Just picked it up today from my ffl. Got it from victory arms. The stock is a 43 sk.y but it's been sanded and has and cracked handguard. The rifle has no import marks nor numbers on the receiver either. How uncommon are non imported m39s?
Import marks on Finn's don't make much difference. There were a few that missed the import stamp.
It almost looks like someone buffed off the CIA marks on the barrel. The lack of a serial number restamped on the receiver means it was a very early import.
That would be my guess too. Like Finn rifles that did not get the SA or D marks, or doubles. Being that M39s I think were the last of the military MN rifles to be sold off that is most likely what happened. They were not importing M39s that I know of before the deluge? Nice rifle by the way. Are your bolt and floorplate matching? Always thought that was a cool bonus when they did. Regards, John.
That happens. Prior to 2016, none of the Canadian m39's were import marked and some went South with migrants.
All our recent m39's are from the Pat Burns holdings though and are import marked. We got a whole whack of them from classic, virtually all were VKT or late no-maker guns. A very small handful were Sako or B. Only two were SkY and were sold at a huge premium.
Questions to the greater up north. When did M39s first come into Canada? Just wondering if it was about the same time as here in US? Would of thought so but Juan never knows. Kind of cloudy when exactly Finland sold off the M39s and when they started coming in country here in US and Canada? Thanks, John.
We got some through century in Montreal in the late 1980's along with some m91's and m27's. Then there was a long drought until around 2006 (approx) when an outfit called Collector's Source brought in a couple hundred M39's.
Next, we got another couple hundred in 2016 through classic, imported to Canada by Tradex.
All told, I'd be surprised if we had more than 1000 M39 rifles in Canada, total. They remain a pretty rare rifle here, hence the high prices.
The most common Finn rifles in Canada are, by far, M91's.
Thanks Claven2. I have very little knowledge of over seas imports and who and how things got to their destinations. Like Canada getting there imports from CAI. Would of been interesting to be more involved with CAI back then as well as here in US the old DCM programs. I know there were dealers here in US that had some pretty good shopping practices with CAI. Have to stop reminiscing about this. Went up to Vermont and picked up a couple of rifles from a dealer there who showed me his personal collection of oddities he found, many at CAI. Unfortunately when I was at his place in 1996 he did not have much of what I wanted at the time and had to settle for a Win P-14 and a Win M1917. Was a cool experience anyway. Thanks for sharing about the Canadian M39s. "Mr Trump, tear down that wall", I got some trading to do. Regards, John.