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Sako TRG-42


TRG-22


Overview


Sako TRG-42

Right side view of the Sako TRG-42. Note the multi-baffle muzzle brake and original style stock.
Source: Unknown author - © Copyright lies with original owner

Origin
Finland
Type
Sniper rifle
Entered service
Around 1999
Status
In service
Development
Mid to late 1990's
Developer
Finland - Sako
Production
1999 - present
Producer
Finland - Sako
Number produced
Produced in quantity
Designations
8.6 TKIV 2000 (TRG-42 in Finland)
Prickskyttegevär 08 (TRG-42 in Sweden)
Finskyttegevær M/04 (TRG-42 in Denmark)
8.6cm SSGw 04 | Scharfschützengewehr 04 (TRG-42 in Swiss service)

Description


Introduction

The TRG-42 and TRG-22 are modern era sniper rifles of Finnish origin. These are a further development of the TRG-41 generation and were first introduced in 1999. The TRG-42 is a direct competitor to bolt-action sniper rifles such as the Arctic Warfare Magnum, PGM 338 and APR 338.

Design

The TRG-42 and TRG-22 are a further development of the TRG-41 and TRG-21 respectively. Many parts are interchangeable. The main update was the new ergonomic stock and new muzzle brake on the TRG-42. These are bolt-action sniper rifles with free floating barrel that feed from a detachable magazine. Over time the development of this generation continued by adding new barrel lengths, a folding stock option, various types of accessory rail systems and new chassis system.

Firepower

The TRG-42 is most commonly chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum and feeds from a 5 round magazine. Alternatively it is chambered for .300 Winchester Magnum feeding from a 7 round magazine. The TRG-22 uses a shorter action and fires the 7.62x51mm NATO round from a 10 round magazine. Accuracy of these rifles is good. The factory acceptance test is 0.5 MOA for the TRG-22 and sub 1 MOA for the TRG-42.

Users

The TRG-42 and TRG-22 have been adopted by various military and law enforcement users. These are mainly located in Europe, but can also be found in Asia and the Middle East. The TRG-42 in .338 Lapua seems to be the most common model in military user. The TRG-22 is the most common model in law enforcement use.

Variants


TRG-22

The TRG-22 is the baseline short action variant that was introduced in 1999. It is chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO and feeds from a 10 round magazine. It is available with 66 cm and 51 cm barrel length and since around 2007 it is available with a folding adjustable stock.

TRG-22 A1

In 2018 the TRG-22 A1 was introduced, which features a new chassis. This has a long Picatinny rail on top and M-LOK octagonal forearm. An adjustable skeletonized folding stock is fitted as standard. It comes with a 60 cm or 51 cm barrel length.

TRG-42

The TRG-42 is the baseline long action variant that was introduced in 1999. It is available in .300 Winchester Magnum with a 7 round magazine and .338 Lapua Magnum with a 5 round magazine. The TRG-42 can be easily identified since it is normally fitted with a large multi-slotted muzzle brake.

TRG-42 FS

Around 2007 the folding stock variants of the TRG-42 and TRG-22 were introduced. These feature a skeletonized side folding stock with rear monopod. It seems that over the years the folding stock design has been updated twice. Along with the folding stock short barrel options for the TRG-42 were introduced as well.

TRG-42 A1

In 2018 the TRG-42 A1 was introduced, which features a new chassis. This has a long Picatinny rail on top and M-LOK octagonal forearm. An adjustable skeletonized folding stock is fitted as standard.

TRG-22 factsheets


Facts TRG-22 TRG-22 (folding) TRG-22 (short) TRG-22 A1 (26") TRG-22 A1 (20") TRG-22 A1 (16")
General
Origin
Finland
Type
Sniper rifle
Caliber
Caliber
7.62x51mm NATO
Feed system
10 round detachable magazine
Barrel length
660 mm
Rifling
280 mm right hand twist
Operation
Action
Bolt-action
Locking
3 lugs, 60° angle
Trigger
Two stage trigger, 1.2 to 2.1 kg
Fire selector
0 - 1
Rate of fire
Bolt-action
Dimensions
Stock type
Fixed, adjustable for cheek height and length
Length
1.16 m
Weight
4.7 kg empty without scope
Sights
Optics
Picatinny rail for mounting optical sights
Mechanical
No back-up iron sights
Accessories
Bipod
Yes, adjustable bipod
Accessory rails
Optional

TRG-42 factsheets


Facts TRG-42 TRG-42 (folding) TRG-42 (short) TRG-42 (.300) TRG-42 A1 (.338) TRG-42 A1 (.300) TRG-42 A1 (short)
General
Origin
Finland
Type
Sniper rifle
Caliber
Caliber
.338 Lapua Magnum
Feed system
5 round detachable magazine
Barrel length
690 mm
Rifling
305 mm (early) or 254mm (late) right hand twist
Operation
Action
Bolt-action
Locking
3 lugs, 60° angle
Trigger
Two stage trigger, 1.2 to 2.1 kg
Fire selector
0 - 1
Rate of fire
Bolt-action
Dimensions
Stock type
Fixed, adjustable for cheek height and length
Length
1.20 m
Weight
5.3 kg empty without scope
Sights
Optics
Picatinny rail for mounting optical sights
Mechanical
Optional back-up iron sights
Accessories
Bipod
Yes, adjustable bipod
Accessory rails
Optional

Media


Related articles


Sako TRG-41

The TRG-42 and TRG-22 are a further development of the TRG-41 and TRG-21 that were introduced a decade before.

Arctic Warfare Magnum

The TRG-42 is a direct competitor to the British A.I. Arctic Warfare Magnum.