Merkel RX Helix Bolt Action Rifle Awarded Gray’s Best of 2015

Merkel RX Helix Bolt Action Rifle
Merkel RX Helix Bolt Action Rifle
Merkel Arms
Merkel Arms

Bessemer, AL -( Gray’s Sporting Journal has selected the Merkel RX-Helix straight-pull bolt-action rifle as its 2015 “Gray’s Best” award winner in the rifle category as announced in the magazine’s 2015 Expeditions & Guides Annual.

GSJ representatives Amos Crowley and Mike Floyd formally presented the award to Merkel’s Anke Sauerteig and Steyr Arms CEO Scott O’Brien—Merkel’s U.S. importer—Jan. 21 during the 2015 SHOT Show. Each year, the GSJ editors examine hundreds of new hunting and angling products in search of the one that clearly stands out above the rest in each of 16 categories, to be“Gray’s Best” in 16 categories.

In the rifle category, the innovation, practicality and overall elegance of the RX Helix ensured it would be selected as the top choice.

“The RX-Helix is designed with some specific applications in mind. Foremost, for Europeans, is hunting driven wildboar,” wrote Terry Wieland. “That requires speed of handling, sights that move from target to target with ease, and a fast action. For Americans, this could be whitetail hunting in the Eastern forests, where the action is fast and close. The Helix bolt employs a gearing system that not only keeps the bolt throw about half what you would expect, but also allows a completely enclosed receiver at the rear, similar to a semiauto. Combined with Merkel’s innovative open sights, the Helix is tailor-made for whitetails or for feral hogs in situations ranging from night-shooting to driven pigs to coursing with dogs. If you like your action fast, the Helix is the fastest you’ll find this side of a semiauto. And, as you’d expect from the Germans, it’s beautifully built.”

“It’s an absolute honor for the RX Helix to have been selected by the editors at Gray’s as the best in rifle category,” said O’Brien. “Such a significant award from such a respected authority on hunting truly validates the revolutionary linear-bolt-action design of the RX Helix. We are incredibly proud of the design that completely reboots the concept of a bolt-action rifle, especially since it can be cycled in half the time of the conventional bolt action.”

The Gray’s Best award marks the third such accolade for the RX Helix from a major hunting publication. The RX Helix won the 2012 Petersen’s Hunting “Editor’s Choice Award” for centerfire rifles as well as the 2013 Sporting Classics “Award of Excellence” for rifles.

Headquartered in Bessemer, Ala., Steyr Arms, Inc., is the exclusive distributor for all Steyr-Mannlicher rifles and pistols and Merkel firearms. For more information, contact Steyr Arms, Inc. at 2530 Morgan Rd., Bessemer, AL 35022; call (205) 417-8644; or visit or

About Steyr Arms

Established in 1864 in Steyr, Austria, Steyr Mannlicher, GmbH, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious firearms manufacturers. Steyr’s comprehensive lines of premium hunting rifles and precision sporting and tactical firearms are technically mature, and their subtle elegance also communicates the harmony between appearance and substance. Steyr’s legendary SBS actions and cold-hammer-forged barrels are distinctive and unparalleled. Steyr Arms is the subsidiary headquarters of Steyr Mannlicher in the U.S.

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Merkel guns offer the customer the power reserves of the unique Merkel top-down principle. This means that the highest calibre of every gun class defines the breech of all the underlying versions. The breech of the Africa side-by-side rifle thus sets the standard for all the other side-by-side guns.

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