SOLD FOR: $1175
Model: Jalkaväenkivääri M-39
Year of Manufacture: 1941, C&R
Action Type: Bolt-Action Rifle with Fixed Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel shank is marked with the “SA” (Suomen Armeija) Finnish army acceptance mark (the marking was applied to all Finnish Army weapons from mid-1942 onwards) and a high-pressure proof mark. The top of the barrel shank features the Sako logo, “217374” which is the serial number and “1941” which is the date of manufacture. The top of the receiver has had the original Russian/Soviet marking removed and it is marked with the serial number (added by the importer). The bolt has pre-1928 Tula proof marks on the body and a pre-1928 Izhevsk proof on the safety. The bolt’s knob is marked “7374” and is serial matched. The magazine has a faded pre-1928 Izhevsk proof mark, and the serial number “7374”. The barrel has the importer’s stamp near the muzzle “CAI GEORGIA VT / M39 FINLAND 7.62x54R”. The right side of the butt has a Sako cartouche and the stock-maker’s mark.
Barrel Length: 27”. Hexagonal Receiver.
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a blade fixed to a base with two protective ears at the muzzle end of the barrel. The rear sight is a tangent leaf rear sight with “U”-notch in the down position. When raised the sight presents a “U”-notch slider and the front is of the sight is marked from the bottom to top: “1.5”, “2”, “3”, “4”, “5”, “6”, “8”, and “10” on the front, and “12”, “14”, “16”, “18” and “20” on the back. The left side of the rear sight’s base is marked from front to back: “8”, “6”, “4”, “3”, and “2”.
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The stock is two-piece smooth wood featuring a handguard, a forend cap with integral bayonet lug on the bottom, a slot for the included cleaning rod, a barrel band with a fixed sling swivel on the bottom, a barrel band spring, a through bolt, semi-pistol grip, slightly raised comb, a sling-swivel fixed to the bottom of the butt, a sling-bar on the left side of the butt and a metal buttplate. The stocks have a few scattered light handling marks, compressions, nicks and scuffs. Notably, the bottom of the forend has “fingers” from the splicing done by the Finnish stock-makers. Also, there is a patch repair at the belly. The LOP is 13.5” from the trigger to the rear end of the buttplate. The buttplate has some finish loss along the leading edges and some light-moderate handling marks. Overall, the stock is in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original to Arsenal Refurbishment
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. There are light handling marks, nicks and scuffs on the rifle’s metal surfaces. Notably, there is pitting from oxidation visible through the bluing on the magazine and some light handling wear around the bayonet lug. The markings remain clear. The screwheads have tool-marks but they remain serviceable. Overall, the rifle is in Very Good-Fine 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 grey leather sling attached to the rifle. The sling has some light-moderate handling wear but it remains in Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This Sako manufactured Jalkavakikivaari M39 is a bolt-action rifle with a fixed magazine that takes 7.62x54mmR rounds. The rifle is an example of the unique craftsmanship that defined WWII-era Finnish weaponry. It includes a Finnish made stock but the bolt, magazine and several other components are cannibalized from captured Soviet and old Imperial Russian Mosins. The M39 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!