The Tikka TAC A1 Precision Rifle System

Your introduction to the world of Precision Rifles.

The Concept

Field Shooting / Practical Shooting / Field Steel / Long Range - it all essentially means the same thing - shooting targets, at distance under positional and/or time constraints. It's a great deal of fun, and it's growing as a sport in New Zealand.

As a result, people are taking their cue for competitions over in the US and the world and adapting the practical, chassis style of firearm.

These rifles are designed to be robust, accurate and fast. Foregoing lightweight for low recoil, with cartridge selection further enhancing the handling of these guns. Make no mistake - these are race guns - built for purpose, built for speed, built to shoot.

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Results

"Working with Kerry was really easy. We figured out what I needed, he put it together and showed me how to get the most out of it. Very happy!"

"Now I see the difference between a store bought rifle and a custom setup. The rifle fits me like a glove, and shoots like a dream!"

More shooting. Less setting up.

Firearm systems, carefully designed, ready to go, ready to shoot, ready to win.

The Rifle

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If you live in New Zealand, you know the Tikka brand. The T3 and now T3X potentially being the most popular hunting rifle for years.

The TAC A1 takes the Tikka (and Sako) pedigree and updates it to a modern shooting system.

Never before has there been a rifle that meets the strictest quality requirements for unrivalled long range accuracy at this price range. With best-in-class value for every sports shooter, the T3x TAC A1 is the ultimate tool for long range accuracy.

If you haven't already seen it - I have been doing an ongoing series of articles on the Tikka TAC A1 - as it quickly became my personal favourite 'out-of-the-box' precision rifle system.

The slightly heavier action and barrel (which it shares with CTR rifle) and the phenomenal 2-Stage trigger originally seen in the T3X Artic, this firearm just shoots everything well.

  • AR Style Chassis System
  • Pistol grip for long-range and positional shooting
  • Full aluminium bedding
  • 13.5” M-LOK fore-end
  • QD fore-end mounting
  • Rigid fore-end with the optimal wall thickness to prevent bending
  • Double stage trigger
  • Adjustable weight of pull
  • Insane amounts of fun

The Cartridge

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Despite being called a fad for the longest time, the 6.5 Creedmoor has proven itself time and time again as a phenomenal long-range cartridge. Great ballistics, less recoil and support by a wide range of Factory Ammunition - the cartridge is here to stay, and the obvious choice for a rifle system like this.

Reload if you want, but also be confident that you can find ammunition to feed your rifle from most gun stores, including us. Match Ammo, plinking ammo - it's there.

Should you, for some reason, take the TAC A1 out hunting (a little too heavy for us, but up to you) - there is also plenty of hunting ammunition available.

The Ammunition

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Our factory ammo choice is Hornady's sublime 147 grain Match ammo.

While, to be fair, this firearm system shoots everything well, this ammunition simply shoots better than the rest. The 147 grain projectile, with its G7 BC of .351 - this is the load to take you out to 1k (and beyond).

While by design, this is considered a target ammo, the ELD-M projectile, with its foundations based on the venerable A-Max projectile - still does the damage on 'targets of opportunity' while out shooting on the range.

This is the ammo we zero and test with the firearm, chronograph, set up the optics and custom turrets for, and enter into the ballistics calculator.

Along with the rifle, we supply 100 rounds of ammunition. While the zero and performance shift between batch to batch is negligible, this just gets us started off on the right foot.

Again, another step of setup we remove for you. Just go shoot!

A great rifle deserves great glass.

Don't skimp on your optics. It's what you see the world through.

The Optics

It's a case of balancing the rifle with the optics.

There is no point in phenomenal rifle, with sub-par optics. While it could be argued that there is no real upper limit for the optics you could put on the rifle, it's also a case of keeping things in-line in regards to overall investment in a system.

I personally suggest people budget spending the same amount on optics that they do on the rifle. In fact, in my case, on my personal guns, I tend to have more invested in the optics than the rifle. I suggest you seriously consider the same.

My personal pick, for the top choice in rifle optics on the market today - is the Vortex Razor AMG.

For a long time, I used the Razor HD II scope - you can find a review of it on this site. But. It was a massive scope, that also resulted in a lot of weight. And while the AMG isn't exactly a lightweight either - I find it is more in keeping with the majority of the firearms I own and use.

