SOLD FOR: $1100
Make: Valtion Kivääritehdas (VKT)
Model: Jalkavakikivaari M39, Ukko-Pekka
Year of Manufacture: 1942, C&R
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with 5 round Fixed Magazine
Markings: The top of the barrel shank is marked with the Suomen Armeija (Finnish Army) “SA” proof mark, the VKT logo, “D” which indicates the rifle was chambered to take the wider Soviet designed D cartridges captured in the Winter and Continuation Wars, the serial number “50726” and the date of manufacture “1942”. The left side of the barrel shank is marked “36”, features the VKT logo and “00” which is a high pressure mark. The left side of the Octagonal receiver is marked with the importer’s serial number “50726”. The top of the octagonal receiver has had the original Russian/Soviet proof with a still appreciable outline of what appears to be a Tula hammer. The Bolt has a serial number marked on its knob “0726”. The bottom of the magazine is marked with the serial number “9436”, the front tang of the magazine is marked with a Tula Arsenal hammer. The buttplate is marked “202312”. The bottom of the barrel is marked with the importer’s markings “M-39 FINLAND 7.62x54R / C.A.I. ST. ALB. VT.” The top of the barrel is marked “63”.
Barrel Length: 27”, Round barrel with Hexagonal receiver
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a blade fixed between two protective ears. The rear sight is a tangent leaf rear sight with U notch which is marked “1.5”, “2”, “3”, “4”, “5”, “6”, “8”, and “10” on the front and “12”, “14”, “16”, “18” and “20” on the bottom which can be adjusted when the sight is raised while the left side of the rear sight is marked “8”, “6”, “4”, “3”, and “2”.
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The hardwood stock features a forend which has a barrel band, grip, cleaning rod slot and cap with bayonet lug while the buttstock has slightly curved comb, semi-pistol grip, finger grooves, through bolt and metal buttplate. Also included are three sling swivels with one on the bottom of the buttstock, one on the left side of the barrel band and the other one on the bottom of the barrel band while there is a sling bar on the left side of the butt. Please note that no sling is included with the rifle. The stock has some handling wear including minor scratches and nicks. The toe has two patch repairs, the forend was spliced leaving square “fingers” from the process on the bottom of the stock and the left side of the forend by the receiver has a small nick. The LOP is 14” from the trigger to the rear end of the buttplate. The buttplate has some scratches, nicks and minor patches of oxidation. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original to Finnish Build
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright. The rifling is sharp. There is some erosion in the bore mostly in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 85% of its metal finish. It has some handling wear including scratches, nicks and some minor oxidation. Notably, there are a few scratches on the receiver and barrel. Although a few proof marks have faded, the markings remain mostly clear. The screwheads remain serviceable. Overall, this rifle is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The safety works correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: There is a cleaning rod for the rifle which is inserted into the forend of the stock.
Our Assessment: This Valtion Kivääritehdas or VKT (translates to State Rifle Factory) Jalkavakikivaari M39 is a bolt-action rifle with fixed magazine that takes 7.62x54mmR rounds. The rifle is an example of the unique craftsmanship that defined WWII-era Finnish weaponry. This particular rifle was manufactured by VKT which was a state owned rifle factory. It includes a Finnish made stock but the bolt, magazine and several other components are cannibalized from captured Soviet equipment. The rifle was nicknamed Ukko-Pekka (old-man Pekka) after Finnish President Pehr Evind “Pekka” Svinhufvud who was a key figure in the country’s independence movement following the collapse of the Russian Empire. The heavily modified Mosin Nagant designated M39 is a rifle that served the Finnish military well during the Continuation War with the Soviet Union during WWII, many of its parts were obtained from captured Soviet equipment taken during the Winter War in 1940. The M39 remained in service as a training rifle for the Finnish military following the end of the Second World War. This rifle is a masterfully crafted Mosin Nagant that you do not want to miss out on.