You Will Soon Be Able to Own The C-19 Canadian Ranger Rifle – Tikka Introduces the “Arctic”

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The civilian variant of the Canadian Rangers’ new C-19 bolt action rifle has finally been formally announced, with a projected release date in October. Canadian gun blog TheGunBlog.ca reports:

The civilian version of the new military rifle for the Canadian Rangers will be in stores from October for about $2,700.

It’s being made by Finland-based Tikka and named “Arctic,” said George Wallace, sales manager for Stoeger Canada, which is distributing the rifles.

“The first deliveries to retail are likely to be the second week of October,” Wallace said Aug. 26 by e-mail. “These are being produced for us in the month of September.”

 

The Tikka Arctic rifles, like their military counterparts, will be .308 calibre. They’re being made in September, and deliveries to stores in Canada depend on the production schedule, Wallace said. The price could change in case of fluctuations in the currency-exchange rate, he said.

“Our initial 2016 numbers will be limited to production capability at the factory in Finland,” Wallace said in a follow-up e-mail yesterday. “Having said that, this will be part of our Canadian product listing for the foreseeable future.”

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Back in January, at SHOT 2016, Tikka told TFB that the new rifle would hit the civilian market, and by April of this year a Canadian firearms dealer reported that they were taking preorders for the new rifle, called “Arctic” by Tikka, but now there is a formal release date. The rifle is very similar to its government C-19 counterpart, but features a bright orange (rather than red) coloration to the stock, and lacks the cartouche of the Canadian Rangers, a feature reserved exclusively for rifles produced by Colt Canada for that contract. The Arctic evidently shares many of its features with the new T3x line of improved rifles released by Tikka at the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting. Like the T3x, the Arctic has an enlarged ejection port, reinforced scope mount, and steel bolt shroud, and the buttpad of the Arctic also appears to be of similar design to the T3x’s improved softer pad.

The Arctic is set to retail for around CA$2,700 (about $2,100 US) initially, but actual street prices could go lower than that, depending on availability.

There is no word yet on when the Arctic will come to the US, but I have no doubt it will, and likely soon.



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 can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Kevin Harron

    Now if only I had the budget for that. I’d prefer a different color too. Not a fan of orange. 😛

  • tazman66gt

    $2100 for a copy of a Ruger Gunsite Scout that takes proprietary magazines? But I’m sure the Tikka is better in every way than the Ruger.

    • scaatylobo

      I hope that was a snarky comment,meant to be funny.
      No way that is worth anywhere near the asking price.
      My RSR is a hoot to shoot,other than a bit weighty = its a gun for the ages.

      • tazman66gt

        Of course it was, it is completely ridiculous to think that is worth even the lower ‘street price’.

    • supergun

      I am not as knowledgeable about rifles as I am on pistols, ARs, and shotguns. Wouldn’t a Browning X bolt 308 bolt action be just as good. They are in the range of $700 – $800.

    • MRHapla

      for the /sarc challenged readers,,,,,,,

    • Actually, if one can live with five round magazines instead of ten, the 6.2 lb, 38 inch long Ruger American Rifle Predator in 7.62 NATO closely approximates the specs for a scout rifle, at an MSR of only $529.
      If I was in the market for one today, that’s the route I’d go.

  • Eric S

    I love the orange. I would totally buy one if the price was a little lower.

    • Anonymoose

      I’d prefer something in hardwood over that laminate, or even an OD green fiberglass stock. Dat diopter sight tho…

    • Paul White

      about 1,500 lower. Ouch

  • Texas-Roll-Over

    $2700! HOLY F**%! I guess I’m not buying one.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      $1000 for a CTR…… add the Beretta Special markup… It actually sounds like they’re discounting it.

    • Tim

      How about a CZ 550 in .308? Takes 10-round detachable mags, nice iron sights, and it’s under $1,000.

      You’re welcome, Canada. Just saved you ~$24 million dollars.

