[SHOT 2016] The C-19 Canadian Ranger Rifle Will Come To US

One of the major pieces of news in the past year was the selection by the Canadian Rangers of a variant of the Tikka CTR to replace their – “venerable” really is the only proper adjective here – No. 4 Lee-Enfield rifles. Naturally, the immediate question my readers had was “will we be getting these in the US/Canada?”


After testing, the Canadians requested only minor changes to the rifle, like the color of the stock and cartouche, and the sling swivels.

Well, at the 2016 SHOT Show, I asked Sako’s product manager that question, and he responded that they are absolutely going to bring the C-19 Canadian Ranger Rifle to the US. The American version will be just slightly different, as the Canadian Rangers will not allow Sako to put their crest on the stock of the guns, but he did say that they are considering selling the rifles both standalone, and “as issued” with a hard case, spare magazine, and other accessories.


Sako Carbonlight, on top. A rifle crafted through wizardry and mad science.

Also at the Sako/Tikka booth was the new Sako 85 Carbonlight, which uses a stock made of compressionless foam-filled carbon-fiber weave, handmade right in the Sako factory. It’s difficult to describe how lightweight this very high-quality firearm felt in the hands, but Sako’s literature lists it as weighing just 2.4 kilograms (~5.3 pounds) – which, needless to say, is incredible. Beyond the extremely light weight, Sako has cracked the code of making something that is so light still feel robust and high quality. In no way did the Carbonlight feel “cheap” or “toylike” – it was truly an impressive weapon!

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • JumpIf NotZero

    The Tikka CTR is EASILY the single best value rifle in the USA right now, the wood and iron sights don’t really do much for me, but the more CTR options, the better!

    Too bad Tikka is treated like the unwanted step-child Beretta USA was stuck with, otherwise I’d start hoping for that carbon Sako stock too.

    • Oh, Jump, your opinions are so goof- wait, you’re actually pretty much right this time. 😉

      Gotta agree, the CTR is a great rifle.

      • John Daniels

        Tikka are the best value in bolt action rifles. Absolutely. I’ve been considering getting an FR8 or an Ishapore 2a1, but rise plans just got cancelled. A C-19 will be mine. I must have one.

        • LV-426

          I’ve owned 2 FR8s. They are not all that awesome to actually own and shoot. The metal buttplate will eat you alive after 10-20 rounds. The irons leave a lot to be desired. But to each our own.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Find one of my opinions that you think if goofball, and I’ll show you a fundamental lack in your own training.

        • OK, hotshot, I was just kidding.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Yea. That’s clear

        • Lighten Up, Francis

          Whoa. That escalated quickly. You might try switching to decaf.

        • Some Guy

          This one. The one I’m replying to is an opinion held by “goofballs” and children.

  • Major Tom

    I could see this easily trouncing the R700 as the bolt action hunting rifle of choice in places like Colorado and Alaska.

    • Texas-Roll-Over

      Tikka makes one hell of a good rifle. JUst got my T3 lite set up for Elk season!

  • UVB76

    Great pics. Is the barrel threaded? Digging the stock…

    • I don’t believe the barrel is threaded on the C-19.

  • Rusty S.

    I coveted that carbonlight…..also, I asked if the single-set triggers will be coming to the US, but sadly, no.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Single set I don’t really care much about, I’d be happy if they imported the TRG two-stage trigger as it fits the T3. Alas, they don’t import that either and they’re $400

  • adverse

    That’s a rifle.

  • John Daniels

    Yes. I WILL have one of these c-19s.

    • FourString

      It’s a beautiful rifle. I want one as well…

  • LV-426

    What mags does this take?? I would love to own one, but will pass if it takes the $200+ TRG mags the CTR does.

    • John Daniels

      They’re Sako mags with some kind of plastic cover on the bottom I think. But, I already have one CTR, so…

      • LV-426

        It will be interesting to see what these actually sell for. This is a really neat rifle. I’m going back and forth hahahaha.

    • Goody

      I heard a rumour a while ago (australian SHOT show rep) that the CTR mags with rubbery bit will be priced lower – they’re not compatible with TRG so it doesn’t mar the SAKO market.

  • El Duderino

    Left handed version?

    Says the guy with a T3 Lite SS LH in .308. I’d probably turn a LH C-19 into a quasi-scout rifle.

    • Bill

      A quasi-scout semi-precision patrol-utility rifle.

  • Wetcoaster

    I would go with ‘Timeless’ or ‘classic’ over venerable myself

  • Budogunner

    Caliber options? I’ve been trying to find a TIKKA in .300 Win with threaded barrel. I hope there is a variant in that configuration.

    • The CTR comes in .308 and .260. The C-19 will definitely come in .308, but I’m not sure about .260.

  • Evan

    Eh, not really my thing. I’d rather have the Lee-Enfield.

  • Adam

    Cool. Been looking at .308 bolt actions with iron sights. I would prefer a 16″ barrel though.

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  • Goody

    Tikka T3s are kind of like a Toyota Camry. Yeah, they work, they’re economical and well made, but they’ve got no style.

    That said, I love ’em, I’ve got two! And heck, if you drop in a V6, sports suspension, leather interior etc the Camry Tactical Rifle starts to look pretty darn good. What price?