SOLD FOR: $3913
Make: Sako, Imported by Stoeger
Model: AI Vixen
Serial Number: 187202
Year of Manufacture: 1889-1997
Caliber: .22 PPC
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle w/ Hinged Floorplate Internal Magazine
Markings: The bottom of the barrel is marked “IMP’D BY STOEGER INC. N.J.”. The left side of the barrel is marked “CAL.22 PPC USA MADE IN FINLAND” next to a Finnish proof mark. The left side of the receiver is marked “SAKO AI 187202” next to a Finnish proof mark. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “202”.
Barrel Length: 22.5”
Sights / Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights. The top of the receiver is equipped with a two-piece rail system for mounting an optic (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock skip-line checkered wood with a rosewood capped forend and pistol grip, raised Monte Carlo comb with a cheekpiece, sling stud front and rear, and an orange Sako buttpad. The grip cap has a white fox head inlay. The wood shows no significant imperfections and the checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 1/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the orange rubber buttpad. The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is well defined. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows little to no wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: On display is an AI Vixen from Sako chambered for .22 PPC. The .22 PPC is a centerfire rifle cartridge developed in 1974 by Dr. Louis Palmisano and Ferris Pindell, primarily as a benchrest cartridge. The cartridge is based on the 5.6×39mm (.220 Russian) case which is a necked-down version of the 7.62×39mm Soviet military cartridge. Several companies have made custom guns in this caliber, however no major companies did until 1993. This rifle is in terrific condition and doesn’t seem to have seen muchus, if any, over the years. Please see our photos and good luck!