Valmet, in Finland
412-ST Skeet & Sporting System
Year of Manufacture:
20 Gauge, 2 ¾” & 3" Shells
Over / Under, Top Break, Single Selective Trigger Shotgun with Ejectors.
The left side of the upper barrel is marked “VALMET MADE IN FINLAND, the obverse is marked "PROOF TESTED". The left of the barrel lug is marked "d E", the serial number, "20/76" and two proofs, the flanks and underside of the receiver are marked "412 ST", the underside is also marked "VALMET", the inside has the serial number and proof marks. The included box is NOT serialized to the shotgun.
Both Series 412 chokes measure 0.627", or Skeet.
Sights / Optics:
This shotgun is mounted with an orange fiber optic in base that is screwed into the ventilated rib near the muzzle; the top of the rib is finely checkered, with a wide matted rib for glare reduction and small mid-rib bead. The top of the chamber area has an integral rail that accepts claw mounts, the rail is .45" wide with a recessed half moon cut, for Valmet pattern mounts (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition:
The stocks are a two piece matte finished hardwood set. The forend has nice cut checkers on the flanks and underside, there are some scrapes aft of the bracket and several smaller compression marks on the other areas. The butt stock has a checkered pistol grip with a fluted strait comb, the wrist has ambidextrous palm swells. The butt stock has several small dings, there are tiny hairline cracks by the trigger guard. Drop at comb is 1 1/2", drop at heel is 2 1/4". The LOP measures 14 1/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the aftermarket Pachmayr recoil pad; the pad is set with a black and white spacer, the rear has a hole for access to the screw head, it rates in Fine condition as not original. The stocks are in about Very Good Plus condition.
Type of Finish:
Blue Barrels, Satin White Frame & Gold Plated Trigger
The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
This shotgun retains about 87% of its metal finish. The rib has some scrapes up top, some areas have compression to the matting. The receiver is turning to a milky and dull tone, the metal surfaces throughout the shotgun have a dusting of light oxidation. Surface etching is seen near the muzzles of both bores, edge wear and light dings are seen on most areas though the shotgun's fit and finish is rock solid, this is a very well made shotgun. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good Plus condition.
The action functions correctly. The shotgun has an upper tang mounted safety & trigger mounted barrel selector. The shotgun has automatic ejectors and spectacular balance. The shotgun weighs 8lbs 14oz as photographed. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories:
Included are two Skeet chokes, showing mild use, in Fine condition. A factory box that is NOT serialized to the shotgun is included, it has some roughing and punctures from storage, in Good to Very Good condition.
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valmet "The Valmet Corporation is a Finnish company and a developer and supplier of technologies, automation systems and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Valmet’s history as an industrial operator stretches back over 200 years. Formerly owned by the State of Finland, Valmet was reborn in December 2013 with the demerger of the pulp, paper and power businesses from Metso Corporation. Valmet is organized around four business lines: Services, Pulp and Energy, Paper, and Automation. Valmet's services include maintenance outsourcing, mill and power plant improvements and spare parts. The company provides technology for pulp, tissue, board and paper mills and bioenergy plants. In the area of automation, Valmet's solutions range from single measurements to mill wide turnkey automation projects. Valmet's operations are divided into five geographical areas: North America, South America, EMEA, China, and Asia-Pacific. Valmet has operations in approximately 30 countries and it employs 12,000 people. Its headquarters are located in Espoo, and it is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki. In 2015, Valmet's net sales totaled EUR 2.9 billion." Most shotgun forums speak of Valmet's sporting system shotguns to be lost treasures that are no longer seen frequently, most held dear by their owners; this one is in 20 Gauge for 2 3/4" or 3" shells, with high retention of finish and beautiful stocks. With some TLC it is going to look great again; its system mimics some of the more expensive shotguns and is extremely well made. Please see our pictures and good luck.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable:
This shotgun can be transferred in California.
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