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Q LLC’s “The Fix” Family Continues to Grow

The Fix built by the Author. Prototype Jumbo Shrimp silencer attached.

Q’s name tends to conjure thoughts of the Q Branch (or division) from the James Bond series of films. Q was known for providing innovative, clever, and useful tools to 007, allowing him to escape cliff-hanging moments of peril, save the day and win the girl. While this Q may not be providing exploding watches to spies, they are continuing to grow the family of rifles known as The Fix.
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THE FIX

The Fix debuted at Shot Show 2017 and was the product of the desires of Kevin Brittingham, Q’s big boss man. Having surrounded himself with a few engineers who drew from a vast array of experience at different companies within the industry, The Fix was born.

Rob Curtis previously covered The Fix in astonishing detail, but for those who want the quick rundown, here it is. The gun needed to be lightweight, accurate and affordable. It also had to have an adjustable folding stock, crisp two-stage trigger, and the ability for the end user to switch calibers. The Fix is currently available in .308 or 6.5 Creedmoor with several barrel lengths to choose from.

Q succeeded in producing a rifle that drew from the best aspects of other models, was accurate, had their own dab of ingenuity, and most importantly, didn’t break the bank. But why stop there?

THE MINI FIX

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The Mini Fix has been teased on social media for some time. The gun is based on the original Fix, with a few differences. Notably, as the name implies, it is smaller than the Fix and is intended to adapt the Fix to cartridges that are fed out of a standard AR-15 magazine. The gun will be chambered in the new hotness, 224 Valkyrie, and eventually 300 Blackout. Q has stated that they have a goal of shipping pre-order Mini Fixes in 224 Valkyrie in Q4 (with the 300 Blackout to follow).

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The plan for the 300 Blackout version of the Mini Fix is to equip it with a brace and sell it as a braced bolt action pistol. That means purchasers will get a compact, light package that is quieter than a semi-auto. The renderings of the brace pay tribute to the stock found on the rifle model. Like its full-size brother, the Mini Fix will also allow the end user to swap calibers quickly in the field with the available wrench, however, it will require the appropriate-sized bolt face.

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING BIGGER?

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The Fix chambered in 8.6 Creedmoor

If 300 Blackout doesn’t suit your fancy, then perhaps its big brother may be right up your alley. Q has released a new prototype of the Fix chambered in 8.6 Creedmoor. The new caliber utilizes the existing Fix receiver as well as SR-25 pattern magazines but is designed for short barrels and to be effective as a subsonic cartridge. Inspired by 338 Federal, the minds at Q worked with Hornady to create the monster now known as 8.6 Creedmoor.

Much like 300 Blackout, the story of 8.6 Creedmoor starts with cutting down the case of an existing caliber and necking it up for a larger projectile. Rather than a piece of .223/5.56 brass, the 8.6 Creedmoor originates from a piece of 6.5 brass that has been necked up to accept a 338 projectile. As with 300 Blackout, 8.6 Creedmoor will be found in both supersonic and subsonic varieties. The part that people are gravitating towards is the subsonic cartridges performance.

The new Creedmoor round will offer a 300 plus grain expanding projectile that leaves the muzzle around 1,000 FPS. Nick Shafer, a Q engineer, told us that the round has a better ballistic coefficient than 458 SOCOM and similar cartridges, as well as more energy than a 300 Blackout subsonic round. Testing currently indicates about 700 ft/lbs at the muzzle and energy retention of over 500 ft/lbs of energy at 600 yards with relatively little wind drift.

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REMINGTON 700 CHASSIS

The Remington 700 has been produced since 1962. While the total number of firearms produced isn’t readily available, based on the settlement Remington entered into in relation to the trigger design flaw, it is safe to say there are at least an estimated 7.65 million Remington 700s that have been produced.

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Prototype Remington 700 Chassis

Q has been working on a prototype chassis for the Remington 700. Much like the Fix itself, the prototype chassis features a folding stock, although there were hints about fixed variants as well. Installation of the action is straightforward and only requires a few screws.

There is no question that Q is continuing to push the ball forward with product development and expansion of its current lines. With a few more products in the works, 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Q.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Adam Kraut is a firearms law attorney practicing in southeastern PA and across the country federally. He hosts The Legal Brief, a show dedicated to crushing the various myths and misinformation around various areas of the gun world and The Gun Collective Podcast. He was also the general manager of a gun store in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

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