The Valmet M82
is a bullpup assault rifle
with a Valmet M76
internal design created by Finnish
The M82 was introduced in Finland
in 1978 and discontinued production in 1986.Only ~ 2,000 M82 were manufactured, mostly as semi-automatic version in 5.56 mm NATO caliber for ODIN International ltd. in Alexandria, Virginia. Few samples were issued to the Finnish Army
paratroopers, but the rifle was found unsuitable as service weapon. One issue that cropped up during its short service life was that the rear sight of an uncased rifle had a tendency to hit the lower face, nose and cheekbones of the paratrooper during landing. The rifle was also ill-balanced, as nearly all the weight was in the rear of the rifle and its urethane stock was very prone to chipping and breaking.
It is chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO
caliber as model 255 470 and for 7.62x39mm
caliber as model 255 490. It has a Valmet M76
receiver, which is made from stamped and riveted sheet metal, constructed inside urethane
stock. Trigger of the weapon is polymer to prevent heat of the barrel conducting to it, as the trigger is mounted to the barrel of the gun.
The M82 features an unusual sight arrangement. The front and rear sights, similar to a Bren Machinegun or some other belt fed machineguns, are offset to the left. The sights are aligned normally with... Read More