By Zac Kurylyk for Calibre, June 7, 2022
In classic Canadian army fashion, the rifle will carry its own in-house branding, so to speak. In its military role here, the rifle will be known as the Multi-Calibre Sniper Weapon (MCSW). That name gives away one of the TRG-M10’s key features that the military supposedly found desirable: Its ability to switch from .338 Lapua Magnum to .308.
The Canadian military previously used the bolt-action C14 Timberwolf MRSWS, built by Prairie Gun Works and adopted in 2005. The C14 is chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum. It replaced the earlier C3/C3A1-series rifles, which were based on Parker Hale M85 bolt-actions, and chambered in .308.
The new rifle from Sako follows in the pattern of modern sniper weapons, with adjustable stock, pistol grip, detachable box magazine, and ambidextrous controls. Sako’s design includes tactile indicators that reminds the user which calibre they’re firing, a potentially useful feature in a rifle that’s designed to switch out barrel and bolt, to switch cartridges. That 20-inch barrel is cold hammer-forged stainless steel, with 1-in-10-inch twist for the .338 chambering, and four-groove right-hand rifling. Sako says it’s effective out to 1,500 meters in that calibre, which will no doubt prove useful if the CF ever gets into another shooting match that runs along the same lines as the War on Terror in Afghanistan, where Canadian snipers made recorded shots to that range and far, far beyond.