Rk62: Finnish clone of a Kalashnikov assault rifle

Rk62: Finnish clone of a Kalashnikov assault rifle

A machine gun and a soldier, and also a mother with a child. The picture is just idyllic!


Go beyond the Urals, follow the Urals,
there is a lot of room for Molotov’s cottage.
We’ll send Stalin and their minions there,
political officers, commissars and Petrozavodsk scammers.
No, Molotov! No, Molotov!
You lie even more than Bobrikov himself!
Music: Matti Jurva, lyrics: Tatu Pekkarinen, 1942


Weapon and firms. To start this material, dedicated to the little-known Finnish automatic rifle (in our "automatic") "Valmet", will have some explanation. First of all, what is this song and how did it appear? Appeared as an answer to our song about Suomi Beauty in 1942. But who is Bobrikov and why is he mentioned in this song of clearly anti-Soviet content? The “Bobricoff”, with which Molotov is compared in every refrain, is Nikolai Ivanovich Bobrikov (1839–1904), adjutant general, infantry general, member of the State Council, Finnish Governor-General, and also the Commander of the Finnish Military District, who conducted an active the policy of Russification of Finland. In 1904, in Helsingfors, he was mortally wounded by a terrorist Eugene (Eigen) Schauman, who also shot himself. In Finland, however, he was remembered. And not on the good side. And now here’s such a wonderful phrase, taken from the “Teachings made by a man named Ahtoy, son of Douau, his son, named Pepi, when he sailed south to the capital to send him to school”: “... and calmly so, how easy it is for someone under the lion. ” That's exactly what one can say about any small country bordering a large one. And it doesn’t matter whether she is peaceful or not, it’s important that her interests are “big” and they often do not coincide with the interests of a small country. And who in this case, well, just have to retreat? Of course, the country is small, since it cannot resist large. But what about national self-consciousness, which always believes a little more about itself than it is worth it? How is national pride?


Finnish submachine gunner in the forest ...


... and in dense thickets in ambush!

Just in the case of Finland, everything was not so bad. As part of Tsarist Russia, it was the freest country! Yes, the imperial Russian fleet was based in Helsingfors, but isn’t the direct benefit of the economy a large number of sailors wandering around taverns and officers wandering in restaurants? Yes, the empire had to pay taxes, but the Finns were called Chukhons, but they didn’t have to think about defense.


Rk60


Rk60 with bayonet


Rk62 left and right


Rk 62 with bayonet

Having become independent, Finland received all the preferences of an independent country, but also of a powerful neighbor, whose interests did not always coincide with the interests of this tiny country. And two wars between our countries have unfortunately proved this.


Rk62: incomplete disassembly

However, after these conflicts, the Finnish leadership realized that having such a strong neighbor as the USSR ... was simply beneficial. Profitable in every way. And so much so that, if you think about it, Finland could have abandoned the army altogether, declared its complete neutrality and disarmament, and live on living together and amassing good fortune, delegating its protection to its great neighbor. But it did not reach them that it was so possible!


Rk62 with tubular butt

And the army, although small, Finland in the post-war period still brought. Well, just in case. Because, if something happened, no army would just save her ... There were already examples of this.


Rk62m1

Be that as it may, Finland led the army. And she armed her with the most modern small arms of the time, created on the basis of the Soviet Kalashnikov assault rifle, which was very convenient precisely because of ... our common proximity.


Rk62M1 with accessories

The Finns called their "Kalashnikov" like this: Rk62 (from the Finnish word "rynnäkkökivääri 62", which means "assault rifle 62"), there is also an option M62. And the production of him or this "assault rifle" engaged in the company Valmet and Sako. Because of this, this machine gun is sometimes also called the "Valmet", and today it is the standard weapon of the Finnish Defense Army, both in the infantry and in other types of troops.


