The Finns and Pistols


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The_Antibubba
September 30, 2004, 05:27 AM
During WW2, The Finns captured and modified a great many Russian Mosin Nagant rifles; they're considered today to be the best one. Although sidearms were issued far less, were any (say, Tokarevs) modified as well? And what was the standard Finn sidearm of the time?

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max popenker
September 30, 2004, 05:39 AM
Finns have has some German-made Luger "Parabellum (http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg67-e.htm) " pistols in 9mm, as well as locally made Lahti L-35 (http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg96-e.htm) 9mm pistols

otomik
September 30, 2004, 08:48 AM
http://www.winterwar.com/Weapons/FinSmallArms/FinPistols.htm
my understanding is that the Finns didn't use many Lahtis compared to the Swedes. The continuation war, honestly i don't get it, those mysterious Finns.

Jim Watson
September 30, 2004, 09:20 AM
The Finnish Air Force (!) adopted the Browning High Power.
Don't know how many they actually had.

I recall a few years ago when they were selling off their 1923 Lugers in the US milsurp market, some original 7.65, some with 9mm Tikka barrels. Most were pretty well worn, they had gotten many years' use out of them.

MrMurphy
September 30, 2004, 09:36 AM
The issue pistol was supposed to be the Lahti, how many got issued is beyond me... most of their fighting was done with rifles and machine guns. I doubt many ever got to pistol range against the Russians (since they used sniping and hit and run tactics), if so, they had Suomi SMGs.

ACP230
September 30, 2004, 10:26 AM
A late friend was an American of Finnish descent who volunteered to fight for Finland in The Winter War. He was trained as a machine gunner and issued both a Lathi Saloranta and a pistol. We talked about the handgun and it sounded to me like a BHP.

I think I saw an ad from SARCO listing Finnish marked BHP holsters a few years ago too.

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