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    Spanish Civil War 91/30?

    I picked up this 1936 Tula 91/30 a few months ago. As i was cleaning it up, I noticed it was different from other Mosins I had seen. The stock was not shellacked, there was no hood on the front sight, the upper hand guard had brass ends, etc. I just figured these differences were due to it being a pre-war rifle.

    I found a 1934 Izhevsk (all matching!) 91/30 today and while researching it, I saw some articles reference Spanish Civil War Mosins. I am wondering if my 1936 Tula is one of those? It has the un-hooded front sight, stained stock, it is from 1936, and is in the correct serial number range. I cannot find the "Made in USSR" stamping or the "Flaming Bomb 8" car-touche on the stock. It does have a CAI import mark on the right side of the barrel near the muzzle.

    Can anyone advise it it is a SCW rifle? Thank you!
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    More photos. FYI, the bolt and receiver serial numbers natch but not the butt plate and magazine.
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    I think it is a Finnishicon Captured rifle. That double stacked front sight is one of the styles they had on the go. Also the fact it has a import mark is also a indication it isn't a SCW rifle as they would have been imported before the existence of import markings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eaglelord17 View Post
    I think it is a Finnishicon Captured rifle. That double stacked front sight is one of the styles they had on the go. Also the fact it has a import mark is also a indication it isn't a SCW rifle as they would have been imported before the existence of import markings.
    Any markings I should look for to determine if it is a Finnish capture?

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    A lot of the time there is a SA in a box on the receiver. Yours doesn't appear to have one. I am just basing it off of the front sight and the fact that it has a import marking. I didn't see anything else tell-tale which says its Finnishicon, I just am not seeing anything that is tell-tale for it being a SCW rifle. So to me that makes it a Finnish rifle.



    Sanded stocks are common on both Finnish or SCW rifles.

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    Front sight looks like the one on my Finnishicon capture. What's missing is the SA stamp unless it's faint and not showing in the photos. Another difference it the sling mounts. The Finns used a hanger system which fit through the stock to give it more standard swivels. Condition is also rough for a Finn rifle. Generally don't see them nearly white like this one. Spain on the other hand, yes. Not sure if the Spanish ever bothered to change the front sight. Does it have a new serial number on it for US import?

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    'D' marking on receiver=Finnishicon.

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    The D mark is a Finn mark used to denote the chamber was enlarged. Mine doesn't have it although my M39 does.

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    I didnt see a different serial number other than the ones seen. The CAI import mark is nearly invisible near the muzzle. She works good but the barrel is pretty much shot out. So the "D" on the receiver would indicate a Finnishicon capture rifle? Learning something new all the time!!

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