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.
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.