I’m happy to introduce a new book about the 7.62 x 54R cartridge in the Finnish service, Legacy of the Three Line Cartridge written By Mika Pitkanen and Timo Simpanen. This work is partly based on our previous book Finnish military cartridges 1918-45 but is vastly improved and expanded. Here’s the introduction from the book:
"This book, Legacy of the Three Line Cartridge, covers the 7.62 mm x 54R cartridges used within the Finnish military and the Civil Guard prior to 1945. Primarily this ammunition was called the three line cartridge because of its original Russian name. Later it was known as the 7.62 mm rifle cartridge in Finland. As a matter of fact, this cartridge is still used by the Finnish Defence Forces over 120 years after its introduction in 1890. Many of the cartridges mentioned in this book were still used decades after the WW 2 until the stocks were depleted or the cartridges had to be disposed of because of their old age. Cartridges with D-166, D-46 or D-47 bullets have been loaded up to these days both for the civilian and military use.
The purpose of the book is to supplement the three chapters dealing with 7.62 mm cartridges in our book Finnish military cartridges 1918-45 published by Apali Oy in 2004. This book has been out of print for years now and unfortunately there will be no second printing of it. Texts have been updated, there is some additional information as well as new drawings and photographs added. Bigger and smaller errors slipped into the original text are hopefully corrected in this book. Perhaps the biggest improvement is, however, that almost every photograph and drawing is in full colour now. The main text is solely in Finnish but there is an English summary after each three chapters and every picture is provided with an English caption, so this book should be most informative for a non-Finnish speaking reader, too."
The book is A4-size 100 pages soft cover and the first print is basically sold out, only few copies left. However, it’s also available as a 28-megabyte e-book in pdf format. The price for the e-book is 10 euros or 12 dollars. The printed book is 37 euros or 45 dollars plus shipping. European friends can use IBAN for payments but overseas friends unfortunately pay in cash. I don’t have paypal and cheques are far too expensive to cash here, I regret.
If still interested in spite of these terms please contact me by email: pitkanen.mika(youknowwhatcomeshere)dnainternet.net
Posting pictures/attachments/links is quite complicated here, so if you want to have a free sample of our book, please drop me a line to get one.