Featuring a traditional Bavarian cheek piece and fish scale checkering on a walnut stock, Steyr Mannlicher has brought back a quintessential European rimfire.
Based on the old Steyr Zephyr of the 1950s and 60s, the updated Zephyr II model rifle is a lightweight– 5.8-pounds– bolt gun offered in .17 HMR, .22 LR, and .22 WMR. Old World craftsmanship including a traditional flat “butter knife” bolt handle and fish scale pattered wooden furniture combine with the modern expectations of today’s shooters for features such as a 1/2×28 threaded muzzle and a Mannox finish to produce a rimfire rifle for the 21st Century that is still very much a Steyr.
Steyr Arms reps on hand in Las Vegas for SHOT Show told Guns.com the gun is a tack driver, largely from the benefit of its 19.7-inch cold hammer forged barrel, and is intended to be a rifle useful for both small game hunting and precision shooting whose build quality will enable it to be handed down from generation to generation.
Overall length is 39.2-inches and the rifle ships with a single 5-round detachable magazine.
MSRP is $995 and Steyr says the .22LR model is currently shipping with the others to follow shortly.