The the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has awarded Colt Canada a $1.5 million contract that will allow Canadian Rangers to evaluate new rifles and leading to a second contract for up to 6,500 rifles.
The new rifle is based on the SAKO T3 CTR rifle and supplied by Stoeger Canada, a Beretta company. Prototypes were delivered to the Rangers for a trial that lasts until the end of the year. The production of 6,500 or more rifles will start in mid-2016, with completion in 2018.
Colt Canada will produce the barrel, bolt and receiver under license from SAKO. The modified T3 will feature a larger bolt handle, enlarged trigger guard to accommodate gloved hands plus protected front and rear iron sights and two-stage trigger with three-position safety.The new rifle will be manufactured in orange or red color with Ranger Crest.
The Canadian Rangers are a sub-component of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve that patrols the north and other remote areas of Canada.