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Finnish M39 Mosin Nagant

My Finnish M39 is dated 1944 and has a VKT receiver. The Finnish M-39 Mosin-Nagant is in my belief the finest example of the Nagant rifle. It is also the most accurate Nagant out of the three I have. At 100 yards, I can regularly shoot 1.5 inch groups.

 

Background

Finland declared independence from Russia in 1917. Taking advantage of the revolutionary environment in Russia at the time, the Finnish White Guards expelled all communist. The armories left behind became the property of the new Finnish Republic. The Russian Model 1891 became the standard issue to Finnish troops. These rifles were not to the specifications required by the Finnish army so the Finnish M-39 Mosin-Nagants were rebuilt upon Russian Model 1891 receivers and included new barrels, sights, and stocks.

A later production in the 60's was introduced to the US collectors market. The M39 is easily recognizable for it's pistol grip stock. The straight stock variant was only produced in 1941 by SAKO and is considered as highly collectable. Another very collectable variant is the B-barrel so named because the barrel is not arsenal stamped but rather has a distinctive B marking that denotes the barrel is made by Leige Belgium.

These rifles saw much action in the Winter War and the Continuance War, both against the Soviet Union. The tactics of the Finnish army depended upon smaller squads of attacking troops and the deployment of snipers. Estimates show the Finnish army lost between 40,000 to 50,000 men to the Soviet losses of over 800,000 men.

After these two conflicts the Finn's had a new influx of Russian Model 1891/30 and never had to manufacture receivers ever.

 

Specifications

Caliber: 7.62 x 54R mm
Length: 1185 mm
Weight (unloaded): 4.55 kg.
Barrel: 7685 mm, 4 groove, right-hand twist
Magazine: 5 round integral box
Rate of Fire: Bolt-action, 10 - 12 rounds per minute

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