Rk62m3

The development of the Finnish assault rifle began in the 1950s on the basis of the Polish licensed version of the AK-47. Various foreign models were considered, the most successful of which was the Soviet AK-47. The first option was called Rk60. It was released in 1960 at the Valmet factory in Turul and was almost an exact copy of the Soviet machine gun. It decided to use the same cartridge 7,62 × 39 mm, which was used in the AK-47. Again, it is very convenient in terms of organizing the import of ammunition, and in the case of (save, save the Lord from this!) Military operations.


The very first "Valmet" Rk58 had a stock, a handle and a fore-end made of wood

He had a metal butt, a plastic forend and a pistol grip of the simplest form, but it did not have a trigger guard, as it was believed that this would facilitate the firing of these weapons in the cold Finnish winter when the soldiers wear warm gauntlets. The very first samples had wooden parts made from tinted birch. After testing by the military, the Rk60 received a trigger hook and was put into service under the designation 7,62 Rk 62.


Flame arrester and bayonet mount

One of the most noticeable features of all Valmet rifles, including the Rk62 and all its other variants, is the characteristic three-toed arrester and groove on the barrel for a specially designed bayonet, which can also be used separately and as a combat knife. This arrester is good because it not only extinguishes the flash of a shot, but also allows you to quickly "cut" the barbed wire, putting it on the barrel and firing at the same time. Production began in 1965 and continued through 1994. During this time, Valmet and Sako jointly produced 350 Rk000 rifles.

In August 2015, the Finnish Defense Forces announced the gradual modernization of existing Rk62 rifles. Her old tubular butt and leather belt will be replaced by a telescopic butt and a belt of synthetic fabric of increased strength. For all rifles, the Picatinny rail will be added to mount telescopic sights and night vision devices. In the same way, attachments for a tactical flashlight and laser designators will be placed on the barrel. The upgraded model was called Rk 62M.


Prototype Rk 62M

The Rk 62 is considered a high-quality variant of the AK-47. The biggest improvement, in addition to high-quality manufacture of the barrel, are sights. So, most AK variants have a rear aiming strip on the sighting block body, which, in turn, serves to mount the gas tube of the gas piston of the barrel liner. At Rk62, the rear sight is mounted at the rear of the receiver cover and can be supplemented with a night sight with tritium illumination. With this sight, the shooter acts more effectively in the dark. Moreover, the front sight also has a mode for "night work".


Rk76m2

A few years later, Valmet modernized the old machine, which in its new version received the designation Rk.76. The changes affected the shape of the forend, and it also became lighter in comparison with Rk.62, since they put a stamped receiver on it (similar to our AKM again), instead of the old and heavier milled one.


Rk. 95TP

The most modern version of Rk.62 was the Rk.95TP submachine gun, which also has a milled receiver, a stock folding to the right, and is made according to the stock type of the famous Israeli automatic rifle Galil, a new arrester, a plastic forearm slightly larger, and also bent upwards by about 45 degrees with the cocking handle of the shutter, and oversized trigger guard. There is a variant of the same machine for 5,56 × 45 mm small-caliber cartridge.


This is what the store looks like for the Rk62

All Rk variants are designed to withstand the extreme environmental conditions of Northern Europe.

And then bullpup rifles came into fashion, and Valmet immediately offered the army an original development of an automatic M82 rifle with a device like the Valmet M76, but ... with a magazine in the butt. Short and outwardly very comfortable.


Shooter with M82

They introduced it in 1978 and produced until 1986. But they released about 2000 units, mainly in the form of a semi-automatic version of the 5,56 mm NATO caliber, which was sold in the United States. Several samples were transferred to the paratroopers of the Finnish army, but they recognized it unsuitable as a service weapon. It turned out that the rear stance of the sight has a bad property to injure the face, nose and cheekbones of the paratrooper when landing. The rifle was also poorly balanced, since almost all of its weight was in the rear.


