Kinetic Research Group is preparing to release a new lightweight, lower cost chassis system in 2014. The new chassis, dubbed the X-Ray, will have similar ergonomics to the flagship Whiskey-3 Chassis (W3C). The new chassis will utilize many polymer components to reduce weight and manufacturing costs. The X-Ray will utilize the same “backbone” as the W3C possibly allowing the end user to upgrade the forend and buttstock over time. Both the W3C and X-Ray Chassis feature a V-bedding system for quick bolt-in installation of your barreled action. The chassis allows for most oversized recoil lugs and barrel diameters of up to 1.5″. The forend will have mounting holes at various positions for the addition of rails, barrier stops, and sling mounting points.
The X-Ray Chassis uses the same industry standard AICS pattern magazines as the Whiskey-3, giving you cross-platform compatibility with many other bolt-action rifles.
The outline of the X-Ray buttstock is similar to that of the Whiskey-3. In order to reduce cost and weight the length of pull is now adjusted by a 3/8″ spacer system. This results in a total adjustment range of 2 1/4″ for a 12.7-15″ length of pull. A longer length of pull may be possible with extra spacers. The butt pad is adjustable vertically by use of a hex wrench and QD sling mounting points are available on either side.
The X-Ray chassis will ship with a bag rider hook on the buttstock assembly. This can be easily replaced with an optional picatinny rail section for use with a monopod. The X-Ray will come with a Magpul L2 and L3 rail.
The cheekpiece of the X-Ray Chassis is quick adjustable for height, using a thumbscrew type clamp. The entire cheekpiece can be quickly removed to access the bore for cleaning. Additionally it can be adjusted forward or backwards by one position.
The X-Ray Chassis will ship with a small pistol grip assembly. The large grip is available as an optional component. Both the small and large grips offer an ambidextrous thumb shelf for same-side thumb shooting grips. This hand position is one of the features of the Whiskey-3 Chassis that I have grown to love.
All aluminum components of the X-Ray are Type III hard anodized. Steel parts are salt-bath nitrided or black-oxide coated stainless. The grip panels, buttstock and forend are injection molded, reinforced polymer.
We were given the opportunity to handle a prototype of the X-Ray Chassis in January at the 2013 SHOT Show. KRG has put an enormous amount of time and work into bringing the cost and weight of this chassis down while still maintaining the features that shooters need. We are looking forward to getting one out into the field as soon as they are available.
– Models for Remington 700 and Tikka T3
– AICS Magazine Compatible
– Fully Adjustable Comb, Length of Pull and Butt Pad Height
– Ambidextrous Magazine Release and Grip
– Wide Range of Accessories
– 3.1 lbs. (w/o Magazine)
– $549 (estimated introductory price)