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News from the Great North

It seems the replacement program to purge the Canadian Ranger’s vintage WWII-era Short Magazine Lee Enfield .303s for the new C-19 Canadian Ranger Rifle is moving right along as these images from the 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group/1 GPRC show.

The old....

The old….

The new...

The new…

The .7.62x51mm NATO C-19 is based on the Tikka/Sako T3 CTR (Compact Tactical Rifle) but, seeing as the Rangers have to use their guns in whiteout conditions at -50 C weather, their version has an oversized bolt and trigger guard so that it can be used with heavy gloves (you don’t want to touch metal with bare hands when its that cold) as well as a high-viz laminated stock complete with the Ranger crest.

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Meet the new C19 rifle of the Great North

RE27-2015-0236-08 Members of the 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group perform target practice with the new C-19 Canadian Ranger rifle at the rifle range in Inuvik, Northwest Territories during Op NANOOK 2015, 17 August. The rifle model currently used is the Lee Enfield. While the stock of rifles now in use are excellent tools for an Arctic environment, their replacement with modern rifles is an exciting historical moment and are being used for the first time by the Canadian Rangers in Canada during Operation NANOOK 2015.

RE27-2015-0236-08 Members of the 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group perform target practice with the new C-19 Canadian Ranger rifle at the rifle range in Inuvik, Northwest Territories during Op NANOOK 2015, 17 August. The rifle model currently used is the Lee Enfield. While the stock of rifles now in use are excellent tools for an Arctic environment, their replacement with modern rifles is an exciting historical moment and are being used for the first time by the Canadian Rangers in Canada during Operation NANOOK 2015.

The C-19 is based on the Sako T3 CTR (Compact Tactical Rifle) but, seeing as the Rangers have to use their guns in whiteout conditions at -50 C weather, their version has an oversized bolt and trigger guard so that it can be used with heavy gloves (you don’t want to touch metal with bare hands when its that cold) as well as a high-viz laminated stock complete with the Ranger crest.

These 10-shot .308s are replacing the elderly SMLE in Ranger use.

And in a twist, the rifle will be made under license by Colt Canada. This means that, while Colt in the U.S. fights to stave off bankruptcy, its Canadian arm will be looking to hire as many as 30 new employees.