M82 disassembled

The caliber of the M82 rifle is 5,56 × 45 mm NATO for the model 255 470 and 7,62 × 39 mm for the model 255 490. The case is made of metal, but on top is covered with a layer of polyurethane. The trigger of the weapon was put directly on the barrel and connected by a thrust to the trigger, which remained in its place. Therefore, the metal base of the hook was also clad in plastic. After all, the barrel heats up when fired.


But in such packaging, the M82 was shipped to the United States.

Unusual in this rifle were sights. The length of the sighting line is 330 mm, about 55 mm of which are located above the barrel.


Outwardly, the M82 is even nothing ...

The front and rear sights were similar to those of the Bren machine gun, offset to the left of the barrel by about 1,25 inches (3,2 cm). This design led to the fact that it was difficult to fire from this rifle at a distance of more than 300 m. That is, it could be used only at short "city distances", and it was not intended to be any precise sniper tool. Moreover, it was practically impossible for left-handed people to use it.


Kyle Reese with his Westinghouse ...

But this machine was noted in the film industry. It is with this rifle in the distant future that the hero of the Terminator Kyle Reese fights against Skynet robots. It is he who plays the role of the plasma carbine Westinghouse M-25A1, which is actually a Finnish machine gun Valmet M82A, without a store, but with a fake futuristic sight.
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  1. Bormanxnumx 7 May 2020 19: 14 New
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    The front and rear sights were similar to those of the Bren machine gun, offset to the left of the barrel by about 1,25 inches (3,2 cm). This design led to the fact that it was difficult to fire from this rifle at a distance of more than 300 m. That is, it could be used only at short "city distances", and it was not intended to be any precise sniper tool. It was almost impossible for left-handed people to use it.

    It's all strange ... "Bren", sniper Mosinka, sniper Lee Enfield did not interfere with the offset of the sight, but it interferes with the finals. Miracles

    1. Undecim 7 May 2020 19: 59 New
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      You have compared, sorry for the expression, the finger and the plant of the genus Armoracia. Have you heard anything about sighting optics?
      1. Bormanxnumx 7 May 2020 20: 01 New
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        Share your "innermost knowledge" and enlighten the difference in relation to my example (especially regarding the shooting of the Bren machine gun)
        1. Undecim 7 May 2020 20: 24 New
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          No "secret knowledge." Open any manual for sighting the optical sight and read until you understand how the design of the optical sight and the mechanical sight differs without the possibility of horizontal amendments.
          Then look at the difference in the design of the sights of Bren and Valmet M82.
          1. Bormanxnumx 7 May 2020 20: 38 New
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            Let’s do it without lyrics), tell us how the offset of the sight line by 3.5 cm to the side (despite the fact that it remains parallel to the shooting line) deprives us of the opportunity to conduct aimed fire at a distance of more than 300m. Since, according to the author’s interpretation of this opus, “Bren” should also have such problems. Maybe you should just write that the finale has fixed sights, and not come up with another "conspiracy theory"
            1. Undecim 7 May 2020 21: 47 New
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              Maybe you should just write that the finale has fixed sights, and not come up with another "conspiracy theory"
              If without lyrics - absolutely right. But the author did not write that "Bren" has the same problems. He wrote that "The front and rear sights were similar to those of the Bren machine gun, offset to the left of the barrel by about 1,25 inches (3,2 cm).". I agree, the translation is clumsy.
              At M82, the sights were rigidly fixed with a “zero” of 50 m. As a result, already at 100 m we have a deviation of STF of 1,25 inches, and at 200 m - already 3,75 inches, or 8,43 cm. Agree that this already a lot.
              1. Bormanxnumx 7 May 2020 22: 15 New
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                Quote: Undecim
                . As a result, already at 100 m we have a deviation of STP of 1,25 inches, and at 200 m - already 3,75 inches, or 8,43 cm. Agree that this is already a lot.

