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Coup De Grâce, New Action from American Rifle Company, $899 WOW!

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People of Earth,

American Rifle Company proudly introduces the Coup De Grâce at the hard to believe introductory price of only $899.

We'll be taking orders soon, probably in about eight weeks once actions are on the shelf.

From the Oxford English Dictionary:

e. coup de grâce n. /ku də ɡras/ [literally stroke of grace] a blow by which one condemned or mortally wounded is ‘put out of his misery’ or dispatched quickly; hence figurative a finishing stroke, one that settles or puts an end to something.

Whether it puts competitors out of their misery or puts and end to the confusion resulting from the myriad of other bolt actions with little or nothing to distinguish one from another, American Rifle Company’s Coup De Grâce is certainly worthy of its name.

Simply put, the Coup De Grâce does more with less and looks great doing it with its beautiful design, DLC and salt bath nitrided finishes.

It’s Rem700 footprint receiver is machined with an integral recoil lug and integral 20 MOA rail.

The three-lug, 70-degree bolt uses interchangeable floating bolt heads and accommodates everything from 223 Rem on up to 338 Lapua.

Receiver and bolt work well with AICS mags but are optimized for incredibly smooth and reliable feeding using AIAW mags and conical breech barrels.

The AIAW mag will hard stop against the bottom of the receiver thus preventing interference with the bolt.

The back of the AICS mag will hard stop against the receiver but if pushed upwards, the forward tips of the feed lips will interfere with the bolt. The mag will be driven down when pushing the bolt forward. An optional forward hard stop for the AICS mag can be placed between the receiver and the stock/chassis.

Receiver-mounted passive (aka mechanical) ejector sends cases out at three o’clock through a large ejection port.

Controlled-round feed extractor grips a large portion of the case rim taking full advantage of the patented pivoting bolt handle that easily pulls even the most stubborn cartridges from the chamber.

The pivoting bolt handle can be swapped out for a fixed handle thus converting the action to one with conventional cam extraction better tolerated by highly sensitive triggers.

The entire bolt assembly is composed of only sixteen parts, but can function with as few as twelve, of which two are springs and one is a ball.

The entire bolt, even the striker assembly, can be disassembled in the field without the use of tools.

A screw-adjustable trigger hanger makes easy work of positioning Rem700 compatible triggers for bump-free bolt closing.

Dual cocking cams reduce friction within the bolt for easier bolt lift.

The bolt knob is our best ever and makes fast cycling really easy. Other knobs can also be adapted to the standard 5/16-24 handle thread.

The circular section of the bolt handle makes sweeping it back easy if that’s your preference.

Robust 9 o’clock bolt release has a direct load path to the receiver which protects the its pivot pin.

Patented toroidal bolt-lug bearing surfaces reduce stress.

The Coup De Grâce is explosively tested for safety at pressures that greatly exceed standard proof loads.

Weight: short action 947 grams (2.1 pounds), long action 1084 grams (2.4 pounds)

Why, you might ask, would we offer the Coup De Grâce at such a low price? Well, let's just say I'm a big fan of decentralized decision making and to that end, I think everyone should have long range rifle built on the best action ever offered by anyone at any price. But that's just me.

Enjoy

Ted

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Nice Ted! Good looking action!

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Im guessing this is the reason the Arch wasn't on the black Friday menu in 2022.
 
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Traditional actions cock and cam for primary extraction on bolt lift.

The Archimedes cocks on bolt lift and does primary extraction with the tilting handle.

Does this action work the same as the Archimedes?

I ask as I did not see a mention of camming in the description.

Thank you.

-Stan
 
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Controlled-round feed extractor grips a large portion of the case rim taking full advantage of the patented pivoting bolt handle that easily pulls even the most stubborn cartridges from the chamber.

The pivoting bolt handle can be swapped out for a fixed handle thus converting the action to one with conventional cam extraction better tolerated by highly sensitive triggers.
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I request a video showcasing this.
 
Traditional actions cock and cam for primary extraction on bolt lift.

