This rifle is the runaway winner of the “What? You Mean It’s Not For Sale?” heartbreaker prize at this year’s Media Day At The Range. The Sako TRG is a multi-caliber precision rifle system, and it absolutely blew our minds. Even though (boo!) we didn’t get to shoot it . . .
With appropriate conversion parts, the user can switch the TRG chassis between .308, .300 Win. Mag. and .338 Lapua. Without tools. Actually that’s not quite true. It does require a few hex keys and a spanner wrench, but said tools are all part of the gun itself.
The crucial hex key is actually recessed into the bolt handle shown here. This hex key lets you remove the fore-end panel, which itself contains all the other hex keys you need to completely service the rifle.
The barrel-swap spanner wrench is also incorporated into the bolt handle. I’ve never seen anything like this before, and it’s absolutely brilliant. And that’s not all…
The skeletonized buttstock is instantly adjustable for drop, LOP and comb height. And monopod height. With only your fingertips. And all of the adjustments lock. And the stock folds. And when it folds, it locks the bolt handle in place.
Can I say it’s f***king brilliant now? I want to, but Farago says I can’t drop the F-bomb yet.
But I think I’ll get there eventually, because (in the immortal words of Al Pacino) “I’M JUST GETTING STAAARTED!” When you switch the system from the long-action .300 Winchester Magnum or .338 Lapua to the short-action .308 Winchester, most switch-barrel rifles punish you with a bolt throw that’s about nine inches too long for the short .308 cartridge. The TRG spares you this misery when you shorten the bolt throw by simply reversing the bolt release. Again, with no external tools required.
I’ll go ahead and say it now: this thing is fucking brilliant.
And none of this brilliance is being imported into the US for civilian sales. It’s going to be a long night while I cry myself to sleep about that.