(Mfg by Tula)
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Caliber: ....................... 7.62x54R
Rifling & Twist: ............. 4 groove, right hand twist, 1:9.5”
Barrel Length: .............. 31.5 in.
Overall Length: ............ 51.5 in.
Weight: ....................... 9.5 lb.
Magazine Capacity: ....... 5 rounds
Qty Mfg: ...................... 37,000,000+ (All variants - estimate)
Source: The Mosin-Nagant Rifle by Terrence Lapin, ISBN: 1882391217
1919 M1891 Mosin Nagant Rifle
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Observations: (by "ArtyMan")
Note: Pics of rifle provided courtesy of Milsurps.com member "ArtyMan".
Introduced in 1891 and designed by Russian artillery captain Sergei Mosin, the “Трёхлинейная винтовка” (Three line rifle) Mosin Nagant series of rifle have become one of the most mass produced and prolific arms ever created. Initially designed to replace the Imperial Russians aging arsenal of Berdan single shot rifles, the Model 1891 rifles 70+ year production yielded one of the most widely used and distributed combat arm. With over 37 million produced (all variants), the Mosin served on many fronts including the Russo Japanese War, World War One, the Russian Revolution, The Spanish Civil War, The Winter War, World War Two, the Continuation War, The Korean War, The Vietnam War and are commonly seen today in current conflicts worldwide including the middle east.
This particular rifle was manufactured during the Russian Civil War (1917-1923) at the Tula arsenal. The Russian Civil War was fought between the Bolshevik (“Red”) forces and the Tsar-loyal “Whites”. The “Big Hammer” mark seen on the barrel was only used for a very short time in 1919, making it very uncommon. Tula at this time was under control of the “Reds” (Bolsheviks) and as such is marked with very early communist property marks, including the replacement of the Tsar’s eagles with the Communist hammer stamp. Rifles of this era typically have questionable metallurgy as much of the skilled labour was involved in the heavy fighting during the war. This rifle has an original matching bolt, with a matched butt plate as well as a forced matched magazine floor plate. The rifle is also marked with the [SA] property mark of the Finnish Army. At some point in time this rifle came into the hands of the Finnish military and was pressed into service – probably during the Winter/Continuation war against its former Russian owners.
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