Savage Introduces U.S.-Made Straight Pull Rifle

January 5, 2021
Kevin "KJ" Jarnagin

Savage Arms launches the IMPULSE exciting line of straight-pull rifles. As soon as I heard Savage was set to introduce the IMPULSE, I couldn’t wait to scurry down to the gun shop and pick one up. A straight-pull rifle is quick for follow-up shots and Savage firearms are known for top-notch quality and dependability. 

The key to IMPULSE’s lightning-fast functionality is the new action, which is built around Hexlock, a robust lockup that allows for IMPULSE’s reliability, speed, safety and accuracy.

“IMPULSE will redefine the way you think about straight-pull rifles,” said Al Kasper, President and CEO of Savage Arms. “We’ve studied more than a century’s worth of straight-pull actions and kept running up against the same conundrum; straight pull actions are fast, but they don’t inspire confidence. Speed means nothing if you can’t hit what you’re aiming at. IMPULSE changes that. We’ve brought our tradition of accuracy into the mix to make the fastest, most accurate straight-pull rifles ever built.”

This is a big deal. A large number of straight-pull firearms like the Blaser R8 stretches the bank account, but at $1,379 MSRP, the IMPULSE Predator model I received will be a welcomed addition to quicken follow up shots if needed. One great aspect that I love with the Predator models is the AICS bottom metal. That means I can use all my AICS mags from other firearms, which will save me a little coin in the long run. 

At the heart of IMPULSE’s bolt is Hexlock. Six hardened steel bearings lock the bolt in place inside the receiver’s barrel extension. As pressure increases, Hexlock’s hold tightens, ensuring that there can be no rearward movement of the bolt. Once the round has left the barrel, the pressure subsides, and the action can safely open again with the straight pull of the bolt handle.


In addition to IMPULSE’s new features, these rifles draw upon decades of Savage innovation. Each model is equipped with AccuStock®, Accufit®, and AccuTrigger®.

IMPULSE is available in three model variations:

IMPULSE Big Game: From the versatility of .243 WIN to stopping power of 300 Win Mag, 

IMPULSE Big Game is ready for one-shot drops and fast follow-ups.

IMPULSE Predator: From the speed of 22-250 REM. to the do-it-all potential of 6.5 Creedmoor, 

IMPULSE Predator provides an advantage to anyone hunting at the top of the food chain.

IMPULSE Hog Hunter: From the ready availability of .308 to the long-range reach of 300 Win Mag, IMPULSE Hog Hunter offers efficient pest control in a variety of proven .30 caliber chamberings.

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