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The Howa MiniAction Chassis rifle is a Japanese bolt-action with an M-LOK type handguard, fully adjustable buttstock connected via an AR-type buffer tube and very modern styling. It comes in black or FDE and is available in .223 Rem, 6.5 Grendel and 7.62x39 mm calibers.

The gun’s Howa MiniAction Chassis appellation comes from its compact length, compact receiver and shorter bolt, all of which deliver a rifle that’s lighter than others and faster reloads and follow on shots.

The HCR has three calibers, all with a 20” threated heavy barrel contour. The calibers are .223 Rem, 6.5 Grendel and 7.62x39 mm. Twist ratio on the first two calibers is 1 to 8”, while the 7.62x39’s twist is 1 to 9.45". The barrels are cold hammer forged. Muzzles are 5/8" x 24 TPI threaded and come with a muzzle cap. The .223 has a ten-round polymer magazine while the other two have 5-round polymer magazines. For all three, length of pull is 12.5" to 16.75", overall length is 39.5” and weight is 7 pounds.

The Howa MiniAction Chassis rifle comes in MultiCam Cerakote FDE or standard black. Standard black is very compelling as every component coordinates: the receiver, barrel, scope, magazine, stock, etc., and thus it seems to be part of an organic, purposeful, whole. However, the MultiCam (multiple camouflage) Cerakote FDE has some greens and other colors on an FDE background, while the upper receiver, bolt, barrel, pistol grip and butt stock are all solid tan. The FDE MiniAction Chassis rifle’s scope rail, trigger, magazine release and magazine are still black.

The gun’s receiver is made of the aerospace industry 6061-T6 aluminum. Attached to the front of the receiver is a free-floating M-LOK type hand guard while the forged one-piece bolt has locking lugs.

Bringing up the rear is an American-made Luth-AR MBA-3 buttstock. This stock an intricate piece of work that has a six position buffer tube that’s easily adjusted with a lever. It also has an adjustable comb and an adjustable length of pull. Both are unfastened/fastened using simple twist knobs. Length of pull can thus be adjusted a total of 4.25 inches from 12.5” to 16.75”. It has a built-in rail to attach a monopod, multiple sling attachment points, and it’s padded too!

Moving to the ventral area, the HCR has a two-stage Howa Actuator Controlled Trigger (HACT) and a three-position safety that work in concert. The trigger pull is factory set to 3.0 pounds but is adjustable. The grip is an Ergo MSR rigid grip.

Howa USA is based in Reno, Nevada. It’s an importer of guns and a subdivision of Legacy Sports International. Howa USA imports its guns from Howa Machinery, Ltd. In Japan, a firm established in the late 1930s as a defense contractor to make aircraft parts, rifles and more. Post-war, it made a variety of weapons for the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and entered the US market in the 1950s where it has sold firearms ever since. In sum, this fine firearm is imported into the USA by Howa USA and Made in Japan.

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