Valmet Assault Rifle Series

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The Finnish firearms manufacturer Valmet built assault rifles, in co-operation with SAKO, based in part on the Kalashnikov action in the early 1960s, and continued to manufacture them up until 1994. Their original offering was the milled receiver Model 62 which was offered in 7.62x39mm and 5.56x45mm NATO for export. The model M62 (known as Rk 62 in Finland) was adopted by the Finnish Defence Forces, and still serves as the standard infantry weapon of the Finnish Army. The M62 has an unusual T-shaped tubular buttstock, compared to other Kalashinkov pattern rifles. The gas block and front sight design is very similar to the Israeli Galil rifle, as the Galil was designed based on the Valmet. The M71S was an stamped receiver offering that more closely resembled the original AK-47 design and was developed for customers who wanted a rifle that looked like an AK-47 (since at the time many customers couldn't get a military or civilian version at all). The M71S was built between 1971-1977 and was offered in 7.62x39mm and 5.56x45mm NATO. The M76 was the Model 62 with a stamped receiver, more conventional buttstock and foregrip assembly. Later, Valmet produced the M76F which was an M76 that had a side folding version of the original M62 buttstock. Valmet later merged into SAKO (in the late 1980s), and the some of their designs are currently being manufactured.


The Valmet Assault rifle series can be seen in the following:

Contents

Valmet M62

Valmet M62 (Rk 62) (older model) with wooden stock - 5.56x45mm
Valmet M62 (Rk 62) (modernized) with plastic handguard and tubular stock - 7.62x39mm. This version is the most commonly available/used version of the rifle.

Film

Title Actor Character Notation Date
Vares: Private Eye Juha Veijonen Jussi Vares 2004
Telefon MVD agents modernized 1977

Television

Title Actor Character Note Date
Ultimate Force Tony Curran Sgt. Pete Twamley Fitted with M76 furniture and unknown sights 2002 - 2006
Ultimate Force Joe Sims Vic Chrome plated and fitted with M76 furniture and unknown sights 2002 - 2006
Ultimate Force Gangster Chrome plated and fitted with M76 furniture 2002 - 2006

Anime

Title Actor Character Notation Date
Jormungand Finnish UN peacekeepers 2012


Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Survarium 2015


Valmet M71

Valmet M71S with wooden furniture - 5.56x45mm
Valmet M71S with plastic handguard and wood stock - 5.56x45mm. The Valmet M71S was also offered in 7.62x39mm
Valmet M71S Sporter - 5.56x45mm
Valmet M71S with plastic handguard and resin stock - .223 Rem

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Ruffian The robber in white robe M71P / resin stock 1983
Bulletproof L.Q. Jones CSM O'Rourke M71P / resin stock 1988
Bulletproof Henchmen M71P / resin stock 1988
Extreme Prejudice Mexican cartel gunmen M71P / resin stock 1987
Romancing the Stone Ira and Zolo's soldiers Valmet M71S 1985
Firefox Red Army soldiers Valmet M71S 1983
Under Fire Chadian rebels Valmet M71S 1983
The Dogs of War Central American soldiers Valmet M71S 1981
Stripes Red Army soldiers Valmet M71S 1981
The Exterminator Vietcong Valmet M71S 1980
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Mongolian Nomad Valmet M71S w/ wood handguard 1976

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Magnum P.I. Pirates "Don't Eat The Snow In Hawaii" (S1E01) 1980
Magnum P.I. North Vietnamese Army "Did You See the Sunrise, Pt.1" (S3E01) 1982
The A-Team Thug "The Only Church In Town" (S2E3), Valmet M71P 1983
MacGyver (1985 TV Series) Central Asian soldiers "Pilot" (S1E01), Valmet M71P orange colored 1985
MacGyver (1985 TV Series) Richard Dean Anderson MacGyver "Pilot" (S1E01), Valmet M71P orange colored, turns into AKM due to a continuity gaffe 1985


Valmet M76

Valmet M76 - 5.56x45mm. The Valmet M76 was also offered in 7.62x39mm
Valmet M76F with side folding tubular stock - 5.56x45mm

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Mechanic Jason Statham Bishop Valmet M76F 2011
Gomorrah Valmet M76F, seen in weapons cache 2008
Bad Boys II Haitian thugs Valmet M76F 2003
Bulletproof Henchmen Valmet M71 1988
Invasion U.S.A. (1985) Terrorists Valmet M76F 1985
The Survivors Robin Williams Donald Quinelle Valmet M76F 1983


Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Chuck Stavros Demitrios' henchman "Chuck Versus the Imported Hard Salami" (S1E09) 2007
Airwolf Limbabwe soldier "And They Are Us" (S1E10), Valmet M76F 1984


Valmet M82

Valmet M82 - 5.56x45mm
Valmet M82A - 5.56x45mm

Bullpup Valmet assault rifle with the internal mechanism from M76.

Film

Title Actor Character Notation Date
The Terminator Michael Biehn Kyle Reese M82A with no magazine & Sci-fi computerized digital scope 1984
Scarface Hanging next to Tony's H&K HK33 in the gun case. 1983
Original Gangstas Dru Down Kayo M82 1996
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. Damien

Television

Show Title Actor Character / Episode Note Air Date
V.I.P. Assassin (S01E02) "What to Do with Vallery When You're Dead" 1998


Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield M82 w/ variety of accessories 2004


M95

M95 (Rk 95 Tp) - 7.62x39mm

The Rk 95 Tp (known commercially as M95) is an upgraded variant of the M62, designed and manufactured by SAKO. It has a folding stock, and can be fitted with suppressors. It was adopted into service by the Finnish Army, although in relatively small numbers, and it is still used by Finnish Special Forces.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Alliance of Valiant Arms As the "SAKO RK.95" 2007
Firearms: Source Sako 95 2010

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Upotte!! Sako 2012 - Present
Suisei no Gargantia Sailors, Pirates 2013


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