New Tikka unveiled: T3x TAC A1

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Article updated with SAKO Press Release and more pictures below. Thanks Nathaniel F. 

It could all be a practical joke, as there is no official information. But with the success of Ruger Precision Rifle and similar designs, it is not hard to understand more companies willing to design hunting and precision rifles with modern design. And the pictures does look real.

SAKO Tikka is part of the Beretta S.p.A. Group, so there are financial muscles around.

According to FinnAccuracy, Tikka want a share of the cake and are planning to release a T3x TAC A1 version.

There is very little information available, but the design is similar to the Ruger Precision Rifle 2.0, with modular, changeable hang guard, compensator, magazine (I personally hope for AR-10/15 style), pistol grip and adjustable stock.

According to Finnaccuracy: “Rumours say that 6.5CM is coming- and price will be reasonable. It’s also Tikka T3 so accuracy and barrel quality does not need to be explained..”

I think a lot of shooter in the Nordic countries would also like it to be available in 6,5×55 Swedish.

I’m sure there will be more modular designs, for barrel changes, like the SAKO TRG M10 soon as well. But for a lot less money than the M10.

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The Canadian Rangers are said to be using a Tikka T3 CTR in .308 Win.

What do you think of the design? Real? Fake?

 

UPDATE – The rumor was real.

Press release:

SAKO INTRODUCES A NEW LIGHT WEAPON SYSTEM – TIKKA T3X TAC A1
Sako brings to market a special development for law enforcement sniper application. Light sniper rifle Tikka T3X TAC A1 is believed to become a new benchmark in the weapon industry. It is developed to meet the rapidly changing operational requirements of military and law enforcement community.
Sako developed the first model of Tikka T3 Tactical rifle series for French Police and Gendarmerie already back in 2004. Since then this light sniper weapon system has been adopted by several military and law enforcement units around the world.
Tikka T3X TAC A1 is based on Sako´s famous Tikka T3 bolt action construction, but made to meet the new increasingly challenging requirements of long range tactical shooting. The must-haves of the new weapon were developed based on the comprehensive field tests and the feedback received from relevant operators with different background. As a result the new rifle is at the same time ideally multifunctional, though light in weight, compact and rugged.
Tikka T3X TAC A1 is fully modular and therefore fulfills all operational requirements. The aluminum chassis stock system is compatible with most common type AR fore-ends, pistol grips and rear stocks. It offers a foldable rear stock with quick adjustable cheek piece and adjustable length of pull. The muzzle is threaded for attaching muzzle brakes and / or suppressors.
Compatibility of the chassis stock system with all old Tikka T3 Tactical rifles enables to upgrade the old sniper systems to the level required today.”

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However – one dealer I spoke to today said that according to SAKO it would take possibly 2 years before it will be on sale for civilians.

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Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors.


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  • gusto

    there are a bunch of aftermarket stocks just like that so I see no reason to why tikka wouldn’t do it themselves

    they gotta put in a stock so…

    I have had several tikkas in GRS stocks and kinda like that look/feel more then the chassi stuff but to each their own.

    sad part is that those kind of chassi stocks are becoming a no-no in Sweden, not because of laws but the cops are reading laws like satan reads the bible ):

    • Anonymoose

      It’s too late for Sweden, unless you can start a revolution and overthrow the fem-caliphate.

      • gusto

        the big problem is the our supposedly conservative/republican parties are as bad if not worse.

        anti-gun laws in Sweden were first implemented by them because they feared a socialist revolution back during/after ww1.

        Gun rights aren’t a left right issues

        • Anonymoose

          >trying to prevent a socialist revolution
          It’s way too late for that now.

    • iksnilol

      Lemme guess, “weapon of military character”?

      • gusto

        yeah,
        the sako trg and sako m10 has already been hotpotato for a while, especially in 338lapua

      • tazman66gt

        “It looks scary so it must be evil”

        • iksnilol

          Basically.

          It’s a legal term but doesn’t have any real definitions.

  • My contacts in Sako have confirmed this. I have the press release, if you want it.

    • Drew Coleman

      Yes please!

