Savage 6

     Notes: This is a series of rifles that had a very long production run; the original Model 6 was produced in 1938, and the Model 987-T was last produced in 1989.  The original Model 6 was a very simple yet elegant rifle; the lines of the rifle are flowing and rounded.  Variants of note include the Model 7, with a box magazine instead of a tube; the Model 60, which is a modernized Model 6, which is a short rifle having only a 20-inch barrel; and the Model 90, a carbine version with a very short 16.5” barrel.  Others (identical to these four for game purposes) include the Models 6S and 7S, variants of the Model 6 and 7 with different sights; the Model 80, a variant of the Model 60 with different sights and checkering; the Model 88, a variant of the Model 60 with a plain stock and different sights; and the Model 987-T, a modernized Model 60 produced to be marketed under the Stevens name.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Savage 6

.22 Long Rifle

2.72 kg

15 Tubular

$296

Savage 7

.22 Long Rifle

2.69 kg

5

$296

Savage 60

.22 Long Rifle

2.47 kg

15 Tubular

$251

Savage 90

.22 Long Rifle

2.35 kg

10 Tubular

$215

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Savage 6

SA

1

Nil

6

1

Nil

48

Savage 7

SA

1

Nil

6

1

Nil

48

Savage 60

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

41

Savage 90

SA

1

Nil

4

1

Nil

34

 

Savage 1912

     Notes: This rifle, never made in large numbers, was one of the first semiautomatic rifles made in North America.  It is a modification of the Savage pump-action models of the time.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Savage 1912

.22 Long Rifle

2.04 kg

7

$255

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Savage 1912

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

41

 

Thompson/Center R-55

     Notes: Chambered for the new .17 Mach 2 Rimfire cartridge, the R-55 is based upon existing Thompson/Center .22 Long Rifle semiautomatic offerings.  It is basically a varmint and plinking rifle, but not designed for beginning shooters or children; it is basically too large (though not heavy) a rifle for that.  The R-55 has adjustable front and rear sights with fiberoptic inlays, as well as drilling and tapping for a scope mount.  The R-55 is very finicky about ammunition; Thompson/Center recommends the shooter use only Hornady or CCI-made ammunition, and handloads are definitely not recommended.  The trigger is of medium weight, with just a hint of creep.  The stock is of laminated hardwood, with a cheekpiece; it can also be had with a composite stock.  Changes from its .22 predecessor include a bolt hold-open, and a trap in the butt which will hold one magazine. 

     Twilight 2000 Notes: This rifle does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

R-55 (Wood Stock)

.17 Mach 2 Rimfire

2.49 kg

5, 10

$311

R-55 (Composite Stock)

.17 Mach 2 Rimfire

2.37 kg

5, 10

$321

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

R-55 (Wood Stock)

SA

2

1-Nil

5

1

Nil

45

R-55 (Composite Stock)

SA

2

1-Nil

5

2

Nil

45

 

Thompson/Center TC-22

     Notes: These three related rifles are modern weapons, but designed to be reminiscent of the way semiautomatic rimfire weapons used to be built in the middle part of the 20th century.  They use a premium-quality American walnut stock (except for the Silver Lynx, which uses a black synthetic stock), with all-steel metalwork and built with the quality that is the standard for Thompson/Center weapons.  The TC-22 Classic has a full-length deluxe walnut Monte Carlo stock, a blued receiver and 22-inch match-grade barrel.  The rear sight is adjustable, and the front sight is a ramp with a fiberoptic inlay; the Classic is also drilled and tapped to accept a Weaver-style scope base or standard scope rings.  The Classic is clip-fed, but the clip may be easily slid in and out to facilitate reloading and topping off of the clip.  (This clip is loaded from the bottom of the rifle instead of the top.) 

     The TC-22 Classic Benchmark is a modification of the Classic; it uses an 18-inch heavy match-quality barrel with a target crown and a stock with a high cheek rest which is made from laminated hardwood.  It is magazine-fed rather than clip-fed.  It has no iron sights, but is drilled and tapped in the same way as the Classic.

