Valmet RK 62 76: Finnish Firepower

The people of Finland have a tradition of taking Russian small arms and tweaking them to better meet their needs. The RK 62 rifle and its variants is a prime example of this: The Finns took the AKM and altered things like the rear sight, stock, safety, and so on until the final product was a much improved gun.
In this episode of TFBTV we go shooting with a pre-ban Valmet M76.

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Transcript …

– [Voiceover] Hey, guys, it’s Alex C with TFBTV, and for today’s video, we’re going to be shooting a Finnish Rk. 62 76.

In the United States, these are colloquially known as Valmet rifles.

We kinda got the full smorgasbord of valmets here.

We got the milled receiver guns, the stamped guns, the 762 guns, the 308 guns, and the 223 guns, this one being a semiautomatic 223 valmet M76.

Basically, it’s based on the Finnish Rk. 62 76 which was a stamped gun, the 62 being a milled receiver.

Theses are famous for being actually just fantastic AK variants.

They’re light, the sights are wonderful, the piston has some fingers on it that reduce slop.

I guess less talk, more shooting.

Let’s see how it performs.

(gunshots) (gunshots) Because of the valmet’s excellent sights, the first thing you notice pretty much is how easy it is to make offhand shots at 100 meters.

They are so much better than trunnion mounted sights on a traditional AK, it’s ridiculous.

The galil also borrowed this sight setup, and it’s very apparent that the Israelis borrowed features they wanted from this rifle to add to the galil, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Both are fantastic, and I would put both side by side, but if I was gonna do some marching with one, I’d much prefer the valmet because it is substantially lighter than the milled receiver galils.

I don’t have experience with the milled receiver valmets, but I’m sure they’d be heavy as well.

That’s something to think about.

(gunshots) So back at 300 meters, I noticed it was pretty damn easy to make shots on a 12-inch plate.

I did have maybe one or two misses, which it to be expected at my skill level.

I’m not a match rifle shooter or anything like that, but realistically, the sights on this gun are absolutely wonderful.

I can’t say more to praise these sights.

A lot of people ask how rigid are the sights.

I know they’re mounted on the dust cover, but the Finns and the Israelis really made sure that that dust cover is on there.

It’s very firm, it doesn’t have any play or slop to it, and it does return to zero when you put it back on there.

I’ve actually never had to re-zero a valmet or a galil rifle before, so that is pretty cool when you think about it.

(gunshots) Anyways everybody, I hope you enjoyed this little overview of the valmet 76.

I certainly enjoy shooting this gun.

I just wish they were a little more plentiful and magazines weren’t so rare.

So big thank you to Ventura Munitions for providing the ammunition for this video.

We hope to see you all next time.

(choral music)



Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


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  • gunsandrockets

    Is it practical to use the magazine as a monopod rest in the prone position?

    • Major Tom

      Probably not. Using the actual mag as a grip or attempted bipod/monopod usually leads to a higher rate of malfunctions. Just don’t do it.

      • CruddyBanyo

        That’s a myth, in the US Army I was trained in the ‘new’ prone unsupported method of resting the mag on the ground in conjunction with the elbows to create a tripod effect, some guys liked that so much they did that for both prone unsupported AND prone supported during qualification

        We never experienced any magazine malfunctions using this method

        • randomswede

          I think there are guns out there that could suffer malfunctions when force is applied to the magazine in a “bad” direction. But the mil-spec. M16/M4 isn’t subject to it.
          It’s down to how much the the magazine can move in its seated position, if it moves to where the body/lips of the magazine interferes with the bolts motion or allows the bolt to skip a round that’s a malfunction.

      • gunsandrockets

        I imagine exactly how one uses the magazine makes a lot of difference.

        For example, if while using the magazine as a monopod the shooter grasps the magazine trying to anchor it to the ground, I imagine that would create bending forces on the magazine under recoil which might promote stoppages.

        On the other hand, if one just rests the weight of the rifle on the magazine while shooting prone and allows free movement of the rifle under recoil, I doubt there would be any problems other than scuffing up the mag.

    • Korean gun man

      It’s stablizing your gun so it’s practical

      And i dont experienced any malfunction

    • Schnee

      Well, when your mags cost $150 each, it’s really an economic question more than a mechanics question…

      • gunsandrockets

        LOL!

