The C14 Timberwolf was selected in 2005 to provide the next standardized sniper rifle for the Canadian Forces Land Command.
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The C14 'Timberwolf' sniper rifle was adopted by the Canadian Army in 2005 and has seen active combat service in the coalition effort concerning Afghanistan. At its core, the rifle is a standard bolt-action rifle chambered for the high-powered .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge and fires these from a five-round detachable box magazine. The weapon is produced by PGW Defence Technologies, Incorporated (formerly Prairie Gun Works) of Canada and has succeeded the aging line of C3A1 rifles in the sniper role for the Canadians (the C3A1 is the Canadian designation for the British Parker Hale M82 detailed elsewhere on this site).
The C14 is based on a civilian hunting/sporting rifle originally developed by Prairie Gun Works. It was entered into a competition to find the next standardized Canadian Army sniper rifle, fulfilling an Army requirement born in the 1990s. In 2001, trials were had and the C14 was declared the winner.
The C14 weighs 15.6lb (unloaded) and has an overall length of 1,245mm. The barrel measures 660mm long. Muzzle velocity is 2,700 feet-per-second and its effective firing range is 1,500 meters. The receiver supports both day and night sights.
The C14 sports a free-floating barrel meaning that no part of the barrel's length touches the gun's stock - instead it is connected directly to the receiver to achieve maximum accuracy. Its construction is of heavy-duty for the rigors of warfare. The stock is made of fiberglass to keep the design as light as possible yet strong enough for battlefield abuse. The cheekpiece is adjustable. There are three positions of the safety mechanism including one to aid break-down of the weapon for cleaning and repair. Like other military bolt-action rifles, the C14 lacks traditional iron sights as a dedicated scope is preferred. Sling loops allow for a sling to be installed.
Sections of Picatinny rails allow for the fitting of various tactical accessories including scopes of various types and a folding bipod. The barrel's muzzle brake can also be substituted for a suppressor.
PGW Defence also produces the effective 'Coyote' (7.62mm) and LRT-3 (.50 BMG) series rifles.
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