Mosin–Nagant M91/30 Russian Battle Rifle

This Mosin–Nagant M91/30 caliber 7.62X54R Russian ‘3-line’ service rifle is dated 1942, the decisive year of WWII. My brother gave it to me around the turn of the last century and I believe they sold then for around $70-90USD.

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Long-serving barely covers it. This 1891 battle rifle is still serving snipers in many areas, easily able to kill and wound at 1,000 meters (yards). It was feared in Vietnam.

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Short straight bolt handle was replaced on sniper rifles by turn-down bolt handles that could clear the low-power telescopic sights in use.

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The sniper conversation rifles were chosen because they range-fired most accurate.

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This shows the canvas sling. I never collected the long bayonet but Russian troops seldom detached it; the weapon was zeroed with it attached; and no scabbard, frog or sheath was issued.

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Dated 1942, the year of Stalingrad, the triangle plus up pointing arrow proof mark means it was manufactured at the Tula arsenal.

Per Wikipedia, [the 1941 Nazi invasion caused Tula to be evacuated East]”…As a result, far fewer weapons were produced there than at other Soviet factories such as Izhevsk Mechanical Plant. Consequently, Tula weapons of World War II are considered more valuable by collectors.”

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Tangent sight with absurdly long range markings, perhaps for mass ‘beaten zone’ fire.

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Clever cartridge hold-down anti-jam gizmo prevents 7.62R (rimmed) rounds, 5-round capacity, from locking rims and jamming. Rotating mag base allows easy jam clearing if it happens anyway.

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Heavy at over 10 lbs with steel butt plate, it kicks the shoulder like a 12-guage shotgun. The straight semi-pistol grip stock soaks up no recoil, directing it all back.

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These standard rifles have zero collector value so I was happy to use black crinkle paint on the butt plate, Verithane on the orange-stained birch stock, and cold-blue on rusty steel parts.

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The innovative chrome plated bore, chamber and bolt meant it was rust free and accurate despite corrosive commie ammo and clueless peasant soldiers and armorers.

I traded this rifle for a $100 half-share of a guitar in a Eureka, California, pawn shop so it’s a sword into a plowshare-plus $100 simoleons.

Goodbye Mosin-Nagant, the music you make is not so sweet as a vintage 1982 Ovation guitar.

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