                The sighting line "runs" in parallel! firing lines (unless of course they were crooked), so a deviation of 1.25 “inches will be maintained for both 200 and 300 m. And there is nothing to worry about. We take for example NSD according to SVD: for 100m the deviation of the midpoint of hits from the aiming point within 3cm is considered acceptable. So this is a sniper rifle, and we “scam” the assault rifle) Yes, and why did you decide that the Finns shot it at 50m, and not at more appropriate (given the ballistics of the cartridge used and the dimensions of the “typical” chest target) 300m?
                1. Undecim 7 May 2020 23: 38 New
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                  The sighting line "runs" in parallel! firing lines
                  As I understood from the English and Spanish descriptions, these weapons are not in parallel, but in such a way that they “cross” at 50 meters. Because of this, it is always indicated that after 300 meters the deviation is already very large.
                  Unfortunately, I have not yet found a native manual to completely remove the issue.
                  1. John22 8 May 2020 11: 37 New
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                    This photo explains a lot. But the main thing is not clear - why did the Finns shift their sighting devices? What is the point of complicating the design and aiming.
                    1. Undecim 8 May 2020 11: 42 New
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                      Usually, the original manual allows you to answer such questions, but so far you have not been able to find one, but there’s no point in buying for money.
                      What we managed to find does not allow us to unequivocally dot.
                  2. Alexfly 8 May 2020 15: 05 New
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                    You do not prove anything with this photo, it is an optical illusion. Sights are parallel.
                    1. Undecim 8 May 2020 15: 07 New
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                      I was not going to prove anything in the photo. Just have a question, it is being discussed.
              2. Zaits 8 May 2020 01: 56 New
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                Quote: Undecim
                At M82, the sights were rigidly fixed with a “zero” of 50 m. As a result, already at 100 m we have a deviation of STF of 1,25 inches, and at 200 m - already 3,75 inches, or 8,43 cm.


                I doubt very much that the Finns introduced a permanent horizontal correction with a “zero” at 50m, b / w compensate for the displacement of sights. There is no sense in this.

                But a permanent vertical correction (sighting) for the “first zero” at 50m could have been done. And then everything is simple. Vertical deviation at a distance of 300m db more than 0.5m down (see external ballistics for AKM: for the sight in position “P” - “second zero” at 350m, vertical deviation at 0.5m up). That is, when shooting from this Finnish submachine gun at a distance of 300m, the shooter must aim at the head, b / w get into the groin. And above he can’t aim, because just won't see the goal. Or he will not be able to properly combine sights.
                1. Zaits 8 May 2020 03: 14 New
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                  Yes, and another point, if we are talking about the M82 under 5,56 × 45, then it has distances of 300m or more. somewhat better. Yes, and he can shoot differently.
                  Including, the problem with 300+ distances should mostly concern 7.62 × 39, and it is because of the constant sight, and not because of the offset thereof.
                  1. Basil50 8 May 2020 05: 47 New
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                    The author of the article, as a narrow specialist * of the left nostril * simply DOES NOT KNOW that the Finns only officially declared war to us FOUR TIMES, this is not counting the constant provocations. And they always declared war were AFTER the outbreak of hostilities.
                    The Finns only came to * feeling * when the RED ARMY finished off Hitler's patrons * of Finnish democracy *. Today, the Finns are starting their dances again around the idea of ​​* Great Finland *.
                    The article very clearly shows the development of * Western technologies *, this is when they take someone else's tint and declare their own.
                    By the way, it would be very interesting to consider the history of * Nokia *. There are a lot of things hiding .............
  2. Kote Pan Kokhanka 7 May 2020 19: 42 New
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    Thanks to Vyacheslav Olegovich! It was interesting to read about the Finnish ACT clone!
  3. The part in which the weapon is described was liked. It is intelligible, there are a lot of photos, but the beginning of the article ...
    The epigraph about the child, mother and weapons ... Such photos about any army in the world are not full in nete, and now what? All fit on weapons? So it is, where on tanks take a picture and on airplanes ...
    It also rezanul:
    Yes, the imperial Russian fleet was based in Helsingfors, but isn’t the direct benefit of the economy a large number of sailors wandering around taverns and officers wandering in restaurants?
    Let's transfer this tracing paper ... For example, to American sailors in Japan! And what will FORUMAN write? That those are invaders and militarists, at best!
    1. kalibr 7 May 2020 19: 52 New
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      “Well, then,” began the Crocodile, “
      The landscape is good! But I don’t see Nile ... "-
      "That the Nile is not there is no great trouble! -
      Seal said. “But where is the snow?” Where are the ice? "-
      “Excuse me!” Said Mole. “
      There is something more important than ice!
      The artist forgot the garden. "-
      “Oink-oink,” the Pig grunted, “
      The picture was a success, friends!
      But from the point of view of us pigs,
      There must be acorns on it. "
      1. Pane Kohanku 7 May 2020 21: 22 New
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        “Well, then,” began the Crocodile, “
        The landscape is good! But I don’t see Nile ... "

