This picture is copyright by the Finnish Defense Force and is used with permission.
These rifles are manufactured with the original receivers, which in some cases are antiques more than 100 years old. These rifles, according to 3 independent sources represent the oldest weapons in current use by any military in the world. The Finns have been making receivers like this since the founding of their country and some of these you see are possibly from the 1890s.
Source 1. Valmet
Source 2. Wikipedia
Source 3. The Finnish Defense Force
From your friends,
LittleDragon and Send it Boi
you might find these rifles very interesting. Valmet remanufactured these Tkiv 85 sniper rifles with new barrels and magazines, but most of the parts, including the receivers are over 100 years old. also these rifles fire the unique 7.62mm x 53mmR Finn round. the russian made 7.62mm x 54mmR will not fire from these rifles.
and if you get a chance please check out the new rifle serie that ryo and little brother are doing on the Valmet Tkiv sniper rifle from Finland.
the receiver design is closely based on the 1891 Mosin Nagant.notice the bolt handle slot on the top of the receiver.
you should check out the very first post and comments on this rifle. you can find it on ryo home page here. it say in the literature we have study that this rifle is based on the mosin nagant. there is also a very interesting mystery concerning the Tkiv 2000 design too. ryo and little brother have become more familiar with the mosin nagant because of another article we are working on as well. and did you note that these barrel are completely of a free floating design too ka ryo wonder how powerful that Finn 7.62mm x 53mmR really is in order to need the free floating barrel design.
free floating barrels are an accuracy modification not one of power of the cartridge.the cartridge you speak of cant be all that different in balistics from the .30-06,.303 British,8mm Mauser,7x57 Swedish or the 7.62x54Rimmed Russian since all of these are qiute similar in balistics and energy.and with being built on the nagant action it will support the pressures that are created by modern powders and bullets.remember,smaller countries like Finland(my gramma was a full blood Finn)tend to stick with tried and true methods even if they aint all that modern!
thank you very much. our pops also has a old friend who is of Finnish descent. was not sure about the purpose of the completely free float barrel design for this rifle. and there really isn't much in the literature about the Tkiv 85 on the barrel other than they are brand new at least compared to the rest of the rifle and that it's a completely free floating barrel design. self and little brother were curious how the round stacked up against other, very similar round like the ones you mentioned. thank you very much!
I thought the nagants were 7.62x54R.