Tour of a Finnish Gun Collection

I have been doing a bunch of filming with this Finnish collector, who has been very generous with his time and giving me access. He thought it would be fun to show folks a full tour of the collection he has assembled, and I though that would be a fine idea! So enjoy – this is the sort of fantastic historical collection that many people do not realize can still exist in private hands in Finland.


  1. I was searching my very limited vocabulary for the most intelligent comment on this video and came up with… HOLY FREAKING Cow! Wonderful collection sir.

  2. Thank you Ian. It is always good to know that there are mechanisms for other country’s collectors, enthusiasts and shooters to own guns beyond a single shot, bolt action. I know that EU rulings have started to creep in to displace some of those sovereign laws, but hopefully Finland will hang tough.

  3. Wow. I mean, just wow.

    Did I say wow?


    This collection really deserves a catalogue. I wonder if Headstamp Publishing would find a market for a book that is basically this collection?

  4. Svastika is actually the symbol of the greek god Apollo, god of music and light.As many other gods, he was ‘borrowed’ from the middle east. Hitler copied it on the wrong side !

    • Not totally correct. Yes the cult of Apollon used the symbol, so did and still do hindus and bhuddists and other religious groups. Sometimes in heraldry angeled or crooked crosses are used simply to differantiate the coat of arms from other coats of arms with crosses. The vikings used the sunwheel. Mosaics and paintings used a similar pattern for decorations. Even in the Americas it was used despite being disconnected form the rest of the world for most of history… The list goes on and on.

      Actually the Finnish Air Force still uses the crooked cross on flags and such, but has discontinued using it on the aircraft roundel for obvious reasons. And the army stopped painting it on its tanks.

  5. The Finns did get the swastika from the Swedish count von Rosen, who presented the government ( white ) troops with their first airplane and von Rosen had painted his good luck symbol on it, ie a swastika, thus it came into Finnish use. It is still used by the air force, on the flag of The President and on different medals. The current roundel used by the Finns is the same they had been wearing on their caps from the beginning of independence.

  6. Fabulous collection, most likely impossible to create anew today. The back history of it’s growth is a story for another day. Now the question facing is that all collectors are human, and some day the challenge will be to properly dispose of this massive piece of military history. Only a museum could afford to obtain and maintain. Piecing it out to a few here and a few there would be a criminal act towards military history.

  7. I wanted at least a quick look at that garland OF puukkot. The scabbards look like soldiers’ projects from WW2. Anything to pass the time behind the front.

  8. Wonderful collection – the only sad thing is that such truly marvelous engineering was used to kill people.

    Everyone stay safe and sane.

  9. A HUGE thanks to the collector, both for generously opening his doors to you but even more so for preserving so many interesting bits of history. Thank you sir!

  10. if one has the cash rateher a house and all one can get a collectors license in germany, too. but NOTHING close to this! the beltfeds alone would be SO illegal, keep momorbilia with certain symbols and authorities would see that as ones political orientation lets say… heck we ain’t even allowed NORMAL cap mags here no more damned (nothing to do with collections though)… think I move to finland. niiiiiice room! keeps those well oiled!

  11. Yeah, they’re still pretty lenient towards gun collectors. But in other regards you don’t want to live in Finland. Especially if you live in the US. The nanny state is already going strong and the EU has its own sinister plans.

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