ARCAS .22 LR RIMFIRE TRAINER
Iain Kelbly wanted a trainer, so he made one. He worked with ze meisters off rrrimfire,
Anschütz, to build the ultimate 22LR trainer. He star ted with the company’s introlevel barreled action, the 1416. It combines the Anschütz 64 Action, an Anschütz 18inch, button-rifled, hand-lapped, ½-28 threaded barrel, Anschütz 5098 two-stage adjustable trigger and adds Kelbly’s carbon-fiber, center fire K TS stock. Kelbly’s buys the barreled actions and sends them to Anschütz Nor th America’s custom shop where ex traction, ejection, and trigger are tuned to per fection. Kelbly’s sets the barreled action in its K TS stock and beds the action under the chamber and tang.
The Arcas grouped well enough at 50 yards, but we took it out to 100 yards and shot 20-round groups and logged a 1.8-inch overall group size, of which 2/3rds of the rounds grouped inside 0.93 inches. At 100 yards, a bird fart can ruin a tight 22LR group, so we’re impressed how well this rifle holds groups at practical training distances.
Ian Kelbly sent us his own rifle and told us it’s been at least 3,000 rounds since its last cleaning. We logged another 800 rounds, around 700 of them suppressed, still without cleaning it and we experienced no malfunctions of any kind. We don’t know where the carbon and wax went, but it didn’t gunk up the bolt face at all. It’s bonkers. The dual extractors and mechanical ejector have something to do with it, as does the notch in the bolt face that gives fouling a place to collect where it can’t cause problems.
It’s funky looking, but we assure you Kelbly’s K TS Stock is a comfor table, stiff, and highly adjustable beast. It’s carbon fiber with a full length Picatinny rail under the fore end, QD sling studs, a three-way adjustable butt plate, 1-inch recoil pad, adjustable cheek-piece offset, adjustable comb height, and finish that looks to be somewhere between a planetarium and an aquarium.
The Anschütz 64 action on the Arcas is the smoothest, fastest, snappiest action we’ve ever operated … and, eff us, but it’s considered the low end of the Anschütz line. This thing wants to run. We already talked about its abilit y to run dir t y, but it’s absolutely shocking for an action this neglected to run so smooth, easy, and well. Mag changes are easy with the giant mag catch, but at $79 a pop, you’ll likely be babying those 10-rounders.
The Anschütz 5098 adjustable trigger is 6.5 ounces of two-stage joy. It’s user adjustable, for pull weight, over travel, sear engagement, length of pull, and shoe angle. We didn’t need to mess with any of that, though. The first stage feels like moving a thick blade of grass, the second is like pressing a key on an early ’80s, clicky IBM keyboard.
So much fun to shoot; adaptable; accurate; barely needs cleaning
Magazines are pricey; stock finish is a conversation star ter