September 01, 2015

"Is this what you'd choose for a general-purpose arctic rifle?"

North American Hunter The Canadian Rangers are one of the most unique military forces in the world...and they require a specialized firearm. by Al Voth

'One of the most unusual military forces in the world is the Canadian Rangers. They are a sub- component of the Canadian military's reserve forces, with a mandate to patrol Canada's arctic regions...so the military held a competition to select a new rifle.

'And the winner is … Sako/Tikka. Specifically, a modified version of the Tikka T3 Compact Tactical Rifle. The rifle will be built in Canada under license, with an original issue of about 6,500 units. The selected rifle still needs to undergo some field testing and there might be minor changes, but the rifle you see pictured should be very close to the finished product.

'Specifications include: .308 Win., 10-round detachable magazine, 20-inch barrel, iron sights calibrated from 100-600 meters, laminate stock, oversized trigger guard for gloved use, stainless construction with special coatings to combat corrosion and the Ranger logo etched into the stock. It will be issued with accessories such as extra magazines, a Pelican gun case and a trigger lock.

'If this looks a lot like a scout rifle, without optics, it's probably because the Ranger's role is very scout-like. Keep in mind they are not a combat force, unless you count fighting off polar bears.'

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