A close-up of the Canadian Rangers’ new rifle: The C19 (VIDEO)
By Chris Eger
Meant primarily for emergency hunting and fending off polar bears rather than parting the hair of a Russian submariner, the C19 rifle is definitely unique to the needs of those that use it.
In the above video members of the Canadian Rangers are shown in Newfoundland meeting their newly issued C19s for the first time and getting the 411 on nomenclature and the rifle’s specifics. Based on the Sako T3 CTR (Compact Tactical Rifle) with tweaks for the Rangers as they have to use their guns in whiteout conditions at -50 C weather.
Said differences include an oversize bolt and trigger guard so that it can be used with heavy gloves (you don’t want to touch metal with bare hands when it’s that cold) as well as a high-viz laminated stock complete with the Ranger crest.
Canadian Rangers perform target practice with the new C-19 Canadian Ranger rifle at the rifle range in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. (Photos: Canadian Forces)
The Rangers date from 1942 when the Canadian government was facing Germans landing in the East to set up weather stations and potential Japanese raids in the West. With huge tracts of ice and virgin forests open to invasion, the Rangers were recruited fromSource: Guns.com