SOCOM-BORN SAKO TRG M10

Ready for long-range duty! Sako’s switch-barrel TRG M10 reaches out…

Ready for long-range duty! Sako’s switch-barrel TRG M10 reaches out with either .338 Lapua, .300 Win. Mag., or even 7.62 mm NATO.

U.S. Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) program reminds me of watching Olympic sprinters. Runners line up and the starter fires his pistol. They leap from the blocks only to run a few yards and stop. If they don’t restart a race at least three times before a successful finish, it’s a rarity. A few firearms makers dash into the weapons trials and meet SOCOM’s deadlines, only to have the military bring the competition to a halt and restart.

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The TRG M10 is available with a “basic black” finish for formal occasions, as well as the appropriate desert tan when it’s time to pull duty in places like Afghanistan.

When USSOCOM published their specs for the PSR on December 16, 2009, nine companies stepped up to the challenge to design their versions of the PSR. Since then, SOCOM halted their new sniper rifle trials. The first week of January 2012, they started all over again with rifle submissions from at least six companies. One of the companies that is sure to be a strong contender in the PSR trials is Sako with their TRG M10.

PSR Defined

One component of the PSR trials is testing rifles in adverse conditions, and that’s exactly what I faced when I got an early look at the TRG M10. Tactical Weapons was invited to join Sako’s military sales and engineering design team and Beretta USA’s Gabriele de Plano, vice president of military marketing and sales, at the Boulder City Gun Club near Las Vegas, Nevada. As you may know, Beretta USA is Sako’s sales arm in America and part of the new Beretta Defense Technologies’ strategic alliance between Beretta, Benelli, Sako and Steiner.

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The stock is modular and adjustable so operators can find a good fit. Folding to the bolt side captures the bolt for secure transportation.

Load Comments
  • Once these hit the civilian market they are going to sell like hot cakes.

  • Jay Langston

    These systems will be available to the civilian market… eventually. Who knows how long it will take the SOCOM to pick a PSR, but the law enforcement market will probably snatch up these systems as they become available.

  • Dan

    Great System from a company with a proven track record. Except for the optics, I have a sample from each of these brands for the civilian hunting market. My optic is an older Night Force 2.5x10x42 Rangefinder. Antique by today’s standards.
    If I were qualified, deployed in harms way, I feel I could depend on this system. The TRG M10, a Barrett, and a Black Hawk, couple of A10’s, etc…
    Then again, I’m not a sniper and I don’t have to carry it.

  • Ed

    Will this be avail. for civies?

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