Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sako TRG-21 Sniper Rifle and Sako TRG-41 Sniper Rifle

In the early 2000s,  the TRG-21 Sniper Rifle and TRG-41 Sniper Rifle were replaced by the improved TRG-22 and TRG-42;  improvements were made to the stock, muzzle brake, and bipod.  The barrel, formerly made by standard barrel manufacturing practices, is cold-forged on the TRG-22 Sniper Rifle and TRG-42 Sniper Rifle .  The TRG-42 Sniper Rifle also added a .300 Winchester Magnum chambering.  A detachable bipod is now a standard feature of these rifles,  sold with them instead of being an option.   The muzzle is threaded, allowing the standard muzzle brake can be replaced with a more substantial heavy muzzle brake or a suppressor (or silencer, in the case of 7.62mm versions.)  The receiver is now also cold-forged and is quite strong and rugged.

Sako TRG-21 Sniper Rifle
Sako TRG-22 Sniper Rifle
 The foreend is of much the same construction, with a solid internal aluminum bar for reinforcement.   The TRG-21/41 has an adjustable cheekpiece, a buttplate which is adjustable for height and for length of pull through the use of spacers, and a two-stage trigger adjustable for pull weight, length of travel, position within the trigger guard, angle, and lateral position. The safety catch is virtually silent and located within the trigger guard. Various different sight mounts may be used, and they attach to the receiver by use of a number of screw holes.  Backup emergency iron sights are also available.   Optional accessories include a night vision device adapter, muzzle brake/flash hider, and various cases and slings.  A bipod is also an option,  but  not  normally issued with the rifle.  Both the TRG-21 Sniper Rifle and TRG-41 Sniper Rifle are designed to be just as easy to fire whether right- or left-handed.

TRG-41 Sniper Rifle
The TRG-21 Sniper Rifle was designed by Sako to be the most accurate rifle available to the general public.  The rifle is commonly seen in long-range competition,  where it has done very well.   The TRG-21 is chambered in 7.62mm NATO; and the TRG-41 Sniper Rifle is chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum; barrel length for the 7.62mm version is 26 inches, while for .338 Lapua it is 27.2 inches.  The barrels are aluminum bedded with an oversized bedding surface.  Stocks are of polyurethane inside a hard synthetic shell, and with an aluminum skeleton for reinforcement.  The fore-end is of much the same construction, with a solid internal aluminum bar for reinforcement.  


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