Suomi m/31 - Finland's Excellent Submachine Gun

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    Designed by Aimo Lahti, the Suomi m/31 submachine gun is in my opinion one of the standout submachine guns of the World War Two era. Despite its hefty weight (10.4lb / 4.7kg) and lack of a good pistol grip stock, it still manages to be tremendously controllable and accurate, with a very high rate of fire (about 900 rpm).
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Kommentteja • 80

  • Pankracyogame
    Pankracyogame 15 tuntia sitten

    I have a question. Does anyone know what was 1 unit cost in 1939? In local currency + USD, GBP maybe?

  • Konsta Saastamoinen
    Konsta Saastamoinen Päivä sitten


  • R W Van Dyke
    R W Van Dyke 2 päivää sitten

    Nicely done!!

  • R W Van Dyke
    R W Van Dyke 2 päivää sitten +1

    I would just like to mention to honor the Finns, THEY were the ONLY honest dtraight shooters of WW II. Both sides, and that certainly includes America, pscychotic nuts running things!!!

  • R W Van Dyke
    R W Van Dyke 2 päivää sitten

    The "muzzle climb" could have been just about eliminated if they had made vertical bicycle type grip, instead of having to hold onto the gun with a rather poor design. It didn't even have a resess for ones LH fingers!! Tu

  • R W Van Dyke
    R W Van Dyke 2 päivää sitten

    Sorry to interrupt, but something is bothering me. Let's say I have mt Winchester 94 ammo tube loaded, how can I un load it without firing a shot?? TU

  • Midi Music Forever
    Midi Music Forever 3 päivää sitten +1

    The "Tikka Koski Iron and Wood Company Limited" must be one of few statements ever that is longer in English than in Finnish. When buying home electronics where I live, the manual usually come in all Nordic languages. The Finnish part is always substantially thicker than the Swedish, Danish or Norwegian parts.

  • Eric Knutson
    Eric Knutson 3 päivää sitten

    That's a brass deflector for left-handed shooters

  • Chito
    Chito 6 päivää sitten

    Säkkijärven Polkka

  • Dennis Young
    Dennis Young 10 päivää sitten

    *Talvisota* (hope I spelled that right)

    • Chito
      Chito 6 päivää sitten

      You did

  • Panos Gkilis
    Panos Gkilis 10 päivää sitten

    and my name is FInish has two meanings bullet or fuck lol i guess i got a cool name for the Suomi's :D

  • Panos Gkilis
    Panos Gkilis 10 päivää sitten

    btw Suomi means Finland in their language :)

  • The Josh Channel
    The Josh Channel 10 päivää sitten +1

    You know an smg is good when it’s named after the country it was made in
    Suomi means Finland in Finnish btw

  • Markkanen
    Markkanen 11 päivää sitten

    Russians disliking videos because they still remember the winter war

  • Langston Phan
    Langston Phan 11 päivää sitten

    Previous owner was probably a lefty

  • DimaGamer
    DimaGamer 12 päivää sitten +3

    Suomi m/31: The guy who said the joke
    PPSh-41 : The guy who repeated the joke

  • Petrus Invictus
    Petrus Invictus 15 päivää sitten

    I spent 11 months in Filands Navy as a combat center man on Russian buidt missile boats(4 missiles per boat) Tuima-class. Tuima, Tuuli, Tyrsky and Tuisku. In-87-88. Our personal weapons on
    board were RK 62 7.62s. In 1988 fall ,those were taken from us, and we were taught about these grandfarther weapons. Still I do not know why. But I guess Highcommand new Why... More
    good weapons to the army. What was the threat?! At that time. They say we have 72h. We will take it.

  • Noah Sahin
    Noah Sahin 17 päivää sitten +4


  • orran d
    orran d 18 päivää sitten

    Nicest gun yet, love this channel and never had any interest in guns but you have to respect and admire the knowledge and mechanical beauty that went into these things.
    keep them coming plz. Very interesting!

