This rifle was designed specifically with tactical match use as the primary intended purpose. And we think it is ideal in that capacity. Of course, we think you’ll also just enjoy shooting tiny groups with it.
The action is manufactured for us to our specs by Defiance Machine to precision tolerances. The bolt body is a single machined piece for added strength. An M16-style extractor ensures positive extraction. The action reliably feeds from standard AI-pattern magazines. A side bolt release is an added convenience when removing the bolt for transportation or cleaning. The bolt body is fluted.
The scope base is integral to the action and provides 20 MOA cant. The recoil lug is also integral to the receiver. The bolt knob is a tactical style that is neither too large nor too small and provides a positive feel.
The rifle comes with either a Manners model MCS-T4A stock with a skim-bedded mini-chassis or a McMillan A5-adjustable stock with a pillar bedded Badger Ordnance Comp M5 bottom metal. Both systems use standard AI-pattern magazines. The Comp M5 trigger guard has a barricade stop integrated into the front of the guard. It provides a great stopping point for running the rifle on barricades or other obstacles.
The stock has an adjustable cheek piece allowing the stock to properly fit the shooter’s cheek for perfect eye positioning behind the scope. Two flush cups are on the side of the stock for quick-attach slings, such as Armageddon Gear’s popular Precision Rifle Sling. The rear cup is placed high on the stock to keep the rifle from being top heavy and twisting away from the shooter when going hands-off the rifle. A bipod rail on the bottom of the stock allows quick and easy installation and removal of popular bipods, such at the Atlas, Harris and EOL bipods we sell.
The vertical type grip is comfortable without fatiguing the wrist. A rear support hook is beneficial in some positional shooting stances. It also allows the shooter to lock their support hand into the stock while still grasping a shooting bag.
The rifle is magazine fed using 5 an 10-round AI-pattern magazines. A 5-round magazine comes standard with each rifle.
Finish is heat-cured Cerakote.
Barrel & Calibers
The barrel is a medium (AO Varmint/Sendero) contour ideal for match conditions in which shooting longer strings of fire is often required. It is heavy enough to help stabilize the rifle during recoil and not open groups when it gets hot, but light and manageable enough for off-hand and positional shooting.
Although all the barrels we install on rifles are 416R SS blanks that the manufacturer has hand lapped before we receive them, we have found that we can improve upon the barrel surface by lapping the blanks ourselves. For all MARS rifles, we hand pick only the best blanks from our inventory. We check the bore tightness and verify the blank doesn’t have any tight, loose or rough spots. We then lap the blanks to our high standards and polish the bore. This extra care goes into all our MARS rifles.
The rifle is currently offered in popular match calibers such as .308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, .260 Remington and 6mm Creedmoor. Other calibers available on request. All barrels are threaded 5/8×24 with a custom fit knurled thread protector and finished at 24″.
The MARS rifle comes standard with a user adjustable Timney Calvin Elite trigger set to consistently break at a crisp 1.5#. This trigger breaks clean every time and is rugged enough to be used in harsh conditions without coming out of adjustment.
All metal is finished in heat-cured Cerakote.
Weight and Length
Overall weight is 11.5#.
Overall length is 43.5″.
We usually have parts for these rifles in stock for a fast build time. Also, we often have rifles ready to go either in our shop or at one of our stocking dealers.