  • Mark

    I’d argue that the Swiss Stg90 is the “AK perfected.”

    • Ballan

      AK action perfected yes. But it’s not a real AK as arguably the biggest advantage of the AK is it’s cheap price, and the Stg90 is the most expensive military rifle currently fielded.

      I’d say the Norinco Type-56 is the AK perfected, thicker barrel and receiver it fixes the main problem of the AK which is that it loses accuracy when it gets hot. (Why Delta adopted it) Although now that the Russian Ak-74M has been upgraded with it’s accessories, it is now the AK perfected in cold climates that is. A thicker receiver is necessary in hotter climates. (1.5mm)

      • Tritro29

        Type 56…what? You understand that the Type 56 is a stamped receiver? And that “thicker” receiver and “barrel”, the RPK got it for free. AK loses accuracy when it’s hot? Which one doesn’t? Because for some reason until 1981-2 (and probably later) the Chinese rifle qualifications were at 100m for the mass of the PLA, while we’d shoot 250 in SU/Russia with ALL individual weapons. Since basically the dawn of the AK. Delta picked the Type 56?

        Well the Israelis picked up any AKM pattern rifle they could for their Super-Kosher units and guess what, they saw no difference (in Hot climates). Never mind they captured a lot of the Soviet styled AKM’s from their tangos with Egypt and the rest of the gang.

        Also the Sig is horrendously expensive because Swiss labour and firearms export laws, they could build that thing for about 960 Swiss Francs about the fifth of the price for an EXL back then (mid 1990’s) half of the price is the federal licence (seal on the gun). Back in the day when the French produced the 540 under license, MANURHIN could dish them out for about 430 New French Francs. EXL that was about 800 new French Francs.

        Of course this is far from the 43 roubles an AKM would cost in the SU (1965/1973), but as a non-functional economy, we can safely put the actual price of manufacture at roughly 120 USD per unit in today’s currency.

        Sig arms/patterns can be produced within reasonable prices, it’s because they were/are made in Switzerland and Germany (for the PE-90/550-1) and that for some reason anything from there costs half your house.

        • DW

          Very early type 56 are basically type II/ type III Ak47 with milled receivers, those aren’t as good as the Russia. Stamped type 56 has thicker receiver originally because China does not produce steel the same quality as Russian’s, so they made receivers 50% thicker. Then when they actually did produce good steel, they stuck with the thicker receiver anyways.

          • Tritro29

            Milled type 56 are probably less than 400 thousand compard to the over 10 million stamped variants, not including the Albanian, Iranian, Somalian and Pakistani variants. Fun fact the Finish have had also Type 56-2 for their troops, now I think resold.

          • Ballan

            Rifle stamped steel is not that complex an alloy, I doubt China in 1956 didn’t have the capability. Sounds like an old wives tale. As for the Israelis they put alot less bullets downrange than Delta and the heat issue is legit as ammo is not as precious as it used to be, giving the Type-56 the advantage. (also thicker chroming for longer barrel life)
            You may be right about the Swiss Ak, as the SIG SG 540 which was the previous generation was very popular as a license built rifle, which means it must have been not that expensive to make. The biggest user was Chile.

      • Mark

        Suum cuique.

      • iksnilol

        You do know that any assault rifle does get screwed if used like an LMG?

        It happens to AKs, to ARs, to CZs, to basically anything.

        • Ballan

          Yeah, I guess some soldiers forget to tell that to the enemy trying to kill them. “Guys, my rifle isn’t an LMG I can’t defend myself against your attacks with this rate of fire. I’m calling a time out.”

          • iksnilol

            Physics are more like your rifle blowing up or getting disabled because you were burning through your ammo at breakneck speeds.

  • A.WChuck

    That’s what is called an audible reset!

    • Peter Nissen

      Agreed! loudest trigger reset that I can recall.

      • Scot168

        Is that what that click I kept hearing was before each time he fired?

  • james

    Well id still say the classic AKM is better due to the fact are much easier to find. Alex should look at the M-39 Mosin Nagant and realize the Finns take Soviet rifle and improve the design. The M-39 should be looked at by Alex to see its effectiveness of Finnish improvements. I dear him to shoot it and prove compared to Japanese crappie Arisaka rifles the Mosin is a better rifle as well.