     The Silver Lynx is the newest version of this rifle; it uses a black stock made from composites, and stainless steel metalwork.  It uses a 20-inch match grade barrel with a target crown.  The rear sights are adjustable and have fiberoptic inlays, and the front sight is a ramp also with a fiberoptic inlay.  It is also magazine-fed, and the receiver is drilled and tapped in the same manner as other rifles of this series.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: These rifles do not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

TC-22 Classic

.22 Long Rifle

2.49 kg

5 Clip, 10 Clip

$279

TC-22 Classic Benchmark

.22 Long Rifle

3.08 kg

10

$239

Silver Lynx

.22 Long Rifle

2.49 kg

5

$269

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

TC-22 Classic

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

46

TC-22 Classic Benchmark

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

39

Silver Lynx

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

43

 

Valkyrie Arms M-3A1 Carbine

     Notes: This is a copy of the M-3A1 Grease Gun submachinegun, modified to suit it to civilian sales.  Of course, the biggest modification is the conversion to a weapon capable only of semiautomatic fire.  The barrel length was changed so that it is 16.25 inches long (412.75mm).  The weapon can take 30-round magazines, but are normally sold with 10-round magazines that only look like 30-round one, but have a block in them.  The M-3A1 Carbine is also supplied with a blocked standard length barrel for display purposes. 

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

M-3A1 Carbine

.45 ACP

3.62 kg

10, 30

$543

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

M-3A1 Carbine

SA

2

2-Nil

5/6

2

Nil

38

 

Volquartsen Custom Evolution

     Notes: Volquartsen began in the 1970s as a company producing accurized and custom versions of already-existing weapons, most notably rimfire pistols and rifles.  However in 1993, they began designing their own rimfire rifles, and later centerfire weapons.  The first of these is the Evolution; this weapon was introduced at the SHOT Show in 2006, but sales did not begin until January 2007, and even they admit they are having problems keeping up with the enormous demand for the Evolution.

     Like most Volquartsen rifles, the Evolution has a distinctive look about it.  The stock is of fine walnut with a radical shape on the buttstock – for the most part, it dips rather low, and has a deep pistol grip wrist, but it also has a high cheekpiece to make scope use easier.  A laminated stock or a McMillan composite stock are optional.  Metalwork is almost entirely of gleaming stainless steel.  The receiver is topped by a MIL-STD-1913 rail (though a Weaver rail is an option), and there are no iron sights provided.  The Evolution uses gas operation, using a short-stroke gas piston system similar to that of the M-1 Carbine.  The rotating bolt is similar to that of an AR-15.  There are no stamped or cast parts; every metal part is machined or cut by a wire EDM.  The barrel is a Lothar Walther button-rifled medium-heavy barrel 20 inches long.  The trigger group is fairly standard, except for its low 2 pounds of pull weight and exceptionally smooth operation.  The Evolution is capable of digesting virtually any sort of ammunition of the appropriate caliber, including heavy and light bullets, hotloads, and other wildcat versions of its chamberings.

     Two calibers are available, both with 20-inch barrels.  The .204 Ruger chambering feeds from a 10-round box magazine; the 5.56mm NATO/.223 Remington chambering can feed from any magazine which will fit into an M-16/AR-15.  Both also have alternate barrels available – the 5.56mm version has a 21.5-inch ported barrel available, while the .204 version has a 24-inch barrel available.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The Evolution does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Evolution (Wood Stock, 20” Barrel)

.204 Ruger

4.4 kg

10

$547

Evolution (Synthetic Stock, 20” Barrel)

.204 Ruger

4.04 kg

10

$558

Evolution (Wood Stock, 24” Barrel)

.204 Ruger

4.61 kg

10

$606

Evolution (Synthetic Stock, 24” Barrel)

.204 Ruger

4.23 kg

10

$624

Evolution (Wood Stock)

5.56mm NATO

4.48 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$599

Evolution (Synthetic Stock)

