First Look: Nosler Model 21 Rifle
Nosler, which is known for its premium bullets and custom-grade rifles, recently introduced the all-new Model 21 rifle to the company’s growing line of award-winning firearms.
A “rifle for the next decade,” the new Model 21 is a feature-rich production firearm that has the feel and performance of a custom-built rifle. The Model 21 offers premium components and weighs roughly 7 pounds, depending on the chambering. The Model 21 rifle is said to bring exceptional precision and packable reliability to any hunt or long-range pursuit.
The heart of the rifle is Nosler’s new Model 21 action, which was a collaboration with Mack Brothers, the reputable South Dakota sibling set who has a growing reputation for making some of the finest rifle actions in the industry. Most notably, the company’s popular EVO action has built an impressive following among serious precision shooters since its introduction in 2018. The newly designed Model 21 combines the best features of the EVO with unique Nosler-engineered customizations, delivering a solid foundation for optimal performance right out of the box.
Blueprinted on advanced wire EDM equipment, the Model 21 action was designed to deliver top-end performance in a user-friendly platform with several built-in custom features throughout. That includes a spiral fluted, one-piece, nitride-coated bolt made of 4340 chrome-moly steel. In addition to a sleek aesthetic, and flawless function, the fluted design provides a reduction in weight and helps to channel debris, preventing the bolt from jamming in environments where dirt and sand is an issue. In line with the M21 action’s practical design philosophy, the bolt’s upgraded M16-style extractor and fire control group feature tool-less takedown.
“It’s been nearly two decades since we introduced the very first Nosler rifle on our popular Model 48 platform,” said John Nosler, President of Nosler, Inc. “From day one, we set out to produce some of the most reliable firearms in the industry and our new Model 21 is no exception. This new firearm marks an exciting expansion of the Nosler rifle brand, offering an economical option that bridges the gap between standard production assembly rifles and feature-rich customized builds.”
Top-of-the-line components round out the Model 21 rifle including a crisp, single stage TriggerTech Field model trigger, which utilizes a user adjustable pull weight of 2.5-5 pounds and has a top safety. A Shilen match-grade barrel with a threaded muzzle is hand lapped for the ultimate in bore smoothness, while the lightweight synthetic carbon fiber stock shaves weight off the complete build and provides extreme durability.
The all-new Nosler Model 21 rifle retails for $2,495, and will be released in popular chamberings including 22 Nosler, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, 26 Nosler, 27 Nosler, .280 Ackley Improved, 28 Nosler, .308 Win., .300 Win. Mag., 30 Nosler, 33 Nosler and .375 H&H. For more information about Nosler Rifles, including the new Nosler Model 21, visit Nosler.com.
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