  • Marvin

    A CTR with a Boyds stock, no threads, and rifle sights. $2K+

  • john huscio

    The stated price just cured me of wanting one…….. if it was in the same ballpark as the T3 I’d be on board…….
    Still want a 6.5×55 scout rifle though.

  • Dracon1201

    I outfitted a GS scout and got work done to it for less than 1200 with a top Burris scope. $900-1500 more is a lot of hookers and blow.

    This isn’t even competitive.

    • El Duderino

      But…orange laminate! That’s worth a grand, easy.

      • supergun

        The bears will be able to see you better.

    • Baggy270

      I was going to suggest same thing…looks like a gunsite scout at 2 – 3 times the price….oh well we are used to paying more for everything up here.

  • scaatylobo

    FUNNY, but it sure looks a GREAT DEAL = like my Ruger scout rifle.
    And that cost a third of this one.

    • ozzallos .

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. A sexy laminate M77 in stainless is only $830 last I checked. $2,400? LOL? Srsrly?

    • Gary Kirk

      Except the scope rail is in the right place..
      Nothing against the GS or RSR just not my cup of tea..

  • Bill

    Along with sleeping with a supermodel, something I want but will never have.

    • Jesse Foust

      I bet you’re more likely to get the rifle 😀

  • 40mmCattleDog

    That rear sight is sexy as HELL.

  • Schnee

    Aww man my Steyr SSG 69 piggy bank fund might have to get diverted to this.

  • HenryV

    Yes please.

  • Surfgun

    I guess I’ll stick with the old .303.

    • darkwolfe19

      An old Spanish FR8 with fine sights and threaded with squirrel cage supressor for 400 or so would work just fine also!

  • Gary Kirk

    Yeeeeaaa…No

  • Pseudo

    My friends, you are all wrong. The Canadian government is paying $4810/rifle if my maths are correct. $2700ca is a veritable steal.
    /s
    One would think that with scale the price discrepancy would go in the opposite direction…

    • Gary Kirk

      The Canadian government models are actually being made in Canada, by Colt Canada.. These are just gussied up T3s made in Finland.. As soon as you introduce the Colt name, the price doubles what it’s worth..

      • Harry’s Holsters

        I’d rather have the colt one. This rifle has no apeal at that price if it’s just a replica. I’d rather pay 4,800 for the real deal by colt.

        • Gary Kirk

          “Colt Canada” Completely different from the U.S. company.. And actually, I have heard they keep their ducks in a row so to say.. Unlike their U.S. cousins.. And I’m sorry for offending the Colt 6920 crowd, but I have just not had good dealings with them.. Or their products..

          • Harry’s Holsters

            To me it’s just cool to have a rifle built by Colt Canada. Especially one built for an organization and designed by a Finnish company.

          • Gary Kirk

            You wanna be “really cool” get ahold of one of their ARs.. Nice pieces from what I’ve heard.. Might explain why the USMC’S dealing with them on the future rifle project??

          • H&R Canada

            Got one and your damn right they’re cool. The new model from colt Canada is due out in a few months, it’s the MRR

          • FarmerB

            I see them on their website – I know a few people using the C8 professionally – have a very good reputation.

          • Gus Butts

            Their barrels are something else. I’m very happy that they could finally start selling rifles to civilians (the government prohibited that before because of deals, etc.). I use them at work and I have one of their heavy cold hammer forged 15.7″ C8 barrels with the grenade-launcher sleeve (acts as a kind of harmonic dampener that increases accuracy) on my own AR-15 at home.

        • Gary Kirk

          And on a side note.. Would you happen to offer a holster that’d fit a Kimber TLE/RLII full-size with Streamlight TLR-1 attached?

          Sorry to hit you on business, but might be my only shot at talking to you

          • Harry’s Holsters

            No problem. Right now no light compatible models. I use vacuum forming so I require 2 molds to to make a gun. My guy that does CNC molds is working on a 1911 mold but won’t have that done for another 2 months at the soonest. I get more detailed holsters but don’t have the flexibility with molds that the foam pressing guys have. Email me at harrison@harrysholsters .com telling me exactly what you’re looking for and I’d be happy to suggest someone if I can.

