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Tikka T3x Tac-A1 Unboxing and Initial Impressions
September 22, 2020
Posted By Jason
Hi, Jason McHann here from Mountain Tactical Company, a very exciting day. 40 TAC A1s hit America last week. They were shipped out to a few dealers and we got one. So, we’re going to unbox it here. I’m sorry, it’s already spoken for. I really wish I could do a shooting review. When we get our next batch in, we’ll take it out and shoot it; but let’s unbox this and give you guys a first look. Right. Drum roll. Wow!
You know, I was a little worried about this. In my opinion, Tikka doesn’t do a great job packaging their rifles and as they’re entering into more of the premium rifle price point, it’s where they’re going to have that, kind of, broken styrofoam, [00:01:00] and just stuff that didn’t make the trip from Finland very well. But this is really nice. I mean everything is in here. There’s not a whole lot of wiggle room. The first thing I notice – so you’ve got a free magazine voucher here that you can get from Beretta here. There’s already a magazine in the rifle. So, that gets you two magazines. This is this is worth a lot. I mean, each of these magazines are $150. So, that’s good. Let’s see what we’ve got here.
Okay. It seems kind of like a CTR, standard CTR bolts. Yep, we are the Teflon coating on it. That steel molded bolts _____00:01:56 on here. There’s a little plastic oversized handle [00:02:00], but it’s the same thing we’d expect with the CTR. What have we got here? This is actually a pretty heavy box. Interesting! Okay. A tool kit! We have a shroud tool. Any of you guys who have ever popped your shroud off and accidentally un-sprung your firing pin assembly, this is the tool that allows you to easily put it back together. So, very cool to include that.
This must be for the action screws. What do we have here? A couple little screws. This is a QD a quick detach sling mount. [00:03:00] So, this must go into the – just be a modular piece that you can put in the different rails or in the slots in the bore end. A couple of Allen wrenches here.
A whole bag of extra Allen screws, so let’s see what _____00:03:24. Oh, there’s another magazine. So, you have this magazine here, we’ve got this magazine plus your voucher, so you get three magazines with this rifle which is – I mean right there the two extra mags that are above and beyond the CTR puts you ahead $300. Stock spacers, Buttstock Spacers so you can adjust your link to pull.
What do we have here? Oh! This is a TRG 22 muzzle brake. [00:04:00] So you guys, you know how expensive the TRG accessories are. A significant value point here. I don’t know the price off the top of my head. I want to say it’s around $100 to $125 for this muzzle brake. Obviously, the muzzle is already thread, so you’re good to go out of the gate. I’m not going to undo this tape here because this rifle is spoken for. But yeah, take my word for it. We’ve got a TRG muzzle brake sitting in here. So, I’m just going to set this aside. Of course, the fun part, the rifle.
Here you go. I really wish this was the shop rifle, so we could go out and shoot it; but as you’d expect from Tikka, [00:05:00] the fit and finish is spectacular. I mean this chassis – I mean no machine marks, just crisp. Really, really impressive setup. And talking to Mikka at SHOT Show they kind of copied the Ruger Precision® Rifle where they used an AR-10 style barrel nut. So, if you wanted – not every AR-10 Forend will fit on here, but I guess a select few like the Seekins or someone who uses a standard AR-10 barrel nut there you can swap out this rail. Thread protector on the muzzle, full Picatinny Rail.
Now, just the nature of trying to mate the rail and the action [00:06:00] in the forend, This is zero MOA, but the kind of optic you’re going to put on this is going to have enough internal adjustment that you won’t be maximizing your optic, but this is a 6.5 Creedmoor. You’ll have more than enough adjustment in the scope to shoot past 1000 yards with this. I mean really, this is Tikka’s entrance into a PRS style rifle that will be able to compete with a Ruger Precision® Rifle. I think they’ve done a stand-up job. I mean, you have your adjustability for your cheek comb. It’s nice and quick.
40 TAC A1s
Okay, you can slide your buttpad up and down. Pull Picatinny Rail back here. So, if you wanted to run a monopod the AR-15 style grip, so you can swap this out for pretty much any AR grip on the market though. Thought, I don’t know why you would. [00:07:00] This is really, really nice and extremely tactile. They definitely put a lot of thought into what textures they put where with this grip. I mean that just feels really good, standard TRG 22 style mag release.
This comes standard with a folding stock option and there is no play there. That locks up nice and tight. Oh! And it locks open or -- yeah, it locks open. So, this isn’t going to collapse on you like some of the other ones we’ve tested – the XLR, that kind of chassis that ends up folding back on if there’s no locking mechanism. So, let’s get this lock back up. And then -- so Tikka put a two stage trigger on here [00:08:00] much like what you’d see in a high power AR-15. Something like a Geissele. So, let’s grab this bolt.
At SHOT Show they, obviously, didn’t let us pull trigger. So, let’s -- alright, that won’t clear. Let’s fold it. Nothing in the chamber. That’s nice. You can preload the trigger. Very crisp brake that Tikka is known for. That ability to preload the trigger. Wow! Yeah, I don’t -- I will have to get a trigger scale on here to see exactly what this one’s adjusted to. I know that you can adjust bolt stages on this [00:09:00] according to the instructions. Another -- it’s kind of like the old 75, it’s interesting.
Okay. So the rifle is on safe. You normally can’t open this. So, you have to you -- you would normally -- on a normal Tikka, you’d put your firing or excuse me your safety forward to be able to remove your bolts, but you can have the rifle on safe. This is something that they adopted from the SOCO line into the Tikka. I’m really glad they did this. You push this down. You don’t have to take your rifle off safe to open the bolt. That is really, really nice. I mean just -- I’ve never heard of anybody having an accidental discharge with their Tikka, but at least me personally it’s always been a little unnerving [00:10:00] taking that rifle off the safe to open it and clear the chamber. So, that’s a nice feature.
I mean really -- this is -- you could just take this out of the box and go shoot a PRS match. It’s going to be the end of June when our SHOT rifle shows up. So, stay tuned for a follow-up review where we actually take one of these out and shoot it. Until then, you have a really happy customer getting one of the first 40 that hit the US.
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