TFB reported about the new Tactical bolt-action Tikka already in June.
There is now a PDF out with some more information about the TIKKA T3x TAC A1, light sniper weapon.
The Tikka T3x TAC A1 is a special development for law enforcement sniper application.
The rifle is based on Sako’s famous Tikka T3 bolt action construction but made to meet the challenging requirements of longrange tactical shooting. The T3x TAC A1 provides straight-forward
performance and ruggedness with just the right amount of adjustability and absolute precision, all in a light weight and compact package.
The 16″ looks a bit ‘snubby’. I think most long range shooters will go for the 20″ version.
The aluminum chassis stock system is ambidextrous and offers a foldable rear stock with quick adjustable cheek piece and adjustable length of pull.
Picatinny rail on the receiver provides a solid platform for day scope mounting and an AR-type for-end for NVD, LAD and other accessories.
The muzzle is threaded for attaching muzzle brakes and/or suppressors. Silky smooth bolt operation provides flawless feeding from the steel box magazines.
The aluminum chassis stock system is compatible with most common type AR-15 fore-ends, pistol grips and rear stocks, making the rifle fully modular to fulfill all operational requirements.
New Tikka, with muzzle brake, at an exhibition.
As you can see there will be only 2 versions of the T3x TAC A1 to start with, and your one and only choice will be the length of the barrel.
The 16″ is a 4-groove 1:11″ twist rate and weighs 4 950 gr. (5 kg).
The 20″ is also a 4-grove 1:11, and a bit heavier at 5 100 gr (5.1 kg).
In a lot of countries, the 16″ will be too short to legally hunt with so the 20″ is a nice addition.
Both versions will have single stage trigger, adjustable between 1 to 2 kg.
The accuracy is sub 1 MOA and they do a factory acceptance test with high quality match ammunition.
They both feed .308 Wins through a bolt-action and a 10 round capacity magazine.
You can have it in any color as long as you chose black.
With a bit of luck, I hope that Tikka can add the Sako TRG M10 colors in tan and green also.
I think it’s quite clear that Tikka wants a share of the Ruger Precision Rifle market. Considering the delivery problems Ruger seem to have with the RPR I surely don’t mind (waiting for mine!) However the Ruger is marketed as a civilian sports-shooting precision rifle, this Tikka is not and it may become a problem in certain countries due to difficulties to get a licenses for rifles that have features “not needed for hunting.”