How are the Valmet folders to shoot?

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How are the Valmet folders to shoot?

Post by Levallois » Fri Jan 13, 2006 7:31 pm

Is the folding stock comfortable - "ergonomic" to use? Thanks!

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Post by GoodGuy » Sat Jan 14, 2006 5:41 am

Very solid. They get very cold, however, when the temperature sinks below 40 degrees F.

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Post by buckshot » Mon Jan 16, 2006 10:05 am

ok shooting. i dont think the lock up is no way as tight as a galil & the funny way the clip is on side to hold it when folded , both a bit of play as to a galil. still nice anyway & never seemed as the bit of play hurt the shooting any for me. the plastic tube covers on both are to help as resting on your face some ,but will still fell cold. heck better than sticking your skin to the metal ! m76 left tube folder.
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RE: How are the Valmet folders to shoot?

Post by Rynchester » Tue Jan 17, 2006 6:47 am

bucshot,

Which folder you referred to, the one that folds to the left or right side?

Left side folder has a little play when open but it's still good to shoot.

Right side folder locks open like a rock, only difference to fixed tube stock is the deeper sloping angle of the tube (to make it possible to operate the safety lever when folded).

Funny thing is that despite of the little wobble this lefty folder is still the most accurate of these 3 Finnish ak's that I have 8)

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Post by CelticSword » Thu Jan 19, 2006 2:22 pm

My M76 folds to the left. It locks solid in both positions without any play. One of mine has had over 20,000 rounds thru it, been thru all kinds of extreme conditions without a problem. I find mine comfortable in both positions. I agree about the steel being cold but the plastic cover does help - seeing that I live in the Great White North.

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Post by 2manytoys » Fri Jan 20, 2006 3:39 pm

CelticSword wrote:My M76 folds to the left. It locks solid in both positions without any play. One of mine has had over 20,000 rounds thru it, been thru all kinds of extreme conditions without a problem. I find mine comfortable in both positions. I agree about the steel being cold but the plastic cover does help - seeing that I live in the Great White North.
I hate to hijack this thread, but I wanted to know if your M76 is in .223 or 7.62x39? What if any parts have broken or shown wear? I have a tube folder in .223 that I shoot occasionally & really like it. The tube is wider on top than most folders & that makes it pretty comfortable.

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Post by CelticSword » Sat Jan 21, 2006 5:43 am

The one I am talking about above has been owned by me new since 1981. It is a .223. For a weapon that has been used a lot of the years it is relatively tight. There is typical wear on the extractor but has never had any extraction issues (I use brass cartridge casings so there is less wear than if I used steel cartridge casings). There is some wear on the rivet heads in the magazine well from inserting and extracting magazines over the years. The barrel seems to be in good condition despite using mostly FMJ rounds. Still shoots accurate. Even beats my AMD65 which has only had a couple of hundred rounds thru it. Nothing has broken on it to date (see me knocking on wood).


Here is a picture of my kid with my M76

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Post by 2manytoys » Sat Jan 21, 2006 8:46 am

That really shows the durability of these fine weapons. I have a few spare parts & gather up what I can find. It looks like I may never need them but my great great grandkids might. I also have M76W, & I shoot only good brass cased ammo through my Valmets also.

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Post by nib » Sat Jan 21, 2006 6:22 pm

That is a great picture. I cant wait to take my son shooting.
I just need a 76 milled folder in 7.62 x 39. and I swear to GOD I will stop.

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Post by BCR#1 » Sun Jan 22, 2006 5:25 pm

2manytoys wrote: I shoot only good brass cased ammo through my Valmets also.
My M71/S loves to eat Wolf steel cased 5.56, it's an AK for God's sake.

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Post by CelticSword » Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:11 pm

BCR#1 wrote:
My M71/S loves to eat Wolf steel cased 5.56, it's an AK for God's sake.

Bill
Bill, I would love to shoot cheap Wolf steel cartridges but AK parts are plentiful and Valmet parts are not. Need to save wear on the extractor because I only have one spare. Otherwise, I agree.

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