5.56mm NATO

4.11 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$610

Evolution (Wood Stock, 21.5”, Ported)

5.56mm NATO

4.54 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$640

Evolution (Synthetic Stock, 21.5”, Ported)

5.56mm NATO

4.17 kg

5, 10, 20, 30

$652

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Evolution (.204, 20”)

SA

3

1-Nil

6

2

Nil

50

Evolution (.204, 24”)

SA

3

1-Nil

7

2

Nil

70

Evolution (5.56mm, 20”)

SA

3

1-Nil

6

2

Nil

57

Evolution (5.56mm, Ported)

SA

3

1-Nil

6

2

Nil

64

 

Volquartsen Custom Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire

     Notes: The Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire is a heavy modification of the Ruger 10/22 (most of Volquartsen Custom’s firearms are modifications of other weapons, particularly Ruger firearms).  The result of these modifications basically turns the Ruger 10/22 from a plinker and varmint rifle into a precision rifle, equally at home plinking, hunting, or even in competition.

     The modifications include the stock/furniture, which are replaced by one of several Monte Carlo-pattern stocks.  (The wood grain on the wood stocks are especially beautiful.)  These stocks may be brown walnut, gray ash, Hogue synthetic, McMillan Sporter synthetic, or McMillan Thumbhole-type synthetic. (Other than the McMillan Thumbhole, the stocks use semi-pistol grips.)  The receiver housing is replaced with CNC stainless steel, machined and then hand-finished.  The receiver is topped with a Weaver rail.  The chamber is replaced with a match chamber, and the barrel is replaced with a 18.5-inch bull barrel tipped with a muzzle compensator that has 32 holes.  The compensator is threaded and may be removed and replaced with other compatible muzzle devices. The barrel is fluted, primarily to reduce weight, but also to increase longitudinal stiffness.  The Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire can accept both standard Ruger 10/22 magazines or the rotary magazines of the Ruger 77/22.

     A lighter version is also available, with a 16.5-inch barrel.  It is otherwise identical to the “standard” Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (18.5”, Wood Stock)

.17 Mach 2 Rimfire

2.13 kg

5, 10

$287

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (16.5”, Wood Stock)

.17 Mach 2 Rimfire

2.07 kg

5, 10

$265

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (18.5”, Synthetic Stock)

.17 Mach 2 Rimfire

1.98 kg

5, 10

$297

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (16.5”, Synthetic Stock)

.17 Mach 2 Rimfire

1.92 kg

5, 10

$276

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (18.5”, Wood Stock)

.17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire

2.14 kg

5, 9

$295

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (16.5”, Wood Stock)

.17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire

2.08 kg

5, 9

$274

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (18.5”, Synthetic Stock)

.17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire

1.99 kg

5, 9

$305

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (16.5”, Synthetic Stock)

.17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire

1.93 kg

5, 9

$284

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (18.5”, Wood Stock)

.22 Long Rifle

2.15 kg

5, 10

$294

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (16.5”, Wood Stock)

.22 Long Rifle

2.09 kg

5, 10

$273

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (18.5”, Synthetic Stock)

.22 Long Rifle

2 kg

5, 10

$305

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (16.5”, Synthetic Stock)

.22 Long Rifle

1.94 kg

5, 10

$283

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (18.5”, Wood Stock)

.22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire

2.21 kg

5, 9

$315

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (16.5”, Wood Stock)

.22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire

2.15 kg

5, 9

$294

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (18.5”, Synthetic Stock)

.22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire

2.06 kg

5, 9

$326

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (16.5”, Synthetic Stock)

.22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire

2 kg

5, 9

$304

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (18.5”, .17 Mach 2)

SA

2

1-Nil

5

1

Nil

44

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (16.5”, .17 Mach 2)

SA

2

1-Nil

5

1

Nil

38

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (18.5”, .17 Hornady)

SA

2

1-Nil

5

1

Nil

50

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (16.5”, .17 Hornady)

