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First Look: The Bushmaster BA30 Straight-Pull Rifle

Bushmaster has announced its first new rifle since the post-Remington Arms Company bankruptcy, and it's—surprisingly—not a semi-auto, but a straight-pull rifle
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The Bushmaster BA30 rifle at the range.

The BA30 is Bushmaster’s first new rifle in the post-Remington Arms Company era. Tanner Denton

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We’re starting to see straight-pull rifles by American riflemakers of late, most notably Savage’s Impulse that was introduced last year, and its straight-pull precision rifle competition offering for 2022, the Savage Impulse Elite Precision. Now Bushmaster’s BA30 has joined the party with a straight-pull action on an AR-style platform.

Bushmaster BA30 Specs and Features

  • Caliber: .308 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor
  • Barrel Length: 18- or 24-inches
  • Upper and Lower Receivers: Type III Hard Coat Anodizing
  • Twist Rate: 1:10 (.308 Win.), 1:8 (6.5 Creedmoor)
  • Trigger: DM2S 2-Stage trigger
  • Bolt: Ambidextrous straight pull
  • Handguard: BFI 14-inch M-LOK
  • Stock: BFI 1913 Adjustable stock
  • MSRP: $1,799

The ambidextrous bolt handle, which can be installed on either side of the action, is a prototype made in Carson City, Nevada, that’s designed to be thrown with the pad of your hand. The modularity of the BA30 makes many of the components interchangeable, including the trigger, recoil pad, XM-10 hand guard, and  the barrels to switch calibers. According to Bushmaster’s website, the BA30 is “engineered with all American parts.”

Video by Tanner Denton