Valmet 7.62 X 39mm collection

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Did Valmet make the M71 in 7.62 X 39mm?

  1. yes

  2. no

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  1. icebear

    icebear Sako-addicted

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    Maybe the factory made a distinction that the US importer didn't bother about. Here in the US, the stamped-receiver and milled-receiver guns are both called m/76. Maybe they called the milled guns m/83 at Tourula and the importer just called everything an m/76. Or perhaps there is some other variation that was noted at the factory but ignored by the importer. I've always wondered why the two different rifles had the same model number.

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    If you shoot it, that will drop the value hundreds or even thousands of dollars. I agree that you should shoot your other rifles. A rife like this in new condition is a museum piece!
     
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    The poll that is shown at the top of this page (Did Valmet make the m/71 in 7.62x39?) has no simple answer. The original m/71 was built as a simplified, less-expensive military rifle for reserve forces. It was basically a Kalashnikov AKM, without the aperture sights and improved gas system of the rk/62. It was a full-auto weapon, chambered for 7.62x39. Not many were made. The design was recycled as the semiauto m/71S, which as far as I know was made only in .223/5.56 NATO. There may have been a few made in .222 for the French market. I have been collecting Valmets for 25 years and I have never seen or heard of a semiauto, civilian-sale m/71 in 7.62x39.
     
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