Idea(s) for a reversible bolt-action rifle


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GunnySkox
December 7, 2006, 09:28 AM
The "how stupid are rifle manufacturers..." thread got me to thinking about how rifle makers might tap both the right and wrong handed markets with the exact same product. I came up with a couple of ideas.

Preface:
My only boltie experiences so far are my Yugo M48 (~300 rounds) and fondling a friend's brother's Remingon 700 (0 rounds) so my experiences are decidedly limited.

Idea 1: Reversible Bolt Handles

Say we have a right-handed bolt action whose bolt handle sticks down and to the right when the rifle is viewed from the rear. Obviously, to open the action, you push the bolt handle up and pull it back.

What if, either by attaching a bolt handle directly opposite the original handle, or by fitting a much longer one which "doubles back" to accomplish he same thing, namely a bolt handle sticking up and to the left, so it would be turned down and drawn back to work the action. It'd be slower and... decisively uglier, but if you designed a bolt with threaded holes on either side of its body, the end user could switch his rifle's handedness at his leisure. It'd still eject the wrong way, but in my limited experience, I haven't had any trouble with that.

Idea 2: Doing it Like the Swiss
I had some cockamamie (wow. Firefox 2.0 says that's an actual word) idea about a rifle where the bolt lugs and such would be set up so that whatever bolt was in the rifle could turn either direction (clockwise or counterclockwise) to unlock, but then I started thinking about ejection ports and ejectors and.. yeah, that's really hard.

So I'll stick with an idea I've had for a while: a straight pull bolt-action where the knob can be set up to be grasped from either side, and the action worked that way.

But now my eyes really hurt, and I'm really tired, so I think I'm gonna go pass out now.

Cheers,
~GnSx

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Bezoar
December 9, 2006, 12:19 AM
second idea would be the best. The ejection issue is handled easily if the extractor adn ejector are contained in a revolving section of the bolt... The cut in the reciever frame for haveing ammo get ejected through is easily remedied if you 1) use a mas style reciever, or 2) use a 10/22 style reciever setup.

USing the 10/22reciever setup would most likely let you create a right and left handed bolt action rifel that could also be semi-auto as well.... Thats what happens to an insomniac drafter.

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