This article was originally posted on Thefirearmblog.com
Tikka is going to release a Tikka T1x. It’s uncertain if the Tikka T1x will be shown already at SHOT Show 2018 or IWA in Germany later in the spring. My guess is that we will see it at SHOT already in a few weeks.
I don’t think Tikka put a countdown to SHOT Show 2018 and the wording “The one Xperience you’ve been waiting for” by coincidence.
The T1x will be Tikka’s first rifle in .22LR and 17 WMR and I expect it to shoot very accurately. Tikka’s motto is that “every Tikka rifle has to go through accuracy testing to prove the rifle can perform under 1 M.O.A. accuracy prior to being sold anywhere“.
The question is if Tikka is allowed to build a Sako Quad competitor so that you can change the barrel and caliber?
As Tikka already have the calibers and 17 Mach 2 in their filters on their homepage, this is an indication that the Tikka T1x also will have a system to change the barrel, or that there are other Tikkas around the corner for these calibers.
Below: All these calibers are available in the filtering options at Tikka, but there is no rifle that has them (check the small marked boxes). Not yet anyway.
The barrel on the T1x is 50.8 cm / 20″ long and comes threaded from the factory, but there will be 16″ versions as well. Many European countries have a minimum barrel length of 20″ for hunting rifles.
The magazine holds ten rounds and you will find interchangeable pistol grips and spacers for the stock.
I’m sure the trigger will be excellent as usual, with an adjustable pull or 2-4lbs. (about 900g-1.8kg).
The weight will be around 2,5 kilograms or 88 ounces.
From the beginning, the T1x will not be available in a left-handed version, but if the sales develop I’m sure they’ll make one.
If Tikka decides to build a Tikka T1x TAC A1 version they will have a serious contender to the Ruger Precision Rimfire.
Another possible competitor is the Sako QUAD, available in 22 LR, 17 Mach 2, 22 WMR and 17 HMR or the CZ455 or the ones from Savage. (Yes, I am aware there are other 22 LR rifles and brands out there)
Expect a price around 499 USD for the Tikka T1x.
According to rumors the 22LR will available in April and the 17HMR will be available around May 2018.
For instance, in the USA, Whittaker Guns have them on preorder.