A brand-new button-release bolt-action rifle, the Chimera PB-223 in .223 Rem, is about to go on sale in Australia at a price of $1895.
It features a blow-back action that opens on firing, ejecting the spent case and locking open until the shooter presses a release button.
The release is positioned on the forend where thumb of the shooter’s left hand can activate it, a system that ensures the rifle can remain shouldered with both hands in place.
When the button is pushed, a spring pushes the bolt assembly forward into battery, chambering a round so the rifle is ready to fire again.
It is the same design as on the Buckmaster PB-12 shotguns, which was pioneered by the importer of both firearms, Hunt’s Shooting Supplies.
The Turkish-made Chimera has a handy 16” barrel with a quick 1:7” twist rate that should stabilise the heaviest .223 bullets.
It takes 10-round AR-type magazines, has a Picatinny rail on the receiver as well as open sights, and weighs 2.85kg bare.
Hunt’s says the Chimera will be in dealerships in about six weeks, and dealers are taking orders.
Meanwhile, the new rifle will makes its debut at the Wild Deer Expo this weekend.