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Merkel introduces its new linear-bolt-action rifle, the Merkel RX Helix, with an action that cycles in half the length of a conventional system.

While the RX Helix is a straight-pull rifle, it retains the strength and safety of a rotary bolt head with seven locking lugs, as well as a fully enclosed, hard-anodized-aluminum action housing. The RX Helix’s linear motion of the bolt handle is transmitted to the bolt head at a ratio of one-to-two by way of a revolutionary transmission gearing system, providing for smooth and fast cycling without the tipping movement found on other straight-pull rifles.

A true takedown rifle for exceptionally easy packing, the RX Helix can be dismantled in a matter of seconds without tools. Weaver rails are integrated into the action, and fast-acquisition iron sights with three-dot rear, and one-dot front fiber-optic inserts are standard. Also features a manual cocking lever on the tang and a direct trigger system.

The RX Helix is available in a standard black configuration as well as four levels of design: Arabesque, Wild Boar, Spirit and Deluxe. An all-carbon-fiber version is also available either with or without a carbon-wrapped barrel. Available in a wide range of popular calibers from .222 Rem. through .300 Win. Mag. Barrel lengths vary according to caliber; additional barrels, bolts and magazines are available for caliber changes.

Starting MSRP is $3,795.

Made in Germany and imported by Steyr Arms.