With a similar design to the classic Model 110, but able to stand apart as a unique firearm, the Axis is a dependable, affordable rifle made by the trusted hands at Savage. The crisp Axis trigger has a pull weight of approximately five pounds. The bolt design is the same as the bolt on the trusted Savage 10/110, a design that allows the lugs to bear evenly on both sides in their respective bolt lug recesses at the front of the action, making for very even pressure on the rear of the cartridge case and assuring consistent alignment of the cartridge with the bore. The uniquely designed recoil lug of the Axis action is not sandwiched between the barrel and receiver as in many rifles, but is inserted into the synthetic stock, meaning that when the stock is removed from the barreled action, the recoil lug goes with it. The bolt handle is a unique design as well, having a skeletonized look from the top side, much like the underside of some bolt handles. The detachable box magazine of the Axis is well-crafted, and easy to insert and remove, even while wearing gloves. Among other premium features, the highly accurate Axis includes an attractive, smooth receiver, a heavily textured grip, a free-floated sporter-taper barrel, a very effective recoil pad, and sling swivel studs.