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Old July 7th, 2019, 02:16 PM #1
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Finn M-39 Straight Stock

I have a 1941 P marked Sako M-39 in a straight stock, with a hang tag and a SA stamped sling.
Has anyone ever seen where a Finn soldier was keeping score on their rifle. I see two distinct slash cuts on the bottom of the stock near the bayonet lug.
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Old July 7th, 2019, 10:53 PM #2
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I have a Krag like that...…...thinking it was deer not people but you never know. Someday I need to research the numbers to see if it aligns with the Philippine Insurrection.

That is a nice Fin with minty steel.
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Cool rifle!
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I think you mean a “D” stamp, not a “P”. That’s a cool rifle, as it is not only in the correct serial number range for a straight stock but it is also PL marked. It does look like it has been reblued and the color looks different from your typical Finnish refurb, although it could just be the picture.

As for the notches in the stock, there is no way to say with any certainty what they signify. I have a 1937 M28/30 that has notches on the underside of the butt. I like to tell myself that they represent dead Soviets.

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I think you mean a D stamp, not a P. Thats a cool rifle, as it is not only in the correct serial number range for a straight stock but it is also PL marked. It does look like it has been reblued and the color looks different from your typical Finnish refurb, although it could just be the picture.

As for the notches in the stock, there is no way to say with any certainty what they signify. I have a 1937 M28/30 that has notches on the underside of the butt. I like to tell myself that they represent dead Soviets.

I just said "P" but was referring to it being Puolustuslaitos marked.
The bluing is dark but looks like a typical refurb to me.
Serial number range for straight stock M39's is said to go to 206XXX but there seems to be some controversy about it going higher
True it's hard to say what the slash marks signify but it's an interesting aspect to it's history for sure.
I'm a little wary of taking it out to shoot after hearing that these straight stocks have a reputation for cracking at the tang. This one although dinged up a little is crack free.
Thanks for sharing the pic of your rifle, Very cool indeed.
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I just said "P" but was referring to it being Puolustuslaitos marked.
The bluing is dark but looks like a typical refurb to me.
Serial number range for straight stock M39's is said to go to 206XXX but there seems to be some controversy about it going higher
True it's hard to say what the slash marks signify but it's an interesting aspect to it's history for sure.
I'm a little wary of taking it out to shoot after hearing that these straight stocks have a reputation for cracking at the tang. This one although dinged up a little is crack free.
Thanks for sharing the pic of your rifle, Very cool indeed.
I've never heard anything about straight stocks having a greater tendency to crack over stocks with pistol grips. The same wood was used. Just make sure that the action screws are tight before shooting. With that said, I wouldn't shoot it just because the stock is almost irreplaceable.
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Supremely jealous. An early straight stock SAKO M39 has been on my bucket list for years. Stupid me waited too long to get serious about one of these. Now they're serious coin.
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