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American Rifle Company - Coup De Grâce Lightweight Action (Short Action)

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Whether it puts competitors out of their misery or puts and end to the confusion resulting from the myriad of other bolt actions with little or nothing to distinguish one from the other, American Rifle Company’s Coup De Grâce is certainly worthy of its name.

From the Oxford English Dictionary:
e. coup de grâce n. /ku də ɡras/ [literally stroke of grace] a blow by which one condemned or mortally wounded is ‘put out of his misery’ or dispatched quickly; hence figurative a finishing stroke, one that settles or puts an end to something.

The Coup De Grâce does more with less and looks great doing it with its beautiful and simplified design. The bolt assembly is composed of only sixteen parts, but can function with as few as twelve, of which two are springs and one is a pin. The entire bolt, even the striker assembly, can be disassembled in the field without the use of tools.

The Coup De Grâce is explosively tested for safety at pressures that greatly exceed standard proof loads.

CDG Lightweight vs. Target Model

    Lightweight Model Differences:

  • Integral 15 MOA split Picatinny rail
  • Short action weight: 766 grams (27.0 oz)
  • Long action weight: 851 grams (30.0 oz)

    Similarities of Lightweight and Target Models:

  • All bolt components & configuration options
  • Magazine compatibility - AIAW (short actions) and CIP (long actions)
  • Not compatible with hinged floor plate/BDL bottom metal
  • Integral recoil lug
  • Trigger hanger
  • Barrel interface


  • Lightweight Open Top Receiver
  • Remington 700 footprint
  • Integral recoil lug
  • Integral 15 MOA split Picatinny rail
  • 1.0625-20 UN 2B barrel thread
  • Screw-adjustable trigger hanger
  • Not compatible with BDL bottom metal
  • AIAW optimized - no mag latch modifications necessary (short action)
  • AICS compatible with optional forward hard stop piece (short action)
  • AICS 3.850"/CIP magazine compatibility (long action)
  • Robust, 9 o'clock bolt release
  • Receiver-mounted passive (aka mechanical) ejector
  • DLC Finish


  • Tool-less bolt assembly
  • 3 lug interchangeable floating bolt heads 0.378" to 0.588"
  • 70° bolt rotation
  • Controlled-round-feed extractor with ability to push/single feed
  • Pivoting handle primary extraction
  • Fixed handle option for conventional cam extraction
  • Dual cocking cams
  • Toroidal bolt-lug bearing surfaces
  • Standard 5/16-24 UNF 2A bolt knob thread
  • Black nitride finish

Please be advised that cartridges with 14.93mm (.588 in) diameter case heads, i.e. 338 Lapua Mag, will not be engaged by the extractor as they are released by the magazine feed lips. Instead, they will feed in a manner like that exhibited by push feed actions, especially if used with the fixed bolt handle.

We strongly recommend choosing the pivoting handle for use with the 588 bolt head for two reasons. First, large cartridges are more likely to get stuck in the chamber than small cartridges. And secondly, the cartridges will be extractable without the need to rotate the bolt closed.