Picked this up in my local shop a week or so ago. A Sako Finn M39 Mosin Nagant (7.62x54R). The rifle is dated 1942, SA marked, and utilizes a 1914 Izhevsk hex receiver. It has a war-time stock with the pistol grip. Serial numbers on the barrel, bolt, and receiver all match. The magazine is non-matching. Bluing is in excellent condition, except the magazine and trigger guard, which has more wear than the rest of the rifle. The bore is amazingly clean with strong rifling, the bullet test appears it is not worn hardly at all at the muzzle end. The Finnish two stage trigger is amazingly nice as well. The stock is just a beautiful piece of curly/burl wood. It had a very smooth feel, and a bit of a shine to it when I picked it up. It may appear more shiny in these pictures - only due to the fact that when I cleaned it, I wiped excess gun lube/oil from my hands and the metal on the wood when I was finished. Interestingly noted when I broke it down to clean it... the barrel and action was bedded in the stock with what seemed like axle grease, not cosmoline. It cleaned off easily enough though. Enough talk... on to the pictures! The best part, this rifle only cost me $259, which I think is a pretty good deal given my limited research on Finns thus far. I got it out and shot it this past week, and off a bench was able to get ~1" 3 shot groups using surplus ammo at 80-90 yards (shooting a target down over the hill in the woods, yardage wasn't precise). So it's definitely a shooter, as well as a looker! It did hit about 12" high at that range, but when I employed a 6:00 hold (which I usually do with open sights) it was right on the money, so I'm not concerned at all with that. If I were to fire it at a groundhog, pig, deer, coyote or other predator, I am more than confident in the rifles ability to hit the target. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!