SA

2

1-Nil

5

1

Nil

44

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (18.5”, .22 LR)

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

40

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (16.5”, .22 LR)

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

36

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (18.5”, .22 Magnum)

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

50

Deluxe Semiauto Rimfire (16.5”, .22 Magnum)

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

44

 

Weatherby Mk XXII Deluxe

     Notes:  This is a vastly scaled-down semiautomatic version of the .460 Magnum.  It is grooved for a scope mount, but has no iron sights, and has a rubber butt plate designed primarily to prevent slipping rather than being any sort of padding. The Mk XXII comes in two versions, one within an internal tubular magazine and a magazine-fed version.  The Mk XXII was of such quality that the real-life price was quite high, lading to limited sales.  The Mk XXII was originally built for Weatherby by Beretta starting in 1964, but production switched to Howa in Japan in 1969, and then to new Weatherby facilities in the US in 1982.  Production ceased in 1989.

     In 2008, the Mk XXII came back – sort of.  The new Mk XXII is a bolt-action rifle, which makes it more akin to its Weatherby .460 predecessor.  The action is built by Anschutz (it is, in fact, the Anschutz Model 64 action), but the stock is of American select walnut and the rifle is sold only by Weatherby.  Finish is polished blue, and the stock has a Schnabel fore-end.  The stock has fine checkering at the pistol grip wrist and on the fore-end, and hand-cut.  The new Mk XXII comes only in a magazine-fed version, and the 23-inch barrel is an inch shorter than the original Mk XXII.  The new Mk XXII otherwise has design features similar to those of the original Mk XXII. 

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Mk XXII Deluxe

.22 Long Rifle

2.72 kg

10

$291

Mk XXII Deluxe

.22 Long Rifle

2.72 kg

15 Tubular

$292

Mk XXII (New)

.22 Long Rifle

2.95 kg

5, 10

$294

Mk XXII (New)

.17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire

2.95 kg

5, 10

$295

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Mk XXII Deluxe

SA

1

Nil

6

1

Nil

48

Mk XXII (New, .22)

BA

1

Nil

7

1

Nil

51

Mk XXII (New, .17)

BA

2

1-Nil

7

1

Nil

80

 

Wilkinson Terry

     Notes: Big Brother to the Linda assault pistol, the Terry is a basically a carbine version of that weapon (or more accurately, the Linda is a pistol version of the Terry).  Like the Linda, the Terry was banned first in California and then by the Brady Gun Bill due to its large magazine capacity, and production has never resumed.  It uses the same basic body as the Linda, and is also reputedly easy to convert to automatic fire.  The sights are the same as the Linda: an adjustable rear sight and an adjustable post front sight, both protected by large dog-ears.  The stock and fore-end are of maple, and the pistol grip is of PVC plastic.  The 16.2-inch barrel is usually tipped with a conical flash suppressor.  Dovetailed into the receiver of the Terry is a scope base which can accept most sorts of scopes or optics. 

     Some parts of the Linda may be interchanged with the Terry, most notably the barrel.  In addition, the stock may be removed.  This leads to some interesting, and in some cases, illegal (to US laws) combinations, such as the Terry with the Linda’s short barrel, the Terry without a stock, and the Terry with the Linda’s short barrel with a stock.  The GM should take not of the legal implications of players using some of these combinations in games where it is applicable. 

     The Terry’s design is quite evolved, but does have some shortcomings and quirks.  The magazine release and the crossbolt safety are located one above each other on the left side and are the same size, so those who are unfamiliar with the Linda may accidentally release the magazine when they intended to put it on safety, or vice versa.  Field stripping is extremely complicated and requires tools; a full armorer disassembly is even more difficult.  Reassembly can also be difficult, because some parts look at first glance the same and can be confused.  The Terry has trouble digesting ammunition with thin-walled brass, and also tends to jam when firing hollow-point ammunition.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Terry

9mm Parabellum

3.22 kg

31

$380

(No Stock)

9mm Parabellum

2.82 kg

31

$360

(Linda Barrel with Stock)

