Tikka’s T3x TAC A1 at Industry Day at the Range, Shipping Now | SHOT 17

At the 2017 SHOT Show, Sako/Tikka was showing off their products, especially their newest entry into the T3 family: The T3x TAC A1, a dedicated from-the-factory precision rifle offering built from off a T3x base rifle. The TAC A1 is, unlike the rest of the T3 family, bedded into an aluminum chassis, not a polymer or wood stock. The chassis adds stability to the rifle, but also sports a number of additional “tactical” features that help transform the T3x from a sportsman’s rifle to a tactical/precision weapon.

The T3x TAC A1’s chassis is configured for the AR-15 aftermarket: AR-15 stocks, pistol grips, handguards and optics all are drop-in compatible with the TAC A1. The receiver sports a 0 MOA rail to match the¬†height of its AR-15-compatible handguard. The stock is adjustable for cheekpiece height, cant, and stock length via a spacer system. A small segment of 1913 rail is also provided on the bottom to mount monopods or sling attachments. Like the T3x CTR, the TAC A1 is threaded for 5/8×24 attachments. The trigger on the TAC A1 also differs from the rest of the family, adding a second stage to the very crisp and clean factory Tikka trigger.

The stock sports an extremely robust folding mechanism, as well:

In the action, Tikka made another change to the T3x: The TAC A1 sports a three position safety with a novel mechanism. Like other rifles in the family, the safety can be set to “off”, or “on”, and the latter position locks the bolt handle down. However, a lever near the safety can be depressed, which leaves the safety in the “on” position but allows the bolt handle to move. Pretty slick!

Many precision rifles and chassis are designed to use cheaper AICS magazines, but the TAC A1 like all Tikkas in their tactical line uses Beretta/Tikka magazines which currently retail for a wince-inducing $100 or more per. However, the company’s product manager told me that one of his highest priorities is bringing the cost of those magazines down to a more competitive level.

The TAC A1 is set to retail for $1899, which includes the rifle, chassis, stock, muzzle brake, and three magazines. It is available in .308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .260 Remington. Although the T3x TAC A1 was released earlier this year to law enforcement customers, I am told it is now shipping to civilians and should be appearing on shelves now.

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 is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • ryt1300s

    Sako 85 Safety.

  • This was one of the all-around best new rifles of SHOT in my opinion.

  • Marcus D.

    Some of the other chassis rifles that have been seen on these pages as of late have more sophisticated adjustment systems, and at a lower price point. The folding stock is lind of neat, but not a priority for most shooters. What’s the weight?

  • Canada

    This is a great review.

    Informative, concise, impartial. Written by and for adults.

    I would pay money to read 1000 more like this on this site. Keep it up!

    Unfortunately, I have to comment here via a VPN from timbucktoo because some insecure cretin banned me for posting factual comments criticising some of other half-assed posts from other writers. Why the editors (and readers) here tolerate some of the verbal gastroenteritis and bloviating opinion pieces that would have received Fs as high school writing assignments is beyond me.

    I’ve owned a T3 and it shoots like a dream. Only complaints are the plastic bolt shroud which can interfere and crack in some situations…. I replaced mine with a Roedale machined piece which hopefully Tikka has since made redundant. That and their Lite plastic furniture is super chinsy. Light, though. I fitted mine into an AICS chassis and stock, which made it way heavier but the result is the most consistent rifle I’ve ever shot. 10 shots, one ragged hole at 100 yards from multiple experienced shooters in their first few minutes with the gun. Made me a Tikka (and heavy-chassis) fan for life. Working the bolt is so smooth you’d think it was glopped with astroglide.

    Given the hassle and expense of retrofitting the AI and other third party stuff… I could have bought multiple of these. Might, next time.

    Anybody else have a rifle where you can’t get the bolt in/out with the adjustable cheek rest at certain positions? I’ve gotten used to it, and think of it as a kid safety feature (intermediate young children in the house) as can tourque down the cheekrest Allens with the bolt out and render it an extra layer of safeguarded… or vice versa, tourque down the cheekrest with the bolt in and know you can’t possibly lose the bolt in the field.

  • Johanne Johanne

    What is up with Tikka not having MSRPs anywhere on their website, or never mentioning them in any videos?