A couple of months ago I went out to SilencerCo’s place in Utah and had a chance to play with some of their toys, some of which were under wraps. One that just went public is the Harvester EVO, a sweet little (6.24 inches long and with a weight of 10.8 ounces) tubeless suppressor intended for serious hunting use.
The EVO, about the size of a Red Bull, is meant to be maneuverable and take up negligible space on long treks, where every inch and ounce matters while still being able to make everything .300 Win and smaller hearing safe.
The EVO is rated for centerfire calibers from .223 Rem to .300 Win, and I ran it through a Tikka T3x in 6.5 CM while visiting SiCo in Utah earlier this year with no problem. Yes, my old sailor ink is sneaking out.
More in my column at Guns.com.
Established April 1, 1921, in Riihimaki, Finland, the now-famed gunmaker was formed from a pre-existing workshop where the newly independent country’s Civil Guard militia repaired Russian-made Mosin and Berdan rifles inherited during the Finnish Civil War. The company’s name– Suojeluskuntain Ase- ja Konepaja Osakeyhtiö (Civil Guard Firearm and Engineering Co.) — today remains a holdover from that origin.
Their first product was the M/28 rifle, a modified Mosin design that proved so accurate that Samo ‘White Death” Haya used it during the Winter War.
The Sako-designed Mosin M28, via Millcoll
Today, Sako is the last Finnish rifle maker standing, having merged with VKT, Tikka, and Valmet over the years. Sure, it is owned by Beretta– and has been since 2000– but the guns are still made in Riihimaki. Last year, they produced 113,000 rifles, a record high.