Barrett Fieldcraft: a high-tech, ultra-light mountain rifle.

We have ordered 15 of these that are available for PRE-ORDER.  Available in 243winchester 21", 6.5 Creedmoor 21"e, 7mm-08 Winchester 21", 308 Winchester 21" and 270 Winchester 24".

The Barrett Fieldcraft rifle, seen from the right side

The Barrett Fieldcraft rifle, seen from the right side

In a full spirit of commitment towards the international civilian markets, in 2016 the company landed a classic design bolt-action rifle conceived specifically for hunting and related shooting disciplines. The Barrett Fieldcraft os bases off the Forbes Rifle design.

While Forbes isn’t as widely known as he perhaps should be, in the past 30 years he’s almost singlehandedly redefined what a lightweight rifle should be. His company New Ultralight Arms, or NULA, makes some of the featheriest (and expensive) hard-core hunting boomsticks out there, to order, one at a time. In order to bring the price tag into reach of us mere mortals, the company of Forbes Rifles was created and offered, for a short time at least, NULA rifles without the options available in a custom build. It folded in 2015 after various QC issues but established that there was indeed a market for an off-the-shelf, lightweight, and high-quality rifle. And this is where Barrett steps in.

Based on a Forbes action, the Barrett Fieldcraft is about as pared down as a bolt gun can get. Just long enough for the cartridge it’s designed around, there’s no excess metal in the action. There’s no magazine floorplate and catch either, another couple of ounces that could be saved. The bottom of the stock serves to keep the mag spring where it’s supposed to be, and if you want to unload, well, cartridges come out of the ejection port just as easily as they go in.

Dubbed the Barrett Fieldcraft, the rifle was designed with one simple goal in mind: skimming the overall weight to the minimum for enhanced comfort in carry and use without compromising on durability and reliability.

And if there ever was somebody in the industry with the capability to make such a vision become reality, that was Barrett. The overall weight of the Fieldcraft rifle, unloaded and without sights, ranges from a minimum of 2,36 kilograms (5.2 lbs) to a maximum of 2,61 kilograms (5.75 lbs) depending from the configuration.

The action of the Barrett Fieldcraft is heavily inspired by the tried-and-true Remington 700 design, except for the position of the bolt release button – located on the left side – and for a larger extractor claw, much more similar to an old-style Sako model than to a Remington.

The bolt of the Barrett Fieldcraft is available in a short-action or long-action variant, is fluted for quicker throw and lighter weight, and features two locking lugs and a two-position safety switch located just behind the cocking handle.

As of today, the rifle is available in a right-hand only configuration.

Barrett Fieldcraft: a lightweight hunting rifle, simply designed yet packed with features!

Barrett Fieldcraft: a lightweight hunting rifle, simply designed yet packed with features!

The Barrett Fieldcraft rifle is currently available for right-handed users only

The Barrett Fieldcraft rifle comes equipped with a hand-laid carbon fiber stock whose features include a small, right-handed cheekpiece, a straight comb, sling swivels, and a Pachmayr Decelerator rubber buttpad.

A full-length bedding system reduces barrel harmonics and increases stock rigidity, and is provided with aluminum pillars to prevent crushing under action-screw pressure.

Ten calibers are available, all popular hunting chamberings for big game, deer, or stalking both in north America and Europe: .243 Winchester; .22-250 Remington; 6mm and 6.5 Creedmoor; 7mm-08 Remington; .308 Winchester; .25-06 Remington; .270 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield; and 6,5x55 Swedish.

For all calibers, the capacity is four rounds plus one in chamber. The Barrett Fieldcraft feeds through a blind magazine with a polymer spring and without a floorplate – another measure taken to save materials and reduce the overall weight of the design – and all the calibers selected share a rim diameter that's the same as (or inferior to) that of a .308 Winchester or a .30-06 Springfield case, with no Magnum or Short Magnum chamberings available. This allows Barrett to use scaled actions for the Fieldcraft and... save weight.

No iron sight is provided with the Barrett Fieldcraft rifle, whose receiver is drilled and tapped for the installation of scopes through aftermarket rails or rings – the Company recommending Talley scope mounts. On the rifle of thse pictures you see mounted a Nightforce SHV 4-14x56 riflescope.

The peculiar shape and angle of the bolt handle

The peculiar shape and angle of the bolt handle

Ready to fire: the manual safetty button is on the right side of the bolt tail

Ready to fire: the manual safetty button is on the right side of the bolt tail

The bolt release button is exactly on the opposite side, at the left of the bolt tail

The bolt release button is exactly on the opposite side, at the left of the bolt tail

The bolt design on the Barrett Fieldcraft rifle is light and yet robust

The bolt design on the Barrett Fieldcraft rifle is light and yet robust

The Barrett Fieldcraft is built around a #0 profile, button-rifled 416 stainless steel barrel, available in a threaded version upon request, ranging from 18 to 21 or 24 inches in lenght and sporting various rifling profiles depending from the caliber; the maximum overall length for the Fieldcraft rifle reaches 112,52 cm (44.3").

