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Posted: 2/3/2006 7:14:23 PM EDT
Well, I finally got to shoot this thing and I'm impressed - what a rifle! When I did my part running thru the practical course on the clock (3 targets/ 4 yards apart and staggered at anywhere from 5-15 yards distance) double taps were touching. Everybody else was running Eotechs on ARs. I liked the Valmet irons. Everybody wanted to shoot it though - most comments were positive but these are AR Carbine guys so they didn't like the weight. I shot my AR carbine too but it just wasn't as fun.

Anyway, a couple of questions-comments:

I got to get a sling - any suggestions?

This thing throws brass into the stratosphere (a good 15-20 yards back and to the right) and dents them as well - is there some way to adjust the force of this? I don't have a manual yet - maybe it's in there.

Also and probably related, the area of the top cover behind the cartridge ejection port-opening (I can't think of what this is called) is now marred with a series of very small surface contusions all in the same 3/4" x 1/4" area. I am assuming the brass is doing this. Anybody else have this problem and where can I get one of those cool Finnish brass deflectors that would go on the cover at about this location?

This rifle is one serious weapon and I can't wait to take it to carbine class - I just hope my Tromix come in time. Babying the factory mags is a pain in the butt.

John
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 12:37:13 PM EDT

I got to get a sling - any suggestions?


"Correct" sling is probably a bit tough to find, but I've seen them with green Finnish leather slings with square buckles. Mine came with a black nylon sling. Just about any "tactical" sling will work.


This thing throws brass into the stratosphere (a good 15-20 yards back and to the right) and dents them as well - is there some way to adjust the force of this? I don't have a manual yet - maybe it's in there.


It's an Ak...they have a generally strong ejection. As to the denting, you'll note your receiver cover will get brass kisses, so I apply a bit of tape to soften the impact and to avoid marring the finish. There was a ejector port buffer available as an option, but these can be tough to find. I think they run about $40-$50 (I don't use one).


Also and probably related, the area of the top cover behind the cartridge ejection port-opening (I can't think of what this is called) is now marred with a series of very small surface contusions all in the same 3/4" x 1/4" area. I am assuming the brass is doing this. Anybody else have this problem and where can I get one of those cool Finnish brass deflectors that would go on the cover at about this location?


The buffers show up on gunbroker from time to time. A vendor, Vulcan (not Hesse, but another Vulcan IIRC) had some in stock a year or two ago, but I haven't seen him post any for sale lately.


This rifle is one serious weapon and I can't wait to take it to carbine class - I just hope my Tromix come in time. Babying the factory mags is a pain in the butt.


Make sure to baby 'em...they aren't getting any cheaper.

I've made mags for my 76F out of both Bulgarian and Weigar .223 mags. I've got under $25 in each mag and they work great. Got about 15 or so mags total, including my factory mags (I did find a 30 rd Valmet factory mag labeled "SKS mag" in a bin at a local pawn...got it for $25 :D )

If you look below, there's a post I made w/ pix about my conversion of various mags to work in the Valmet.

http://images5.fotki.com/v62/photos/2/28682/767843/1202085_IMG-vi.jpg
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 2:37:49 PM EDT
Ooh....last Valmet port buffers offered for sale on valmet.org went for $75 ea.!
Link Posted: 2/8/2006 7:08:55 PM EDT
Yes, I saw that too. I emailed the guy and told him to save me one if he ever gets in more. In the mean time, black electrical tape will do.
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