M62 Hunting rifle.
In 1962 Kongsberg våpenfabrikk came up with a new model of the
gift rifle, hence called M62 and goes under the name Hurlen rifle,
after the managing director at the time, Bjarne Hurlen.
The rifles seen here are three out of about 30 (80) produced. The
rifle with serial number 1499 was given to Supreme Commander
of the Swedish Armed Forces Stig Gustaf Synnergren, as a gift
from Folke Hauger Johannessen, Chief of Defense of Norway,
when he visited Sweden September 1971. Later, the rifle was
used as a prize in a military 15 km biathlon race in 1979 which
was won by Hans Andersson, a young officer in the Swedish army.
He won the competition with more than 4 minutes to the second
best. He had only 1 minute added on the shooting range and
several professionally Swedish biathlon athletes participated in
this competition, so it was a rather impressive race by Hans
The next rifle, also used as a gift, was given to Ragnar
Christiansen in 1982. Mr. Christiansen was a Norwegian politician
within The Labor party. He was both Minister of Finance, (1971-72)
and Minister of Transport and Communications, (1976-78). In 1982,
when he actually received this rifle, he was county governor in
Buskerud. (Kongsberg is located in Buskerud County). This rifle is
almost identical to the one mentioned above. The serial number
tell me that there has to be produced a lot more than 30, as some
literature informs. The serial number on this rifle is 1553. There is
no reason for the factory to make a large gap in the serial number
range. The Third rifle has a peculiar serial number too, 1462. This
number is actually in the middle of the M55 serial number range,
so I guess they had some minor logistic problems at Kongsberg
The last rifle, with serial number 1462 has almost kept the original
bolt handle and the safety is the original model. This rifle has now
left my collection, but I will keep the picture for ilustration only. The
rifles with serial number 1499 and 1553 have a totally new design
on both safety and bolt handle. The safety is a Parker Hale model.
One more major difference is the rear sight that on this last rifle is an
ordinary V-notch and post, while the other two has a peep sight.
When it comes to the finish on these rifles, it is very much the same as with the M55. It looks very ordinary and there is no luxury at all. The M62 used ordinary Mauser M98 actions and they were delivered in 308 Winchester and 30-06.
The serial numbers on the M62 should according to some literature start with 1474 and end with 1505. These rifles tell me different.