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Finnish Suomi M-31 Range Report - "Kaboom"
Well, it's really not much of a range report. After seeing glowing reports from many about this weapon, I had to get one for myself, and did so in late December. Today was my first outing. I should preface everything by saying that I was very impressesd by the weapon upon disassembly, as a considerable level of care had been taken in re-finishing and assembling the weapon. I duly loaded a stick and two drum mags, and headed off to do some function testing. As you may know, though in many ways a fine gun, the Suomi is very heavy, with an equally heavy trigger pull. I was therefore very surprised and pleased with the accuracy of the first 5 rounds, that were all within a 2" group at 25 yds. standing, unsupported, "offhand". The 6th round went "kaboom". Waiting a moment, to make sure all my body parts were hanging together, I did some post incident evaluation. The extractor was laying on the firing position stand, and the bolt was locked half-way back, with the empty, fired cartridge case still fully chambered, just missing its' primer. I'm guessing the Suomi just fired somewhat out of battery. I'm also assuming spring tension, or lack thereof, could be playing a part. J&B Sales referred me to the manufacturer: T&W. I will report on what they suggest.