The 1761 is designed for work. Its Sporter styling and compact credentials suggest its work is primarily vermin, but its match target rifle pedigree also shines through.
Styling-wise, Anschütz has opted for function over aesthetics for this rifle. Gone are the sleek lines of the 54 action and a new, more angular design has taken its place. This is echoed in the stock design too; function trumps form, I would say.
But both of these things are perfect for the sort of jobs that most 1761 owners get up to, day in and day out.
The 1761 cleverly blends lightweight, great handling and accuracy into a compact .22 rimfire package. This means an additional sound moderator or sights can be added to enhance the performance without affecting handling. Its short compact design — 36in overall with an 18in barrel and ambidextrous Sporter stock — means it’s perfect for a rabbit lamping trip from a pickup.
The rifle comes with a five-shot detachable magazine and integral rails for scope or night-vision kit. The trigger, being an Anschütz, perfectly complements the precision-made barrel. The sum of all these parts is good handling and excellent accuracy downrange.
In this reviewer’s opinion, the Anschütz 1761 is a bit of an ugly duckling that transforms into a swan when you need it. But looks don’t always matter.
NEED TO KNOW
Type Bolt action
Overall length 36in
Barrel length 18in, ½in UNF muzzle thread
Length of pull 14in
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September 02, 2020