone who likes a lightweight compact rifle, the Model 70 Featherweight Compact features a 20-inch barrel, a 13-inch length of pull, an overall length of 39 ½ inches and weighs just 6 ½ pounds.
Now for the basics about the Compact Model 70: The action has Pre-’64 Controlled Round Feeding, the easy-to-use three position safety and a jeweled bolt body with a knurled bolt handle. The rifle also uses the M.O.A. Trigger System that is easily adjusted. The stock is a satin-finished checkered walnut with a Packmayr Decelerator Pad. The rifle action is bedded and the barrel free-floated for exceptional accuracy.
The Model 70 Featherweight Compact comes in four popular calibers: 22.250 Rem., 243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., and 308 Win.. Suggested retail price is $899.99.
I am off to the range tomorrow and hope to find this new rifle in stock in 308 Win. The M.O.A. trigger system has caught our attention the past couple of years. This trigger system is bringing Winchester back as the benchmark of quality for rifles. This walnut beauty seems to ooze quality and I hope it shoots and feels as well as it looks. The M.O.A system promises tight groups at 100 yards from the get go with no barrel “break in” needed. This new rifle is just begging me to test it out…