Lynx TD21, a new straight-pull hunting rifle
The Finnish Lynx Rifles company introduces its new generation of straight-pull rifles: the Lynx TD21, an upgraded model of the previous TD15 design, features an upgraded modular layout for maximum adaptability to numerous hunting situations
The past couple of years have seen the emergence of a new market trend: the affirmation of straight-pull rifles as mainstream designs on the global hunting and sport shooting rifles market. After major brands such as Beretta, Bushmaster and Savage, it's time for the Lynx Rifles company of Finland – already well known in the field of straight-pull rifles – to introduce their latest iteration of the design: the brand new TD21 has been conceived to represent a fast, accurate, and modular alternative for the most demanding and discerning hunters worldwide.
The Lynx Rifles brand has been active on the straight-pull rifles market for years now, with the well-established Lynx TD15 model; the brand new Lynx TD21 is a modernization of the design, featuring important modifications such as the removal of the manual bolt release lever, which in the TD15 was located inside the trigger guard. The TD21 does without such a feature, resulting in a simpler, more streamlined and aesthetically pleasing design.
The Lynx TD21 features a fluted straight-pull bolt, designed to be lightning-fast to operate. The grooves added to the bolt keep the action clean from dust, snow, ice, and other elements that may hinder its operation.
When the bolt is cycled, the bolt head travels inside the magazine, ensuring a direct and secure contact with the cartridge; a set of long guiding walls allow the round to enter the chamber before it is freed. This controlled feeding system, in conjunction with a new, wider ejection window, allows the Lynx TD21 straight-pull rifle to offer extreme levels of reliability.
The Lynx TD21 is also extremely simplified, with a minimum amount of components if compared with most competing straight-pull rifles on the market. This allows the manufacturing company to focus on manufacturing solutions that privilege strenght and reliability. By removing material from areas subject to lesser stress and forces, Lynx Rifles managed to make the TD21 rifle approximately half a kilogram (~1lbs) lighter than its predecessor, the TD15.
The Lynx TD21 straight-pull rifle is built around a milled aluminum receiver, onto which the barreled action and stock sets are independently attached. The design allows the new TD21 rifle to be equipped with different stock sets according to the user's requirement.
The new Lynx TD21 rifle is available in seven popular European and north American hunting calibers: .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5x55, 7x64, 8x57 JS, and 9,3x62. The barrel length (51 to 53 cm / 20.07" to 20.86") and the overall length (1040 to 1072 mm / 40.94" to 42.2") will vary depending on the caliber. The 9,3x62 model is the longest entry in the line, wtanding in at 42.48" / 1079 mm in overall length with its 535 mm / 21.06" barrel.
All models feature a protected threaded muzzle (M14x1 or M15x1 muzzle thread, depending on the variant and caliber) for use with muzzle brakes, flash hiders, compensators, or sound suppressors where legal.
Other features of the Lynx TD21 straight-pull rifle include a factory 17mm Tikka-type optics rail, and a drilled and tapped receiver for Apel, Recknagel, MAK, or Picatinny rails and interfaces. The single-set trigger of the Lynx TD21 rifle is also user-adjustable both in position – with a +/- 10 mm range – and in weight, within an 800 to 1200 grams range (1.7 to 2.6 lbs).
The Lynx TD21 straight-pull hunting rifle is already available on the European markets at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of €3.490,00 for the standard version (black stock and handguard, matte blued metal surfaces) and €3.690,00 for the STS version (black stock and handguard, stainless metal parts). Other optionals such as 3-rounds or 5-rounds detachable magazines, blaze orange stock sets, dedicated gun cases, and others, will be sold separately in the coming months.