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capitol
02-18-2005, 12:02 PM
Volquartsen said they will start shipping the Evolution on April 1st http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
From VQ's web site.
The receiver is completely CNC machined from a solid billet of stainless steel. In addition, all of the internal components are also CNC machined including the trigger guard, bolt, etc. It will be available in both the .223 and the new .204 Ruger. The semi-auto rifle will be gas operated and use an AR15 or compatible magazine.
The suggested retail price of this rifle is $1,931.00<~~~~~ http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif Yikes Im saving my pennies

http://hometown.aol.com/cingmore/myhomepage/evolution.jpg

capitol
02-18-2005, 4:53 PM
Originally posted by Technical Ted:
Volquartsen had a booth at SHOT. It was tucked away in the South central area of the Central Hall. They had an Evolution on display.

The thing is heavy, not as light and maneuverable as an AR15 or SU-16. It's a bench rifle. Without a loaded magazine it felt about the same weight as an unloaded standard M1A (or my Scout with scope and rings), if not heavier. Definitely heavier than my FAL. Needs a lightweight barrel and a lighter receiver.

BTW, your image link is broken.

Ted,
Thanks for the heads up on the broken link.
I missed out on the AR-15 so that rifle isnt an option for me and I wouldn't own a SU-16 if it was given to me. Why would you say the Evolution is a bench rifle, it weighs as much as an M1A, which clearly isn't a bench rifle.
My intentions are to use it as a coyote or varmint gun. A semi auto 223 and the accuracy of a bolt gun is what Im hoping for. I dont think the mini 14 or the SU-16 fit that requirement. Fab 10 is an option, but a poor one I think.

Technical Ted
02-18-2005, 5:37 PM
Sorry, a mistatement on my part. Typing too fast, posting and putting my foot in my mouth. By "bench", I meant a rifle more suited to more precise shooting from relatively static positions, like high power competition or varmint shooting. Rather than being objective, my comment was subjective based on my own considerations.

Admittedly, "bench" was the wrong term.

Generally, people seem to be looking for a CA legal rifle to fill the empty spot in this state for a .223 Remington, magazine fed, semiautomatic rifle weapon, a la the AR15 based carbines. As designed, the Evolution seems unwieldy for that purpose.

imported_QuarterBoreGunner
02-18-2005, 6:18 PM
Now that is very interesting; gas action you say? What type? Piston or direct impingy thingy?

Looks nice. Love to handle one.

capitol
02-18-2005, 6:30 PM
Ted,
Did the rifle you fondled at the show look just like the one in the pic above?

Stevil
02-18-2005, 6:46 PM
Lovely! http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
It looks like a very expensive paper-weight http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Sydwaiz
02-18-2005, 7:35 PM
Evolution in .204 here I come! http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

esskay
02-19-2005, 2:27 AM
Originally posted by capitol:
Volquartsen said they will start shipping the Evolution on April 1st http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


Thanks for the update! I emailed them a month ago asking about status and they never responded.

BTW, thanks Ted for the first-hand report.

esskay
02-19-2005, 2:36 AM
Originally posted by capitol:
My intentions are to use it as a coyote or varmint gun. A semi auto 223 and the accuracy of a bolt gun is what Im hoping for. I dont think the mini 14 or the SU-16 fit that requirement. Fab 10 is an option, but a poor one I think.

By the way, while I'd see the Volq as a better choice (at least on paper) there are a couple Mini-14 smiths who could probably build you a nice varmint rig if you were so inclined.

e.g.
ASI (http://www.accuracysystemsinc.com/index.html)
ARS (http://www.homestead.com/accuracyriflesystems3/index.html)

atek3
03-19-2005, 10:51 AM
By the way, while I'd see the Volq as a better choice (at least on paper) there are a couple Mini-14 smiths who could probably build you a nice varmint rig if you were so inclined.

lightener up a bit and she'd make a mean rifle for 3gun w/ the right set up.

atek3