The Lahti pistol was the brainchild of Aimo Johannes Lahti, a Finnish soldier turned arms inventor. While there is some dispute it’s hard to ignore the fact that Lahti’s pistol uses a very similar locking block to the earlier Bergmann-Bayard pistols. The overall styling appears to have been taken from the German Luger, providing good handling and natural point of aim for then-standard one handed shooting. His pistol was adopted in Finland as the L-35 and when Sweden’s contract for the Walther P-38 was interrupted by WWII, they adopted the Lahti as the m/40. These were produced by Husqvarna Vapenfabriks through the war and a little beyond. A little more about the history can be found at C&Rsenal, but let’s talk about its unusual action here.
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