Guns Bergara Launches New Rifles and Comes in Clutch for Southpaws Lynsey Davis February 1, 2019 Bergara brought their A-game this year. Not only did they release several new rifles and calibers, but they also released a rifle for the wrong-handed bunch and at a very affordable price. What caught my eye most at the Bergara booth was their new Ridgeback rifle, which is part of their premier line. Their premier series guns are intended to have standardized features for greater efficiencies in parts production and assembly, while still giving you the feel and performance of a custom rifle. Bergara’s Premium 416 stainless steel barrels start off at their barrel-making facility in Bergara, Spain, and then make their way to the Bergara USA factory, the barrel receives a Cerakote finish and is coupled with a proprietary Bergara Premier action that features a non-rotating gas shield, coned bolt nose, and sliding plate extractor. The action is designed as a two-lug system that features a separate floating bolt head to ensure contact with the lug abutments in the action. It also features a cone-shaped bolt nose for smooth feeding of the cartridge, and a spring-loaded sliding plate extractor. The one-piece bolt body is stainless steel with a pad at the rear to accept the threaded-in bolt handle. The bolt shroud and bolt stop are fully Nitrided for extreme durability, as well as its self-lubricating properties, and the bolt handle is finished in Cerakote. The Ridgeback rifle comes with a TriggerTech trigger with Frictionless Release Technology. All Ridgeback Rifles feature a hand laid fiberglass stock with easily adjustable cheek rest, a threaded barrel, and are guaranteed to produce sub-MOA groups with factory match grade ammunition. The RidgeBack comes standard with a 5-round AICS style magazine and offers three barrel lengths, 20, 24, and 26-inch. The Ridgeback is available in 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, .308 Win, .300 Win Mag, and .300 PRC. MSRP for the Ridgeback is $2,000. Ridgeback Specifications: • Weight: 10 lbs-10.7 lbs • Overall Length: 39.5”-46” • Barrel Length: 20”-26” • Magazine: AICS style detachable • Mag Capacity: 5 round mag provided (7 round mag: 6.5 PRC) • Cerakote: Graphite Black • Trigger: TriggerTech® Frictionless Release Technology™ • Barrel Taper: Medium Palma • Muzzle: Threaded 5/8-24” with thread protector • Stock: Fiberglass with easily adjustable cheek rest and fully supports M-LOK system • Scope Mount: Fits Remington 700 bases with 8 X 40 screws Highlander As part of the premier series, Bergara also released the Highlander rifle. The Highlander has all of the standard Premier features but in a lighter weight and slightly shorter package. The Highlander is designed for the hunters who like to go the distance. The Highlander can be purchased with a barrel length of 20, 22, or 24-inches. It is available in the following calibers: 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, .270 Win, 7mm-08, .280 Ackley Improved, .308 Win, .30-06,7mm Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag, and .300 PRC. MSRP for the Highlander is $1,850. Highlander Specifications: • Weight: 7.2 lbs-7.7 lbs • Overall Length: 38.5”-43” • Barrel Length: 20”-24” • Magazine: Hinged floor plate • Mag Capacity: 4 in standard, 3 in magnum • Cerakote: Sniper Grey • Trigger: TriggerTech® Frictionless Release Technology™ • Barrel Taper: No. 5 • Muzzle: Threaded 5/8-24” with thread protector • Stock: Fiberglass • Scope Mount: Fits Remington 700 bases with 8 X 40 screws Left-handed model B-14 HMR Lefties will be delighted to know that Bergara is releasing the B-14 series HMR (Hunting and Match Rifle) in a left-handed model for 2019. The B-14 HMR rifle has an integrated mini-chassis molded into the stock to give the rifle repeatable bedding and accuracy, and supports a fully free-floated barrel. The Bergara Hunting and Match rifles are built to perform for both hunters and competition shooters. The stock features an adjustable cheekpiece and length of pull spacers. It’s outfitted with a Bergara curved trigger, which comes set at about three pounds. It has been factory drilled and tapped to fit Remington 700 style rings and bases. The B-14 HMR starts at $1150. Specifications for the B-14 HMR: • Weight: 9.25 lbs 6.5 Creedmoor / 9.15 lbs .308 Win, .450 Bushmaster / 9.2 lbs .22-250 Rem. / 9.7 lbs 6mm Creedmoor / 9.6 lbs .300 Win. Mag •Overall Length: 41.5” 6.5 Creedmoor / 39.5” .308 Win, .450 Bushmaster / 43.5″ .22-250 Rem. / 45.5″ 6mm Creedmoor / 45.5″ .300 Win. Mag • Barrel Length: 20” (.308 Win), 22” (6.5 Creedmoor), 24″ (.22-250 Rem.), 26″ (6mm Creedmoor and .300 Win. Mag) • Magazine: AICS Style Detachable • Mag Capacity: 5 round mag provided • Length of pull: Adjustable from 14.5″ at the longest to 13″ at the shortest • Barrel Taper: No. 5.5 • Twist Rate: 1:8″ (6.5 Creedmoor, 6mm Creedmoor), 1:9″ (.22-250 Rem), 1:10″ (.308 Win. • Muzzle: Threaded 5/8-24” with thread protector • Scope Mount: Fits Remington 700 rings and bases • Integrated QD flush cup mounts • Rear butt-stock: Adjustable cheek piece, and length-of-pull • Full-length Integrated mini-chassis for repeatable bedding and supports fully free-floated barrel For information about these and other products from Bergara, visit them at https://bergarausa.com/. 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