Faxon Firearms Overwatch: 8.6 BLK Modularity

Bolt action rifles might not be the first gun you think of when it comes to modularity, but they can be. Faxon Firearms has proven that with their Overwatch Tactical and Overwatch Hunter models. Yes, the manufacturer is more widely known for their barrels, but they make guns as well. Chambered in  8.6 BLK, this particular pair of rifles is a testament to the company’s dedication to quality and overall performance.

Faxon Firearms Overwatch in 8.6 BLK
The Faxon Firearms Overwatch in 8.6 BLK is designed for dependable performance and modularity. (Photo credit: Faxon Firearms)

Faxon provides details of the two rifles:

The Overwatch is available in a more traditional style with the Overwatch Hunter, as well as two flavors of chassis builds in the Overwatch Tactical, in a 16″ barreled rifle and a 12″ barreled/braced pistol.

The 16″ Faxon Overwatch Tactical Bolt Action in 8.6 BLK provides modern modularity and attachment capabilities while retaining the classic bolt action experience.

The 12″ Faxon Overwatch Tactical Bolt Action in 8.6 BLK provides modern modularity and attachment capabilities while retaining the classic bolt action experience but in a smaller package, of course.

They went on to say:

There are two primary differences between the Overwatch Tactical 12″ and 16″. First, besides the barrel length, the rifle has a buttstock, while the pistol has a stabilizing brace.

First, let’s talk barrel length. Next, here’s a look at the preliminary load data for 8.6 Blackout, as provided by Faxon and Q.

The difference between 12″ and 16″ with Barnes supersonic 160gr is only 150 fps. With Sierra’s 300gr subsonic round, the difference is about 40 fps. With 8.6 Blackout optimized for performance in short barrels, there’s little difference.

Instead, the barrel length (and corresponding brace/stock) is more about personal preference and legality. For example, in some states hunting with pistols is outlawed, regardless of caliber.

 

Faxon Firearms 8.6 BLK rifle
The Faxon Firearms 8.6 BLK rifle is available in two barrel lengths. (Photo credit: Faxon Firearms)

Features and Specifications for the Overwatch Tactical

  • Faxon 16-inch, 1:3 Twist 8.6 BLK Barrel with Thread Protector, Taper Adapter, and Remage-Style Nut
  • Muzzle threaded M18x1.5mm for use with any AI standard muzzle device or suppressor mount
  • MDT LSS XL Gen 2 Chassis
  • Faxon TAC 30 Action & Bolt by Stiller
  • AICS Mag Compatible
  • Timney Elite Hunter 510-V2 Trigger
  • B5 Precision Collapsible Stock
  • B5 Pistol Grip

Weights & Dimensions

  • Weight: 7.61 lbs
  • Length: 35.375 inches
  • Depth: 8 inches
  • Width: 1.5 inches
Faxon Firearms 8.6 BLK rifle with scope
The rifle has a Timney Elite Hunter 510-V2 trigger. According to the manufacturer, it is one of the best triggers on this earth. Zero creep, sharp break; it’s perfection in tangible form. (Photo credit: Faxon Firearms)

Features and Specifications for the Overwatch Hunter

  • Faxon 16″ 1:3 Twist 8.6 BLK Barrel w/ Thread Protector, Taper Adapter, and Remage-Style Nut
  • Muzzle threaded M18x1.5mm for use with any AI standard muzzle device or suppressor mount
  • Iota EKO Midnight Grey Stock
  • Faxon TAC 30 Action & Bolt by Stiller
  • Timney Elite Hunter 510-V2 Trigger
  • Hawkins Precision Bottom Metal
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​AICS Mag Compatible

Weights & Dimensions

  • Weight: 6.66 pounds
  • Length: 35.5 inches
  • Depth: 6 inches
  • Width: 2.25 inches
Overwatch Hunter in 8.6 BLK has an Iota EKO Midnight Grey Stock finish
The Faxon Firearms Overwatch Hunter in 8.6 BLK has an Iota EKO Midnight Grey Stock finish. (Photo credit: Faxon Firearms)

The guns were designed as task-specific platforms and each has features meant to get that particular job done. MSRP for the guns varies by model but starts at $3399.00.

Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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