RGUNS PU Sniper Characteristics
Left Side of Barrel Shank (on Izhevsk)
Originals ground off and new put over the
top (original numbers can be seen slightly
or grinding is aparent)
Originals lined off with one solid line and
new scope numbers added above
Note: All proof marks are either on top or
high up and the scope numbers are never
stamped "over" the proof marks.
Original Not touched and new number above
Originals lined off with one solid line and
no new scope numbers added
Originals lined on individually and new
scope numbers added above
Originals lined on individually originals
lined off with one solid line and no new
scope numbers added
(this does not include the scope)
Original, no marks
EP’ed scope number only
EP’ed serial number only
EP’ed both serial number and scope number
Scopes are all over the place on condition
Some SVT scopes
Some “newer” looking scopes are on some
Some look like they have a lot of wear
number mostly match but some have have
Top Of Barrel Shank
Izhevsk on left, Tula on right (note "CH"
above star on Tula)
Magazine Floor Plate
No Photos (Typical M91/30)
Wartime stock with half sling guides
Cartouche on right side stock
Turret wrapped in oil
paper. This is the sign that a sniper has not
been touched. RGUNS issues the snipers they
with the oil paper and cosmoline still on the
Little history of the
Tuco (C0-Gun Boards Owner) heard
of the rifles for sale in the Ukraine 2 to 3
years before they went on sale with RGUNS. He
understood no one wanted to import them at
that time as they felt there was not enough
demand for them at the $800 level. When he
went to find them he discovered RGUNS had
bought them and imported them. He knows the
rifles and knows they are real.
They were originally WWII used
sniper rifles and later used by the police.
After service with the police they were
returned to the military and refurbished and
stored until RGUNS bought them. Some will say
that the story that they were police rifles is
just a story made up by those trying to sell
them, but as it adds no value to the rifle to
have been used by the police, it it generally
believed to be true.
Many of the PU snipers on the
market (not RGUN snipers) are put together
rifles . Century did some of that by buying
original PU parts and rifles without scopes on
them and putting them together. They carry the
Century import mark.
SAMCO sold Yugo PU snipers
without the mounts and scopes. Many people
bought these and added original PU scopes and
mounts. The problem with them is, they were PU
snipers sent to Yugoslavia by the Soviets with
many M44's and other Mosins. Yugoslavia never
used Mosins post war as they were using 8mm.
They removed the optics and used them on their
rifles until they started producing their own
optics. That is why the SAMCO PU snipers have
no optics on them. So they are a "put together
by someone here in the US" sniper. Not an
arsenal rifle. They carry the SAMCO import
RGUNS are the only "known" PU
snipers for sale that can be confirmed where
they came from. That comfirmation also came
from someone other than RGUNS. Yes they are
all in a different state of re-refurbishment.
Some are rifles that obviously had damage
during the war and parts were replaced, and
other are almost entirely original. But all
the work was done by the arsenals, not a
"civilian". They carry the RGUNS stamp on the
top of the receiver in a very small font, and
RGUNS has never done that with their other
imports. They have used a slightly larger font
or a very large font and always on the side of
the receivers of the other M91/30's (non
snipers) that they imported. This is how you
can tell if someone took a RGUNS imported
M91/30 and turned it into a fake PU sniper.
The import marks (which you are not allowed to
alter) will be under the mount on on the side
of a fake. So the stamp on the top is the
"seal of approval" that these rifles are the
"real deal". ;)
RGUNS Sniper rifles are "WWII
examples of PU sniper rifles that were arsenal
Some had parts interchanged with other PU
snipers at the time of refurbishment. Others
did not. Depended on the amount of repair the
rifle needed at the time of refurbishment.
Most if not all had swapped bolts and butt
plates (from other PU snipers) during
refurbishment. The bolt and butt plate was
re-stamped after refurbishment so it is
impossible to know if they are original to the
rifle or not. (probably not).
They went to some trouble to make
sure the barrel/receiver, stock, scope mount
/base, and scope all stayed together on the
same rifle if possible. To do this they
electro penciled the scope mounts with
1. Scope number
2. Rifle serial number.
This allowed them to put the barrel/receiver
back with the same mount and same scope.
They marked the serial number in
the barrel channel on the stock. This would
allow them to put the stock back with the
barrel and receiver. Some have penciled in
serial numbers partly shellacked over which
shows the pencil marks were on “before” the
All this makes sense as they
would not have to "re fit" all these parts
once everything was re-blued. It would all
then fit with no adjustments. This is why they
think they were electro penciled on the mount
and marked in the barrel channel of the stock.
If not, the stocks would show large gaps in
some area as they were refitted. They
eliminated this problem buy numbering the
parts to keep everything together.
However, probably some had to
have new scopes, some new stocks and so on.
Those rifles that needed new stock and had
them put on will not show serial numbers in
the barrel channel. Those that needed new
scope may not match the scope numbers on the
side of the barrel shank and will not have the
scope number on the mount electro penciled on
or it might not match.
There are a lot of variations with the RGUNS
RGUNS sells them all for $800 now but, they
used to sell them for
Tula for $900
Izhevsk for $800
$1000 they would handpick an all
matching rifle. That would be all serial
numbers and scope numbers matching.
Scope numbers matches barrel shank, and
electro penciled number on mount.
Serial number on barrel shank matched number
on stock and re-stamped number on bolt and
butt plate and EP’s number on mount.
In other words, Except for the bolt and butt
plate, this is the same rifle as in WWII
except it was refurbished. The bolts do not
have the pre fix letters on them and they
originally did, so this shows they have been
Some will agree with this and
some will not. But they are certainly a
refurbished WWII PU sniper rifle refurbished
by the Russian arsenals. Not much different
than the M1 Garands, M1 carbines, 1903's and
1903a3 were done by the US arsenals after the
War. In fact the Russians tried to keep the
same rife (for the most part) together as far
as the PU snipers go.
What is good about buying a RGUN
sniper rifle is, It is guaranteed it is real,
and that import mark on the top of the
receiver (RGUNS never did that only on the
snipers and in a small font) is the signature
it is a real PU sniper and not a "re-sniper" a
"put together or a "fake".