Not content with merely making barrels for the new 8.6 Blackout, Faxon Firearms has recently released the Overwatch rifle series, looking to combine top-quality bolt-action rifle building with the 8.6 Blackout caliber. Today we’re breaking down the two versions of the Overwatch Tactical.

The Overwatch is available in a more traditional style with the Overwatch Hunter, as well as two flavors of chassis builds in the Overwatch Tactical, in a 16″ barreled rifle and a 12″ barreled/braced pistol.

The Overwatch Tactical 16″

The 16″ Faxon Overwatch Tactical Bolt Action in 8.6 BLK provides modern modularity and attachment capabilities while retaining the classic bolt action experience.

Features and Specs

• Faxon 16″ 1:3 Twist 8.6 BLK Barrel w/ Thread Protector, Taper Adapter, and Remage-Style Nut

• Muzzle threaded M18x1.5mm for use with any AI standard muzzle device or suppressor mount

• MDT LSS XL Gen 2 Chassis

• Faxon TAC 30 Action & Bolt by Stiller

• AICS Mag Compatible

• Timney Elite Hunter 510-V2 Trigger

• B5 Precision Collapsible Stock

• B5 Pistol Grip

Weights & Dimensions

• Weight: 7.61 lbs

• Length: 35.375″

• Depth: 8″

• Width: 1.5″

The Overwatch Tactical 12″

The 12″ Faxon Overwatch Tactical Bolt Action in 8.6 BLK provides modern modularity and attachment capabilities while retaining the classic bolt action experience but in a smaller package, of course.

Features and Specs

• Faxon 12″ 1:3 Twist 8.6 BLK Barrel w/ Thread Protector, Taper Adapter, and Remage-Style Nut

• Muzzle threaded M18x1.5mm for use with any AI standard muzzle device or suppressor mount

• MDT LSS Gen 2 Chassis

• Faxon TAC 30 Action & Bolt by Stiller

• AICS Mag Compatible

• Timney Elite Hunter 510-V2 Trigger

• SBA3 Pistol Brace

• B5 Pistol Grip

Weights & Dimensions

• Weight: 7.87 lbs

• Length: 29″

• Depth: 8″

• Width: 1.5″

Features of the Overwatch Tactical

Let’s go over the commonalities then the differences; here are the Overwatch 16″ Rifle and 12″ Pistol share these commonalities.

Faxon TAC30 Action by Stiller

Stiller Actions has been making premium quality rifle action based on the Remington 700 for years. With customers hunting in the woods, competing at the range, and chasing down enemies of America, Stiller Actions is well known to those who demand quality.

Tac30 Action

• Designed for Tactical and Long Range Hunting applications

• Bead Blasted 416 Stainless

• 90-degree bolt throw

• Modified M16 extractor, Remington 700 pin-style ejector

• It fits any Remington 700 short-action inlet stock

• Accepts AICS pattern mags

The first thing you’ll notice with the Tac 30 action is how amazingly smooth the bolt rides when you run it back and forth. But, of course, you can thank Stiller’s proprietary, d

2 Comments

  1. Tom Stone says:

    1:3 twist?
    That seems very fast.

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    1. John M. says:

      This is part of that Blackout fad of being able to run both supersonic and subsonic bullets out of the same chamber. The subsonic pills are extremely long and need a crazy twist rate to stabilize. Bullet weights range from 160 to 350 grain, per Wikipedia.

      I’m not exactly a prospective customer, but I’d love to know if you can chamber an 8.6 BLK cartridge in a 6.5 Creedmoor chamber. IMHO the ease with which you can blow up your 5.56 with a 300 BLK is its Achilles’ heel. I’d like to know that they learned from that mistake but haven’t heard yet one way or another.

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