    • DW

      Stop with that pretending to be Lanxe facade

      • James

        Who????

        • DW

          Lance. In case you somehow are not aware, he’s a grumpy cat who yawns at everything not AR15/1911, thinks Mosin-Nagant is the best, smoothest bolt action rifle of WWI/II, and does not spellcheck or pay attention to punctuation.

        • Lance

          How cuold you not nko who I am? Im a gosh dern legned around her.

          • DW

            oh look, punctuation! FAKE!

          • Cmex

            LOL!

  • lowell houser

    Even the Russians have copied this sight setup with the newest retrofit to the 74s.

    • Tritro29

      Nope. Look again.

  • ChierDuChien

    Valmets have a great trigger — you just vibrate your finger back and forth a very slight distance and it does a very quick mag dump, it’s practically a machine gun. I guess all AKs are the same way, I’ve never fired one other than a Valmet.

    The 223 Valmet mags are very rare and very expensive.

    • Tritro29

      Galil’s have a “special” trigger.

  • Bigbigpoopi

    I don’t trust the Finns.

    • Dolphy

      That ep… what was she doing behind that tree, anyway?

    • randomswede

      To my mind the author messed up on Valmet and Galil they should have their “origins” reversed. It makes more sense, to me at least, for Galil to be the most “distorted” one and Valmet be the happy-go-lucky one.

    • what is this anime?

      • TJbrena

        It’s called Upotte!! You can probably find it on CrunchyRoll or some other anime site.

  • Kivaari

    The RK62S was my first AK. It is perhaps the finest AK having only the Galil as an equally fine rifle. One complaint I had with both the Valmet and Galil is the rear aperture diameter is too small. After opening both of them up they worked better in heavy forests and darkened skies.

  • RickH

    I had a model 76 folder back in the late ’80’s. Loved the rifle, very compact and handy, very good trigger. What surprised me about the Valmet’s is that the bore and chamber were not chrome plated.

    • gunsandrockets

      Yeah, one example I saw back in the ’90s had a really ratty bore, probably because a previous owner had failed to properly clean it. Damn shame.

      • iksnilol

        What about installing a new barrel?

        Or just counterboring to remove the bad rifling?

  • A Fascist Corgi

    Very cool.

  • Grump

    I still prefer the traditional trunnion mounted sights for fast, both-eyes-open shooting under 100m, and they also work better under reduced lighting and in rainy/snowy/muddy conditions where a diopter may get blocked.
    The Finns have also made a hell of rifle though.

  • Warren Ellis

    How does the Rk 95 compare to the Rk 62, considering it’s like a modern version of the Rk 62 or so I’ve heard?

  • Tritro29

    There’s no RK 62-76 btw, it’s RK 76 or M76…

    • Tritro29

      Also in regards to “zero”, the zero is problematic for military rifles with the time going by, to the point the RK95 has a serrating lever added on left side so the sights on the dust cover will not lose zero. This (the problematic sight position) is known as well in Galils used by the IDF, which we also had a testimonial by Kosher guys at your ARM video.

    • You frequently see “62-76” or “62 76” in reports:
      http://www.altair.com.pl/news/view?news_id=17159

  • Trey

    Not huge fan of AK-47 or the derivatives really, I can attest that the Finnish versions of the Russian and Soviet M 1891 rifles are most definitely product Improvement the M39 being the best of breed to my way of thinking

  • Schnee

    Gotta say I’m super disappointed in this review. Yes Valmets are awesome. Yes Alex was pinging at 300m. And it’s nicely shot with good audio.

    My beef is the way he’s supporting the rifle with his left hand. Squished up on the mag with his left elbow clearly and uselessly in contact with his left hip or the left side of his torso???? Haven’t you got the message that this is dumb? Straighten out and lock that left elbow and either pinch the front sight/gas block with your left index finger and thumb, or hold the flash hider directly, making sure not to let your pinky slip into the wire cutter as you squeeze the trigger. Rotate your left hand as far as possible over and around the barrel. It’s ok if you obscure the front sight a little. This way you can operate better.

    That is all.

  • anonymouse

    That’s quite a trigger reset!