  • istván
    istván 19 päivää sitten

    You pronounce finnish very well.

  • Jan Fiedler
    Jan Fiedler 23 päivää sitten

    Love the sound of it ...sounds as reliable as later on Czechoslovak Vz58. look solid and made from good materials Respect to the quality and tech....

  • 1961 nuffield
    1961 nuffield 29 päivää sitten

    Many of these were deactivated and sold on the Finnish domestic market quite recently.

  • dave rose
    dave rose Uukausi sitten

    The M 45B is better I think just by watching more rounds can fire out of the M 45B

    • 2009Infidel
      2009Infidel 23 päivää sitten +1

      Swede, what do you base that on? There are hundreds of thousands Soviet soldiers fertilizing the Finnish forests thanks to the Suomi. How many enemy soldiers can be notched up to the the M45B, and why would the Swedes make 35000 Suomis under license, if their own M45B was so good?

  • Đức Nhân Trần
    Đức Nhân Trần Uukausi sitten

    Look like a PPSH but more better

  • Zihong Zhao
    Zihong Zhao Uukausi sitten

    PPSH and PPD also copies from SOUMI gun

  • hyytajat k
    hyytajat k Uukausi sitten

    Soviets maybe didint copy the hole gun but they made ppsh because they didint have anything realy To counter suomi kp.

  • Max Mad
    Max Mad Uukausi sitten


  • pvahanen
    pvahanen Uukausi sitten +1

    This weapon only works reliably in Finnish conditions.

  • pvahanen
    pvahanen Uukausi sitten

    During the Winter War the frost was always -20 to -40 ° C (-4 to 40 ° F). It didn't slow down Simo Häyhä and the Finnish submachine gun Suomi m/31. Usually Simo used the Finnish version of the Mosin Nagant rifle. Finnish military rifle m / 39

  • pvahanen
    pvahanen Uukausi sitten

    After the Continuation War, Aimo Lahti was summoned to appear before the Commission of war crimes. Soviet guards had captured submachine guns !!! (Suomi m/31). Don't soldiers trust their own weapons when you have to use others? Lahti said. Aimo Lahti was not condemned, but the development of weapons was banned!

  • pvahanen
    pvahanen Uukausi sitten

    The lock is designed to be narrower so that the cartridge does not transverse to the housing. Reliable in Finnish conditions.

  • Roger Johnson
    Roger Johnson Uukausi sitten

    BRP makes the 21st century version of this gun that are new production on pre May 86 receivers.

  • Bill Cyrus
    Bill Cyrus Uukausi sitten

    Another reason the 86 ban SUCKS!!

  • hillppari
    hillppari Uukausi sitten

    @20:15 it means it was produced 21th week of 1939

  • Lulo Lee
    Lulo Lee Uukausi sitten

    Probably the best sub machine gun of WWII...

  • Asator050
    Asator050 Uukausi sitten

    *happy tuntematon sotilas noises*

  • tuomopoika
    tuomopoika Uukausi sitten +1

    Fire selector easy memorization in Finnish: "edestä antaa, takaa pihtaa".

  • Alex Harshman
    Alex Harshman 2 kuukautta sitten

    Lol it wasnt my first paycheck but yeah 18th birthday it was a soviet surplus rifle of course

  • thehaze1972
    thehaze1972 2 kuukautta sitten

    Hakka päälle suomen poika!! 😊

  • theana86ar
    theana86ar 2 kuukautta sitten

    Suomi is actually a machinepistol (kone=machine, pistooli=pistol), submachinegun (alikone(tuli)ase) is a english language thing... Swedish kulsprutpistol is translated either ballspraypistol, or bulletspraypistol depending on how accurate you want to translate...

  • Jailbreak Tonighnovich
    Jailbreak Tonighnovich 2 kuukautta sitten

    I love those perkele jokes.

