Prototype

Madsen LAR: An AK for NATO!

December 8, 2017 Ian McCollum 18

The Madsen LAR (light automatic rifle) was an attempt by the main Danish arms manufacturer to get into the military rifle market after World War Two (they also released a bolt action rifle around the […]

Semiauto Rifles

Valmet M62/S: The AK in Finland

November 7, 2017 Ian McCollum 22

After the Winter War and Continuation War, Finland settled a peace treaty with the Soviet Union, and started looking to modernize its infantry rifles – something semiautomatic was needed to replace the Mosin Nagants it […]

Anti-Tank Rifles

Julia: Shooting a 20mm Lahti L39

September 12, 2016 Ian McCollum 73

The Lahti L39 was the Finnish answer to the need for an anti-tank rifle, developed just before the Winter War. The rifle was created by noted Finnish designed Aimo Lahti, who had pressed for it […]

Finnish red guard militia members posing for the camera some time during the civil war.
Bolt Action Rifles

Vintage Saturday: Finnish Militia

March 26, 2016 Ian McCollum 47

The woman at the front right has a Winchester 1895, almost certainly of Russian contract origin in 7.62x54R. The others appear to have Type 30 Arisaka rifles, which would have been sold to Russia by […]