Prarie Gun Works Timberwolf: British Trials Sniper Rifle

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The Timberwolf is a bolt action precision rifle made by Prarie Gun Works of Manitoba, Canada. It was initially made as a commercial rifle in a number of different calibers, and in 2001 it won Canadian trials to become the C14 Timberwolf Medium Range Sniper Weapon System (replacing the C3A1 Parker-Hale 7.62 NATO rifle previously used in that role).

The Timberwolf was also tested by the British military, and the one we have in today’s video (courtesy of the Shrivenham Defense Academy) is serial number UK001; the British trials rifle. It was not adopted, and the British opted to continue using Accuracy International bolt action rifles for its snipers.

In both the Canadian issue configuration and the British trials version, the rifle is chambered for the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge, allowing a longer supersonic range than 7.62mm NATO.


  1. Interesting to see the clear left-hand (anti-clockwise) swirl of the smoke exiting the suppressor.
    Also interesting to note that even with that big suppressor Ian is still wearing hearing protection.

      • The suppressor is for signature reduction and to keep the sniper from going deaf. In combat, vice the range, you need to know when people are sneaking up on you, and .338 ear pro makes that impossible.

  2. Do you know… Muzzle flash. Aye. Could it be made, inert… Er, controlled if you will; In order to direct the force forwards.

    It burns right, so if you fired a shot through say halogen “or something else which isn’t combustible” would the combustion be restricted I.e. Behind the bullet, a gas barrel essentially.,,

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