• SAKO Oy

SAKO Oy

Company:

SAKO Oy

Type of company:

Manufacturer (own production)

Country:

Finland

Established in:

1921

About Company


90 YEARS OF ACCURACY AND COUNTING





The original Finnish name of the company was Suojeluskuntain Ase- ja Konepaja Osakeyhtiö (Firearms and Machine workshop of the Civil Guard).





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.



1919



The White Guard's general staff's weapons factory established



1921



Separate company established in Helsinki (1.4.1921 = birthday)



1927



Company relocated to Riihimäki in December



1929



Manufacturing of ammunition begins, first assembly of the "Pystykorva" rifle



1932



Manufacturing of rifle barrels begins



1938



Manufacturing of rifle stocks begins



1939-1944



Material production, among other things, 275 mil. machine gun rounds for the Finnish Defence Forces



1945



Finnish Red Cross is the new owner; emergency goods production



1962



New owner: Suomen Kaapelitehdas Oy



1967



New owner: Oy Nokia Ab



1983



Oy Sako-Tikka Ab (29.9.1983) > Nokia Oy also acquired Tikkakoski Oy's plant



1986



Name changes; Nokia Koneteollisuus Sako factories & Tikkakoski factories



1987



Sako-Valmet Oy > New ownership: 1.1.1987 Valmet Oy and Nokia Oy (50%/50%)



1989



Name changes; Sako Oy Riihimäki factory, Tikkakoski factory & Tourula factory (Jyväskylä)



1989



Production at Tikkakoski is terminated 31.3.1989, Tikka-production is transferred to Riihimäki



1989



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



1993



Assault rifle production is concentrated in Riihimäki, Tourula continues to manufacture ammunition



1994



Sako acquires a majority stake in Stoeger Inc, which operates in the USA and Canada



1995



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



1997



Gradual scaling down of assault rifle production is commenced at the beginning of the year



1997



Thanks to the success of Sako 75 rifle offering, older Sako rifle offerings are withdrawn from production



1997



Sako's new cartridge loading plant is inaugurated in Hausjärvi in the spring of 1997



1999



Nokia Oy sales its shares, Valmet Oy has 100% ownership

- Valmet Oy and Rauma Oy merge, the new company is Metso Oyj



2000



Metso Oyj sells 100% of shares to the Italian Beretta Holding B.V. (3.1.2000)



2001



Beretta Holding invests in the Riihimäki factory and begins construction of a 2000 m² factory expansion in the spring



2002



New/renewed premises launched in the summer of 2002



2002



Branch company established in Stockholm, Sweden, official launch 1.10.2002



2003



Joint company project between Sako and Italian MdS begins; manufacturing of walnut stocks is transferred to Italy



2005



Sako manufactures record 70,000 rifles



2006



Sako celebrates its 85 anniversary by launching a hunting rifle family, Sako 85



2006-2010



The company make major investments in production machinery



2011



Sako 90th anniversary, Sako 85 anniversary Safari rifle serie, 10 + 90 pcs



2011



Sako introduced a new sniper rifle Sako TRG M10



2013



Sako reached a new record; over 100.000 rifles were produced



BERETTA HOLDING GROUP



At the turn of the millennium, Sako was honored to become a member of the Beretta Group, which gave access to new and advanced production methods enabling us to continuously refine our product development. In addition to rifles, Sako produces centerfire cartridges. We make more than 100 different loads in 35 popular calibers for different targets and hunting purposes. Making both rifles and cartridges is a matter of pride for Sako. Our mission remains to offer our customers the very best in accuracy and performance.



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