You made me have to take a look at mine. It has the breech release on the front of the trigger guard, and works flawless. Also like noted, the trigger is great. I also looked and again, information is right, my barrel does not list itself as a Bergara barrel. Yet when I talked to a technical support person at CVA they were telling me that the barrels on the Optima were indeed a Bergara barrel. All I know is for a little over $200.00 it is a great rifle.
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