Sako of Riihimäki, Finland—a town rich in vowels—is one of Europe’s best rifle makers. Sako began in 1919 as “Suojeluskuntain Yliesikunnan Asepaja” or “Civil Guard Supreme Staff Gun Works,” opening in a former brewery in Helsinki. The company made guns and ammunition, including their own version of the Mosin–Nagant, said to be a much better rifle than the Russian Mosins, and definitely one that caused the Russians great pain in the Winter War. Sako began making rifles for the civilian market in the 1940s. Today’s rifle, the Finnbear L61R, was in production from 1962 to 1973.