General Questions

Can you send me a catalog?

We no longer mail physical catalogs.

However, you can view a digital version of our catalog.

Where are your firearms made?

All of our firearms are made in the USA. Our factory is based in Gunnison, Utah.

What if I can’t find the firearm I want for sale anywhere?

Any Christensen Arms dealer can place an order for a specific firearm with either our factory or one of our distributors. Many dealers will place an order for you if you make a request.

Can I order a firearm directly from Christensen Arms and have it sent to an FFL?

While Christensen Arms did operate in such a manner in the past, we are now a dealer direct business.

Please have your firearms dealer contact our Sales department directly for more information about placing single orders.

Do your firearms come with a warranty?

All Christensen Arms firearms are covered under a limited lifetime warranty. Visit our warranty page for more information.

I sent my rifle into Christensen Arms for service and/or repair. What can I expect?

Once we receive your rifle it will be reviewed by one of our qualified gunsmiths. There may be a wait time depending on the number of firearms our team is handling. We take pride in providing services that are both as prompt as possible and reflect our high standards.

Do you build any firearms in a left-handed configuration?

Yes.

Select short-action left-handed options are now available in our Mesa and Ridgeline rifles. Learn more about Left-Handed Rifles.

What is the recoil like on a lightweight Christensen Arms rifle?

All firearms will have recoil. However, we equip all of our firearms with a muzzle brake to significantly reduce felt recoil.  

Do you take custom orders?

We no longer do build-to-order firearms, however visit our Custom Shop for custom gunsmith services.  

Stocks

Are all of your bolt-action rifle stocks made with carbon fiber?

Yes.

Our Aerograde Carbon Fiber Stocks are hand-laid carbon fiber.

Our Carbon Fiber Composite stocks are hand-laid fiberglass with carbon fiber reinforcements and Invar pillars.

What is the standard length of pull on your bolt-action stocks?

Our standard length of pull is 13 ½ inches.

What actions will fit in your stocks?

All of our bolt-action stocks are built off of a Remington® 700 footprint. Any standard action built off the same footprint should be compatible.

Can I use a non-carbon fiber barrel in your stocks?

Yes, however there may be issues with channel sizing. Our carbon fiber barrels are larger in diameter than most traditional steel barrels which may lead to a larger-than-normal barrel gap.

What actions are compatible with your bottom metal?

Our bolt-action rifles are built off of a Remington® 700 footprint. Any standard action built off the same footprint should be compatible.

Triggers

What triggers do you use in your firearms?

We currently use Trigger Tech® triggers in the majority of our rifles.  Rifles sold before 2016 may use a different trigger.

Are your rifle triggers adjustable?

Yes. They will be set at ~3 lbs when they leave our factory. Adjustments to your trigger may void your warranty and we recommend any adjustments be performed by a qualified gunsmith.

Accuracy and Ammunition

What is your accuracy guarantee?

All of our firearms are backed by an accuracy guarantee. The customer is responsible for following our barrel break-in process, using high quality match-grade ammunition, and maintaining proper use conditions.

 

Our Mesa, Ridgeline, Modern Precision Rifle, Classic, ELR, BA Tactical, CA-10, and CA-15 model rifles are guaranteed to shoot Sub-MOA or better.

Our TFM and Summit TI rifles are guaranteed to shoot ½ MOA or better in most calibers. Select larger calibers are backed by a Sub-MOA guarantee.

All Christensen Arms 1911 handguns have a 2” 5-shot 25-yard accuracy guarantee.

 

Many factors influence accuracy such as ammunition, conditions, shooter ability, etc. If you are experiencing accuracy issues, please contact our Customer Service team for support.

What does Sub-MOA mean?

In ballistic terms, a MOA (Minute of Angle) is the arc formed by an angle of one minute or 1/60th of 1/360th of a circle (each degree is split into 60 minutes), like degrees on a compass.

Any firearm that falls under our Sub-MOA Guarantee is guaranteed to be capable of shooting 3 shots within 1 MOA (roughly 1 inch at 100 yards).

What ammunition would yield the best performance from my rifle?

We shoot a variety of ammunition for every caliber we produce. The best ammunition choice will be determined by the purpose of the shot. Generally we recommend premium grade match ammunition.

