Valmet M82

Calibre 5.56x45mm NATO
Weight 3300g
Length 710mm
Barrel Length 415mm
ROF 750rpm
Magazine 30
Range 300m

The bullpup Valmet M82 was an attempt to create a compact weapon for Finnish paratroopers without using a clumsy folding buttstock. This was probably one of the first attempts to convert an existing "traditional" rifle into a bullpup layout. Like most later attempts, it was not successful. The Finnish army, after some testing, rejected it for some unspecified reasons.

To save time and money, Finnish engineers decided to keep the well-proven Valmet Rk.76/AKM action, receiver and barrel, and save on overall length by putting it into a bullpup housing. Polymer housing was used to enclose the receiver. The pistol grip with the trigger was moved to the front of the magazine port, so a long link was introduced between the trigger and hammer unit in the receiver. The safety / fire mode selector switch was kept in the same place on the receiver, placing it far behind the new pistol grip and trigger. The sights were mounted on relatively high posts and set to the left from the weapon axis.

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