Firearms Focus Friday!
This weeks focus is the Christensen Arms MPR...
It's Friday again, and this week we're taking a closer look at the Christensen Arms MPR (Modern Precision Rifle). The MPR is an ultra-lightweight chassis rifle, which has been designed by Chrstensen to break the tradition.
Beyond its tactical folding stock, the MPR is the complete package, well equipped with a target contour Christensen Arms carbon fibre barrel, a carbon fibre comb, free-floating carbon fibre handguard, and 20 MOA rail. Along with these great features, the MPR's action and stainless steel side-baffle muzzle brake are finished in Black Nitride, for a sleek and tactical look.
Christensen Arms are known for their lightweight feel, and this doesn't stop with the MPR. The MPR weighs in starting at only 6.9lbs and is backed by Christensen Arms Sub-MOA Guarantee.
416R stainless steel, aerograde, carbon fibre wrapped barrel.
Adjustable stainless side baffle brake.
Remington 700 optics base compatible Match-Grade 'flat' trigger.
Tactical Mag Release.
Adjustable carbon fibre cheek riser and handguard on a tactical folding stock.
Pros and Cons
The Modern Precision Rifle from Christensen Arms is the next-generation chassis-system, sporting a configurable chassis for precision rifle shooting. Rather than designing a heavy weight rifle, which would be ideal for competition but not suitable for when out in the field, Christensen Arms have stuck to their roots in the aerospace industry, and engineered a precision rifle that is lightweight depending on calibre and barrel length.
To achieve their light weight reputation, Christensen Arms utilise their unique carbon-fibre wrapped barrel, which although is significantly more expensive to produce, lowers the weight of the rifle considerably, and makes not only the MPR but, other Christensen Arms rifles such as the Ridgeline, stand out within the rifle market.
The MPR is available in various barrel lengths and calibres, including 6.5 Creedmoor, .300 Win Mag, .338 Lapua and more. Although there are other chassis rifles on the market, such as the Ruger Precision that we looked at last week, the MPR optimising its performance, with an action that is compatible with AICS-type detachable magazines, whilst also employing a 'tactical' magazine release. The rifle also comes equipped with a 20 M.O.A rail-type scope base meaning that you can equip your favourite scope to the rifle.
Another pro of the MPR is it's tactical folding stock, which is made from aircraft-grade aluminium and features an adjustable-height cheekpiece which is also made of carbon-fibre. This makes for a comfortable shooting experience in both prone, sitting and standing shooting postitions. Although we have found at times the button used to fold the tactical stock was initially quite stiff, like any rifle the MPR may require some shooting in, and after a few rounds of shooting and use the application of closing and opening the folding stock can be easily achieved.
Overall the Christensen Arms MPR is an extremely accurate and unique chassis rifle, with a smooth cycling action and extraction making for a comfortable shooting experience. It's another amazing rifle produced by Christensen Arms that can't be overshadowed.