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Fewer parts equals less weight. So why not eliminate the stock or chassis altogether?
Compatibility with fixed barrels and Takedowns
Traditionally, fixed barrel and Takedown models required their own furniture. Because the Manticore X is a trigger and “lower” in one, it doesn’t matter which barreled action you attach to it. I’m going to need to get my hands on one to see how compact I can make a Takedown. Rather than removing the barrel (and introducing potential zero shift), just split it at the trigger. Of course, this could mean that there’s no need to buy a Takedown if compact storage is your goal. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
One trigger for several firearms
Lighter weight and the ability to store or transport the rifle in an easily disassembled state are obvious advantages for some users. Thanks to the grip and stock options, the potential to improve ergonomics exists as well. It also reduces the total parts count and makes maintenance easier. We probably all know a few enthusiasts who just want the newest and/or most interesting options out there. And this is definitely new and interesting.
Other details, direct from TandemKross
Ultimate Trigger Kit: Our renowned 10/22® compatible trigger kit. The upgraded sear and hammer provide a smoothed sear interface, and the internal return spring is protected from the elements. A textured, flat-faced Victory Trigger Shoe offers increased control.
Trigger adjustability: Allows the user to fine-tune the pull weight from approximately 2.25 lbs to over 5 lbs and adjust over-travel.
Cornerstone Rotary Safety: An ambidextrous, short-throw rotary safety selector that replaces the typical push-button safety.
Bolt Keeper Extended Bolt Lock: Auto bolt release and enlarged actuation knob for simplified use.
Fireswitch Extended Magazine Release: Textured face and bi-directional actuation; push or pull to drop magazines.
Enlarged trigger guard: Supports large or gloved hands and features index points for ready position.
Direct stock/brace/sling mount: Integral picatinny mount for stocks, slings, or braces; rear picatinny mount can be installed for inline configuration or 12° downward pitch to customize stock angle based on user preference.
Integral QD rear sling mount: Swappable to left or right side per user preference.
KrossPin Storage: Integral retaining holes in the lower to store KrossPins and Shock Block Bolt Buffer when disassembled, allowing the pins to be securely stored and easily accessible for quick reassembly.
Options, and more options
The Manticore X Lower will be offered with the choice of black or red accessories. Customers will also be able to choose if they want just the lower to outfit with furniture they already own or if they want the full bundled package complete with the grip, folding picatinny buttstock, and M-Lok compatible forend. That forend is only compatible with fixed barrels, not Takedowns. The $59.99 M-LOK® Forend for Manticore X gives a solid, lightweight handguard that will accommodate a wide variety of accessories. Discounted accessory bundles will be available as a separate add-on that will allow customers to complete their fully upgraded build. The $199.99 PRO Bundle for Manticore X will include TandemKross’s M-LOK® Forend for Manticore X, $39.99 hiveGrip for AR-15, and $139.99 Folding Picatinny Buttstock by Rim/Edge. That’s a savings of $39.98 when bundled.
So what you do think? Would you get one? What application do you think you might want to use it for? Steel Challenge? Backpacking or bug-out? Space blaster?