Does Christensen Arms reload? Can I get reloading information?

No, we shoot premium match grade factory-loaded ammunition.

For liability reasons, we cannot distribute reloading information.

Accuracy and Ammunition

What barrels does Christensen Arms use?

We manufacture all of our own barrels.

What are the benefits of carbon fiber barrels?

Carbon fiber is a composite material. As such, it performs much differently than a metal would when utilized in firearm components. The bore of our barrels are stainless steel, but the exterior is carefully wrapped in the composite which allows heat to dissipate more effectively than it would with steel alone. More effective heat dissipation between shots means less deformation, longer barrel life, and improved accuracy.

Sacrificing steel doesn’t make the barrel any less stiff. Our particular carbon fiber composite is two times stiffer, and five times stronger than the equivalent weight of steel. The increased rigidity carbon fiber gives our barrels improves the overall barrel harmonics. Better barrel harmonics means better shot-to-shot accuracy.

Generally, barrels that are wrapped in carbon fiber will also weigh less than traditional steel or fluted steel options. Our carbon fiber is four times lighter than steel, allowing the barrel to maintain essential shape and form without the weight of additional metal. This means that you can expect more out of your firearm while carrying less.

For your carbon fiber barrels, is the entire barrel carbon fiber?

No. The bore of our barrels are stainless steel and the exterior is wrapped in carbon fiber.

How are your carbon fiber barrels made?

A Christensen Arms carbon fiber barrel begins as a 416R stainless steel bar. The steel is precision drilled, button rifled, and then turned down to an exceptionally slim profile before being wrapped in a proprietary carbon fiber composite. This creates a barrel that performs at or above the standards associated with a traditional barrel, without the weight associated with steel.

What is the difference between your carbon fiber barrels and ones from other manufacturers?

Most other carbon fiber manufacturers create their barrels by winding filament. Christensen Arms barrels are wrapped to control the direction of filament fibers along the length of the barrel. This method produces a stronger barrel.

What is the barrel life for carbon fiber barrels?

The life of a barrel will be primarily be determined by the caliber and shooting conditions.

However, carbon fiber wrapped barrels should have a longer barrel life than traditional stainless steel.

Will Christensen Arms wrap my existing barrel with carbon fiber?

No. We do not refinish existing barrels with carbon fiber. You may browse completed barrels in our component section

How durable are carbon fiber wrapped barrels?

Generally our barrels are just as durable as any stainless steel barrel. They do not require any special treatment or maintenance. 

Does Christensen Arms sell rifles with stainless steel barrels?

Yes. For the traditional shooter both our Mesa and Mesa Long Range are built with our own stainless steel barrels. Our CA-15 G2 and CA-10 G2 models also have stainless steel barrel options.

What stainless steel does Christensen Arms use in barrel manufacturing?

All of our barrels are built with 416R stainless steel.

Do I need to break in my barrel?

Yes. Please follow our recommended Barrel Break In Process.

How are your barrels rifled?

All of our barrels are button-rifled with 6 grooves. 

Is there a difference between the barrels used for your ½ MOA rifles versus your Sub-MOA rifles?

Our ½ MOA rifles are built with our “Select Match Barrel”.

Our Sub-MOA rifles are built with our “Match Barrel”.

What are the thread measurements for your barrels?

Our Mesa rifle threads are all 1/2×28.

For all of our other hunting rifles (including the Mesa Long Range) calibers smaller than .243 WIN are 1/2×28 while calibers .243 WIN and larger are 5/8×24.

I have an older Christensen Arms rifle. Are my barrel threads different?

Yes. Our firearms built before 2012 may have 9/16×28 threads.

Bolt Action Rifles

What chambering should I purchase?

A chambering should be selected based off of the specific needs of a hunter or shooter.

You can find information about our most popular chamberings here.

Do your bolt-action rifles have an accuracy guarantee?

All of our bolt-action rifles are guaranteed to shoot Sub-MOA or better.

Our TFM and Summit TI rifles are guaranteed to shoot ½ MOA or better in most calibers. Select larger calibers are backed by a Sub-MOA guarantee.