The Archimedes cocks on bolt lift and does primary extraction with the tilting handle.

Does this action work the same as the Archimedes?

I ask as I did not see a mention of camming in the description.

Thank you.

-Stan
The description says it does both, but to have camming vs pivot you need to swap the handle.
 
Same barrel thread specs as everything else ARC, allowing Nuke barrels to interchange and vice versa?
Sort of. Ideally, you'll want to run a conical breech although it has fed well with 6.5 CM and similar from an AIAW mag. AICS mags will certainly require a conical breech. We'll post a drawing of the breech on our website soon. Cutting the breech face is easy, even with a conventional lathe.
Ted
 
Traditional actions cock and cam for primary extraction on bolt lift.

The Archimedes cocks on bolt lift and does primary extraction with the tilting handle.

Does this action work the same as the Archimedes?

I ask as I did not see a mention of camming in the description.

Thank you.

-Stan
As others have replied, the Coup can run either way. Elaborating, the pivoting handle does not make contact with the extraction cam machined into the back of the receiver. The fixed handle does. A spring and bushing is used to bias the pivoting handle forward giving it a convention feeling. It run the pivoting handle just fine with the spring and bushing but that would leave the handle loosely pivoting back and forth until the bolt is closed. Totally ok to do that if you like the way it feels.

We decided to offer fixed handles specifically for triggers that have a tendency to drop strikers when actions cycled quickly, most notably the Trigger Tech Diamond single stage and one from Bix'n Andy. The fixed handle will contact the extraction cam before the cocking piece contacts the sear bar of the trigger, thus softening the blow.

All that said, run the pivoting handle if you can, especially with bigger cartridges like 28 Nosler on up. Hitting a bolt knob to break loose a stuck round has been an undesirable necessity for over a century until the introduction of our Archimedes some years ago. The Coup De Grâce just takes it to the next level.

Ted
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Looks like an awesome action that offers a lot of features for the price. These should sell well considering that a lot of prices increase have taken place over that last couple of weeks.
 
Don't know how he does it. Ted's stuff should be a wake up call to everyone in the industry.

@karagias , will the long actions be available up front as well?
Thanks for the kind words.

I've always had reverence for companies, or more appropriately teams of smart people, that can offer amazing products at prices that reflect the vestiges of capitalism and the specialization of labor. As an example, pull your phone from your pocket and call someone on the other side of the planet, or disassemble your Glock, or drive your car. And all this still in a world retarded by the unnecessary friction that is corrupt, unjust governance. Imaging a world with less friction efficiently pushing back against entropy. The possibilities are awe inspiring.

But in regards to bolt actions specifically, I can only surmise that my competitors are just not proficient makers and that their prices reflect their inefficiencies. So all I ask from you, the customer, is that you pass judgement. Evaluate the offerings honestly and critically. Reward with your dollars those who perform. I think you'll make the right decision.

Ted
 
As others have replied, the Coup can run either way. Elaborating, the pivoting handle does not make contact with the extraction cam machined into the back of the receiver. The fixed handle does. A spring and bushing is used to bias the pivoting handle forward giving it a convention feeling. It run the pivoting handle just fine with the spring and bushing but that would leave the handle loosely pivoting back and forth until the bolt is closed. Totally ok to do that if you like the way it feels.

We decided to offer fixed handles specifically for triggers that have a tendency to drop strikers when actions cycled quickly, most notably the Trigger Tech Diamond single stage and one from Bix'n Andy. The fixed handle will contact the extraction cam before the cocking piece contacts the sear bar of the trigger, thus softening the blow.

All that said, run the pivoting handle if you can, especially with bigger cartridges like 28 Nosler on up. Hitting a bolt knob to break loose a stuck round has been an undesirable necessity for over a century until the introduction of our Archimedes some years ago. The Coup De Grâce just takes it to the next level.

Ted
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Thank you @karagias!

I have been drooling over an Archimedes for some time and the only thing causing me pause was the tools required for bolt disassembly. It sounds like a Coup De Grâce is right up my alley.

