One of the finest looking rifles at SHOT SHOW 2012 I’ve seen so far has to be the FNH Ballista. The Ballista is FNH’s submission to SOCOM’s PSR solicitation and lucky for us, they’ll be offering it on the civilian market as well. There’s one common theme amongst all the new bolt action rifles I’ve seen at SHOT this year–modularity. FNH’s new flag ship bolt action follows suit.
Using a few tools (stored on board) and losing a few bolts, an operator can change out the caliber of the new FNH Ballista in about 2-3 minutes and FNH claims that each barrel remains true to the receiver’s centerline. The Ballista can be configured in 3 calibers: 338 Lapua Mag, .300 Win Mag, and .308 Winchester. It has a fully adjustable trigger that can be set between 2 and 5 pounds.
FNH’s Ballista has a barrel length of 26 inches (with the .338 Lapua Magnum barrel installed), an overall length of 49 inches with the stock fully extended (47.75 collapsed), and the length when the stock is folded is only 37 inches. It weighs 15.8 pounds with a fully loaded magazine. The Ballista rifle system will retail around $8,000 and will come with all three caliber kits (I believe, inferring from the video below). I got a chance to shoot the Ballista at the SHOT SHOW Media Day Range Event, and I have to say I completely loved the 5 or 6 rounds I got to send down range with it. I tagged a 60″ steel plate at 900+ yards a couple of times, so needless to say I was happy. Check the video below to see it.Read More