Many factors can influence accuracy. The customer is responsible for following our barrel break-in process and using high quality match-grade ammunition in the proper conditions.

What are the differences between the Ridgeline and Classic II / Classic rifles?

There are a number of primary differences. Our Ridgeline features a round-top receiver that utilizes traditional optic mounting bases. Our Classic models are built with an entirely different receiver that has an integral 0 MOA rail machined into it. The Ridgeline comes equipped with our Stainless Radial Brake, whereas the Classic models come with our Titanium Radial Brake. Classic models also have a Monte Carlo stock option the Ridgeline does not.

Is the Ridgeline rifle stock made with carbon fiber?

Yes. Our Carbon Fiber Composite stocks are hand-laid fiberglass with carbon fiber reinforcements.

Are the brakes removable on your bolt-action rifles?

Yes all of our bolt-action rifles feature removable brakes.

The Mesa and the Mesa Long Range have a “seamless” cerakote™ finish, but the brake is still removable.

Should I remove the brake on my Mesa Long Range?

While the brake is removable, doing so can damage the “seamless” finish and muzzle brake “timing.” You should only remove the brake on your Mesa Long Range if necessary.

What should the action screws be tightened to on Christensen Arms bolt-action firearms?

The action screws should be tightened to 65 inch pounds. It is best to tighten the front and the rear screws alternately until 65 inch pounds is achieved.

Is the rail on my rifle 0 MOA or 20 MOA?

Our Classic and our Summit TI rifles are machined with a 0 MOA split rail.

Our ELR, Modern Precision Rifle, BA Tactical, and TFM rifles are equipped with a 20 MOA rail.

Handguns

Do your 1911 handguns have an accuracy guarantee?

All Christensen Arms 1911 handguns have a 2” 5-shot group at 25-yards accuracy guarantee.

Many factors can influence accuracy. The customer is responsible for following our barrel break-in process and using high quality match-grade ammunition in the proper conditions.

Modern Sporting Rifles

Do your Modern Sporting Rifles have an accuracy guarantee?

Yes. All of our Modern Sporting Rifles are guaranteed to shoot Sub-MOA or better.

Many factors can influence accuracy. The customer is responsible for following our barrel break-in process and using high quality match-grade ammunition in the proper conditions.

Why is the rail on my CA-15 or CA-10 so large?

All of our CA-15 rifles are built with rails that are 0 MOA.

All of our CA-10 rifles are built with rails that are 20 MOA.

Please Note: Some of our built-in carbon fiber rails will ship with a plastic cover installed over the rail for protection.

Do I need an adjustable gas block to run a suppressor on my CA-15 or CA-10?

You should utilize an adjustable gas block when running a suppressor on any AR platform for the best performance.

Can I run 5.56mm NATO or .223 Rem in my CA-15 chambered in .223 Wylde?

Yes, the .223 Wylde chambering allows for the use of both .223 Rem and 5.56mm NATO.

Do your CA-10 and CA-15 models have adjustable gas blocks?

No. However there are many available on the market that will fit our barrels.

We recommend an adjustable gas block if you intend to use a suppressor of any kind.

Do your CA-15 and CA-10 handguards work on other AR platforms?

No. They attach directly to our upper receiver sets, and are not compatible with receivers built by other manufacturers.

What does multi-cal mean? Can I shoot different calibers with it?

A firearm that is labeled “multi-cal” can be fitted with additional uppers to change the caliber of the firearm. It DOES NOT mean that the firearm can shoot different calibers with the existing upper.

Accessories

Where can I find Christensen Arms components and accessories?

You can browse our available components and various third-party accessories on our online store.

All of our components are manufactured in-house (to the same strict standards we require for any Christensen Arms firearm) and are covered under a limited lifetime warranty.

What is the difference between your Radial Brake and your Side-Baffle Brake?

We generally recommend our Radial Brake for hunting purposes.

Our Side-Baffle Brake is designed for prone and bench shooting.

Both models are highly efficient brakes that will significantly reduce felt recoil for the shooter.

Can I use a suppressor or a silencer on my carbon fiber barrel?

Yes. You must follow all use guidelines established by the manufacturer of the product.