Hear that? That deaden rifle report is the sound of the growing popularity of suppressors.
The shooting accessory, in recent years, has enjoyed a surge of interest from plinkers and hunters alike. And more and more firearms manufacturers have come out with models ready to accept a can.
Savage added three new rimfire models threaded to accept suppressors, expanding their suppressor-ready catalog to nine firearms in all. New to the lineup are three rifles certain to get varmint hunters making a lot of noise.
The company has introduced two new suppressor-ready bolt-actions in the 93R17 FV-SR and 93 FV-SR. And it has expanded it small semi-automatic collection with the addition of a threaded model of the 64 FV-SR.
The bolt actions offer shooters two potent calibers that work well in conjunction with a suppressor. The 93R17 FV-SR shoots the red-hot 17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire, while the 93 FV-SR eats 22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire.
The bolt-action rifles come outfitted with ½-inch, 28-pitch threaded muzzles for quick and easy suppressor installation. To keep the adapter and muzzle crown safe until then, the rifles come with a factory-installed twist-on muzzle protectors.
The bolt-action rifles tip the scales at 5.5-pounds, have overall lengths of 35.25 inches and barrel lengths of 16.5 inches each. Both have heavy fluted barrels for fast heat dissipation to improve accuracy and over-sized bolt handles for fast cycling.
Each rifle comes with a five-round detachable magazine and Savage’s AccuTrigger adjustable trigger system. The system allows the trigger’s pull weight to be adjusted from 1 1/2 pounds to 6 pounds.
The 93R17 FV-SR has a rate of twist of 1-in-9 inches, and the 93 FV-SR has 1-in-16 inches. All three rifles, like all of Savage’s offerings, are button rifled.
The semi-automatic Model 64 FV-SR, a 22 Long Rifle, has the same muzzle-thread specifications as the bolt-actions. It is a tad lighter than the other new models, weighing in at 5 pounds. Its rate of twist of 1-in-16 inches, it has an overall length of 36 inches, and a barrel length of 16.5 inches. It comes equipped with a 10-round detachable magazine.
The rifles appear to be priced to move and leave plenty of extra cash for a suppressor purchase. The 93R17 FV-SR and 93 FV-SR both have MSRPs of $358. The 64 FV-SR comes in at $231.