          • Gary Kirk

            Hey brother, just sent you an email, please respond to me when you get the chance

        • M1911

          Really? Why?

          I’ve got 7 1911s, including a Delta Elite built by Colt. I can tell you that the Delta Elite isn’t my best 1911.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            This is Colt Canada for one making it even cooler. The rifle manufactured by Colt Canada is rarer. It’s cool to have a gun that is very rare. I’d not aware of any Colt Canada products available in the US. The finish rifle is more or less a clone of the contract gun. I want a gun made on the same equipment as the contract guns where nothing is different gun the serial numbers.

          • AHill

            Colt Canada is most certainly NOT Colt USA. Colt Canada is a essentially a small shop of true artisans and committed craftsman – it’s prices are high because their quality standards are probably the highest in the AR world and their superior ability and attention to quality will no doubt carry over into production of C19s, the Finnish guns may be good and may look the same but they will be a league below the actual CC guns.

    • Gus Butts

      $4,810 for each rifle, spare parts and 3rd and 4th line maintenance from Colt Canada for the entire lifetime of the rifles. Rangers may use these for another century if their Lee-Enfields taught us anything. Learn how military contracts work before using your amazing “maths”. I’ve said this at least 3 or 4 times.

      • Gary Kirk

        Another thing that never figures into the civilian mind.. Government procurement includes maintenance..

      • FarmerB

        Amazing what people think things cost to set up. Try getting a company to spend 2-3 years working with govt people all over Canada to get their requirements right. Undertake internal development and testing. Develop one-off prototypes. Spend time with the rangers testing. Redo prototypes. Spend weeks/months in meetings and contract negotiations. Get all the bullshit certifications you’ll need to feed the NGO’s (green, carbon neutral, ISO). Then give that design to another company (more months on contracts, drawings, prototypes, transfer of IP, training, testing, etc). Then the new factory spends months/years tooling up, making dies, designing jigs, programming CNC machines, buying stocks, procuring parts and materials, building prototypes, testing, reworking, training, etc. Oh, and writing the user guide in French and Inuit.

        Then spend 3 years delivering them to the field with all the parts, backup, training, delivery, maintenance.

        All that cost, time and effort is now spread across 6500 rifles, and every internet hero thinks they should cost $599 with a $5 barrel like a Savage kicked out of a 30-y-o factory by the millions.

        • Gus Butts

          Exactly. Colt Canada is a TINY shop. It used to be a small private company that made firearms for the CF. They’ve been acquired by Colt and started selling overseas. Now they are tooling up to manufacture C6s and now the C19s. I’ve visited them a few times and it’s like I’m walking into a storage locker, but a storage locker where some employees make some of the best rifles in the world.

        • Tim

          Oh, I see. It’s a total rip-off because governments are stupid, irresponsible, wasteful, lazy & feckless. It’s only fair, and tax payers should ‘just get used to it’. What do they charge for a pair of gently-used mukluks?

        • BeoBear

          Interesting though that those $599 Savage rifles with $5 barrels kicked out of a 30 year old factory by the millions are consistently rated #1 in accuracy out of the box, occasionally swapping the #2 spot with the Weatherby Vanguard II. I’ve been shooting Savage for 35 years and while they may not look as fancy as a Tikka ( itself a fine rifle) they aren’t designed for the same thing. Tikka’s are designed to look great and shoot well for a little less money than it’s sister brand and Savage’s are designed to shoot extremely well, be extremely reliable and be affordable. All of which they have proven to do without question.

          My thoughts on what Canada paid for their Tikka’s are similarly yours. As for the civilian version price it’s ridiculous for what you get but then I don’t want a Halloween themed arctic rifle just like the Rangers are now using so my opinion doesn’t matter.

