Valmet M78

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The Finnish Valmet M78 light machine gun has the standard clubfoot RPK-style buttstock and either a wooden or black synthetic forearm, and sometimes is used to stand in for the RPK in some films. It has been chambered in 5.56x45mm (.223 Remington), 7.62x39mm, and 7.62x51mm (.308 Winchester).

See also Valmet M76.

The Finnish Valmet M78 or M78/83 light machine gun has appeared in the following films used by the following actors:

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Valmet M78

Valmet M78 with Straight Stock and standard 40 round Magazine - 7.62x39mm
Valmet M78A2 with standard Wooden Clubfoot Stock and wooden handguard - 7.62x51mm NATO
Valmet M78 with magazine removed and scope - 7.62x51mm NATO

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Red Dawn Patrick Swayze Jed Eckert 7.62x39mm 1984
Jennifer Grey Toni Mason
Soviet paratroopers
Bird on a Wire David Carradine Eugene Sorenson 7.62x51mm NATO 1990

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note Air Date
Tour of Duty NVA soldiers 7.62x51mm NATO 1987 - 1989


Valmet M78/83

Valmet M78/83S with Mauser Mark X Electro-Point 4x40 scope (converted to full-auto) - 7.62x51mm NATO

In the early 1980s, Valmet released a sniper rifle version of the M78 with a SVD-styled black synthetic thumbhole stock and black synthetic forearm, called the M78/83 or the M78/83S.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Commando Arnold Schwarzenegger Col. John Matrix 7.62x39mm 1985
Maximum Overdrive Leon Rippy Brad likely 7.62x51mm NATO; with scope 1986
Predator Rebels 7.62x39mm 1987
Short Time Paul Jarrett Jonas Lutz 7.62x39mm 1990
Rambo: First Blood Part II Vietnamese soldiers 1985
Hard Target Sven-Ole Thorsen Stephan 7.62x51mm NATO; with scope 1993
The Negotiator Michael Cudlitz Palermo 7.62x51mm NATO; with scope and laser sight 1998
Light It Up SWAT sniper footage from The Negotiator; 7.62x51mm NATO; with scope and laser sight 1999

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note Air Date
The Chicago Code Latino gang member 7.62x51mm NATO; S01E07 - "Black Hand and the Onion Man" 2011

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