Nickle Plated Valmet M76

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Nickle Plated Valmet M76

Post by tbrockman11 » Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:03 am

I have a Nickle Plated Valmet M76 in .223 with a Semi Wooded Stock born on 12/3/1986. I wanted to know if you have ever heard of a Nickel Plated version? Do you think it is factory or has it been done after the fact?

This was in my fathers collection and was bought in June 1990 as a nickle plated version.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

(I took it to a dealer in Phoenix and they said they could not verify that it was nickle plated from the factory.)
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Post by GoodGuy » Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:58 am

I seem to remember that Valmet manufactured some "parade" or ceremonial type rifles that were highly polished nickel finished rifles with glossy wood stocks. I think I've seen photos of these held by Qatar guards (maybe "palace guards"?). It's possible your rifle is one of these or, perhaps, a standard rifle refinished to mimic one of the ceremonial rifles. Perhaps you can tell by examining the markings of your rifle. If refinished, the markings would likely be somewhat obscured.

It might be helpful if you could post a photograph of the rifle. In the mean time, I'll look in my photo collection to see if I can find the photo of the Qatar rifles I'm thinking about.

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Post by hfp75 » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:04 am

I would live a bunch of pics of a glimmering Valmet....

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Post by jyri.h » Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:28 am

Qatar parade/ceremonie rifles were model 71 looking similar to original ak47, I mean that sights were installed like that.

Finnish army has a group that performs in militarymemorials and concerts and they have nickelplated m62's. Haven't seen those guns at close range so dont know if they are stamped like m76, morelikely milled m62's. I try to find a videoclip of them.

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heres the video I mean:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbzamD-W ... re=related

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Post by GoodGuy » Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:29 pm

A little more information:

According to my (old) archives, in 1977-78 Valmet built 50 chrome-plated (not nickel plated) model 71 (jyri.h was right!) rifles in 7.62x39 for the Qatar royal guard. The stock, pistol grip and forend were of walnut and the buttstock had a silver medallion inset on the left side. Slings were white. Here is the only photo that I have:

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For the life of me, I can't figure out how (or where) one would mount a bayonet on this rifle. How can one use a parade or ceremonial rifle without a bayonet? I also can't quite tell whether the receiver has two or three "safety/selector" notches. Sort of looks like three to me. Wouldn't that be cool.

I'd sure love to have one of these.

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Post by CelticSword » Tue Feb 05, 2008 4:03 am

Here is another photo from my collection. I believe these were given the model number - M72

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PICS OF MY NICKEL PLATED VALMET

Post by tbrockman11 » Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:30 am

Here are pics of my Nickel Plated Valmet.
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Post by Valmet78 » Tue Feb 05, 2008 8:34 am

I honestly think someone did that post factory, especially since it also bear the Indonesian coast guard crest. Who knows, may Indonesian ordered some parade rifles. Also, from what I can see, the quality of the plating doesn't appear to be as good as what is seen in the M71 photos.

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Post by GoodGuy » Tue Feb 05, 2008 8:46 am

The last photo provides a little more info. You have what's known as a "beer keg" model. There's a stamping on the left side of the receiver that's shaped like a beer keg. It's my understandning that Valmet made a fair number (several thousand?) of rifles for the Indonesian Coast Guard in the 1980s, and these were stamped with the beer keg emblem. A few of these, including yours, were imported into the USA. I've seen some photos of these, and they've all had a standard dark Valmet finish.

Just speculating.... perhaps a previous owner had it refinished to provide it with improved salt water protection in keeping with its Coast Guard service heritage?

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Post by paget » Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:28 am

What does that blue spec sheet say? Does it provide any info?

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Post by AGG » Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:00 am

Regardless of post-factory plating, it is still an EXTREMELY cool rifle!!! :shock:
Do you have just the 15-round magazine plated or other plated magazines?

Tony
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Post by CelticSword » Tue Feb 05, 2008 1:04 pm

Can you post a copy of the birth certificate seen in one of the photos?

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Nickel plated Valmet

Post by tbrockman11 » Tue Feb 05, 2008 3:20 pm

Here is the the certificate. I don't see anything that may help but maybe someone else will see something.

I only have the one clip and a cleaning kit with the gun.

The pictures don't do the gun justice. I think the flash really made the finish look worse than it really is, however it does seem a little thin in some places.
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Post by GoodGuy » Tue Feb 05, 2008 4:25 pm

That certificate is very similar to the one I have with my M76 .223 wood stocked model. The description on my certificate reads "M76 .223 S Wood" which is a bit more abbreviated than the description on your certificate. Everything else is the same (except, of course, the serial number and date of manufacture).

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Post by Tom Doniphon » Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:47 pm

The Coast Guard story is the one the guys in Finland told us and from what I can tell it is correct.

I live in the Phoenix area and I think I may need to shoot that gun to tell if it is the real deal. How is that for a shamless atempt to get to go shooting with TBrockman11!

The 71's with the plastic buttstocks were also marked "72 S".

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