Provenance Research Service for
Finnish Firearms


Discover the History of Your Finnish Firearm

Like a work of art, all firearms have unique markings that can be traced. The chronology of ownership is called the provenance. There are records for over 100,000 individual Finnish-made firearms in various Finnish archives. Apart from ownership records, these records also provide information about repairs and modifications made to the firearms, battles they fought in and shooting competitions they won.

If two almost identical firearms are valued, the one with known provenance will almost always have higher market value than the other without provenance. Very rare or one of a kind rifles are also hard or even impossible to authenticate without archival research.


PHOTO: Receipt from SAKO, dated 25 October 1935, for repairs of four m/28 and one m/28 from three different Civil Guard Districts.


Certification of Authenticity with essential information translated to English and printed on cotton archival paper and high-resolution digital copies are included for all orders. Click link below to view a sample of Certification of Authenticity. The sample is for demonstration purposes only. The format may vary depending on the model and the specifics of what is contained in the archival records:

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Original factory blueprints are being offered printed in original scale on high-quality printing paper.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of fireams can be researched? What type of information can be found from certain type of firearm?

This information is updated as new records are found. It should be noted that the level of record keeping varied between various military units, Civil Guards and other governmental agencies and all records do not contain all the information listed below. Many of the archives are incomplete due to damage caused by the Winter War and Continuation War or post-war destruction of records. The information available as of 27 January 2017 is as follows:


Following Finnish Defence Forces m/27 rifles: SEE THE PDF BEHIND THIS LINK

Finnish Defence Forces firearms with a pre-war unit disc:
The name of the armory that issued the rifle and the shipping date, number of rounds fired between inspections, date and details of annual inspections and repairs, the names of the conscripts the rifle was issued to and possible repair history until around 1939.

Following FN Model 1910/22 pistols used by the Finnish Defence Forces:
Most weapons between serials 2682XX and 2692XX. Available information depends of the military unit the rifle was issued during the Winter and Continuation War.

Following Tikkakoski m/91 stepped barrel rifles used by the Finnish Defence Forces:
3514, 4891, 5034, 5505, 5930, 6150, 6158, 6172 6399, 6604, 7105, 7126, 7193, 7291, 7368, 7628, 7952, 8148, 8505, 8540, 8541, 8595, 9122, 9488, 9496, 9573, 9806, 9807, 9833, 9843, 9856, 9937, 10014, 10132, 10284, 10288, 10332, 10343, 10352, 10375, 10410, 10414, 10419, 10422, 10425, 10429, 10435, 10438, 10441, 10451, 10464, 10467, 10480, 10481, 10491, 10508, 10513, 10531, 10543, 10551, 10561, 10572, 10585, 10595, 10598, 10613, 10620, 10625, 10640, 10656, 10665, 10676, 10702, 10717, 10726, 10731, 10748, 10750, 10772, 10777, 10783, 10810, 10891, 10901, 10931, 10940. Date and result of factory inspection and the result of factory test firing for the batch.

Following SAKO m/39 rifles owned by the Finnish Defence Forces:
258105, 504016, 504198, 504252, 504254, 504279, 504317, 504366, 504420, 504435, 504468, 504564, 504594, 504630, 504705, 504719, 504748, 504774, 504970, 505062, 505110, 505309, 505310, 505874, 505923, 505959, 505966, 505997, 506006, 506012, 506017, 506035, 506045, 506049, 506051, 506070, 506097, 506108, 506129, 506135, 506141, 506143, 506148, 506152, 506153, 506154, 506168, 506172, 506174, 506178, 506329, 506343, 506417, 506439, 506440, 506451, 506493, 506525, 506564, 506568, 506573, 506576, 506589, 506590, 506604, 506646, 506709, 506728, 506745, 506753, 506768, 506774, 506791, 506792, 506878, 506961, 506965, 506968, 506976, 506979, 506989, 506995, 506996, 507010, 507011, 507023, 507035, 507107, 507176, 507196, 507208, 507213, 507233, 507246, 507280, 507299, 507330, 507400, 507539, 507570, 507627, 507646, 507659, 507665, 507671, 507697, 507706, 507715, 507716, 507717, 507728, 507748, 507793, 507798, 507819, 507833, 507868, 507876, 507970, 507999, 508009, 508010, 508050, 508104, 508130, 508140, 508340. Date and result of factory inspection and the result of factory test firing for the batch.

Following m/39 sniper rifles owned by the Finnish Defence Forces:
32536, 39079, 50599. Available information depends of the military unit the rifle was issued during the Continuation War.

Following 762 KIV 27 66 rifles owned by the Finnish Defence Forces:
00002, 00006, 00008, 00012, 00014, 00016, 00018, 00020, 00022, 00044, 00051, 00062, 00067, 00069, 00070, 00073, 00099, 000101, 000103, 000119, 000123, 000130, 000163, 000166, 000188, 000189, 000190, 000195, 000196, 000213, 000220, 000224, 000228, 000238, 000261, 000273, 000288. Date and result of depot inspection, calibre, muzzle wear, headspace, chamber size, barrel condition and suitable ammunition.

Finnish Defence Forces artillery pieces between calibres 20mm and 210mm (except Lahti L-39):
Part and accessory serial numbers, pre-, wartime and post-war units, number of shells fired, dates and details of inspections and repairs.

Civil Guard m/91, m/24 or m/39:
Shipping date and destination, the dates and details of inspections and repairs and the names of the guardsmen the rifle was issued at the local Civil Guard until around 1944.

Civil Guard m/28 and m/28-30:
The material and type of the original stock, date of factory test firing and inspection, names of the inspectors, shipping date and destination (s/n 00001-52600), result of the barrel proof tests (s/n c. 0001-2000) and test firing results (s/n 00001-24700), if privately or state funded, the dates and details of annual inspections and repairs and the names of the guardsmen the rifle was issued at the local Civil Guard until around 1939.

Civil Guard Beretta M1934:
Civil Guard and factory serial numbers, condition when received, list of accessories, shipping date and destination and the service history at the Civil Guard during the Continuation War.

Following m/28 and m/28-30 rifles owned by the Police of Finland:
s/n 101051, 101052, 101055, 101058, 101059, 101060, 101083, 101098 and 101099. Names of the police officers, names of the police stations and list of accessories.

Civilian Rifles and Shotguns made by Tikkakoski until 1959:
Purchase date, name of the buyer and shipping address. If the buyer was a Civil Guard, then also the service history in the Civil Guard.


How long does it take for the records to arrive?

The average time of completing the research at the archives is two weeks. Furthermore, it will take from 10 to 15 business days for the Certification of Authenticity to arrive depending of the country of destination. Digital copies are delivered within few days after the research is completed.

Price List for Services

Orders may be placed by contact form available below. Other kind of research not listed is priced on case-by-case basis. The forms of payment accepted are SEPA bank transfer and PayPal.

Finnish Defence Forces and Civil Guard firearms 50 € per firearm
Finnish Defence Forces artillery pieces 50 € per piece
Civilian Tikkakoski rifles and shotguns 30 € per firearm
Service and competition records of conscripts or guardsmen 30 € per person
Blueprint copies Please be in contact for a quote


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