Tec Target Schneider TTS Xceed bull-pup bolt-action rifle
TTS - Tec Target Schneider of Germany introduces the TTS Xceed bull-pup, bolt-action long-range rifle: an ergonomic, modular design with a futuristic vibe, offering quick caliber and barrel interchangeability, the TTS Xceed elects itself as the heir of the well-known DSR-1 platform
Tec Target Schneider GmbH, or TTS for short, is a small company headquartered in the German town of Dietingen and headed by Hubert Schneider – a seasoned gun designer whose resumé includes extensive work on successful long-range rifles for civilian and professional applications such as the Mauser 86 SR and the AMP DSR-1.
Back in late February, at the 2020 edition of the Frankfurt GPEC expo, the company showcased its first creation: the TTS Xceed bolt-action long-range bull-pup rifle, conceived as an ergonomic, modular and modern platform and launched as a sort of "spiritual heir" to the mentioned AMP DSR-1 rifle, mainly aimed at the professional market albeit also available to civilian and sport shooting customers right away.
The TTS Xceed bolt-action rifle is described by the manufacturing company as user-friendly for right-handed and left-handed shooters alike, despite having a bolt handle on the right side only and a fully and quickly adjustable synthetic cheek riser on the left side. The bolt head sports six locking lugs in two rows.
Other features of the TTS Xceed rifle include a fully adjustable buttstock with a synthetic recoil-reducing buttpad; an ergonomic pistol-grip; an oversized trigger and trigger guard providing better reach when using gloves; and an ambidextrous three-positions manual safety lever, offering a bolt lock function in addition to the standard trigger block.
The TTS Xceed rifle feeds through proprietary single-stack steel magazines, holding five rounds in all calibers, pretty much akin to those of the DSR-1 rifle system in design.
The TTS Xceed is offered in six calibers, covering all the needs of modern-day professional operators and long-range sport shooters: .308 Winchester/7.62x51mm, .300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Lapua Magnum, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5x47 Lapua, and 6 XC Norma.
The bolts and barrels on all TTS Xceed rifles are manufactured out of special steel and feature a protective outer Diamond-Like Coating (DLC); a proprietary, removable flash hider is provided with each rifle, manufactured out of DLC-coated titanium. The Match trigger on the TTS Xceed rifle is adjustable for travel, weight, force, and pressure point.
The handguard on the TTS Xceed rifle is machined out of aircraft-grade, high strenght aluminum; the same material is used for the housing of the system. The handguard can be removed upon field-strip, allowing the user to easily swap barrels. Three different barrel lenghts – 740 mm / 29", 670 mm / 26" and 515 mm / 20" – are available for the TTS Xceed rifle, leading the overall length of the rifle to range between 875, 1030 and 1100 mm (34", 40.5", 43.3") depending from the barrel. The shorter-barrel configuration is dubbed the "TTS Xceed Carbine"; the shorter 20" barrel is available for all calibers, while the 740 mm / 29" longer barrel is available only in .338 Lapua Magnum.
The removal and replacement of the bolt assembly on the TTS Xceed is just as easy as the removal and replacement of the factory barrel, thus allowing the operator to change between the factory caliber and any other of the many calibers available, without going much further than the standard field-stripping procedure and requring no special tools for reassembly or zeroing. No doubt, this feature was meant to appeal to the professional market, particularly to those special duties unit who may need the flexibility of field barrel- and caliber-swapping, allowing them to easily and quickly adapt the configuration of the rifle to any changes of the tactical situation at hand.
The TTS Xceed rifle comes without any sighting system issued from factory; a full-length top MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail provides a perfect installation platform for any kind of optical or electro-optical sighting system, on any kind of mount, high or low, for adaptability to the needs and demands of the shooter and the situation at hand. The front portion of the rail is located on top of the handguard, allowing the use of front-mounted add-on devices such as laser designators, night vision or thermal devices, and more.
The dedicated bipod of the TTS Xceed rifle is heavily based on the DSR-1 issued bipod design, and can be considered its direct evolution. It attaches to the top rail, right on the handguard, it can be repositioned to shift the balance of the rifle depending on the shooting position, can be deployed easily and silently with one hand and is easily adjustable.
The lower portion of the handguard comes with M-LOK slots, allowing the user to choose between the factory TTS top-mounted bipod or other commercial bipods.
The TTS Xceed rifle is so new that there are no first-hand accounts available about its performances so far. The rifle is, however, already available on the European commercial market. The TTS Xceed rifle is distributed exclusively by I.E.A. Mil-Optics GmbH of Germany; the company website reports a manufacturer's suggested retail price ranging between €11.400 and €11.800 ($12.387,40 - $12.822,10) for the rifle itself, depending on the configuration. Caliber swapping kits are available separately, with the price ranging between €4.100 and €4.400 ($4.455,12 - $4.781,11), once again depending on the chosen caliber.