Field Test of the Savage Impulse Straight-Pull Rifle

Field Test of the Savage Impulse Straight-Pull Rifle

There’s a lot to unpack with the new rifle from @savagearms—13 pending patents worth in fact—but the keystone is that the Impulse is the first American-made straight-pull rifle and includes a unique feature set, locking mechanism, and price-point. Savage’s goal with this effort is, unsurprisingly, to make straight-pull rifles popular in the U.S. market.


  1. AUCTIONCAT2011 on November 18, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    I would like to see if they put a good extractor on it like a Howa.

  2. CR Rains on November 18, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Poor rifleman…did not stay in the rifle and run-the-bolt … either lowered the rifle or left his cheek weld to look at the rifle while cycling there bolt. On one of the earlier shots he did not cycle to be ready if a back-up shot was required…this is not the man to demonstrate this rifle system.

  3. Victor Mudrack on November 18, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Is it offered Lefty?

  4. Bill McCrackin on November 18, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    German designed action from Heym. So licensed to or purchased by Savage. So, not new unless 1988 is new. Yet now affordable, which is nice.

  5. Salty_Cry Juiceboks on November 18, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Sounds like a nice gun, but holy hell, over 8 pounds gun only. So by the time im done outfitting that thing it will be between 11-13 pounds.

  6. Abtin Kiyan on November 18, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Very good gun🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸👏🏻👏🏻

  7. kaschtnsamtdiekarbln on November 18, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Great to see an affordable American company mix up the straight-pull market that’s dominated by pricey German brands. Still, need to highlight that this "revolutionary" bolt concept looks VERY SIMILAR to the Heym SR30:

  8. I grow on November 18, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Air or fire, how many bullets, please?

  9. Tommy Metz on November 18, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    It’s funny how missing just one tooth makes a person look crazy.

  10. Christian Knight on November 18, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    The action looks like it takes a lot more force to rack the bolt…how does it compare to standard bolt?

  11. Longbow Man on November 18, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    I’m getting old, but it looked to me like he/they moved their head with each shot? I also thought that keeping the head on the buttstock was kinda the whole purpose.

  12. Barry Grant on November 18, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Looks like an awfully long bolt pull.

  13. Vigilance Rifles on November 18, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    I’m not sure about this.
    When cycled it’s seems very violent to make it happen.
    I very hard pull.
    And a stuck or hard to extract cartridge
    usually needs a little camming to break it free.
    Hence the camming action when you lift the bolt.

    It would be like not having the gas tube on a semi auto 308
    and trying to pull the bolt open manually, takes way more effort.

    And you could get 4 of these Thompsons for the same price
    and you know it’s locked up.

  14. Scott McWhinney on November 18, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Ever hear of the Lee Navy Carbine, an American 6 mm straight pull that definitely predates this savage? How about some targets to support accuracy claims.

  15. jurama25 on November 18, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Losing the front teeth is not uncommon with that long action straight pull, same thing with my Heym SR30. Nonetheless it’s a great reliable design, that holds up to higher pressures with the steel balls, invented by Peter Fortner in 1984.
    I will test the savage for sure. Modern, normal priced, rugged straight-pulls are hard to find.

  16. Hugh Grew on November 18, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Why do they not mention can be set up for left handers no need to pay extra for the privilege

  17. Adas on November 18, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    I don’t think you could ever see a 3inch plate at 700 yards (possibly with a really top tier optic), any form of mirage would hide it. Does he mean 700 ft = 233 yards?

  18. Liberty Cave WS7PB on November 18, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    No mention of the ball bearing lockup and how close it is to Hyems’s design, wil it be made in any worthwhile calibers?

  19. homegunsmithunger on November 18, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    That’s basically the Fortner bolt system, patented by Josef Fortner Jun in 1984 in Germany, used by Anschütz and Heym for decades.

  20. Toms Randomness on November 18, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    always loved the swiss action this makes me wish i could justify 1500 but i live in ohio and already have a 6.5 in the axis platform..maybe if i come i to money id just buy it to have but idk

  21. Tim Oeler on November 18, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    3 in a row on a 3" plate @700yds……….

    Of all the footage he has that wasn’t included, along with zero other proof of accuracy or precision.

    But take his word for it, because they can’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true.