        I do not agree! I see a crocodile and weapons! And do not argue, Vyacheslav Olegovich! drinks (thanks for the article!). Colleagues, have a good evening!
    2. About 2 8 May 2020 01: 54 New
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      And the AK 47 name that the author is operating on, despite the fact that in the 11th issue of the Kalashnikov magazine last year, there is a photo of a resolution of the USSR Council of Ministers on June 18, 49 on the adoption and proper naming of an AK Kalashikov assault rifle, signed by I.V. Stalin
  4. Undecim 7 May 2020 19: 51 New
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    The Rk 62 is considered a high-quality variant of the AK-47.
    It can not be a variant of the AK-47. It can only be an AK variant.
    And then bullpup rifles came into fashion, and Valmet immediately offered the army an original development of an automatic M82 rifle with a device like the Valmet M76, but ... with a magazine in the butt.
    In the butt of this sample there is no store. He is where it should be - in the receiver.
    1. kalibr 7 May 2020 20: 03 New
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      The Valmet M-82 gas automation circuitry repeats the Rk 76, with the exception of the assembly layout. From the point of view of the basic mechanisms, the M-82 completely repeats the Valmet Rk 76 machine with a stamped receiver .... the machine was built according to the bullpup scheme with a minimum modifications to the basic design. It was written from this. Some kind of imported weapons site ...
  5. gorenina91 7 May 2020 20: 06 New
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    -And what a terrible soldier; Yes, even next to the child ... -From some horror shot, or something ...
    1. kalibr 7 May 2020 21: 41 New
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      "Terrible on the face
      Good inside. "
  6. Yaik Cossack 7 May 2020 20: 09 New
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    As part of the Russian Empire, Finland did not pay any empire taxes. All that was going to go to her needs. Moreover, to help Finland, Russian goods were subject to customs duties, while Finnish goods in the rest of Russia were not. In addition, the Finnish krone was specially established by Russia. This financial preference has greatly contributed to the economic recovery. But under Swedish rule, Finland did not have autonomy, paid taxes and the best land was seized for Swedish immigrants
    1. Yaik Cossack 7 May 2020 20: 12 New
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      The presence of the main fleet base in Helsingfors is the enormous income of local businesses from supplies, crafts, and rental housing. Helsingfors and Abo shipyards worked for the treasury. In the XNUMXth century, there were about as many Russians in Helsingfors as there were ethnic Finns, and the Swedes dominated
      1. Yaik Cossack 7 May 2020 20: 16 New
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        Why did the Bolsheviks, including Ulyanov, so love to hold events in Finland. Because the secret police had no right to work there. The gendarme administration was also deprived of the right to operational work. Well, local separatists strongly supported the Bolsheviks. In Tampere, during the party conference, Ulyanov-Lenin lived in the apartment of the local police chief (just in case), preaching the overthrow of power in Russia
      2. Zementbomber 8 May 2020 04: 33 New
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        "Between the sausage - and the interests of our country - we choose not sausage! ". (c) Remind me - who and for what reason has spoken ?? bully
    2. Yaik Cossack 7 May 2020 20: 20 New
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      Sealed, not a crown, but a brand
    3. Senior seaman 9 May 2020 11: 21 New
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      Quote: Yaitsky Cossack
      As part of the Russian Empire, Finland did not pay any empire taxes.

