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Valmet Finnish Lion M55 rifle

PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:22 am
by Calfed
I glommed a Valmet Finnish Lion at an auction a few weeks ago. Still waiting for the rifle to arrive, but here are a few auction pictures...

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Re: Valmet Finnish Lion M55 rifle

PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:50 pm
by flintlok
Very nice. That's a great find. :thup: :thup: :thup:

Re: Valmet Finnish Lion M55 rifle

PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:59 pm
by Les1066
Who's a lucky boy then! :thumbs:

Keep us informed about how you get on with it. ;)

Re: Valmet Finnish Lion M55 rifle

PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:27 am
by Calfed
flintlok wrote:Very nice. That's a great find. :thup: :thup: :thup:

thanks, flinty

Les1066 wrote:Who's a lucky boy then! :thumbs:

Keep us informed about how you get on with it. ;)


Thanks, Les

It did not come with a rear sight or the screw to secure the rear sight, but I have a collection of Finnish sights and a friend with contacts in Finland is working on the securing screw.

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Re: Valmet Finnish Lion M55 rifle

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:22 pm
by mathspete
Lovely looking rifle, now get out there on the range and try to hit that quarter again :grin:

Re: Valmet Finnish Lion M55 rifle

PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:00 am
by Calfed
mathspete wrote:Lovely looking rifle, now get out there on the range and try to hit that quarter again :grin:


LOL...you mean this coin?

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Re: Valmet Finnish Lion M55 rifle

PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:40 am
by flintlok
Nice. I guess it's not shooting on your dime. Nice rifle and nice find. :thup: :thup: :thup:

Re: Valmet Finnish Lion M55 rifle

PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:49 pm
by Calfed
flintlok wrote:Nice. I guess it's not shooting on your dime. Nice rifle and nice find. :thup: :thup: :thup:


Pardon me for giving a mistaken impression that the target is one I shot with the Valmet. I still do not have the Valmet in my hot little hands...it is at my FFL sweating out the 10 day "cooling off" period.

That target was one that I shot with a ..22 cal SMLE. I posted it in retort to Pete's reference to getting out and shooting "the quarter". I usually place a quarter (just under an inch) in a picture of a group to give it scale. A few years ago I posted a picture of a group fired with the .22 SMLE and since the rifle is British and this forum is British, I used an old English penny for scale. ;)

Re: Valmet Finnish Lion M55 rifle

PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:38 am
by flintlok
English pennies are bigger than US pennies. English pennies merely serve as take down tools for their 455 Webleys otherwise they don't amount to much other than for penny candy in the US. Licorice twizlers make a nice target. I once blew away a penny lollipop with a muzzle loading 1863 Springfield shooting off hand at 25 yards once. There was only a shredded stick after the shot. I followed that with blowing away a orange plastic thumb tack again off hand at 25 yards. What made it all the more sweeter was I did it with multiple witnesses watching. A Brit penny would have been no challenge. Those were the days when I had eyes. Now, I can't count small change without glasses and my wife insists that the are five quarters required to make a one dollars bill and she's tight with money. :cry: :cry: :cry: