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Sako TRG

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Sniper rifle

  • ORIGIN
    Finland

  • NICKNAMES
    8.6 mm Scharfschützengewehr 04 / SSGw 04 (Swiss military designation)
    8.6 TKIV 2000 (Finnish military designation)
    Finskyttegevær M/04 (Danish military designation)
    Prickskyttegevär 08 (Swedish military designation)

  • DESIGNED
    Late 1980's

  • DESIGNER
    SAKO

  • PRODUCTION
    1989 - 1999 (TRG-21/41)
    1999 - present (TRG-22/42)

  • PRODUCERS
    Finland - SAKO

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good accuracy
    Good range
    Expensive

Introduction

The TRG is a sniper rifle of Finnish origin. It was developed in the mid 1980's by Sako. Unlike many sniper rifles at the time it was developed from the ground up as a tactical rifle. The Sako TRG series is marketed in the USA by Beretta, but are not produced by Beretta.

Design

The TRG is a bolt action sniper rifle using the proprietary TRG action. The heavy cold hammer forged barrel features a chrome moly coating and is free floating. The TRG comes in a variety of calibers. The Magnum models feature a slightly longer barrel and a much larger muzzle brake. For the first decade a plastic chassis was used. In 1999 the chassis has been updated making it more ergonomic and better suited for military use. Recently a folding stock was introduced. It hinges behing the more pronounced pistol grip and is slightly heavier.

Firepower

The TRG series fires the 7.62x51mm NATO round from a 10 round magazine, the .300 Winchester Magnum from a 7 round magazine or the .338 Lapua from a 5 round magazine. With proper ammunition 0.5 MOA accuracy can be achieved. The maximum effective range is 800 m for 7.62x51mm, 1.100 m for .300 and 1.500 m for .338.

Users

The early models were very popular among police tactical units and counter terrorist units. Since the introduction of the new stocks the weapon has also been picked up for military use. The TRG series are common in Europe and have been sold all over the world.

Variants

TRG-21

The TRG-21 is the original TRG model. It is a bolt action rifle that fires the 7.62x51mm round from 10 round magazines. The TRG-21 features a heavy free floating barrel and has a plastic chassis with adjustable cheek piece.

TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine10 rounds
OperationBolt action, 3 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length660 mm
Rifling280mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed, adjustable
Length1.2 m
Width?
Height?
Weight4.7 kg empty without scope
SightsBackup iron sights, normally used with scope
RemarksFixed foldable bipod

TRG-22

The TRG-22 is an improved model of the TRG-21. The action and mechanism remain the same but the ergonomics have been improved. A new stock and chassis have been fitted and the bipod is mounted on top of the barrel to provide stability when using heavy scopes. The TRG-22 is also available in a new folding stock chassis.

TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine10 rounds
OperationBolt action, 3 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length660 mm
Rifling280mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed, adjustable
Length1.15 m
Width?
Height?
Weight4.9 kg empty without scope
SightsBackup iron sights, normally used with scope
RemarksFixed foldable bipod
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine10 rounds
OperationBolt action, 3 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length660 mm
Rifling280mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable, adjustable
Length1.15 m / 1.0 m
Width?
Height?
Weight5.4 kg empty without scope
SightsBackup iron sights, normally used with scope
RemarksFixed foldable bipod
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine10 rounds
OperationBolt action, 3 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length510 mm
Rifling280mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable, adjustable
Length1.00 m / 0.8 m
Width?
Height?
Weight5.2 kg empty without scope
SightsBackup iron sights, normally used with scope
RemarksFixed foldable bipod

TRG-41

The TRG-41 is an upscaled version of the original TRG-21 that has been designed to fire the more powerful .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Lapua Magnum. The .338 variant is the most common of the two. The TRG-41 can be identified by the large muzzle brake which is not present on the smaller caliber model.

TypeSniper rifle
Caliber.300 Winchester Magnum
Magazine5 rounds
OperationBolt action, 3 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length690 mm
Rifling280mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed, adjustable
Length1.2 m
Width?
Height?
Weight5.1 kg empty wihout scope
SightsBackup iron sights, normally used with scope
RemarksFixed foldable bipod
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber.338 Lapua
Magazine5 rounds
OperationBolt action, 3 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length690 mm
Rifling305 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed, adjustable
Length1.2 m
Width?
Height?
Weight5.1 kg empty wihout scope
SightsBackup iron sights, normally used with scope
RemarksFixed foldable bipod

TRG-42

The TRG-42 is essentially a TRG-41 with the same new chassis and stock as the TRG-22. It is also available in a new folding stock chassis.

TypeSniper rifle
Caliber.300 Winchester Magnum
Magazine7 rounds
OperationBolt action, 3 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length690 mm
Rifling280mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed, adjustable
Length1.20 m
Width?
Height?
Weight5.3 kg empty wihout scope
SightsBackup iron sights, normally used with scope
RemarksFixed foldable bipod
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber.338 Lapua
Magazine5 rounds
OperationBolt action, 3 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length690 mm
Rifling254 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed, adjustable
Length1.20 m
Width?
Height?
Weight5.3 kg empty wihout scope
SightsBackup iron sights, normally used with scope
RemarksFixed foldable bipod
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber.338 Lapua
Magazine5 rounds
OperationBolt action, 3 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length690 mm
Rifling254 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable, adjustable
Length1.20 m / 1.0 m
Width?
Height?
Weight5.8 kg empty wihout scope
SightsBackup iron sights, normally used with scope
RemarksFixed foldable bipod
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber.338 Lapua
Magazine5 rounds
OperationBolt action, 3 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length510 mm
Rifling254 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable, adjustable
Length1.02 m / 0.8 m
Width?
Height?
Weight5.6 kg empty wihout scope
SightsBackup iron sights, normally used with scope
RemarksFixed foldable bipod

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