First Look: Sauer 101 Highland XTC Carbon-Fiber Rifle

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posted on November 18, 2020
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P. Sauer & Sohn is Germany’s oldest manufacturer of hunting firearms and now they are introducing the ultralight S101 Highland XTC carbon-fiber rifle. Weighing just 5.4 lbs. in the .308 Win. version, this highly accurate bolt-action rifle is ideal for strenuous hunts and long-range shooting when every ounce counts.

The S101 rifle features a hand-laid, carbon-fiber stock that has advanced recoil absorbing properties. The barrel is fluted and threaded for additional weight reduction and cold-hammer forged for guaranteed precision of less than one MOA at 100 yards. The barrel and receiver also feature Sauer’s Diamond-Like-Carbon (DLC) surface for maximum corrosion protection.

“The DLC layer is 40 times thinner than a human hair while offering key advantages such as superior surface hardness and maximum rust protection and wear resistance,” said Jason Evans, CEO, Blaser Group.  “Many advances were made in the production of the Highland XTC, and it now holds the record as Sauer’s lightest rifle ever.”

Additional features of this superbly balanced rifle include a crisp match-grade trigger, fluted bolt, and Sauer’s Dura Safe direct firing pin safety, which operates as an ergonomic slide on the bolt shroud for enhanced safety and optimum operation.  

S101 Highland XTC Specifications

Caliber

Standard Calibers: .243 Win., .270 Win., 6.5x55 mm, 7x64 mm, .308 Win., .30-'06 Sprg., 8x57 IS, 9.3x62 mm

Magnum Calibers: .300 Win. Mag., 7mm Rem. Mag.

Total Weight

Standard Calibers: 88 ounces

Magnum Calibers: 91 ounces

Total Length

Standard Calibers: 40 inches

Magnum Calibers: 42 inches

Barrel Length

Standard Calibers: 20 inch

Magnum Calibers: 22 inch

Barrel Contour: Standard fluted

Barrel Surface: Diamond like carbon (DLC)

Twist-Rate: Varies by caliber

Trigger Weight: 33.5 ounces 

Magazine Capacity

Standard: 5

Magnum: 4

Stock Shape: ErgoMax RH/LH

Stock Material: Carbon Fiber

The Sauer S101 Highland XTC carbon-fiber rifle is available in all current calibers in the S101 series and in barrel lengths from 20 inches to 22 inches, depending on the caliber. MSRP is $3,000 and more information on this rifle and other products from J.P. Sauer & Sohn is available at jpsauer-usa.com 

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