Not content with merely making barrels for the new 8.6 Blackout, Faxon Firearms recently released the Overwatch rifle series, looking to combine top-quality bolt-action rifle building with the 8.6 Blackout caliber.
The Overwatch is available in a more traditional style with the Overwatch Hunter, as well as two flavors of chassis builds in the Overwatch Tactical, in a 16" barreled rifle and a 12" barreled/braced pistol.
Today we’re breaking down the two versions of the Overwatch Tactical.
B5’s Precision Collapsible stock is the most feature-heavy stock I’ve ever seen. Toolless adjustment of length-of-pull, cheek piece height, and adjustable position make this an incredibly versatile PRS stock.
Muzzle threaded M18x1.5mm for use with any AI standard muzzle device or suppressor mount
MDT LSS Gen 2 Chassis
Faxon TAC 30 Action & Bolt by Stiller
AICS Mag Compatible
Timney Elite Hunter 510-V2 Trigger
SBA3 Pistol Brace
B5 Pistol Grip
Weights & Dimensions
Weight: 7.87 lbs
SB Tactical SBA3 Brace
The leading name in pistol braces, SB Tactical’s flagship SBA3 makes its presence known on the Overwatch Tactical 12". One of the lightest, sturdiest, and most comfortable braces in existence, the SBA3 is a welcome addition.
Shared Features of the Overwatch Tactical Bolt Action Rifles
The Overwatch 16" Rifle and 12" Pistol share these commonalities.
Faxon TAC30 Action by Stiller
Stiller Actions has been making premium quality rifle action based on the Remington 700 for years. With customers hunting in the woods, competing at the range, and chasing down enemies of America, Stiller Actions is well known to those who demand quality.
Designed for Tactical and Long Range Hunting applications
Differences Between The Overwatch Tactical Bolt Action Rifles
There are two primary differences between the Overwatch Tactical 12" and 16".
Besides the barrel length, there’s also the rifle having a buttstock, while the pistol has a stabilizing brace.
First, let’s talk barrel length. Here’s a look at the preliminary load data for 8.6 Blackout, as provided by Faxon and Q.
The difference between 12" and 16" with Barnes supersonic 160gr is only 150 fps. With Sierra’s 300gr subsonic round, the difference is about 40 fps. With 8.6 Blackout optimized for performance in short barrels, there’s little performance gain.
Instead, the barrel length (and corresponding brace/stock) is more about personal preference and legality. In some states hunting with pistols is outlawed, regardless of caliber.
There’s also the matter of comfort and terrain. If you’re one of Durin’s dwarves like me, you’ll probably opt for the 12" barrel. This is also true if you spend more time hunting in densely wooded areas.
But if you’re more of an ent who likes hunting in wide open spaces, that modest performance gain in the 16" barrel combined with the more adjustable B5 stock makes a better platform for most.
What is the advantage of a bolt-action rifle?
Bolt action rifles are simpler with fewer moving pieces than a semi-auto. As a general rule, this means bolt action rifles will be more reliable than semi-auto rifles.
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What’s more accurate bolt-action or semi auto?
While semi-auto and bolt action rifles both have the same potential for accuracy, it’s easier to make an accurate bolt action rifle than an equally accurate semi-auto.
This is due to the bolt action having fewer moving pieces and a barrel that can be truly free-floated. The bolt action platform simply has fewer variables, giving it an easier path to the most demanding levels of accuracy.
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