For competition/tactical shooting - the 4-24 is a nice sweet spot, and, comparing it more and more to other scopes (even other Vortex Scopes) - it quickly becomes apparent just how good the glass on the AMG is.

Mounts and Level

One odd design choice on the TAC A1 was the inclusion of a 0 MOA cant rail.

For a firearm that is likely going to be shot far, it seems a bit random to not have included it, however, it's an easy enough issue to resolve - and our rings of choice do the job well anyhow.

The Burris Signature XLR rings allow the installer to choose the amount of cant used, in addition, the same rings ensure perfect alignment and reduce the chance of scope rash. They are solid, and the base mounts ensure properly align installation.

On top of that, I would suggest a bubble level. Now - this is a training aid - because if you constantly find yourself needing to adjust - especially on a flat range - your position needs work! However. It's a great double check, and one worth utilising.

Setup

The scope comes fully set up, zeroed and ready to go.

However, the entire firearm system will be customised and tweaked just for you - which is part of the setup process and training that we include with each one of our firearms.

We will spend a day with you ensuring eye relief is correct, performing a final zero validation with you shooting the firearm and run through its operation and features.

Reticles MOA & MILS

I tend to suggest people utilise MIL over MOA - though both are available - use what you know, and if you are new to reticles, let me welcome you to the world of Metric and MILS!

The EBR7B reticle, to me, is the best option on the market at the moment. The more I use mine, the more I enjoy it. The reticle just makes sense.

Rejoice lefties!

This system is also available as a true left-handed setup. No more compromise or making do.

As a leftie myself, I appreciate the difference.

Shooting Supports

For the front of the rifle, we recommend and supply the Vertebrae Fusion bipod for use with the system. This is an awesome combination of all that is good in a bipod, that is quickly removable for stages/times you don't need it - or when strapping the gun to a backpack for transport.

It attaches via a spigot mount which also includes a Picatinny rail, which we supply and install.

For the rear, a Short Action Precision Lightweight Bag provides a solid rear support for shooting.

An Armageddon gear competition sling comes supplied for carry and for positional support.

The Rest

Kestrel 3500 Weather Meter

If you need it, we can likely source it.

If you don't already have them - several things to consider would be a good rangefinder and potentially a Kestrel. A rangefinder is important because it will let you get an accurate distance to target, and a Kestrel is a great way of learning to ready wind and quickly ascertain environments (the 3500) or - can even provide a full ballistics solution centre (the 5700 elite) - again - through us all set up and ready to go with your firearm already loaded and trued in the system.

Not just a setup. A system.

Each firearms system includes a suite of reports and documents as well as a day of setting the rifle up just for you, explaining how to get the most out of it, and of course, a day of shooting!

Setup and Training

A big part of getting into the firearm supply side of things was out of frustration of having to set up and troubleshoot new rifles for clients. New guns, sold and 'setup' for customers - but not being remotely ready to go when out in the field. During our shooting fundamentals courses, instead of being able to focus on the shooting, we ended up gear focused.

We decided a better way was needed. So, each of our systems includes a day of setting up, training and trueing the client on their new investment. Before the customer even turns up, we have confirmed the system is set up correctly, functioning properly and ready to go. No more questioning if it's you or the rifle - you can just focus on shooting fundamentals and getting out and shooting.

The setup day involves an orientation around the firearm and optics system, before setting the rifle up just for you, including zero confirmation at 100 meters. Once that is done, we spend the rest of the time working on some basic shooting fundamentals and stretching the legs of the new gun. During that process, we will be talking about the individual ballistic profile of the gun and how to make the most of it.

You will walk away familiar with your new rifle, how it shoots and how to get the most out of it.

 

Documents & reference cards

Along the rifle, you will also receive a suite of documentation and information on the rifle system.

More than just a drop card, we provide information on how to get the most out of the firearm in varying conditions and environments. We supply a barrel shot record, as well as a quick reference on scope reticles, MIL and MOA and much, much more. Its DOPE1 ready to go for your new gun.

 

Results

"Working with Kerry was really easy. We figured out what I needed, he put it together and showed me how to get the most out of it. Very happy!"

"Now I see the difference between a store bought rifle and a custom setup. The rifle fits me like a glove, and shoots like a dream!"

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