SOLD FOR: $1186
Model: Jalkaväenkivääri m/28-30
Year of Manufacture: 1939
Action Type: Bolt-Action Rifle with a Fixed Magazine
Markings: The top of the barrel shank is marked with the Sako logo, “SK.Y”, “58500” and “1939”. The left side of the barrel shank is marked with a Sako high pressure proof mark and a faded stamp. The right side of the barrel shank is marked “=S=” which is the Finnish Civil Guard property stamp and has a Civil Guard Serial number “S67639”. The front left portion of the receiver has a faded mark. The right rear portion of the receiver is marked with an importers stamp which has been poorly applied; it is for Connecticut based Marathon Products Inc. The right side of the magazine is marked “HV”. The bottom of the magazine is marked with a Tula proof mark. The rear end of the butt-plate is marked “00”. The right side of the butt is marked with a Sako cartouche above “38”. The right side of the rear sight’s base is marked with the Sako logo. The bolt’s knob is serial matched to the barrel shank. The bolt’s head is marked with a Remington proof, the body has a Remington proof and the safety has a Tula Arsenal proof (it was clearly assembled from parts taken from several manufacturer’s bolts). The barrel is marked “80” behind the front sight.
Barrel Length: 27.5”
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is an adjustable blade fixed to a base with two protective ears at the muzzle end of the barrel. The screwhead on the left side of the front sight is surrounded by eight dots; each dot represents a gradation of 50mm at 100 meters distance. Adjustments are made by turning the scew’s slot to line up with the appropriate dot. 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 stocks are two-piece wood featuring a forend cap, a handguard, a slot in the forend for the included cleaning rod, a barrel band secured by a screw, finger grooves on the forend, a through bolt, a straight wrist, a slightly raised comb and metal butt-plate. There is a sling eyelet between the barrel band and forend cap in addition to an eyelet on the butt. The stocks have characteristic Finnish splice marks at the bottom of the forend. There are scattered light-moderate handling marks, nicks and scuffs. Notably, the toe has been patch repaired, there is a scrape on the left side of the forend adjacent to the receiver and a small patch of white paint on the bottom right portion of the forend ahead of the barrel band. The LOP is 13.75” from the trigger to the rear end of the butt-plate. The butt-plate’s finish has largely worn off and it is coated in cosmoline stains, has some light handling wear and light surface oxidation. Overall, the stocks are in Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original to Finnish Arsenal Refurbishment
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright with sharp rifling. There is erosion concentrated in the grooves.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 60% of its metal finish. The rifle has light-moderate handling marks, nicks and scuffs. Notably, there is finish loss along the leading edges. Also there are scattered light-moderate patches of surface oxidation, with some erosion on the front of the cleaning rod and forend cap. The markings remain clear. The screwheads have tool-marks but they remain serviceable. Overall, the rifle is in Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: The rifle comes with attached “dog collar” sling attachments fixed to the sling eyelets (please note, no sling is attached to the attachments and no sling is included with the rifle).
Our Assessment: This is a Sako manufactured Finnish Mosin m/28-30 bolt-action rifle chambered for 7.62x54R cartridges. The m/28-30 was made specifically for service with the Finnish Civil Guard, approximately 36,000 were manufactured between 1933-1940. The Civil Guard (also known as the White Guard) were a right-wing paramilitary organization that served alongside the country’s armed forces until it was disbanded in 1947, one of the provisions of the Finnish-Soviet peace Treaty penned after Finland’s defeat in WWII. Although the rifle has some handling wear consistent with a WWII-era weapon, it remains impressive. The rifle retains its distinct Civil Guard markings on the barrel shank and it remains mechanically sound. This is a great option for fans of Mosins and Historically relevant weapons. Good luck on your bid!