Kinetic Research Group's SOTIC Precision Rifle

Eric B
by Eric B

TFB’s Nathaniel F wrote about Kinetic Research Group’s new SOTIC Precision Rifle at the beginning of the year, when it was shown at SHOT Show.

After the usual delays the SOTIC rifle is now online for ordering and delivery (since spring time they claim).

Below: The basic rifle, no folding stock.

The Mission for the SOTIC rifle is to merge premium components together with the goal of succeeding at long range shooting.

If you want to buy a similar chassis for your rifle, the closest would most likely be the Whiskey-3 (Generation 6).

The trigger is multi-adjustable 2-stage.

Below: SOTIC in folding configuration, balck color with optional accessory Arca Rail and direct mount for the Harris bipoid. This one also has a Vortex scope in a Spuhr mount.

The SOTIC Rifle described:Action:
  • 3-lug with 60 degree bolt throw, AR style extractor and plunger ejector
  • Stainless steel with DLC coated body
  • Integral Sako style scope mount dovetail, separate 20MOA Picatinny rail is included

Caliber/Length/Twist:

  • .308 Win, 20″, 1 in 10
  • 6.5 Creedmoor, 22″, 1 in 8
  • 6mm Creedmoor 24″ 8T, .308 Win subsonic 16″ 8T, and .260 Rem 24″ 8T barrels available

Barrel:

  • Premium match grade barrels: Krieger, Benchmark, Brux, and Broughton
  • Stainless steel, cerakoted Contour is Sako TRG contour (.875″ at muzzle) with 5/8-24 3A muzzle thread
  • Uses barrel nut system so qualified users can install and headspace replacement/alternate barrels easily

Trigger:

  • 2-stage with a shoe that is adjustable fore and aft and features a bottom safety
  • Adjustable for overtravel, 1st stage pull weight, 2nd stage pull weight
  • Does not need to be removed for adjustment, can be removed from bottom for cleaning

Forend:

  • Polymer with threaded mounting holes at various positions.
  • Side mounting options for rail, flush mount QD sling plate, external QD cup, etc on both sides of forend
Folding Mechanism (not applicable for fixed stock):
  • Main latch uses proven tapered lever style lockup
  • Secondary latch locks buttstock in folded position
  • Spring loaded plungers lock automatically
  • Tapered design of primary latch allows tight lockup through wear of the system
  • Latch components made of hardened stainless steel and nitrided high strength chromoly steel

Cheekpiece:

  • Infinitely adjustable within range (1” travel) vertically, multiple positions fore and aft
  • Polymer and can be quickly removed and re-installed, uses a clamp and thumbscrew design
  • Includes a simple feature to make the cheekpiece return to the exact height you set it
Length of Pull:
  • Tool-less adjustable in ¼” increments with 1.75” of adjustment range
  • LOP range varies slightly between versions but is roughly 13.3” to 15.1”
"The 3-lug action is striking and delivers a nice silky bolt throw, giving you minimal position disruption from shot to shot"

Buttpad:

  • Tool-less adjustments vertically to set positions within range and for cant 15 degrees each side

Mounting features for slings, monopods, etc:

  • Buttstock has QD sling cup on each side and provisions for other mounting options. Folding stock has one additional QD mount point built inButtstock includes bag rider which can be replaced with included picatinny rail or optional other bag ridersOne QD cup and Harris bipod stud included on forend

Optional Accessories:

  • Large selection of accessories from sling mounts to tripod mounts (see KRG Accessories section)

Materials/Finishes:

  • Most aluminum parts are hard anodized (Type III)Fasteners are stainless steel (Black oxide coated) where possibleSteel parts are salt bath nitrided or stainless steel

  • Weight:

    * Fixed version is ~ 9.5-9.7 lbs w/o magazine

    • Folding version is ~ 9.8-9.9 lbs w/o magazine

    Color:

    Black, FDE, Sako Green

    Below: Sotic rifle with various accessories and fold stock.

    Below: KRG Sotic in its folding configuration, black color (obviously!) and optional Spigot Mount, NV mount Cap kit.

    The rifles are priced according to fixed, all colors: $4 250 and Folding, all colors for $4 650.

    You can find more information about the SOTIC Long Range Rifle here, and order one as well if you like.

    Eric B
    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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    • Tom Tom on Aug 15, 2018

      It's basically a "updated" Sako TRG, not a bad thing, just an observation.

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      • Tom Tom on Aug 19, 2018

        @Mack The barrel nut feature is a big one, it's not trivial to rebarrel a TRG.
        There's ~2lb weight savings
        You can use AICS mags, instead of paying $200 per sako mag, buy 5 sako mags, you'll make up the price difference. The most expensive AICS mag is still $100 less than a sako mag.
        The chassis is less bulky and significantly more configurable.
        The chassis is foldable, the foldable TRG stock by itself (no gun) is $2750 from Sako.
        Also while the TRG's pretty much all shoot extremly well, the overall tolerances and accuracy should be better as they are using premium match barrels like Krieger.

    • Eric B. Eric B. on Aug 18, 2018

      I own Ruger's less expensive and equally accurate answer to this "question", namely the Ruger Precision Rifle (RPR). Mine is in 6.5 Creedmoor and is easily 1/2 MOA accurate at 100 yards with Hornady's 140 gr. ELD-M factory ammo. I use it in competitions and it does very well with a Bushnell ERS 3.5 - 21 x 50 scope mounted in a Nightforce one-piece mount.
      The RPR has a side folding stock and accepts many AR style aftermarket components such as butt stock, pistol grip, safety levers and muzzle brakes.
      With its cold hammer forged 26" barrel it is a great buy at around $1,300. street price in many stores.

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