Brownells BRN-180 ($799)
For fans of the AR platform, Brownells brought out a unique variant inspired by the classic design of the AR-180, which featured a gas-piston design and a bolt carrier that travels on a pair of rails inside the receiver. This design means that the gun doesn't rely on the buffer spring and tube extending from the rear of the receiver on AR-15s, enabling users to equip their rifles with folding stocks.
The Brownells BRN-180 pays homage to the classic design of the AR-180, but the upper receiver available from the company certainly belongs in today's tactical world, coming complete with an M-Lok handguard and a flattop Picatinny optics rail. Best of all, Brownells designed this particular upper-receiver group to fit onto any standard AR-15 lower receiver.
Daniel Defense Delta 5 ($2,199)
Long-known for the battle-ready ARs that put the company on the map over a decade of rifle-making, Daniel Defense expanded into the world of precision bolt-action rifles for 2019, bringing to consumers many of the company's lessons learned from its success in the AR world.
The Daniel Defense Delta 5 is built with the same cold hammer-forged barrel as the company's AR-15s, providing long barrel life and match-grade accuracy. The guns are also constructed with a unique barrel-nut arrangement that allows consumers to swap barrels like they would on their AR-15. From the stock to the action itself, this Delta 5 is a Daniel-Defense design from the ground up.
Franklin Armory Providence ($TBD)
From the outside, the Franklin Armory Providence looks just like another pistol-caliber carbine. However, the secret to this game-changing design lies inside. The company bills this new gun as a "Non Semi Automatic Digital Action."
To break that down, there are a few elements in play. First, there is no gas system. The gun does not load a new cartridge into the magazine. During firing, the gun loads and fires in one motion, so there's never a live round in the chamber. How does it achieve this? Through the "Digital Action," which is kind of like a double-action trigger system for an AR. With one long, heavy pull of the trigger, the bolt draws to the rear, strips a round and fires.
This is a design that's still in progress, as the company is hoping to bring trigger-pull weight down from 10 pounds to about 4.5 pounds in a final production model.
Rock River Arms RBG-1S ($2,200-2,500)
Rock River Arms is another company that's joined in the growing market of precision bolt-action rifles with the new RBG-1S. There are several models in this new RBG lineup, with variants aimed at both hunters and precision-rifle shooters. The guns feed from AICS-pattern magazines and are equipped with three-lug bolts.
More details are still to come on this developing model, but the gun's designers are claiming that, as is, the rifle is capable of producing consistent 1/2-MOA performance, and they're looking to fine-tune elements of the rifles to improve upon even that performance.
Ruger Hawkeye Long-Range Target ($1,279)
The venerable Ruger Hawkeye bolt-action lineup saw the addition of a new model in 2019 that's also geared toward the growing collection of long-range precision rifles available to modern-day shooters. The free-float, Heavy-Contour barrel sits inside of a target-style stock complete with M-Lok slots along the fore-end, and the gun can be had in 6.5 PRC, .300 Win. Mag. or 6.5 Creedmoor.