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).

In the early 1980s, Valmet released a version of the M78 with a black Synthetic Thumbhole stock and black Synthetic Foregrip, called the M78/83.

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

Valmet M78 with 75-round drum and 40-round box magazines - 7.62x39mm
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


Title Actor Character Note Date
Commando Arnold Schwarzenegger Col. John Matrix M78/83, with SVD-style stock 1985
Maximum Overdrive Leon Rippy Brad M78/83, with SVD-style stock and scope 1986
Predator Rebels M78/83, with SVD-style stock 1987
Red Dawn Patrick Swayze Jed Eckert 1984
Red Dawn Jennifer Grey Toni Mason 1984
Red Dawn Soviet paratroopers 1984
Bird on a Wire David Carradine Eugene Sorenson 1990
Short Time Paul Jarrett Jonas Lutz M78/83, with SVD-style stock 1990
The Negotiator Michael Cudlitz Palermo scope and laser sight 1998
Rambo: First Blood Part II Vietnamese soldiers M78/83, with SVD-style stock 1985
Light It Up SWAT sniper footage from The Negotiator, M78/83, with SVD-style stock, laser sight, and scope 1999
Hard Target Sven-Ole Thorsen Stephan M78/83, with SVD-style stock and scope 1993


Show Title Actor Character Note Air Date
Tour of Duty NVA soldiers 1987 - 1989
The Chicago Code Latino gang member S01E07 - "Black Hand and the Onion Man" 2011

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