Tikka T3x TAC A1 official pdf

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”


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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  • Travis

    4 groove rifling???? What happened to odd number of grooves to improve accuracy?

  • Iggy

    Still think they missed a massive opportunity by not calling this the TAC Tikka L Rifle.

    • Guygasm

      The Tik-TAC?

      • RocketScientist

        I think he was going for TAC-Tikka-L … Tac-Tik-L … tac-tic-al … tactical

        • Guygasm

          Sorry for the lack of clarity with the question mark. I got the joke. Just tacking on another option.

  • stephenfshaw

    I for one appreciate the insightful and original analysis of this development, to the extent this article does not just copy and paste verbatim from the PDF:

    “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 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.”

    I mean, really.

    • Budogunner

      That is not professional…. I expect more from TFB.

    • Jay

      The title of the article is “Tikka T3x TAC A1 official pdf”. So they quote from the PDF.

      • Erik B

        Thanks!

      • stephenfshaw

        Unfortunately, that’s all the ‘article’ does.

    • Shankbone

      “I think it’s quite clear that Tikka wants a share of the Ruger Precision Rifle market. Considering…”

  • JumpIf NotZero

    10.5-11.52lbs

    …. I love my CTR, but no, that’s too heavy.

    • iksnilol

      Comrade, real guns have some weight on them. Though 5 kg scoped would be nice, it’s still livable with.

  • MechanizedSwede

    No 6,5×55? No thanks i’ll keep my Sauer STR…

  • Saumya Supratik

    A month ago I believe there was an article on IHS Janes stating that Tikka T3x TAC A1 was selected by the Indian Navy MARCOS as their sniper rifle. It was selected over the Steel Core Designs SC-76 thunderbolt. A contract worth 2.98 Million USD for 177 rifles with 100,000 rounds. Isn’t this a bit too expensive?

    • iksnilol

      Probably includes maintenance and optics.

    • Giolli Joker

      Indians buying Tikka… uhm…

      • Julio

        Living up to your tag there, GJ!

        • Giolli Joker

          In fairness, to the best of my knowledge, this is maybe the most sensible action from Indian military procurement in a long while.
          Congratulations to the MARCOS for not having fallen in the mistakes that their Army loves to make.

  • Thomas S

    Did they get the data package? That always jumps the price way up. It is everything needed in terms of tech specs/manufacturing processes so that a country can set up their own manufacturing should the need arise.

    I don’t know if the Indian military has a requirement to buy the data pack, some don’t. The US does and is one of the things people never think about when wondering about the costs of procuring a new weapon.

  • Bill

    The 16″ version is rocking’ me. For 99.9999999999% of actual deployments that extra 4+ inches of barrel is just there to snag stuff. I’d be hyperhappy with a short fluted bull barrel.