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SAKO M23


Modular Weapon System (MWS)


Finland | 2022



"The SAKO M23 is the newest addition to the arsenal of the Finnish Warfighter, the modular weapon system having been adopted in 2022."

Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the SAKO M23. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
2,625 ft
800.1 m | 875.0 yds
Max.Eff.Range
20
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
Physical
The physical qualities of the SAKO M23. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
406 mm
15.98 in
Barrel Length
Gas-Operated; Rotating-Bolt; Semi-Automatic Fire.
Action
7.62x51mm NATO
Caliber(s)
20-round detachable box magazine.
Feed
Over-Receiver Optics; Back-up Iron Front and Rear.
Sights
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the SAKO M23 Modular Weapon System (MWS) family line.
M23 - Base Series Designation.
K22 - Prototype model designation.
7.62 KIV 23 - Finnish Army designation for Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) form.
7.62 TKIV 23 - Finnish Army designation for dedicated Sniper Rifle form.
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The Finnish Army has moved to modernize its Warfighter small arms capabilities with the adoption of the new SAKO M23 Modular Weapon System (MWS). The firearm is a joint-Finnish-Swede design intended to succeed a collection of Soviet-era long guns still in Finnish service, covering such diverse battlefield roles as Battle Rifle, Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR), and dedicated Sniper Rifle. Design work was had from 2020 to 2021 and service adoption took place in 2022.

The prototype was known under the designator of "K22" (E22) and influenced by the original American AR-series of automatic rifles though this time relying on a short-stroke gas piston arrangement in its internal system of operation. The in-service designs with the Finnish Army are to be identified under the designations of "7.62 KIV 23" (covering the DMR variant), and "7.62 TKIV 23" (covering the sniper rifle variant) and both are expected to enter formal service sometime in 2023, hence their designations.

On the whole, the M23 showcases the typical AR-style appearance and sports a perforated forend, over- and under-receiver sections of Picatinny rail (for mounting tactical devices), and a telescoping / adjustable shoulder stock. Chambered in ubiquitous 7.62x51mm NATO full-powered rifle cartridge, the base rifle design has a barrel assembly length of 16 inches and can be capped by a suppressor for clandestine work. Effective firing range is out to 656 yards for the DMR version and 875 yards for the sniper model. All of the guns support various optics sights and can retain iron sights as backup. Feeding is by way of a 20-round detachable box magazine which are inserted ahead of the pistol grip / trigger unit in the usual way.

The modern Finnish Army small arms inventory showcases the Soviet-era Dragunov 7.62mm semi-automatic sniper rifle as well as the Valmet 7.62 TKIV 85 bolt-action sniper solution of 1984 (both rifles detailed elsewhere on this site).

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Operators
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Contractor(s): SAKO, Limited - Finland
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Image of the SAKO M23
Image from the Finnish Ministry of Defense; Public Release.

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