Adhering to the Weatherby axiom, "Nothing is ... more accurate," accompanying the Modular Chassis rifle is an accuracy guarantee; when using premium ammunition, it will produce a three-shot group measuring 0.99-inch or less at 100 yards from a cold barrel. Aiding this assurance is a cold-hammer-forged, No. 3-contour "bull" barrel measuring 0.740-inch at the muzzle. Twenty-two inches in length, the free-floating barrel has a bead-blasted, matte-blue finish to minimize glare.
The heart of the Modular Chassis rifle, the renowned Vanguard action, is affixed to a CNC-machined, 6061-aluminum chassis that has a black, hard-anodized finish. The svelte, minimalist fore-end features hole spacing for Magpul MOE L5 (11 slot) and L3 (7 slot) accessory rails for true customization, as well as a stud to which a bipod and/or sling can be attached. Meanwhile, its oversize trigger guard grants a gloved finger unimpeded access to the trigger.
As with other Vanguard rifles, the Modular Chassis is equipped with a match-quality, two-stage trigger that's user adjustable for pull weight. It also has the familiar three-position safety and fluted bolt with dual-opposed locking lugs of its siblings.
Feeding the tactical rifle is a detachable, MDT pattern, staggered-column, polymer box magazine that holds 10 rounds of .223 Rem. or .308 Win.—its initial chamberings. This not only ensures supplemental rounds for follow-up shots or multiple target engagement are at the ready, but also immediate load adaptability; simply replace the magazine with one having loads optimally suited for the situation. Additional magazines will be available on Weatherby.com.
Borrowed from AR-style rifles, the Modular Chassis rifle is fitted with the 1.26-pound, bilateral Luth-AR Modular Buttstock Assembly (MBA) 1. Constructed from glass-filled nylon, the MBA-1 is fully adjustable for length of pull and comb height. The latter ensures consistent cheekweld and eye-to-optic alignment. Rounding out the package, a Hogue Inc. overmolded pistol grip with finger grooves, texturing, and a palm swell enhances purchase and comfort.
The Vanguard Modular Chassis rifle is scheduled to hit dealer's shelves by November 16, 2015 with an MSRP of $1,449.