The Valmet M76 is an improved version of the Valmet M62 assault rifle. The M76 was adopted by the Finnish Defense Forces in 1976. The same assault rifle was produced by Valmet and SAKO.
Production commenced in 1976 and ceased in 1986. Eventually in 1986-1987 gun manufacturing unit of the Valmet was transferred to SAKO and Valmet name was no longer used for the gun and ammunition production.
This weapon is still widely used by the Finish Defense Forces alongside the older M62, even though a newer SAKO M95 is available. Though operational M76 assault rifles are being gradually upgraded. This assault rifle has been exported to Indonesia and Qatar.
This rifle is similar to the AK-47 and was deliberately chambered to use soviet ammunition in case of invasion.
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