This Model 1891/30 is in very good condition externally. The rifle retains the majority of its blueing, and the woodwork, although it has minor dings and dents, is in very good condition. The woodwork, like many of these rifles, has a light shellac finish with has cracked and worn. The barrel shows wear and has minor pitting. Comes complete with sling and bayonet.
In 1882, after experiences during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 in which Russian troops armed with single shot rifles were decimated by the Turks who were armed with Winchester repeating arms, the Russian Main Artillery Administration undertook the task of producing a magazine fed rifle.
As a result of trials in 1899, a design by Sergei Ivanovich Mosin was adopted. This design was subsequently altered, adopting features of a competing rifle designed by Belgian Leon Nagant and the resulting rifle adopted in 1891.
Various models of Mosin Nagant were used and in 1924 a committee was established to modernise the rifle. The resulting rifle, the M91/30 was based upon the design of the original Dragoon model. The barrel length was shortened by 3 1/2 inches, sight measurements were converted from arshins to metres, and the front sight blade replaced by a hooded post front sight.
By the end of the Second World War more the 17 million Mosin Nagants had been produced and despite the rifle being declared obsolete in the USSR it continued in service in a number of satellite countries.
|Weight||3.95 Kg||8 lbs 11 oz|
|Magazine Capacity||5 Rounds|