Gun Lab: Savage A17 Review

This new rifle from Savage solves a problem that has befuddled riflemakers since the introduction of the .17 HMR in 2002. Namely, how to make a safe semi-auto for that hot little rimfire.

[See the full Gun & Optics Test here].

The A17 has a delayed-blowback action that lets the pressures generated by the .17 HMR drop to safe levels before it cycles—and, based on our testing, it seems to work. Unfortunately, its plain looks, creepy trigger, finicky magazine, and humdrum accuracy dampened our enthusiasm. With some refinements and better looks, the A17 might become a winner, but it isn’t there yet.