New: Volquartsen 22 WMR/17 HMR Takedown Rifle

Precision rifle maker Volquartsen launched a new gun this week: the VT2 Takedown Rifle. This takedown model is an answer to the need for small-caliber truck guns, backpack-portability, and easy storage in general. The new rifle is designed with the gun maker’s usual attention to detail and includes features increasing its versatility.

Volquartsen 22 WMR/17 HMR Takedown Rifle.
Volquartsen 22 WMR/17 HMR Takedown Rifle. (Photo: Volquartsen)

The VT2 Takedown Rifle is being offered in two calibers, 22 WMR and 17 HMR. Perhaps the greatest feature of the gun is the takedown system itself, because no tools are needed. Disassembly is accomplished using a button and lever combination the manufacturer states is quick and easy to master. They also state there is no twisting or tightening necessary.

How does it work?

According to Volquartsen, the rifle is disassembled by depressing the takedown button and releasing the locking lever with a downward motion. Once you’ve done that, the barrel slides smoothly out of the receiver. At that point, the rifle is can be stored in a relatively small space or the barrels can be changed out to switch between the two available calibers: 22 WMR and 17 HMR.

Volquartsen VT2 Takedown Rifle locking lever
To put the gun back together, all that needs to be done is to slide the barrel back into the receiver and push the locking lever upward to fasten the parts for use.

Lead Designer Kolby Pavlock had the following to say about the company’s latest rifle: “We wanted to build a takedown rifle like no other on the market. One that is modular and adaptable to the preferences of the shooter.”

Volquartsen VT2 takedown rifle
The Volquartsen VT2 has a Magpul stock, 2.5 lb. trigger pull, 0 MOA Picatinny rail for mounting an optic. Volquartsen is offering 12-inch and 6-inch handguards with MLOK capabilities, as well as a 16-inch threaded barrel so you can use your suppressor.

Volquartsen President Scott Volquartsen made a few remarks regarding the rifle’s intended use and future potential models: “The VT2 Takedown Rifle is perfect for hunting trips, stowed away with gear, or tucked into a backpack for quick accessibility. We are also planning for a 22 LR model to be available later this year.”

Volquartsen VT2 takedown rifle
The VT2 “is available in both 6” and 12” handguard lengths. Both handguards feature the M-LOK mounting system so you can mount your favorite rifle accessories, including bi-pods.

A Picatinny rail on top of the receiver and below the barrel at the muzzle end give you even more options for mounting lights, lasers, and other aftermarket components.

Other features of the Volquartsen VT2 Takedown Rifle include:

  • Semi-automatic
  • TG2000 with 2.5 lb. trigger pull
  • 0 MOA integral Picatinny Rail
  • 16.5″ Lightweight Barrel
  • 6” and 12” handguard lengths
  • Magpul MOE-K Grip & MOE Milspec stock
  • M-LOK features on both handguards
  • Aluminum VT2 Takedown receiver
  • Aluminum 2” forward blow comp
  • Aluminum thread protector
  • Made in the USA

VT2 Takedown Rifle Specifications

  • Magazine Capacity: 9 rounds (17 HMR)
  • Muzzle Threads: 1/2×28
  • Barrel Length: 16.5 inches
  • Overall Barrel Length: 18 inches
  • Overall Length: 36.75 inches
  • Overall Length (Stock Collapsed): 33.5 inches
  • MSRP: $2352 for one or $2871 for a VT2 with both caliber barrels

This rifle is a build-to-order model and does not ship immediately. All Volquartsen firearms are designed, engineered, and made in Carroll, Iowa.

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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