If I were in the market for a military firearm, Finland would be at the bottom of my hit list, certainly not in the Top 10 countries from which to choose. Russia, the U.S., Germany, Israel, Austria and China yes, but not this Scandinavian country. Finland seems more suited for Ptarmigan hunting, winter survival training or a place to test cold-weather outdoor clothing - perhaps thermal underwear.

Still, the Finns have developed a weapon or two - like the M62 Assault Rifle.

They brought us several submachineguns after World War I - the Suomi SMG in 7.65x22 Luger/Parabellum, used by the Finnish and Swedish Armies; the enigmatic Jati-Matic GG-95 SMG in 9mm; and the less than flashy Tikkakoski SMG in 9x19mm. None was a huge military success story.

And the Finns are known for their sport hunting long-guns - notably, those made by Sako.

Sako Ltd. has been around since 1927; theirs is a long, proud history of gun making.

The Sako TRG-22/42 series of sniper rifles in .308 Win., .300 Win. Mag. and .338 Lapua Magnum are highly regarded in some circles, having been fielded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

So perhaps there's hope for Finnish assault rifles - like the Sako 95.

The Sako 95 replaced the Finnish RK 62 service rifle in 7.62mm.

This gas-operated, rotating bolt auto-loader is chambered for 7.62x39mm.

This gun knows two speeds: semiautomatic and full automatic.

The Sako 95 was designed in the late 1990s and made its way into military service - with the Finnish Defence Forces in the mid-1990s - where it remains to this day. This assault rifle weighs 8 pounds. With its tubular metal stock folded (right), it measures 26 1/2 inches in length; extended, it is 36 inches and change. The gun has a 16 1/2-inch barrel, with a muzzle brake that serves as a flash suppressor and a rifle grenade mount. The Sako 95 is equipped to take a bayonet and uses 30-round polymer, double-stacked, curved box magazines that can be swapped out with standard AK mags.

This gun's performance is rated at 600 to 750 rounds per minute. It has a muzzle velocity of just 2300 feet per second, and using graduated sights, it's good out to about 1,000 feet (300 meters).

The Sako 95 has extreme-weather-resistant furniture: polymer forward guard and pistol grip.

It takes a barrel-mounted bipod and a 40mm grenade launcher can be slung beneath.

For special sight & light accessories, a rail can be mounted on the side of the receiver.

The Sako 95 assault rifle will never stand out in a crowd of assault rifles. If anything, the only truly extraordinary thing about this auto gun is that it can withstand the extreme Finnish winters.

In the final analysis, that it works - stands up under such conditions - makes it noteworthy.