Talk:Lahti L-39

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I merged the other L-39 article that had been made. Someone with a good grammar fix the errors that were in the old article please. --Pudeo 14:42, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

"tremendous recoil" is suspect see [1]

Maybe you can just replace it with not-so strong word.. --Pudeo 15:01, 17 June 2006 (UTC)

Worlds most powerful man-portable rifle?[edit]

According to "worlds most powerful fire arms" by /////// indicates that Lahti m39 is the powerfullest MAN-PORTABLE WEAPON. Should we add this?

I think that'd be something like the RPO flamethrower with thermobaric warhead -- 20:13, 21 January 2007 (UTC)
The RPO might be a recoilless rocket-launcher or a flame-thrower, but it sure isn't a rifle so it's out of the competition lol. BP OMowe (talk) 23:18, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

L-39/44 not mentioned?[edit]

The /44 modificaiton was fully automatic, althought with relatively slow rate of fire. The full-auto was intended for use against low-flying aeroplanes (and 50's, helicopters)

Also, I think the official designation of the majority of the rifles was actually L-39/42, as the 39 was the designation of the two prototypes used in Winter War.

Youtube video of converted L-39[edit]

For anyone curious on seeing I believe I found a video on youtube of a L-39 converted to fifty cal. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:01, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

Sniping Aircraft...[edit]

The article suggests that a user could (if lucky) could shoot the pilot or gunner of an aircraft. I know such a thing is technically possible, but this Finnish website (to which an earlier commenter linked) claims that the sear could be dropped out of the weapon, making it full-auto when the hold-open lever was used as a trigger. So, I'm not sure how many planes were "sniped" and how many were hit by battlefield modified L-39s. --UnneededAplomb (talk) 19:44, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

WikiProject Military history/Assessment/Tag & Assess 2008[edit]

Article reassessed and graded as start class. --dashiellx (talk) 17:30, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

the number produced, is this verified?[edit]

I have laid eyes on Lahti L-39 serial number above 2046. (It was converted to 50 cal BMG decades ago and never has been an NFA gun.) So, is this a point for re-estimating the total number that were produced? Opcom (talk) 22:30, 10 December 2008 (UTC)Opcom

L39 Summer configuration (carriage)[edit]

Am currently restoring an L39; all matching serial numbers 801. While the sled runners also came with the weapon it came with all metal spoked wheels. Difficult to verify but appear to be period origin; however, have never seen any pictures previously with the wheeled configuration. (talk) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:47, 11 May 2010 (UTC)


  • coming from the UK i'm stunned that people can own this in the US. is there no control over it at all? in any state? what justification is there for ownership of such a thing? perhaps there should be some discussion of that, or at least a link to such a discussion. -- (talk) 22:22, 26 March 2015 (UTC)