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Old March 10, 2018, 15:38   #1
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Finn family portraits

I finally got all my Finn Mosin rifles together for a few photos. All of the M39s were bought from Pat Burns of Gunsnammo.com. When I started dealing with her, all of the rifles came with a sling. By the time I bought the fourth one that was no longer the deal. I emailed Pat and asked that since I was a pretty good customer, couldn't she throw in a sling "for old times sake". She replied that she would take care of it. When the rifle arrived, I noticed that the shipping charges had been increased by $5. She sent a sling, but still managed to get something for it. It's hard to get ahead of a shrewd old Yankee businesswoman!

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1934 Tikka M27. I bought this from a man on Gunboards. I had had it for a while before I realized that he had misrepresented the rifle a bit. Still, it's a good shooter and looks okay I guess.

1942 VKT M39, SA marked with the "D" chamber. One interesting note about it; someone (perhaps a soldier?) has rubbed the shape of a cross through the bluing, on both sides of the barrel, just behind the front sights.

1943 SakoM39, Sk.Y and SA marked.

1944 Sako M39, also SA marked.

1970 "no maker" M39. The was the first rifle I bought from Pat Burns. It is built on a 1895 receiver and thus an antique. It was basically a brand new rifle otherwise.























I do believe the M39s are my favorite mil-surp bolt rifles. There is just something so robust and solid about them, not to mention their interesting history. Holding one, you get a real sense that this is a "man's" rifle with no elegant frills but one designed for the hard work of war. But, that's just me...
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Old March 10, 2018, 18:00   #2
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Great family portrait, love my M39's
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Old March 10, 2018, 19:58   #3
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I like mine. First time I held one,it was amazing how balanced it felt. I like them better than any other milsurp boltgun.
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Old March 10, 2018, 20:30   #4
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Great family portrait, love my M39's
Thanks, they're great rifles!

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I like mine. First time I held one,it was amazing how balanced it felt. I like them better than any other milsurp boltgun.
Me too. When I bought that first one, I had never had one in my hands before then. My son and I unboxed it and he said, "damn, that's a long gun!". But when we each held it, we agreed that it sure felt great.
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Old March 11, 2018, 09:03   #5
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"It's hard to get ahead of a shrewd old Yankee businesswoman!"

Keeping the record straight, for those of us born in New England, New Yahkers AREN'T Yankees.

"1934 Tikka M27. I bought this from a man on Gunboards. I had had it for a while before I realized that he had misrepresented the rifle a bit. Still, it's a good shooter and looks okay I guess."

I can probably take care of it for you if it's a problem.
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Old March 11, 2018, 09:10   #6
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"It's hard to get ahead of a shrewd old Yankee businesswoman!"

Keeping the record straight, for those of us born in New England, New Yahkers AREN'T Yankees.


Thanks for the clarification. You do understand that for Texans, anyone from north of the Red River is called a "Yankee"?

"1934 Tikka M27. I bought this from a man on Gunboards. I had had it for a while before I realized that he had misrepresented the rifle a bit. Still, it's a good shooter and looks okay I guess."

I can probably take care of it for you if it's a problem.

I'll keep that in mind.
Thanks for taking a look too!
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I had the pleasure of helping a gentleman sell off some of his Finns. He had some really nice and rare stuff. I love the M27's and M28's.

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I had the pleasure of helping a gentleman sell off some of his Finns. He had some really nice and rare stuff. I love the M27's and M28's.

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I'd like a M28 for the collection but I just don't shoot these enough lately to justify the money for another one at the moment. Now, if I were still working, I could probably rationalize that pretty quick! Thanks for the reply Mr. Funk!
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The M-39 is the finest incarnation of the Mosin-Nagant IMO. Lucky enough to own a few...would love to find a bayonet for one.
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Old March 11, 2018, 17:22   #10
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The M-39 is the finest incarnation of the Mosin-Nagant IMO. Lucky enough to own a few...would love to find a bayonet for one.
I agree. Yeah, a bayonet would be cool. Been a while since I've seen one for sale though; it was pricey if I remember right. Maybe thinking about a K31 bayonet though...don't have one of those either.

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Very nice, Tex! I'm lucky enough to have one I dang near stole about 20 years ago - a 1943 model, Sako barrel.