  22. MythSlasher on November 18, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    pretty sure Browning made a straight pull; if 22lr counts
    are they made in USA ?..not sure

    the Swiss K31 was by far the coolest rifle i have ever owned…ammo is too much trouble though

  23. René on November 18, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    does the safety block the firingpin or the trigger ?
    why do you break cheekweld when manipulating the action ?
    would you hit your face/glasses with the action ?
    I worked other straightpull guns in 308win and its freaky how close they come but my glasses were never hit

  24. Chris on November 18, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Savage needs to put this design into there slug gun.

  25. Bill Williams on November 18, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Wasn’t the ross rifle strait pull back in ww2 ? or was that Canadian made

  26. Google Pissoff on November 18, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    wish it was blued with a wood stock

  27. J Riley on November 18, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    I guarantee the bolt is hard to open, especially when it gets dirty.

  28. john strawbridge on November 18, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    End the match and straight back into battery🙈 6.5s at African elephants🤷
    Jokes aside…as a K31 foster parent all I can say is “good luck”

  29. Bennett Family on November 18, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Does anyone know if you could fired with the middle finger like the Lee-Enfield? Creating the mad minute effect? Index finger on the bolt middle finger on the trigger?

  30. Scott Hanson on November 18, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Does anybody know anything about changing barrels on one? Would like to have a heavy 24" barrel but do not see any reference to barrel options on the Savage site. ????

  31. Nordic Rifleman on November 18, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    I have a Blaser R8 and have had several earlier as well as R93s. Out of all the fantastic features of the Blasers, the speed or reloading is the one I value the least. Who needs to shave off a tenth of a second or two to get to fire another shot? I never understood this. The accuracy though is superb and the takedown function is great (also when cleaning the barrel). The fact that the scope mount sits on the barrel itself makes for repeatable point of impact even after complete disassembly of the rifle. Hard to be impressed with the Savage but it would be interesting to handle one and see how it is firsthand.

  32. chris gs on November 18, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    For that price you can buy 3 swiss k11/ k31….or customize 1 and make a 10 times better looking hunting rifle than this savage…

  33. E Tyreman on November 18, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    I, and MANY other shooters can run a standard bolt action just as fast as a straight pull. Anyone who requires lightning fast rechambering, isn’t hunting in the USA. They’re hunting in Europe and are using merkels and the likes. This rifle has little to no place in this market IMO

  34. David Gifford Sr. on November 18, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Price wise, I’ll be sticking with my whatever actions.

  35. David Packer on November 18, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Scope is 3 times the cost of the rifle. Not for the average working person.

  36. J B on November 18, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Use this design but for a rimfire 22, 22 mag, 17 hmr, Maybe a 5mm?(Hint hint, wink wink)
    Savage, take note as the Browning T Bolt is super overpriced so if you make a straight pull rimfire for a decent price people would come flocking to you.

  37. Barry Mantei on November 18, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Savage has always had problems with cheap extractors on their center fire rifle I don’t want to pay 1700$ Canadian for one if they haven’t fixed the problem

  38. N0 STEP 0N SNEK on November 18, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    I want a 308 scout version that takes stripper clips.

  39. Bramblehart on November 18, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Cool idea but I couldn’t justify dropping $1500 on one. If Savage made a rimfire version for under $600 and I would be very interested

  40. Carl Kluz on November 18, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Stupid marketing gimmick, hard pass.

  41. William Skora on November 18, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Not quite the fist American straight pull. That honour would go to the Winchester Lee M1895 Navy rifle in 6mm

    US Navy

  42. Viper19 on November 18, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    K31 fans will love this!
    It’s about time someone came out with a modern straight pull.

  43. espguitarsown on November 18, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    I want an iron sight version so bad..

  44. Jesse Graham on November 18, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Funny how he got footage of everything but his proclaimed 3 consecutive hits at 700yds on a 3” target

  45. Phone User on November 18, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Pump action>lever action>straight pull>bolt action.

  46. STK on November 18, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    What is the life of the ball bearings system? Is there a risk of the bearings failing and the bolt opening when fired?

  47. devin smith on November 18, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    I worry about the aluminium receiver wearing with bolt action.

  48. C172Pilotdude on November 18, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    I really do not like that stock.

  49. Denis Necukazem on November 18, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    I owned Savage three times – first time, last time, and never again!

  50. C G on November 18, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Its hard to get “legal” self loading long arms in Australia due to the red tape. Straight pulls and pumps are very popular. Oceania Precession and Warwick firearms are Australian companies that makes good straight pull rifles. They make their rifles spring assisted so you only need to pull the bolt back and the spring does all the work. Its much quicker this way.