9mm Parabellum

2.46 kg

31

$301

(Linda Barrel, No Stock)

9mm Parabellum

2.99 kg

31

$281

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Terry

SA

2

2-Nil

5

1

Nil

36

(No Stock)

SA

2

2-Nil

3

1

Nil

33

(Linda Barrel with Stock)

SA

2

Nil

3

1

Nil

24

(Linda Barrel, No Stock)

SA

2

Nil

2

1

Nil

22

 

Winchester Classic Custom Sharpshooter

     Notes: The Custom Classic Sharpshooter, built in the Winchester Custom Shop, is designed to be one of the most accurate rifles sold by Winchester.  Though there are “standard” versions, so to speak, the Custom Shop will chamber the rifle for virtually any caliber the customer wishes, and with virtually any sort of accessories, sights, and materials the customer wishes.  Winchester claims the Custom Classic Sharpshooter is accurate enough to be easily used as a sniper rifle in addition to a very accurate hunting weapon.

     “Standard” versions are chambered in 7.62mm NATO and .300 Winchester Magnum.  The stock is a glass-bedded Classic McMillan synthetic stock.  The barrel is a Schneider stainless steel barrel, target-crowned and 24 inches in 7.62mm and 26 inches in .300 Magnum.  The stock has a virtually full pistol grip wrist, and a raised stock cheekpiece.  Actions are virtually handmade, being hand-honed and hand-fitted.  Sling mounts are fitted, which van also be used as mounts for a bipod and monopod if desired.  No iron sights are provided, but drilling and tapping able to take anything from standard rings to a MIL-STD-1913 rail are provided.

     It should be noted that the Custom Classic Sharpshooter was built after Winchester moved to Belgium.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The Classic Custom Sharpshooter does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Classic Custom Sharpshooter

7.62mm NATO

4.99 kg

5

$1468

Classic Custom Sharpshooter

.300 Winchester Magnum

5.46 kg

3

$2931

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Classic Custom Sharpshooter

BA

4

2-3-Nil

7

4

Nil

96

Classic Custom Sharpshooter

BA

5

1-2-3

8

4

Nil

109

 

Winchester M-74

     Notes: This is a very simple semiautomatic design, easy to shoot and take care of.  Dismantling is especially easy, and the bolt and bolt carrier group can be removed in one piece.  As with many Winchester civilian designs, production was suspended during World War 2, but resumed shortly thereafter, and the Model 74 was very successful, with nearly a half a million made.  Variants include the early Model 74, which chambered only .22 Short (the ability to chamber .22 Long Rifle did not appear until 1940).  Another version, the M-77(i), has an interesting history; it was considered by the US Marines to arm friendly natives of Pacific isles, but the idea was dropped.  The M-77(i) had a heavy barrel for increased accuracy.  In all cases, the tubular magazine is in the butt and reloaded through a port in the side of the butt.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

M-74 (Early)

.22 Short

2.81 kg

20 Tubular

$289

M-74

.22 Short or .22 Long Rifle

2.84 kg

20 (.22 Short), 14 (.22 Long Rifle); Tubular

$296

M-77(i)

.22 Long Rifle

2.87 kg

14 Tubular

$302

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

M-74 (Early)

SA

-2

Nil

6

1

Nil

40

M-74 (.22 Short)

SA

-2

Nil

6

1

Nil

40

M-74 (.22 Long Rifle)

SA

1

Nil

6

1

Nil

48

M-77(i)

SA

1

Nil

6

1

Nil

49

 

Winchester M-77

     Notes: Not to be confused with the M-77(i) above, the M-77 is a very attractive weapon with a good finish and a choice of box or tubular underbarrel magazines.  The M-77 has rails for a telescopic sight on top of the receiver and a nylon trigger guard.  The box magazine variant proved to be less popular then the tubular magazine format.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

M-77

.22 Long Rifle

2.52 kg

8

$276

M-77

.22 Long Rifle

2.55 kg

15 Tubular

$276

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

M-77 (Both)

