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Old November 13th, 2018, 11:45 AM #1
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Added another Tikka M39

Prior to a couple months ago there were only three known 1920's dated Tikka M39's (all 1926). Then one popped up at gun show in Ohio and I got lucky thanks to a friend of mine out there. All Tikka M39's are cut down Tikka M91's that were selected some time after WWII for upgrading by the Finns. Most sources state a few thousand were converted, but after nearly a decade of collecting serial numbers I am quite positive that the total number is far lower than that, probably in the hundreds. Here are the total numbers collected thus far.

1926: 4
1927: 0 (Fewer likely conversions due to heavy barrel stepped barrel production)
1940: 12
1941: 13
1942: 27
1943: 42

That is a total of 98 known examples out there. Assuming there are four unknown for every known example that gives a possible production run of about 500 barrels. The higher numbers for 1942 and 1943 are likely due to the better condition of barrels from those years after the war was over.

Here are some pictures of the 1926 that I recently acquired, as well as the 1940 that I already owned.
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Old November 13th, 2018, 02:43 PM #2
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Wow! Learned something new today. Never knew about Tikka M39s existance. Fantastic finds! Thanks for sharing.
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Oh my...Two very nice ones.
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Hello airborne. After reading this i looked at my m39s. One is a tikka 1943. It has the imperial eagle stamp. This is what you are mentioning with the very low production numbers? This may be anantique receiver. Can’t recall but have it written down. In a new post war stock.
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Congrats, abt!!! That was a great grab.
Iíve never been keen on the post-war stuff, but Iím still a ďtarget of opportunityĒ collector. Over the years, Iíve picked up two Ď43s for what was then - normal (pre-Classic) M39 prices.
I say Iíd probably jump at the chance for a 20ís example though

Thank you for the write up and pictures!!
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Hello airborne. After reading this i looked at my m39s. One is a tikka 1943. It has the imperial eagle stamp. This is what you are mentioning with the very low production numbers? This may be anantique receiver. Canít recall but have it written down. In a new post war stock.
Imperial marked receivers are much more commonly found on Tikka and VKT production than Sako (who seems to have scrupulously removed them). The marks do not have anything to do with the production figures, although some collectors like them. A Chatellerault eagle gaurentees an antique, the others are harder to judge the year of production.

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Congrats, abt!!! That was a great grab.
Iíve never been keen on the post-war stuff, but Iím still a ďtarget of opportunityĒ collector. Over the years, Iíve picked up two Ď43s for what was then - normal (pre-Classic) M39 prices.
I say Iíd probably jump at the chance for a 20ís example though

Thank you for the write up and pictures!!
Thank you. Happy to share and post some information. It will all get wrapped up in the book that I am writing on the subject. Prices have risen a bit, although they seem to have dipped lately. Do either of your 43's have hang tags?
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Trooper, inhave sent 3 pms but i cant tell if they are going thru. Maybe you could let me know.
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Very nice. I love M39s, and that one is definitely a unique bird. Congrats
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Wow, thats a nice Pair !!
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Airbornetrooper. 95% certain my tikka has no tag. I am not near it to verify.
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