  • Press release:

    “SAKO INTRODUCES A NEW LIGHT WEAPON SYSTEM – TIKKA T3X TAC A1
    Sako brings to market a special development for law enforcement sniper application. Light sniper rifle Tikka T3X TAC A1 is believed to become a new benchmark in the weapon industry. It is developed to meet the rapidly changing operational requirements of military and law enforcement community.
    Sako developed the first model of Tikka T3 Tactical rifle series for French Police and Gendarmerie already back in 2004. Since then this light sniper weapon system has been adopted by several military and law enforcement units around the world.
    Tikka T3X TAC A1 is based on Sako´s famous Tikka T3 bolt action construction, but made to meet the new increasingly challenging requirements of long range tactical shooting. The must-haves of the new weapon were developed based on the comprehensive field tests and the feedback received from relevant operators with different background. As a result the new rifle is at the same time ideally multifunctional, though light in weight, compact and rugged.
    Tikka T3X TAC A1 is fully modular and therefore fulfills all operational requirements. The aluminum chassis stock system is compatible with most common type AR fore-ends, pistol grips and rear stocks. It offers a foldable rear stock with quick adjustable cheek piece and adjustable length of pull. The muzzle is threaded for attaching muzzle brakes and / or suppressors.
    Compatibility of the chassis stock system with all old Tikka T3 Tactical rifles enables to upgrade the old sniper systems to the level required today.”

    http://i.imgur.com/LK5Ws4K.png

    • Also, my contact says that currently it is only being offered to LE/Mil customers, but that they plan to release it on the civilian market as well.

      • Ax

        Factory folding stock Tikka! Mon dieu! Must have!

  • John

    So no confirmation on the quick change barrel feature?

  • Bobb

    How is going to be AR-15 style if it’s in 6.5CM? It’s not.

    Hopefully they’ll use a common mag, either AICS or the Magpul SR15/M110 magazines. AICS is the standard though, they should use those.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      SR25 mag in 6.5CM and under $1500 would be awesome!

    • Philip Palmer

      They will be using the TRG/CTR pattern magazine which allows you to load out to 2.950 in COAL. Much longer than you can load in any AR-10/LR-308 pattern mag and a bit longer than with AICS mags. They are also much more compact than AICS mags. Both mags shown in the picture hold 10 rounds.

  • Rusty S.

    Erik, the magazine in your picture is the same one as is used in the Tikka T3 CTR.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      magazine (unknown type

      Yea… That’s the TRG/CTR mag. Only been around for 27 years.

  • Sarig

    “6,5 Swedish.” You mean 6.5×55. If you write 6.5×55 Swedish, it refers to the specific load that old Swedish Mausers can handle. The cartridge is just numbers, and was a joint design by Norway and Sweden.

    6,5 Swedish is a variation I haven’t even seen before.

    Sorry for being pedantic, but that and the Krag-rifle (made for this cartridge obviously) is pretty much Norway’s only contribution to the world of rifles.

    • Blastattack

      It’s known equally as 6.5 Swedish and 6.5×55 in this part of the world. I am from Canada.

    • iksnilol

      And in plenty of European countries it is normal to use a comma to mark a decimal.

      • Jwedel1231

        That’s a lesson it took me a while to understand. “WTF is a coma doing there???” -me, for an unreasonably long time.

  • BattleshipGrey

    I haven’t cared much for these types of stock/chassis. I get they’re much more modular, but they just look so cobbled together and awkward.

    • Giolli Joker

      I agree, but this is one of the better looking ones.
      AI on the other hand went from functional and classy to functional and cheap looking (not cheaply made, it’s just the aesthetic side of the new stock that is off putting).

  • Iggy

    Missed a great opportunity to call it the TAC Tikka L…

    Yes forced pun is forced.

  • Arie Heath

    I am still waiting for a somewhat affordable, by that I mean less than 2000 dollars, modern bolt action in 6.5 Swedish. My grandpa gave me a ton of ammo, somewhere in the range of 8 to 10 thousand rounds, as a gift last year. I love my K31, but I wouldn’t mind something a bit more modern.

    • gusto

      there are a bunch availble
      tikka t3
      sauer 101/100
      mauser m12
      howa1500
      Heck you can even afford a schultz & larsen 97
      zoli 1900 (the old husqvarna design to!, very sleek bolt

      even remington/browning used to offer them back in the day

    • Jwedel1231

      Buy a nice used long action rifle and rebarrel it. Under $2000 easy.

  • MrEllis

    It’s very tactical. Very.

  • iksnilol

    You mean heavier with the benefit of using a bunch of tacticool parts instead of words such as “modern” and “ergonomic”?

  • jerry young

    I don’t know if this is real or fake but if this is a 308 the ejection port looks a little narrow but who knows?

    • JumpIf NotZero

      That’s a normal Tikka ejection port.

  • Mark H

    Just another copy of Savage BAS 10 308win rifle.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Totally! …. If the Savage BAS wasn’t a heavy pos and was a quality rifle underneath.

    • Yeah, well, they’re all just copies of the Dreyse. 😉

  • Tony Miller

    Looks pretty much like the real deal…

  • GarolS

    It’s a beaut! BUT as I do with all the Sako items that are primarily marketed to military, LE, and well heeled types. . . has anyone checked out how much one of those magazines costs?

    Goddam right, “one shot, one kill”, dem tings are ‘spensive!