      By the way, yes. And someone who, But Vyacheslav Olegovich should know about the Finnish principles of "not serve and not pay."
  7. V.I.P. 7 May 2020 20: 11 New
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    I wonder why on the Rk.95TP there are no bars on the receiver cover and on the forearm? They refused additional sights and other accessories? .. The gas piston is interestingly made, on galil as well as the gas pipe ..
    The Finns have a well-organized shooting training. Learn to shoot directly in the forest. Targets are located right there. Trees, shrubs and targets. In the Russian army this is not ....
    1. Stas1973 7 May 2020 22: 47 New
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      So Galil and sawed it from the Finn
  8. U-58 7 May 2020 20: 25 New
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    And with what machine gun Colonel Matrix stormed the island of pipe cutters?
    1. Pane Kohanku 7 May 2020 21: 26 New
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      And with what machine gun Colonel Matrix stormed the island of pipe cutters?

      hmm .. yes he had a lot of things there, and about the four-barreled rocket launcher even the esteemed S. Linnik once wrote. what By the way, I remembered another rare weapon from the movies. From the Cobra. Nothing of these has been released. And also - the Finnish prodigy, JaTiMatic.
    2. Catfish 7 May 2020 21: 36 New
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      Also Finn - Valmet M78 / 83S.
  9. Catfish 7 May 2020 21: 55 New
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    Vyacheslav Olegovich, thanks for the detailed article! hi
    But, probably, it would be worth mentioning that the Finnish "Vflmet" served as a prototype for the Israeli "Galil", and that, in turn, for the Swedish FFV-890C.
    So it turns out something like this line: Russian-Finn-Israeli-Swede. smile
    Israel:

    Sweden:
    1. Constanty 2 July 2020 08: 14 New
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      More precisely, this is such a line of Russian-Pole-Finn-Israelite-Swede.
  10. voyaka uh 7 May 2020 22: 08 New
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    Israel officially bought Valmet license
    and on its basis created Galil.
  11. Sarkazm 7 May 2020 22: 52 New
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    The Rk 62 is considered a high-quality variant of the AK-47. The biggest improvement, in addition to high-quality manufacture of the barrel, are sights. So, most AK variants have a rear aiming strip on the sighting block body, which, in turn, serves to mount the gas tube of the gas piston of the barrel liner. At Rk62, the rear sight is mounted at the rear of the receiver cover and can be supplemented with a night sight with tritium illumination.


    The RK 62 is considered a high quality AK-47 variant. The biggest single improvement, apart from the metallurgical quality of the receiver and the overall quality of the barrel, are the sights - most AK options have the rear sight mounted on top of the gas piston housing on top of the receiver. In the Rk62 the rear sight is mounted on the rear of the receiver cover with tritium illuminated night-sights.
    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RK_62

    In an English-language article, which, following the example of our bogus linden doctors and candidates for science of plagiarists, the author modestly pulled a mistake from Wiki, it immediately catches your eye ... I didn’t understand the meaning of writing such an article, if I don’t have my own opinion, knowledge of the subject, it’s worth stamping articles pulling paragraphs in the net, and even without delving into the content, without analyzing it and automatically dragging errors from the original. Moreover, in the article the author has not only other people's inaccuracies, but also frank gross errors related to the gag.