And Okies are a long damn way from being Yankees.
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" Thanks for the clarification. You do understand that for Texans, anyone from north of the Red River is called a "Yankee"?"

Yes, I seem to remember hearing that once or twice from my brother who lives in Grapevine. He's not a native Texan though. He fell in love with your state when he was in the service. At least he was born south of the Mason-Dixon line (Richmond).
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Impressive collection Tex, thanks for brining them out.
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Very nice, Tex! I'm lucky enough to have one I dang near stole about 20 years ago - a 1943 model, Sako barrel.

And Okies are a long damn way from being Yankees.
Yeah, I know. Maybe I should've said Kansas.

Thanks Ted, they are cool old rifles aren't they?



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Yes, I seem to remember hearing that once or twice from my brother who lives in Grapevine. He's not a native Texan though. He fell in love with your state when he was in the service. At least he was born south of the Mason-Dixon line (Richmond).
Newcomers to Texas often pick up that Texas vibe soon after arriving. Bumper stickers say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!"

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Impressive collection Tex, thanks for brining them out.
Thanks HDH! Coming from you, high praise indeed!
And you're welcome too of course.
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Very nice family, thanks for sharing sir. Cheers
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Thanks Bones! You're welcome too, best regards to you!

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Awesome rifles. I love the SKy marked one especially. My son (16 years old) loves Russian rifles. He's an AK fanatic. He decided he wanted a Mosin and we went to one of the local Pawn/gun shops and ordered a surplus mosin no frills. Paid $175 for it and placed the order. When the gun came in, we picked it up and took it home. My son researched it (his favorite part) and learned that it was a Tika m27 Finnish rifle. The shop had no idea it was special at all. He has since bought three more. We were able to find a bayonet for his m27. I tracked it down online and had to actually buy it from a guy in Finland. It is a Fiskars model and has the most beautiful birds eye maple grips. Unforntunately some jacka$$ took it and the scabbard to a wire wheel and "cleaned it up"... Had to pay twice what the rifle paid for the bayonet. Your family is very very cool. Love the Finnish stuff.
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Old April 02, 2018, 16:32   #18
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I've had several of these over the years. Liked every one of them.

oh, and I'll take no offence to the Kansas comment. I just live here.
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Awesome rifles. I love the SKy marked one especially. My son (16 years old) loves Russian rifles. He's an AK fanatic. He decided he wanted a Mosin and we went to one of the local Pawn/gun shops and ordered a surplus mosin no frills. Paid $175 for it and placed the order. When the gun came in, we picked it up and took it home. My son researched it (his favorite part) and learned that it was a Tika m27 Finnish rifle. The shop had no idea it was special at all. He has since bought three more. We were able to find a bayonet for his m27. I tracked it down online and had to actually buy it from a guy in Finland. It is a Fiskars model and has the most beautiful birds eye maple grips. Unforntunately some jacka$$ took it and the scabbard to a wire wheel and "cleaned it up"... Had to pay twice what the rifle paid for the bayonet. Your family is very very cool. Love the Finnish stuff.
Thanks crabcatcher! It sounds like your son has come down with a case of Mosinitis! It's pretty easy to catch, amhik. Good for him! They are fun to own and come with a lot of history too. Thanks for the reply!

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I've had several of these over the years. Liked every one of them.

oh, and I'll take no offence to the Kansas comment. I just live here.
That's mighty big of you Hollis! I meant no harm, just that us Texans have a rather distorted take on geography. Anyplace that far away, in that direction must be Yankee country to us. Hey, here's a Kansas question for you good Kansas folk. I always thought it was flat country. But on Gunsmoke, Matt Dillon is frequently riding off into some pretty fair hills. I figured that the twisters had smashed those flat. Are there hills west of Dodge City?
Thanks for replying sir!
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I've never ventured out that way so I can't say for certain. Not much out there holds much fascination for me. If memory serves correctly, those hills remind me of certain parts of Southern California I've been through.

I could be wrong though.
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Picked up a m39 about a year ago with arsenal tag still on it. Pops the 300yd steel plates with ease.

There are a couple there with purty wood
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Picked up a m39 about a year ago with arsenal tag still on it. Pops the 300yd steel plates with ease.

There are a couple there with purty wood
Yeah, those 39s are some good 'uns. I've had the chance once to shoot my 1970 M39 at 300 yards. It was a lot of fun too. Thanks for the compliment and for the comment!
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