First Look: Phoenix Weaponry "Christine" in 45-70 Auto

by
posted on December 28, 2017
phoenix-weaponry-45-70-auto-christine-rifle-f.jpg
In the post-2016 market of modern sporting rifles, innovation is a better driver of firearm sales than price point. When it comes to innovation, the Phoenix Weaponry 45-70 Auto Christine rifle certainly has it in spades.

The new rifle is built using the company's RFL upper/lower receiver setup, designed originally to handle the .308 Win. The receiver is matched up with a specially designed barrel and barrel bushing. In conjunction with the rifle design, the team at Phoenix Weaponry developed a modified case off the traditional .45-70 Government round by rebating the rim found on traditional brass cases for the cartridge, creating the rimless .45-70 Auto design. This enables loaded rounds to fit inside the magazine and allows for consistent, trouble-free feeding.

The upper and lower receivers are machined and trued from solid billets of 7075-T7 aluminum. The magazine well in the lower receiver is flared to ease magazine changes and, dimensionally speaking, will accept all mil-spec magazines. The upper receiver is a traditional flattop design but does not feature any forward assist or brass deflector, giving it a slab-side look.

The receiver is matched with a barrel machined from 4140 Chromoly steel, which measures 18 inches long and features a 1:14-inch twist rate. The barrel features a custom profile and is button-rifled with eight grooves. At the muzzle end of the barrel is Phoenix Weaponry's Chevron muzzle brake, machined from 4130 chromoly steel. The barrel is paired with a direct-impingement gas system specially designed by Phoenix Weaponry, featuring the company's custom gas block made from stainless steel. The gun uses a standard rifle-length gas tube.

Covering the barrel is the company's custom CNC-machined, free-float, 15-inch handguard, which is milled from 6061-T6 aluminum. The handguard is modular, compatible with the company's own sections of Picatinny rail, and features areas compatible with quick-detach sling mounts, handstops and sling studs located at 45-degree increments around the circumference of the rail. The handguard attaches to the receiver via a proprietary barrel nut designed for enhanced strength.

The rifle operates using a standard .308 Win. bolt-carrier group and features the company's own custom 3-pound precision-trigger design. The gun feeds from a Phoenix-modified Magpul magazine, which holds six rounds. The overall weight of the gun is 9.75 pounds, and the suggested retail price on the Phoenix Weaponry 45-70 Auto Christine rifle is $4,800.

Latest

gameboard spinner
gameboard spinner

Your Go-To Move

When it comes to a self-defense situation, most shooters think “Well, I’ll just shoot him!” Others may consider their personal “go-to” move to be a martial arts technique such as a finger strike to the eyes, bare-knuckle punch to the throat or kick to the groin.

First Look: Armasight Contractor 640 Optics

Available in 2.3-9.2x35mm, 3-12x50mm and 4.8-19.2x75mm versions.

First Look: Cox Arms USA Bolt Carrier Group

Fewer contact points and SP4 coating means less wear and tear on your receiver.

CCW in Public Restrooms: When You Gotta Go...

Sometime, somewhere, you’ll require the use of a public restroom stall. After all, like we tell small children, “Everyone has to go.” If you carry a concealed handgun, you will face the universal problem of what to do with that pistol in the stall while your britches are down.

First Look: Steiner T6Xi LPVO

A 1-6x first focal plane scope which features the KC1 reticle.

Trigger Finger Discipline

It's called RULE Number Three, not Guideline Number Three.

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.