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Savage Arms® 1911 and Impulse Mountain Hunter Named Finalists for 2023 Ballistics’s Best Readers Choice Awards

Savage Arms has two recent new product introductions sitting atop Athlon Outdoor’s Ballistic’s Best Reader’s Choice Awards. The Savage 1911 is a finalist for the 1911 (Under $1,500) category and the Impulse Mountain Hunter is a finalist for the Hunting Rifle (High End) category. 

“We are thrilled with this recognition,” said Beth Shimanski, Director of Marketing at Savage Arms. “The 1911 and Impulse Mountain Hunter represent some of our latest product introductions designed to meet the needs of the modern shooter and hunter. Getting this response is a testament to our team, knowing the market and creating feature-rich firearms.”

Offering a wide variety of calibers, the Impulse Mountain Hunter is perfect for tough treks and big game bucket list hunts. The Impulse platform continues to expand and Savage’s American-made straight-pull rifle is now available in more configurations to accommodate hunters and shooters of all types. The fast-action and smooth operation provides quick follow-up shots and speed combined with accuracy when compared to traditional bolt-action rifles. 

Key features of the Impulse Mountain Hunter include: 

  • American-Made straight-pull bolt action  
  • User-adjustable AccuTrigger (1.5-4lbs) 
  • Removable, multi-positional bolt handle 
  • Aluminum receiver with integral 1-piece 20 MOA rail 
  • AccuStock technology with three-dimensional aluminum bedding 
  • Adjustable length-of-pull 
  • Savage designed; Proof Research carbon fiber wrapped stainless steel barrel with muzzle brake 
  • 2 sling swivel studs 
  • 2-position tang safety 
  • Rugged, gray synthetic stock 

With a look that pays homage to the classic design, the Savage 1911 has a dual recoil spring and machined sear and disconnector, a nitride coated titanium firing pin and weighs in at just over 2 LBS with a 5” barrel length. Finishes range from black melonite to stainless steel and the Savage 1911 is sure to be 2023’s leading single-action pistol.

New Model features include:

  • 5” Stainless Steel Barrel Machined from Billet with 11º Target Crown
  • Ambidextrous Slide lock Safety
  • Dual Recoil Spring with Fully Machined Sear and Hammer
  • Ejection Port Lowered, Flared and Cut for Live Round Ejection
  • Forged Stainless Steel Frame and Slide
  • Nitride Coated Titanium Firing Pin
  • Novak® Lo-Mount Adjustable Tritium Bar Rear Sight and Tritium Mega Dot Glow Dome™ Yellow Front Sight (Rail & Two-Tone Versions)
  • VZ G10 Grips

For the 2023 issue of Ballistic’s Best, Athlon’s staff of writers and editors evaluated around 60 different companies. They looked at firearms across multiple categories, firing literally thousands of rounds downrange. The staff used a full scoring system, drilling down on features such as accuracy, reliability and more. Then they picked the very best performer from each and every group. This list doesn’t cater to advertisers or any such business. This is all about the guns that they think you’ll want to own and shoot. Voting is open now through December 31 here and casting a vote does provide eligibility for a prize from Athlon. 

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About Savage Arms

Headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts, Savage has been producing firearms for more than 125 years. Savage is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of hunting, competition and targeting shooting centerfire and rimfire rifles, and shotguns. Their firearms are best known for accuracy, performance and innovation. The entrepreneurial spirit that originally defined the company is still evident in its ongoing focus on continuous innovation, craftsmanship, quality and service. Learn more at

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