Fitted with a Mauser-type extractor and a 3-position safety in the bolt sleeve
, the bolt was as functional as it was good-looking.
With the bolt in the hand, pull back on the cocking piece while turning the bolt sleeve
assembly counterclockwise as viewed from the rear.
The smoothness of the bolt throw can be credited to the unique cartridge depressor and nonrotating bolt sleeve
It was easily recognized by a two-position safety slide located atop a downward-angled bolt sleeve
. Its bolt had six locking lugs and a doglegged handle shaped somewhat like the one on Remington's Model 600 carbine.
Schmidt's rifle utilized a bolt handle that was attached to an actuating rod in a channel on the right of the receiver with a lug that engaged a helical groove in a bolt sleeve
with dual locking lugs.
Based on the legendary Mark V action, the Vanguard has a one-piece machined receiver, fully enclosed bolt sleeve
, and three rings of steel surrounding the casehead for an extra measure of strength and structural integrity.
At the rear of the receiver is a polished steel cocking indicator integrated into the bolt sleeve
, which provides a visual and tactical reference that the firing pin is in the cocked position.
The receiver, bolt sleeve
and floorplate are all engraved.
apertures by Belding-Mull and Marble-Goss equipped G&H and Sedgely sporters.
This particular rifle has the breech bolt with a firing pin sleeve to retain the striker and a breech bolt sleeve
cap to hold the assembly together.
The only extractor failure I have ever seen under normal use was when the long Mauser extractor on an FN Mauser action separated from the bolt sleeve
. This occurred during a buffalo charge, so one might surmise the bolt was worked with a superhuman jerk.
The New Mark V represents no changes in the basic design: oversized bolt sleeve
with nine locking lugs and short uplift, no change in the safety.