The predecessor of the A-Bolt has a three stage trigger that is very similar to the Winchester Model 70.
by David W. Manney
The biggest change to the X-Bolt includes a trigger system like the Winchester Model 70. With Winchester and Browning both being owned by FNH (Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal) the same group designed both trigger systems, however, these are not interchangeable between models. The trigger housing is made of a light weight metal and easily damaged. Other changes include a bolt unlock when the safety is on, a four screw sight base, a free floated barrel, and a rotary magazine. Supposedly, the X-Bolt is a lighter gun but ones I have handled weigh the same as the A-Bolts.
Read more in our November 2013 issue. Back issues are available.