          • FarmerB

            Hey, if Savage works for you – go for it. They’ve been (reportedly – I’ve never owned one) been very successful in making accuracy more affordable. I’ve been a Remington man for 30 years, and I’ve trashed more than a few of their $7 barrels, esp. those made on Monday 🙂 But then, I’m maybe looking for a level of performance that most factory rifles don’t exhibit.
            Yeah, I get somewhat perplexed by people who somehow think that work happens and time gets spent for nothing in govt and business. Oh well. I suspect it’s just not having experience or having thought about it.
            But although I have a soft spot for Tikka (I own a couple of Sakos, including a TRG) I do struggle to see the value in these rifles at this price. Although I admit to not being particularly price sensitive (which you cannot be if you live in Switzerland). You should see what I paid for an MCX on Friday.

          • Billy Jack

            I thought Tikkas were the brand folks carried in super cold climates because they remained operational or something too. Am I misremembering that? I recall something about polar bears and them guns.

          • BeoBear

            You are remembering right. I doubt they are the only ones that performed in arctic conditions but that’s what they chose. Good rifles for sure. They did say they chose the .308 because it was capable of stopping polar bears that inhabit the areas where the rangers patrol. Ironically most folks nowadays think a .300 Win Mag is way too light for big bears let alone a .308. Funny how today’s experts seem so far strayed from the reality of the folks who live, work and survive in that environment all day, every day.

        • Paul White

          It’s not what it cost them to set up; it’s what it cost me, vs other similar options that I care about.

          • FarmerB

            Hey, you’re a free individual, go for whatever floats your boat. Some people buy Ferraris, and some buy BMWs and some buy Hyundai. Make you own choice, Tikka (Beretta) succeed or fail based on it. We were actually discussing the govt contract guns.

            I actually think quite a few people will buy these – since it’s been adopted by the Rangers, it seems to attract a following , although I don’t proclaim to have any knowledge of the Canadian firearms market. Sort of like FN making their range of reproduction current issue M4/M16’s – I’ve heard they seem to be charging a premium for it and doing well?

            After all, many Europeans may money for firearms (and cars) that most US enthusiasts (and I) would NEVER consider.

      • Pseudo

        Well, consider me better informed. Forgive me for not encountering your previous comments. I don’t know how I could have missed them. Why would you expect me to know any of that? None of that is at all obvious from the reporting and contracts are not identical. Military contracts work however their written. If you’re telling me they’ve agreed to provide indefinite maintenance up to the whims of the Canadian governemtn for a fixed price, I’d have trouble believing that. Perhaps you’d enlighten us with the exact contractual terms?

  • Don Ward

    We can own one of these?!?

    EHRMAGERD!!!

  • Harry’s Holsters

    This gun is a Dan Bilzerian gun. I’d buy it if I could afford and did buy a gun everyday.

  • Deranged Grange

    Yeah OK……
    Wanted to buy the basic version (Tikka CTR) here in Canada, price 2 years ago was $1200, then it was hard to get one ordered then it jumped up to $1500 for a newer CTR.
    Now this for $2700?!! Add an open sight and a orange tigerish look? Not worth the extra $1200. Sako…..give you head a shake !!!

  • Kenneth Wilkinson

    Orange you glad?

    • iksnilol

      This is an underappreciated comment.

  • Blake

    At that price, it should say Sako on the side.

    Really nice rifle nonetheless, however.

  • Gus Butts

    I thought this was pretty cool until I saw the price. Now I don’t think it’s pretty cool. At all.

  • Michael Rice

    Think I’d rather buy one of those used Enfields.

    • H&R Canada

      The Rangers are apparently allowed to keep them

  • Giolli Joker

    I would have expected an “arctic” rifle not to have exposed metal bolt handle.

  • Ian Cook

    The Canadian Rangers are getting replacement rifles from Colt of Canada, not from Tikka. Where did you come up with this story?

  • M1911

    Looks like a fine rifle, but not worth $2k.

  • gaston9x19

    Well, geez, I actually was thinking I wanted one at some point, but not at over $2K, I don’t want it that bad. Could almost get an M1A for that price! Dayum.

  • jmf552

    1. Too expensive for a glorified scout rifle.
    2. Wouldn’t buy anything used, promoted, manufactured by, or named after, the gun-grabbing Canadians.

