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    Default What do I have, Mosin Nagant experts!

    Hi All - any help identifying this would be appreciated. Happy Father's Day to those amazing parents out there!

    I bought this a loooooong time ago and have no clue what it is (other than a Mosin Nagant). Any help would be appreciated!

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    M39


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    I believe it is a Finnish M39, the link below is well worth a read and will tell you everything you need to know........

    http://www.mosinnagant.net/finland/f..._nagantm39.asp

    Nice looking rifle by the way
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    Nice "late date" M39, not the easiest M39 to find anymore.

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    As others said, a late date Finnish M39.

    I won a local shooting competition with a 1968 M39 like yours. Excellent rifles.

    The additional number on the left side of the receiver indicates it was rebuilt by the Finns at least once before. So your rifle’s receiver is now on its 3rd (or more) rifle. Pull it out of the stock to check the receiver date but make sure to pay attention to any shims that may be in there.

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    Thank you all for the information and feedback. Now I want to take it out to the range! . I have personally never fired this, so assuming I should get it checked out first .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norritt View Post
    I have personally never fired this, so assuming I should get it checked out first .
    The bolt is matching so unless there's something in the bore, or a stuck shell in the chamber, you should be good to go. Range report please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckstopper View Post
    The bolt is matching so unless there's something in the bore, or a stuck shell in the chamber, you should be good to go. Range report please.
    A matching bolt is not a guarantee that the rifle is safe to fire. Always safety check the rifle and find out if it has the proper headspace and at least give it a good cleaning. Bill
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homer2 View Post
    M39


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    If/when you check it out and decide to shoot it get .311 or .3105 rounds....the Finn's tend to have a tighter bore by design than the average MN.
    It is always a good idea to slug the bore if you are serious about your accuracy but any surplus .311 projectile will be fine.
    Pointing this out as I saw your comment on my sniper thread showing some .312's.... you will not need that diameter round with this Finn.
    I load .3105 rounds (available) for my M39 and it is a very nice shooter.
    There is a guy here that makes peep sights for that Finn rear ramp and he's started producing again in the for sale section....it is a perfect fit and really makes target acquisition easier...for me at least as I am partial to peeps....

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    You Sir have a "Sneak" Great year BTW. Enjoy it.

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    You have a very nice rifle, as others have pointed out.

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    Yes, it is a "Sneak" M39. The Sneaks were made/assembled by Sako 1967-70 in spite of the Soviet ban.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manowar View Post
    The Sneaks were made/assembled by Sako 1967-70 in spite of the Soviet ban.
    Really? I thought these were regular m/39 rifles assembled by Asevarikko 1 ("Weapon Depot 1") until the 1980s in order to get rid of the excess spare parts, increase the number of m/39 rifles and offer job to the depot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mangrove View Post
    Really? I thought these were regular m/39 rifles assembled by Asevarikko 1 ("Weapon Depot 1") until the 1980s in order to get rid of the excess spare parts, increase the number of m/39 rifles and offer job to the depot.
    Yes, they are "regular M39 rifles". All new serials 300608 - 306420 or so, all new dates 1967-73 (corrected).
    So if this work went into the 1980s, do you have any "regular" M39s with dates from 1974 through the 1980s? And weren't these suppose to be marked "AV1"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manowar View Post
    Yes, they are "regular M39 rifles". All new serials 300608 - 306420 or so, all new dates 1967-73 (corrected).
    So if this work went into the 1980s, do you have any "regular" M39s with dates from 1974 through the 1980s? And weren't these suppose to be marked "AV1"?
    Wow, you are challenging the wrong guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manowar View Post
    Yes, they are "regular M39 rifles". All new serials 300608 - 306420 or so, all new dates 1967-73 (corrected).
    So if this work went into the 1980s, do you have any "regular" M39s with dates from 1974 through the 1980s? And weren't these suppose to be marked "AV1"?

    1978

    https://forums.gunboards.com/showthr...light=m39+late

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    Thanks again for all the info! I purchased some headspace gauges from FireWerks. Tried the no go and would not close...so I think I am good? Will give it a good cleaning. I do notice a little wiggle if I move the end of barrel back and forth. I believe it is the stock and not the barrel actually moving.

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