The Konespistooli m/31 was Aimo Lahti's most famous and outstanding weapon design. This 9 x 19mm blow back operated smg was known for it's solid design, accuracy and incredible reliability under the most adverse of conditions. It was user friendly, being easy to maintain and field strip.
Although the pre-war Finnish military was slow to recognize its value, an early reputation forged in the battles of the Winter War established it as respected and desired weapon system. These weapons were issued to the best soldiers who used them with deadly effect against the invading Soviet troops.
Produced by Oy Tikkakoski Ab, there were only 4,000 in Finnish military inventory in December 1939. By 1944, over 52,000 had been produced. The weapon was manufactured in a couple of different variants, plus production improvement with the addition of a muzzle brake. A variety of magazine designs were employed.(For a complete on line description of the Suomi, I encourage you to check out www.jagerplatoon.net)
This early model, with serial number 3745, may have been the front lines in the Winter War. It would certainly have been used in the Continuation War. It has been refurbished after the war to new condition, as it would have seen much hard use. Included is a photo of the last hang tag from the arsenal Ase V1. Also, a post war Lapua manufactured 36 round box magazine is shown with the 70 round drum mag display.
I hope you enjoy the photos of this Suomi, which may have caused much loss of life to the invading Red Army, but stood as a symbol of Finnish independence and freedom from tyranny.