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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