  • Zer Lv
    Zer Lv 2 kuukautta sitten

    Wait... snipers who used an open-bolt SMG as their primary weapon?! Jesus...

    • 2009Infidel
      2009Infidel 23 päivää sitten

      Worked just fine for Simo Häyhä, the best sniper of WW II.

  • MVs1940
    MVs1940 2 kuukautta sitten

    This is a good gun, we had few of these during the Winter War. -Antti Rokka to Lieutenant Karliuoto, The Unknown Soldier 2017.

    • pvahanen
      pvahanen Uukausi sitten +2

      Antti Rokka aka Viljam Pylkäs. Tikkakoski mannequin.!!! Suomi m/31 is made and built by Tikkakoski Ltd. in the village of Tikkakoski. Also Simo Häyhä used this gun in winter war with great success, despite the terrible -20 -40 ° C. Usually Simo used the Finnish version of the Mosin Nagant rifle. Finnish military rifle m/39

  • 句丹句句と 尺ヨ尸卞丹尺

    That stock is to die for

  • PahaLukki
    PahaLukki 2 kuukautta sitten

    The barrel change was actually used in combat. If you uploaded 150+ rounds, you would overheat the gun, and need to change the barrel. The moment in Unkown Soldier, where Rokka shoots the Suomi like crazy, is part based on a true event, but in reality they had to change barrels as well. It says so in Viljam Pylkäs wikipedia page at least.

  • Breeze music
    Breeze music 2 kuukautta sitten

    What I call the Suomi: “The Finlandian PPSH-41”

    • 2009Infidel
      2009Infidel 23 päivää sitten +2

      Funny, considering that the PPSh-41 saw service first in 1941, ten years after the Suomi.

    • Bladsmith
      Bladsmith 2 kuukautta sitten +1

      How about you call the knockoff the Russian KP31 instead

  • CJ Tabunda III
    CJ Tabunda III 2 kuukautta sitten +5

    Oh look! It's the perkele gun!

  • Craig Scott
    Craig Scott 2 kuukautta sitten +1

    Yea 20K for that gun seems high. Your almost in Thompson money for that.

    • Craig Scott
      Craig Scott 2 kuukautta sitten +1

      Mäkirannantörmä not for a tube gun. I would rather have the Grease gun then.

    • Mäkirannantörmä
      Mäkirannantörmä 2 kuukautta sitten

      Far better gun than the Thompson though, so a bargain really!

  • asimolok
    asimolok 2 kuukautta sitten

    this gun sing beautiful song, now we use soviet replica gun RK-95, you dont need big caliber to operate in woody terrain of Finland its like fighting in jungle

    • Duh Ni
      Duh Ni 2 päivää sitten

      We use AK variant, not replica =) Also we don't use RK-95, that is for limited use only, service rifles are RK-62 and naturally now the modernized version of that, RK-62M. Also we do need larger calibers since in woods that means accuracy over smaller calibers.

  • benter1978
    benter1978 2 kuukautta sitten

    Simo wants his gun back.

  • Pole Star
    Pole Star 2 kuukautta sitten

    Ppsh well copied...

  • powder.
    powder. 2 kuukautta sitten

    Simo Hayha

  • Christopher
    Christopher 3 kuukautta sitten

    The best SMG of the ETO, second only to the Owen in all of WW2

  • steve naylor
    steve naylor 3 kuukautta sitten

    My 1st paycheck I bought a 870 express.
    Second paycheck a 10/22 ruger.

  • Aviation & Military Channel
    Aviation & Military Channel 3 kuukautta sitten

    Thank you!

  • John Raina
    John Raina 3 kuukautta sitten

    Let me show you its features ho ho ho

  • John Raina
    John Raina 3 kuukautta sitten

    disliked by 101 sovjet commies

  • d lieffering
    d lieffering 3 kuukautta sitten +2

    "submachine guns are useless" - sovjet command

    suomi m/31: lol yea....

