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Established in 1921, Sako has a varied and eventful history. First created to build and service firearms for the Civil Guard in Finland, the company played a key role in Finland’s struggle for survival during the storms of the WWII. Later the company grew through focusing on production excellence, honouring its dedicated crafsmen and personnel, and providing innovative solutions to shooters’ emerging needs.
For decades Sako has developed world-class military, target and hunting rifles, as well as cartridges. By integrating its knowledge of both the rifle and cartridge production, Sako brand can offer a shooter the unique advanteges of uncompromising accuracy and reliability. Alongside Beretta and its unique firearms traditions that reach all the way to the year 1526, Sako looks ahead more confidently than ever. We proudly carry on the rifle manufacturing knowledge and skills, with the utmost respect towards the surrounding nature.
The White Guard's general staff's weapons factory established
Separate company established in Helsinki (1.4.1921 = birthday)
Company relocated to Riihimäki in December
Manufacturing of ammunition begins, first assembly of the "Pystykorva" rifle
Manufacturing of rifle barrels begins
Manufacturing of rifle stocks begins
Material production, among other things, 275 mil. machine gun rounds for the Finnish Defence Forces
Finnish Red Cross is the new owner; emergency goods production
New owner: Suomen Kaapelitehdas Oy
New owner: Oy Nokia Ab
Oy Sako-Tikka Ab (29.9.1983) > Nokia Oy also acquired Tikkakoski Oy's plant
Name changes; Nokia Koneteollisuus Sako factories & Tikkakoski factories
Sako-Valmet Oy > New ownership: 1.1.1987 Valmet Oy and Nokia Oy (50%/50%)
Name changes; Sako Oy Riihimäki factory, Tikkakoski factory & Tourula factory (Jyväskylä)
Production at Tikkakoski is terminated 31.3.1989, Tikka-production is transferred to Riihimäki
Sako Defencetec Oy established; Sako acquires Hackman Oy's cartridge factory in Leppävirta
- Jyväskylä's Tourula factory's ammunition production and Leppävirta's cartridge production are combined
Assault rifle production is concentrated in Riihimäki, Tourula continues to manufacture ammunition
Sako acquires a majority stake in Stoeger Inc, which operates in the USA and Canada
Sako Defencetec Oy's entire ammunition production line was sold to Vammas Oy on 5.5.1995
- Sako concentrates its hunting and sporting guns production to the Riihimäki factory, including assault rifles and ammunition
Gradual scaling down of assault rifle production is commenced at the beginning of the year
Thanks to the success of Sako 75 rifle offering, older Sako rifle offerings are withdrawn from production
Sako's new cartridge loading plant is inaugurated in Hausjärvi in the spring of 1997
Nokia Oy sales its shares, Valmet Oy has 100% ownership
- Valmet Oy and Rauma Oy merge, the new company is Metso Oyj
Metso Oyj sells 100% of shares to the Italian Beretta Holding B.V. (3.1.2000)
Beretta Holding invests in the Riihimäki factory and begins construction of a 2000 m² factory expansion in the spring
New/renewed premises launched in the summer of 2002
Branch company established in Stockholm, Sweden, official launch 1.10.2002
Joint company project between Sako and Italian MdS begins; manufacturing of walnut stocks is transferred to Italy
Sako manufactures record 70,000 rifles
Sako celebrates its 85 anniversary by launching a hunting rifle family, Sako 85
The company make major investments in production machinery
Sako 90th anniversary, Sako 85 anniversary Safari rifle serie, 10 + 90 pcs
Sako introduced a new sniper rifle Sako TRG M10
Sako reached a new record; over 100.000 rifles were produced
The Tikka T3x was launched. The previous years’ records were broken: 106,738 rifles were produced
Sako Oy is a very successful company operating internationally, and the only company in the world to manufacture both rifles and rifle cartridges at the same location.
The old firearm factory reconditioning project completed. The Tikka T1x Rimfire was launched.
Sako made a new record: 110 140 rifles were produced
We reached a historic milestone as the Millionth Tikka T3 / T3x rifle was manufactured on 10th of March. This is the largest production volume for a single model ever manufactured at our rifle factory. Not many rifles in the world have been sold in such volumes.
Sako made a new record: over 113,000 rifles were produced
The Sako S20 was launched being the first true hybrid rifle both hunters and precision shooters can embrace.
Sako developed and launched the new lead-free Sako Powerhead Blade bullet to meet the needs of the most demanding lead-free hunters.
Sako is moving to its second century as a highly competent weapons manufacturer with a long-term focus and a solid grip of its times.