Final design images of the much-anticipated Lithgow Arms LA101 CrossOver have been released with news that it’s expected to be in gun shops in the first quarter next year.
A media release from the company says it received extensive public feedback after the rifle was unveiled at the Melbourne SSAA Shot Expo in May and used that to create the design.
This final design will now go through to manufacturing stage before it is thoroughly tested, while pricing and exact release date details aren’t known yet.
Several improvements have been implemented as a result including a left-hand version, a visual and tactile cocking indicator (the small red pin at the base of the bolt shroud) and the bolt handle flats have been orientated to improve feel.
Lithgow Arms adds that the size of the trigger guard has been reduced. Shooters will be able to rest their finger along the guard for a safer and more comfortable hand position.
The ergonomics of the trigger and the safety selector have been improved. Specifically, the sear engagement is fully adjustable and the safety selector is now a rotating mechanism rather than sliding. The shape of the safety now makes it easier to use and provides a positive feel. The trigger shape has also changed, and is now more curved with added texture for improved trigger feel.
The five-round magazine and magazine release catch are now flush fitting, so those who want to shoot from their vehicle won’t snag on the window frame. The CrossOver magazine is free to drop into the hand when the release catch is operated, and the stock now incorporates recesses to allow the magazine to be pulled free if necessary.
The length of pull has been made adjustable between 32.5cm and 35.5cm. Three spacers will come standard with the rifle that will enable these adjustments.
The ergonomics of the stock have been improved. A high quality textured elastomer recoil pad has been fitted. Texture has been added around the pistol grip, and the fore-end is stepped and slightly tapered to the front, and also textured to improve grip.
A dedicated recoil lug has been added for durability and repeatability, while a Lithgow Arms grip cap has also been added.
Graham Evenden, Head of Lithgow Arms, said: “The team spent a significant amount of time analysing all the responses for their practicality, exploring design options and the interaction between components, and then making the final decisions based on all of the above.
“We believe the resulting design makes the CrossOver an attractive rifle for shooters.
“We’re now moving closer to finalising the timetable for when the CrossOver will go into production. We do not yet have a date for when the rifle will hit the shops, but we’re still working towards the first quarter of next year.
“There’s a similar story with the pricing – while we’re still finalising production we can’t provide an exact price, but we stand by our previous statements that it will be competitive.
“Finally, we’d like to thank everyone who contributed their ideas and opinions – it’s been greatly appreciated.”