  • The Josh Channel
    The Josh Channel 3 kuukautta sitten

    Oh fug

  • Tomppa
    Tomppa 3 kuukautta sitten

    Suomi submachine gun in use:

  • Pablo Palmero
    Pablo Palmero 3 kuukautta sitten

    Finish Hellriger.

  • Tuomo Niemelä
    Tuomo Niemelä 3 kuukautta sitten

    Thanks. At it is the last thing they heard... hellish sound.

  • Simon Jones
    Simon Jones 3 kuukautta sitten

    Too bad there's that nasty crack at the base of the stock.

  • mursuhillo
    mursuhillo 3 kuukautta sitten

    When BRRRRT runs out of funding/whatnot, use prrrrrt instead

  • Sloan Champion
    Sloan Champion 3 kuukautta sitten

    This thing is like carrying a 50 pound sack of concrete

  • Cybermancer
    Cybermancer 3 kuukautta sitten

    These are very very good weapons even by todays standard you could dominate a cq firefight with one.

  • T Ras
    T Ras 3 kuukautta sitten

    Has any gun desing included a pneumatic bolt stop?

    • Mäkirannantörmä
      Mäkirannantörmä 2 kuukautta sitten

      I'd think not. It's not a reliable way of decelerating the bolt, as it depends on altitude - you'd have a variable rate of fire depending on where you are, and that'd bring in a whole batch of other design issues. You'd have bolts smashing into receiver backs in the mountains and trouble with feeding in the Netherlands.

  • Tomi Rasinkangas
    Tomi Rasinkangas 3 kuukautta sitten +1

    Aimo Lahti who invented this weapon is my relative

  • Max Starling
    Max Starling 3 kuukautta sitten

    Y'all anticommunists think you'll just get to shoot us like fish in a barrel huh

  • Björn Snellman
    Björn Snellman 3 kuukautta sitten +3

    When soviets so impressed they even try to copy the drum magazine for their own SMG 😂

  • Okaro X
    Okaro X 3 kuukautta sitten +1

    1:43 "Young man"? He was 12. Now 12-year-old would not surplus rifles. Then everything without a magazine was unregulated.

  • Kas Kummaa
    Kas Kummaa 3 kuukautta sitten

    Thank you for a great video. I am finnish, havent shoot by that but now I really want! I was in army 1998-1999, I served in military police forces. I had in my personal locker three different guns; FN 9mm pistol, Remington Shotgun and Sako 7.62(1962 model). And in camp we used many many more, like RPG, heavy machinegun, Sniper rifle and many more. You should watch the film named "Tuntematon sotilas" (Unknown soldier). In Finland, we have made them three. First(B&W) 1955, second one 1985 and last one 2017.

    • Mäkirannantörmä
      Mäkirannantörmä 2 kuukautta sitten +1

      II/98 represent! I wasn't at the kennel though. I was hiding yellow slabs of concrete.

  • pokemon pokemon
    pokemon pokemon 3 kuukautta sitten

    Puhu suomea

  • Sir Kaapo
    Sir Kaapo 3 kuukautta sitten


  • LagogaL
    LagogaL 3 kuukautta sitten +4

    I've shot 2000-4000 rounds with Suomi, and it's beast.

  • Miikadd
    Miikadd 3 kuukautta sitten


  • Jif Jifferson
    Jif Jifferson 3 kuukautta sitten

    So we took over 100,000 ryssän paskaa out from the battlefield, so you all still think we Finnish people do not exist, well. PERKELE!

  • XD_ max
    XD_ max 3 kuukautta sitten

    Suomi perkele saatana jumalauta vittu helvetin perkele. Torilla tavataa. Saamari 😎😎😎

  • lille Liam
    lille Liam 3 kuukautta sitten

    Simon Häya

  • Pekoni Pappa
    Pekoni Pappa 3 kuukautta sitten