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Valmet M76 (RK 62 76)


Assault Rifle (1976)


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Like many other modern assault rifles of the world, the Finnish Valmet M76 is based on the Soviet AK-47 design though brought up to a modern standard.



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Finland fought two major wars against the Soviet Union during World War 2. In the end, the nations signed an accord which allowed Finland to exist as its own national entity though influence from the Soviet Union remained apparent - particularly in its choice of military equipment. Like most other Soviet-allied or influenced nations, Finland adopted some form of the world famous Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle and this became the m/60 which was evolved into a slightly improved form in the upcoming m/62. From these developments came the m/76 which more or less continued the line, still chambered for the rifle-caliber 7.62x39mm cartridge but also offered in a 5.56x45mm NATO form (for Western-aligned export customers). The model also retained the identifiable curved magazine, large selector handle and over-barrel gas cylinder. As such, the internals still relied on a gas-operated action through a rotating bolt mechanism. Outwardly, however, the m/76 did not feature any wooden furniture as in earlier Kalashnikovs and was completed in a fine Parkerized matte black finish throughout all the while incorporating lightweight polymers to the important metal components. Production was undertaken by the Finnish concern of Valmet from 1976 into 1986. Operators ultimately included the Finnish Army, Indonesia and Qatar.

The m/76 was larger use of plastics, both at the stock and forend to reduce both weight and production costs. Stamping an riveting was also used at the receiver for the same reasons. Tritium illuminated sights were made standard for accurized firing in low-light environments. Notable forms included a wooden stock variant under the M76W designation and the M76F with folding plastic stock. The M76T was given a folding tubular buttstock and the M76P made use of a fixed plastic buttstock. Typically, a length of 37.4 inches was displayed and 24 inches was reached with the stock collapsed. The weapon was fed through a 15-, 20- or 30-round curved detachable box magazine and the action allowed for a 700 rounds per minute rate-of-fire to be achieved.

The M76 was evolved into a squad-level support light machine gun in the M78 series.

Specifications



Service Year
1976

Origin
Finland national flag graphic
Finland

Classification


Assault Rifle


Valmet - Finland
National flag of Finland National flag of Indonesia National flag of Qatar Finland; Indonesia; Qatar
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Automatic Function
Features a mechanical function to automate the firing action.
Assault Rifle
Modern class of long gun featuring select-fire properties, automatic internal function, and magazine feeding.


Overall Length
950 mm
37.40 in
Barrel Length
418 mm
16.46 in
Empty Wgt
7.94 lb
3.60 kg
Sights


Adjustable Iron; Optional Optics


Action


Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt

Rotating Bolt
System utilizes internal mechanism to lock the breech or rear barrel assembly prior to firing.
Gas-Operated
Gas-operated system is featured, typically involving a gas cylinder and rear-driven piston directing energy to the bolt component.
(Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information)


Caliber(s)*


7.62x39mm; 5.56x45mm NATO

Sample Visuals**


Graphical image of a 5.56mm intermediate rifle cartridge
Graphical image of a 7.62x39mm rifle cartridge
Rounds / Feed


15-, 20- or 30-round detachable box magazine
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Rate-of-Fire
700
rds/min


M76 - Base Series Designation
M76F - Folding Stock
M76W - Base Wooden Stock
RK 62 76 - Alternative Designation
M78 - Light Support Weapon based on the M76; heavy barrel for sustained fire role; chambered for the 7.62x39mm Soviet, 7.62x51mm NATO and 5.56x45mm NATO cartridges.


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