    The rest. Finland has a very strong and advanced defense industry, and pays considerable attention to its defense capabilities and equipping its aircraft with effective weapons. Moreover, Finland is very interesting for studying in all respects and there is a lot to learn from the Finns, all the more so much of this is our forgotten or unclaimed Soviet experience. An example of the latter case, the Finnish reserves in case of war and emergency, which is now envied by many European NATO countries.
  12. Sarkazm 7 May 2020 23: 23 New
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    Quote: Sea Cat
    Vyacheslav Olegovich, thanks for the detailed article! hi
    But, probably, it would be worth mentioning that the Finnish "Vflmet" served as a prototype for the Israeli "Galil", and that, in turn, for the Swedish FFV-890C.
    So it turns out something like this line: Russian-Finn-Israeli-Swede. smile
    Israel:

    Sweden:
    There is no “Israeli-Swede”, in the process of the announced competition, the Swedish manufacturer Försvarets Fabriksverk, abbreviated FFV, therefore this abbreviation is present in the modified Galil SAR carbine, hoping to win a competition for AK5 to establish licensed production of the upgraded Galil. All FFV-890C submitted to the competition were assembled from parts manufactured by IMI.
    Well, the most interesting thing is that later the license for the FFV-890C was sold to the Finnish Valmet, which used IMI solutions to modernize its automatic machines, which in turn built its Galil automatic series on an early version of the Valmet RK62 with a fully milled receiver, so to speak, the circle closed.
    5,56mm caliber assault rifles were produced by the Finns for the police and for export, including civilian semi-automatic versions.
  13. Sarkazm 8 May 2020 00: 03 New
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    The state plant producing Finnish small arms since the 20s of the 20th century was called Valtion Kivääritehdas, abbreviated VKT, Turul, Jyväskule County. After World War II, it was merged with the state concern Valtion metallitehtaat, which in 1951 began to be called Valmet, the name formed from the abbreviation VAL-tion MET-allitehtaat. As part of Valmet VKT, for a long time it was simply referred to as the Turul Plant. In the mid-80s of the last century, the Sako-Valmet company was created on the basis of the plant, but in the 90s the production of arms was curtailed, although the plant clearly has the ability to expand production at any time.
    Well, an interesting fact. Many Muscovites, guests of the capital arriving in Sheremetyevo and Russians from the rural outback have come across VKT products. The fact is that back in the 50s the plant began to produce tractors, it is worth learning from the Finns and conversions, from the combination of VAL-met TRA-ctors, a new plant name and brand was formed - VALTRA. Valtra wheeled tractors are regular participants in tractor races and have repeatedly taken first places, they are very famous in Europe and in the world, and are also delivered to our country. They can be seen on the streets of Moscow, at Sheremetyevo Airport, on the fields in many regions of the country.
    Some of the photographs in the author’s article are from the museum of the VALTRA factory, which has all the samples starting with the M26 machine gun.
  14. Vladimir_2U 8 May 2020 11: 04 New
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    That the "historical" entry is dull, that the narrative is none.
    1. Alex koch 8 May 2020 11: 47 New
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      Appeared as an answer to our song about Suomi Beauty in 1942
      , actually back in the 39th in the Winter.
      Further more:
      The biggest improvement, in addition to high-quality manufacture of the barrel, are sights.
      , a dubious improvement, considering that the receiver cover is still not rigidly fixed
      made like the butt of the famous Israeli automatic rifle Galil
      Maybe after the FN FAL type, with which he migrated to Galil?
  15. Alexfly 8 May 2020 15: 07 New
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    For some reason, it seems to me that Valmet was producing its own AK under a license from the USSR. The issue of cloning is not a good fit.
    1. marat2016 8 May 2020 21: 03 New
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      An interesting question with a license! In general, the Finns bought some versions of AK in the USSR / RF?
      1. slowpokemonkey 18 May 2020 21: 23 New
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        they say that the Poles resold them immediately after receiving from the union. but there are no proofs