And indeed, the vast majority of metal parts on the Barrett Fieldcraft are CNC-machined out of 416 stainless steel, exception made for some smaller parts such as the bolt shroud which are made out of aluminum.

The secret for the reduction of weight is in the painstaking engineering and high-tech manufacturing procedures, which allowed the company to use less material for the vast majority of components, including the receiver and the bolt itself – whose average diameter ranges around 1,48 cm (0.585").

The bolt of the Barrett Fieldcraft rifle, removed from the receiver

The bolt of the Barrett Fieldcraft rifle, removed from the receiver

A close-up of the bolt head, with two locking lugs

A close-up of the bolt head, with two locking lugs

The pistol grip is at an ergonomically optimal angle for comfortable and fast handling

The pistol grip is at an ergonomically optimal angle for comfortable and fast handling

An adjustable, single-stage Timney trigger is provided with each Barrett Fieldcraft rifle, offering a crisp release with no creep. The factory weight may vary depending from the configuration, but generally speaking it breaks at a convenient 1,2 kg (2.75 lb).

The Fieldcraft is a rifle designed for heavy hunting-style bullets to perform best; according to Barrett, sub-MOA accuracy is guaranteed with select ammo. Both hunters and target shooters will be most pleased.

It took Barrett's technology and know-how to come out with a rock-solid rifle that would perform just as a custom gun while remaining under acceptable weight levels even when fully kitted. Designed to be carried long distances in the most demanding terrain, the Fieldcraft rifle guarantees Barrett's proven accuracy and reliability when you’re ready to take the crucial shot.

A close-up of the fiberglass stock, with its cheekpiece and Pachmayr Decelerator buttpad

A close-up of the fiberglass stock, with its cheekpiece and Pachmayr Decelerator buttpad

Forbes spent a tremendous amount of time developing his stock back in the 1980s and considered it to be one of his finest achievements. His idea was to develop a stock that would be ideal for field use, be as lofty as could possibly be produced, while being rigid enough to promote his high accuracy expectations.

Forbes pulled it off. He worked together with two friends from the aerospace industry using materials such as rosins and fibers, which no one else had considered at the time. The Barrett stock is a direct descendent of this revolutionary effort.

A close-up of the muzzle: no target crown, but a threaded version is available upon request

A close-up of the muzzle: no target crown, but a threaded version is available upon request

The Barrett Fieldcraft is built around a #0 profile, button-rifled 416 stainless steel barrel, available in a threaded version upon request, ranging from 18 to 21 or 24 inches in lenght and sporting various rifling profiles depending from the caliber; the maximum overall length for the Fieldcraft rifle reaches 112,52 cm (44.3").

And indeed, the vast majority of metal parts on the Barrett Fieldcraft are CNC-machined out of 416 stainless steel, exception made for some smaller parts such as the bolt shroud which are made out of aluminum.

The secret for the reduction of weight is in the painstaking engineering and high-tech manufacturing procedures, which allowed the company to use less material for the vast majority of components, including the receiver and the bolt itself – whose average diameter ranges around 1,48 cm (0.585").

A detail of the grooved surface of the trigger – a single-stage, adjustable Timney

A detail of the grooved surface of the trigger – a single-stage, adjustable Timney

The sample we tried was chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor caliber – and loaded with Hornady Superformance ammunition

MANUFACTURER SPECIFICATIONS:

MODEL Fieldcraft

TYPOLOGY Manual repetition rifle

CALIBER .243 Winchester; .22-250 Remington; 6mm and 6.5 Creedmoor; 7mm-08 Remington; .308 Winchester; .25-06 Remington; .270 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield; and 6,5x55 Swedish

ACTION Bolt-Action

TRIGGER SYSTEM Single-stage adjustable Timney trigger set

SAFETIES Manual

CAPACITY 4+1

BARREL 18"-21"-24", depending on caliber
Rifling twist of 1 in 7" / 8" / 9" / 10", depending on caliber

SIGHTS No iron sights

OVERALL LENGTH

38.3" (96,7 cm) - 18" barrel
41.3" (104,9 cm) - 21" barrel
44.3" (112,5 cm) - 24" barrel

WEIGHT (EMPTY) From 5.1 lbs (2.31 kg) to 5.6 lbs (2.54 kg), depending on caliber

MATERIALS / FINISHES Matte stainless steel; polymer stock

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BARRETT Fieldcraft Lightweight Mountain Rifle

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