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

45

 

Winchester M-100

     Notes: This rifle was sold from 1960 to 1973, and was a very successful semiautomatic civilian rifle, with over a quarter of a million made.  It is similar in appearance to the lever-action Winchester M-88 (see US Lever-Action Rifles), except for being an autoloader.  The M-100 Carbine is the same, but has only a 19-inch barrel.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

M-100

.243 Winchester

2.95 kg

4

$742

M-100

.284 Winchester

3.29 kg

3

$964

M-100

7.62mm NATO

3.39 kg

4

$1029

M-100 Carbine

.243 Winchester

2.9 kg

4

$712

M-100 Carbine

.284 Winchester

3.23 kg

3

$934

M-100 Carbine

7.62mm NATO

3.33 kg

4

$998

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

M-100 (.243)

SA

3

2-Nil

7

3

Nil

60

M-100 (.284)

SA

4

2-3-Nil

7

4

Nil

66

M-100 (7.62mm)

SA

4

2-3-Nil

7

4

Nil

72

M-100 Carbine (.243)

SA

3

2-Nil

6

3

Nil

48

M-100 Carbine (.284)

SA

4

2-3-Nil

6

4

Nil

53

M-100 Carbine (7.62mm)

SA

4

2-3-Nil

6

4

Nil

58

 

Winchester M-290

     Notes: This is an accompanying piece to the lever-action M-250 and the pump-action M-270.  The receiver is built largely of aluminum alloy, and the wood is a “faux walnut” hardwood (stained to appear as walnut).  Total production was a staggering 2.15 million!  The rifle is fed by a tubular underbarrel magazine.  There were several variants, both deluxe and even plainer, but they are identical for game purposes.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

M-290

.22 Long and .22 Long Rifle

2.27 kg

17 (.22 Long), 15 (.22 Long Rifle); Tubular

$256

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

M-290 (.22 Long)

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

38

M-290 (.22 Long Rifle)

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

42

 

Winchester M-1903

          Notes: This turn-of-the-20th-century semiautomatic rifle was designed in 1903 and first appeared on the market in 1904.  Most have straight hardwood stocks, though some have pistol grip stocks.  The first 5000 of these rifles had a problem with “doubling,” where two shots are fired for one pull of the trigger.  (This was only an intermittent problem.)  This necessitated a change in the firing pin from bronze to steel.  Few other changes were made over the life of the rifle.  Variants of note include the Model 63, which fires .22 Long Rifle ammunition; this was introduced with a 20-inch barrel, but the barrel was later lengthened to 23 inches.  After 1946, the Model 63 was grooved to accept a telescopic sight mount.  The New Model 63, announced in 1997, is a modern recreation of the Model 63, using new manufacturing methods, but differing little in form from the original Model 63, other than being a lot fancier.  In each of these rifles, the tubular magazine in the butt, with a loading port on the side of the butt.

     The Winchester M-1905 is basically a Model 1903 rimfire rifle enlarged into a centerfire rifle.  The tubular magazine was traded for a detachable box magazine, and a pistol grip stock was standardized in 1908.  The 10-round magazine was not available until 1911.

     The M-1907 is basically a Model 1905 chambered for a larger caliber.  The pistol grip stock by this time was standard, and a police-style butt was used.  Production stopped during World War 2, but resumed afterwards.  For a short time (1934-37), a Police model was sold; this had a deeper pistol grip stock, an attachment for a bipod, sling swivels, and an attachment for a bayonet.  An interesting version of the M-1907 was bought by the French near the end of World War 1; this version was experimented on to produce what may have been the first selective-fire rifle. This version of the M-1907 was virtually identical to the standard M-1907.  They do not appear to have been used in combat, but some 1500 were bought.