-Stan
 
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Will the bolt heads from the nucleus and archimedes work with this action?
 
Was thinking of getting an Arch but I'll for sure pick up one of these. ARC actions have pretty much been the only bolt actions on my radar and this just solidifies it.
 
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Oh my! Going to have to add to my collection of ARC goodness, love the innovation and thoughtful design!
 
This looks like 🔥. Any chance of a swept handle? I’ve got a thing for them and as fast as the tikka handles sell out I’d think a lot of other people do as well.
Yes. The handles have a circular cross section that is easily bent for sweeping it back. I should mention that it's easily bent before it's heat treated for strength. Maybe we should selectively heat treat the handle so that they're bendable outside of the machine shop. How about that? Yet another feature. I'll look into that.

Ted
 
Hopefully there's lefty actions in the first run?
Not in the first run but soon thereafter. I want to make sure part programs are well developed for short right handed actions before making longs and lefts. Longs are close. The programs are a lot of work but once done, they're very productive.
Ted
 
Love your stuff Ted, bringing a new action to the table at an excellent price while other companies are raising prices on their same old. Some significantly so…
 
@karagias
I'm going to want to get at least one of these as soon as the ordering opens, but I just have a question on the magazines.
I'm assuming the short action will take the standard 308 style AW magazine. Which magazine does the long action use? The same one or a different AWM/AWSM magazine?

Thanks.
 
Also, will it be possible to buy it along with several bolt heads to be able to change later on & or other spare parts for it as well?
 
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Yes. The handles have a circular cross section that is easily bent for sweeping it back. I should mention that it's easily bent before it's heat treated for strength. Maybe we should selectively heat treat the handle so that they're bendable outside of the machine shop. How about that? Yet another feature. I'll look into that.

Ted
Heck yes that’s awesome. I’m 100% in for one and see you mentioned the swept handle as I reread the post so sorry for the already answered question!
 
i dont think there's a swept handle.

pivoting like archimedes and regular like Mausingfield/Nucleus

The circular section of the bolt handle makes sweeping it back easy if that’s your preference​


From the OP
 
Does the extractor flex and stop contacting the case rim when you close the bolt like on the Mausingfield?

Is this sort of an Archimedes 2.0, or does the Archimedes retain some features that this doesn't have?
 
Wow I am going to have to add to my ARC collection.



Just a question for Ted why the trigger hanger? I know you will have a good reason for it and will the action come with options for different triggers. How does the screw adjustment function?
 
Curious to know why this type of extractor was used over the ones found in the Arch/Nuke or MF. I've seen this extractor design used in pistols, can't recall if I've ever seen it anywhere else.
 
I could be mistaken. This is going to be the least expensive integral rail and lug action out there, no?
 
Let us know when you open ordering. I'm in need for two of them, like yesterday!
 
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The circular section of the bolt handle makes sweeping it back easy if that’s your preference​


From the OP
the knob is pictured, and looks very ARC like. they've had that shapefor a while this one just looks even more 'refined'. or like the A419/Zermatt offerings

thumb on top of stock/chassis. lift and pull back with side of hand type motion. not grabbing a whole the whole knob with your hand

not the traditional sense of a swept handle
swept bolt = origin, R700
straight bolt = tl3, Impact
 
As I mentioned in the "Defiant Machine" Bought Out thread, link here:

Automation Matters

I stated as much in that post: Someone can start from scratch building actions with close to 100% automation and make high quality products that will rule the bolt action sub market. Remains to be seen how close AFC followed this model but if price is any indication then the other bolt action makers should be looking for investment capital soon, and it's not the best time to do this, US economy wise.

The bottom line here is that making a high quality bolt action using automation is not that difficult, and is a lot cheaper in the long run. Take Space X. All of a sudden, at least in the shortest years ever, they rule the rocket business. They bypassed the old ways and are very heavily automated.
 
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Wow knocked out out of the park, this has moved right up to the top of the list for my next build.
I think Aero should take note on how to do a professional product launch that breeds confidence in both the engineering and the company.