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SPRINGFIELD MODEL 2020 WAYPOINT

left side is serrated at its rear and is pressed inward to allow
the bolt to be withdrawn. The bolt, which can be disassembled without tools, has a face that fully encloses the cartridge
case head and features a sliding-plate extractor within its
left lug and a plunger-style ejector at 4 o'clock when viewed
from the front in the open position. Five spirally cut flutes in
the bolt's 11/16"-diameter body result in five 1/8" wide ribs
that effectively minimize contact between it and the receiver,
allowing the bolt to be run fast and hard without binding.
A trim and distinctively shaped cocking piece caps the bolt
assembly. The striker's tail protrudes through it when cocked.
The bolt's handle is a separate casting keyed through the bolt
body perpendicular to its locking lugs. It curves downward
and outward to a shoulder onto which a smooth, tapered aluminum knob is attached by way of 5/16x24 TPI threads.
The hand-laid stock is available in adjustablecheekpiece and fixed versions, weighing 2 lbs.,
11 ozs. and 1 lb., 15 ozs., respectively. It measures 32¼" in length including the nearly 1"-thick
Pachmayr XL Decelerator recoil pad. Push-button
sling swivel cups are located 1½" on-center below
the comb near the heel on each side. Another
cup is located on the buttstock's underside. The
adjustable model's nearly 6"-long comb rises from
flush at 1¼" of drop to dead even with the top
of the optic rail on its twin support pillars. It is
locked using a 3/16" Allen wrench in the socket
head screw on the stock's right. The pistol grip is
nearly vertical and measures a hand-filling 17⁄8"
wide. The fore-end is mostly flat with an embedded, 4"-long metal M-Lok rail starting 1/2" back
from its end. Attaching a separate sling cup
there would allow for traditional carry and still
leave plenty of space for a section of Picatinny
Waypoint's clean exterior
contours make it easy
to carry, whether it's
strapped to a backpack
or slung across the
back using a conventional or sidemounted sling
configuration.

rail or a QD stud for mounting a bipod. Flush sling cups are
located on each side centered 2½" back from the tip of the
fore-end, and two more are near the heel on the buttstock.
They allow a sling to be rigged for carrying the rifle flat
against the back and for configuring it as a shooting aid in
a way that one pair of QD studs simply would not.
The one-piece aluminum bottom metal unit incorporates
a squared-off trigger guard that houses a magazine-release
button inside its lower front corner. The magazine well is
designed to accept AICS-pattern magazines, and the test
rifle came with one Magpul PMAG 5. Its center-feed design
ensures cycling reliability, and its polymer construction
makes for smooth operation, light weight and low cost.
(Versions chambered in 6.5 PRC ship with a three-round steel
magazine.) On the test rifle, the PMAG latched in easily with
an audible and tactile "click" and dropped free even when
empty when the magazine release was pressed forward with
the trigger finger. And thanks to the trigger guard's generous length, that movement is not something likely to occur
inadvertently. The bottom metal is secured to the receiver
by way of two 1/4x28 TPI Allen head screws that also accept
a 3/16" Allen wrench. Aluminum pillars embedded into the
stock ensure that it cannot be crushed through overtightening when applying the recommended 65 in.-lbs. of torque.
The carbon-fiber-wrapped barrel, which weighs 38.3 ozs.,
has an inner 416 stainless steel portion that measures 1.200"
in diameter just ahead of the receiver ring and tapers 41⁄8"
forward to mate with the 0.940"-diameter carbon-fiber section.
This extends another 14¼" to the 3/16"-thick shoulder of a
specially shaped nut against which a 2"-long, 0.936"-diameter
muzzle brake is attached by way of 5/8x24 TPI threads. BSF
describes the barrel's construction as consisting of a 416 stainless steel blank turned down and fluted longitudinally before a
"roll-wrapped carbon-fiber sleeve" is slipped on and tensioned
in place by the aforementioned shoulder nut. The flutes create
air gaps designed to promote cooling of the barrel, and the nut
allows for tensioning of the assembly.

At The Range And In The Field

The timing of Waypoint's release precluded my hunting
with it, but I was determined to attach a favorite sling and
carry it on pre-season scouting trips across private wooded
eastern whitetail country. I found it to carry easily and come
to the shoulder effortlessly thanks mostly to the stock's cleanly
blended contours and the rifle's reasonable overall weight. I
also wrung out the Waypoint at Peacemaker National Training
Center's Independence range (peacemakernational.com),
which offers both paper and steel targets at distances from 100
to 300 yds. Further, I enlisted the aid of Rifleman Associate

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