     The M-1910 was designed specifically for use with a then-new experimental cartridge, the .401 Winchester Self-Loading, and was meant to take the limits of the M-1903/1905/1907 series of rifles to the limits.  The M-1910 is externally very similar to M-1907, other than the greatly-enlarged ejection port for the much larger cartridges.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The New Model 63 does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

M-1903

.22 Winchester Auto

2.61 kg

10 Tubular

$259

Model 63 (20” Barrel)

.22 Long Rifle

2.59 kg

10 Tubular

$256

Model 63 (23” Barrel)

.22 Long Rifle

2.74 kg

10 Tubular

$286

New Model 63

.22 Long Rifle

2.83 kg

10 Tubular

$281

M-1905

.32 Winchester Self-Loading

3.43 kg

5, 10

$367

M-1905

.35 Winchester Self-Loading

3.46 kg

5, 10

$376

M-1907

.351 Winchester Self-Loading

3.54 kg

5, 10

$382

M-1907 (French)

.351 Winchester Self-Loading

3.55 kg

5, 10

$385

M-1910

.401 Winchester Self-Loading

3.73 kg

4

$620

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

M-1903

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

44

Model 63 (20” Barrel)

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

41

Model 63 (23” Barrel)

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

46

New Model 63

SA

1

Nil

5

1

Nil

46

M-1905 (.32)

SA

2

1-Nil

6

1

Nil

62

M-1905 (.35)

SA

2

1-Nil

6

2

Nil

59

M-1907

SA

3

1-Nil

6

2

Nil

69

M-1907 (French)

5

3

1-Nil

6

2

6

69

M-1910

SA

3

2-Nil

6

4

Nil

72

 

Winchester SXR

     Notes: The SXR (Super-X Rifle) is a new semiautomatic hunting rifle introduced at the end of 2006.  Designed primarily for magnum cartridges, the SXR is Winchester’s first semiautomatic sporting rifle in several decades, and takes cues from a few other rifles, though it is for the most part an original Winchester design.  Certain recoil-reduction measures are similar to those of Benelli’s R-1 and the operation is similar to that of the Browning BAR (the civilian rifle, not the military automatic rifle), but both the operation and recoil reduction are improved over those rifles.

      The SXR’s receiver is made from aluminum alloy; the strength and improvements in design to the Browning action allow the use of this type of receiver.  The stock and fore-end are of beautifully-finished high-quality walnut with a contoured black end-cap for the fore-end and a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad on the butt.  Other parts of the action allow a further decrease in felt recoil.  The pistol grip wrist is nicely-checkered, and the fore-end is ergonomically-shaped, but the fore-end does show some poor wood-to-metal fit where the fore-end meets the receiver.  There are no iron sights, but the drilling and tapping allows for virtually any sort of optics mount, including Weaver and MIL-STD-1913 rails.  The barrel is medium-heavy and cold hammer-forged, and is 24 inches long in the magnum calibers and 22 inches long for the .30-06 model.  The trigger is single-stage and has a somewhat heavy pull which is unfortunately just a little creepy and uneven.  There is also no bolt hold-open feature when the rifle empties its magazine.  Barrel heat does tend to warp the barrel somewhat, which causes fired groups to become more and more open during even short periods of sustained shooting.  Fortunately, the SXR is otherwise quite solidly and ruggedly built (though there is a rather long length of exposed barrel).

     Most gun experts feel that the SXR is a rifle with promise, but that needs more work before it becomes a really good weapon.

     Twilight 2000 Notes: The SXR does not exist in the Twilight 2000 timeline.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

SXR

.270 Winchester Short Magnum

3.29 kg

3

$1047

SXR

.300 Winchester Short Magnum

3.4 kg

3

$1204

SXR

.30-06 Springfield

3.51 kg

4

$1336

SXR

.300 Winchester Magnum

3.62 kg

3

$1933

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

SXR (.270)

SA

4

1-2-3

7

3

Nil

95

SXR (.300 Short Mag)

SA

5

1-2-3

7

3

Nil

103

SXR (.30-06)

SA

4

2-3-Nil

7

3

Nil

66

SXR (.300 Win Mag)

SA

5

2-3-Nil

8

3

Nil

85