"new owner" of a "re-furbished"
There are two things
a new owner wants to know
first, especially if they have already
gone to the forums first and
others have told them this information
first. Their question is "how
did they know that"?
1) Who made my rifle?
2) What model is it?
will start with "who made my rifle?"
first. Russia was the first to
"use the Mosin" but did not make it
first. The first one's came from
France's arsenal Chatelleraul. Soon
followed by Tula,
Sestroryetsk, and Izhevsk. Later
Remington, and New England
Westinghouse made rifles also. There are
others that made parts for
Mosin rifles like Finland's Tikkakoski
(Tikka),VKT ( Valmet), and Sako,
but never made receivers. They made most
of the other parts. There are
others that made receivers after WWII,
and we will get into them at a
start simple with the "parts" and areas
of the rifle (those we
will be using first). The most important
area for us right now is the
"Barrel Shank" area.
M91/30 Mosin Nagant rifle
barrel shank is arguably one of the most
important areas for ID.
Check the barrel shanks below and
compare it to yours. The first two
photos below will be a match to most of
the "refurbished" Mosin Nagant
rifles being sold today. Of coarse the
serial numbers and date will be
different (probably), but they will be
basically the same.
Izhevsk arsenal Mark
Soviet Union crest
example is a M91/30 made in 1943 and was
made in the Izhevsk
arsenal in Russia.
It could easily be a M38 or
M44 carbine, as the marks are
pretty much the same
(sometimes there is no arrow in the
center of the star)
This example is a M91/30 made in
1937 and was made in the Tula
arsenal in Russia.
It could easily also be a
M38 or M44 carbine, as the marks
are pretty much the same
Now what model
do you own?
There are about
four models that are being sold
today as "re-furbished" Mosin Nagant
rifles and are the most common.
There is dozens of different types of
Mosins made, but we are focusing
on the ones that are most common to
new buyers today.
What do you have?
it is not above don't worry. That
just means it is a less common
and that is always good! Take some
photos and post them in the
We love photos! Common or not!