Finland Facts – Better gun makers

When Gerry Brownlee focussed on David Shearer’s new found admiration for Finland, he missed out some vital information.

I doubt David Shearer had thought of this either, but it came to me while shooting and killing deer with my Finnish rifle.

Tikka and Sako are both top rifle brands, renowned for accuracy and Tikka especially known for value for money. I’m pretty sure that more Tikka and Sako rifles are sold than any other brands. The reason is they are simply the best bang for your buck.

I have a Tikka T3 Lite Stainless in .308 calibre.

The other thing the Finns are known for is their brilliant snipers. They don’t come much better than Simo Häyhä who was an absolute killing machine:

Nicknamed “White Death” by the Red Army, was a Finnish sniper. Using a modified Mosin–Nagant in the Winter War, he has the highest recorded number of confirmed sniper kills — 505 — in any major war. Häyhä was also credited with over 200 kills with a Suomi KP/-31 submachine gun, for a total of 705 confirmed kills.

Imagine what his kills would have been had he used the Sako TRG M10 instead of a Russian rifle.

I’d happily trade Fonterra for Sako and Tikka.

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  • Will

    John Key likes Ireland, David Shearer thinks we should emulate Finland and Russel Norman wants to turn us into Spain with its state sponsored green-tech catastrophe. Maybe we need a little more self-belief so we can find our own way forward. 

  • SteveOves

    One thing David Shearer has forgotten to mention is that Finland has compulsorily military service  , maybe we should bring it in here? I got a great work ethic, self discipline and first class training as a marine technician in the navy. I also instructed at Limited Service Company and noticed a huge change in the youth who came from disadvantaged backgrounds with a surly attitude, lacking in motivation and respect for themselves and others. We improved most of them and gave them a sense of purpose and self belief, however we only got them for 6 weeks and would of preferred to have them for at least 6 months.

    • Greg M

       Very true Oves, One could say the same improvement could be noticed even in “regular intakes”.
      I had a Tikka 22-250 for years, absolutely indestructable weapon.awesome.