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Lot 611: VKT Lahti L-39 (20 pst kiv/39) 20mm Anti-Tank Gun

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Massive and Impressive VKT Lahti L-39 (20 pst kiv/39) 20mm Semi-Automatic Anti-Tank Gun, Class III/NFA Destructive Device

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,500 - $11,000

Massive and Impressive VKT Lahti L-39 (20 pst kiv/39) 20mm Semi-Automatic Anti-Tank Gun, Class III/NFA Destructive Device

Manufacturer: VKT
Model: M39
Type: Destructive Device
Gauge: 20 mm (Cannon)
Barrel: 51 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: hardwood
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 367
Class: Class III
Description:

Introduced in 1939 and rushed into service for the Winter War, the Lahti L-39 fires a 20mm anti-tank round from a top-loaded magazine and was capable of successfully engaging the Soviet armor of the era. It was fielded under the nomenclature "20 pst kiv/39" (as seen on this example). Measuring taller than a man and weighing in at close to 110 pounds, the L-39 is fitted with a ported muzzle brake, a long vented hardwood barrel shroud, left-offset blade and tangent sights, a dual-mode bipod with brass covered wood skids and swing-out spiked legs, crank-action cocking handle, smooth hardwood grips with an oversized steel handguard, wooden cheekpiece, and an adjustable rubber recoil pad. The left side of the receiver bears the military nomenclature and "VKT" logo. Included with the lot are two extra magazines.

Rating Definition:

Fine, with 80% of the original blue finish, showing areas of brown patina, flecking of what appears to be white paint, and mild handing marks. The barrel is mixed numbered ("691"), with other visible external numbers matching the receiver. The barrel shroud shows splits and cracks, and a screw is absent from the cheekpiece, otherwise the furniture is in good order. Mechanically excellent. NOTE: This Destructive Device is a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.



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