Can you give me info on my AIII

Discussion in 'Sako Long/Magnum Actions' started by gjb89, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. gjb89

    gjb89 Member

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    Hello,
    I inherited this rifle when my grandfather passed away. My dad thinks he remembers him buying it from a soldier who was coming from a duty station in Europe.
    Any idea what year?
    Was it a bring home or imported?
    What would this model have been called if I bought it at a store?
    Any idea why the last 3 of the serial number would be engraved on the bolt?

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    Tomball Well-Known Member

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    Based on my information, your gun most likely was manufactured in 1979 or 1980. AIII started in 1978. If the bottom of barrel does not have Stoger Hackensack NJ lighty engraved, probably a bring back . I brought 3 back in 1971when in AF. Your gun is known as an AIII (A3) today, yesterday and tomorrow. Last three digits of serial number proves the bolt belongs to your specific rifle and is not a mismatch
     
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    Thank for the info Tomball! I figured the bolt engraving had something todo with the bring back process.
     
  4. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    The A-III rifle (a "long" action and successor to the L61R action) was also called the "Finnbear". I'm not sure if that name is engraved anywhere on the rifle, but it would have been printed on the end label of the box. Internally, Sako continued to refer to the A-III as "L61R".

    I see your rifle is equipped with a rear open sight. If this is factory and not added then it is a strong indicator that the rifle was originally made for the European market.
     

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