  • Secundius

    Not to Crazy about the Stock…

  • Craig MacMillan

    just buy a Lithgow L102 from Australia 🙂

    • FarmerB

      I’m waiting for the F90.

  • mazkact

    I was all in until I saw the price. I am a Finnish rifle nut, M39’s and I also own a M28-76. Huge fan of the rifle this one is replacing, NO4 Enfields. I might go 1500 if they come down that far in the US.

  • disqus_PDmXLtTxJj

    Wow nothing important in the article like length of barrel or anything?!

    • Secundius

      Barrel Length is 20.1-inches (51.0cm)…

  • disqus_PDmXLtTxJj

    You can get a howa .308 with axiom stock for about $800 the thing is a tack driver and you can shoot all day no discomfort.

    • Secundius

      Designed by SAKO, Manufactured by Tikka of Finland and Licensed Copy by Colt of Canada. 10-round Box Magazine, Rate of Fire (Claimed) 30rpm, Muzzle Velocity ~2,437ft/sec and Maximum Effective Range ~600-meters…

  • AHill

    A shame, I really preferred the Steyr Scout based models which were also much cheaper – around 2k I think. Too bad Steyr won’t make any more Ranger style models outside of the “prototypes” they sold after the competition.

    • Secundius

      Same Here! But Steyr is a “Bit Out” of My Price Range…

  • William Taylor

    $2,700? That is insane. How is this rifle any better than a Savage or Ruger, in real world terms, for about $2,000 less? Vanity, pure and simple – gotta have the most expensive toy out there……..

    • Agree.
      As I responded to someone else above:
      “Actually, if one can live with five round magazines instead of ten, the 6.2 lb, 38 inch long Ruger American Rifle Predator in 7.62 NATO closely approximates the specs for a scout rifle, at an MSR of only $529. If I was in the market for one today, that’s the route I’d go.”

  • supergun

    I can think of about 20 rifles that I would buy over this ugly looking gun.

  • Tom

    Anytime you break $2000 in a factory rifle most people would be much more pleased with what they’d get by spending just a bit more to get a custom rifle built, or having a good custom barrel and blueprinting job done to a remington 700 platform. You can have a reputable smith rebarrel, blueprint, and bed a rifle for around $1200 with a high quality barrel. A high end synthetic stock and m700 donor action can be had for under $1000 at the end of the day you’d have something that would easily out 99% of factory Tikka’s and spend the same $.

  • disqus_XlYouOiadt

    Good for killing baby seals without getting your taxpayer paid parka all bloody.

    • Glenfilthie

      Yup. An overpriced rifle for First Nation Freeloaders. But hey – they aren’t footing the bill so why not splurge!
      In the real world Ruger Scout will do anything this gun will – and considering the guys that will be using it – it would be a better fit.

      • disqus_XlYouOiadt

        The best thing Canada can do for the First Nations people is to evacuate them from ‘The North.’ Canada’s ‘Northern Culture’ exists only to provide a ready supply of little boys for the priests and the white social workers to treat them. If it weren’t for government welfare to buy snowmobiles, booze, guns, and other such historical cultural items, the merciful end would have come long ago.

  • RBR

    Why oh why would anyone be interested in this grossly overpriced ordinary rifle?

    • maodeedee

      Grossly overpriced? only by about $1000 dollars. Hell, I’d gladly pay $700 for one of the SMLE’s that this rifle replaced.

  • Richard Lutz

    A super expensive bolt action .308 that weighs 10 pounds sounds a tad ridiculous. Not sure why you would want to use the .308 round if you want to be able to stop a charging polar bear as the 9.3×62 Mauser and .376 Steyr rounds are far better for this use and ideal for a 10 pound rifle as anything lighter would have too much recoil for most people.

  • dltaylor51

    I will put my 700 BDL 308 against this gun any day of the week,if they want to sell them in this country they had better do something about that price,Ruger already has that base covered for less than half the price and Mossberg is even less yet and just as good.