|The Mosin Nagant Model 1891/30
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In 1930 a new design had been agreed upon and the birth of the Mosin
Nagant Model 1891/30 (vintovka obrazets 1891/30 goda) was here. It
was standardized on April 28th 1930. And then on June 10th of the
same year, Ieronim Petrovich Uborevich, the head of the Red Army's
armaments production department issued the order to proceed with
production of the new rifle.
The Model 1891/30 rifle is an improved version of the Model 1891 Dragoon
rifle. The older hexagon type receiver found on the earlier rifles were
replaced with a cylindrical one. The rifle has a 28.7 inch barrel and
uses a metric rear tangent sight. The front sight as seen in the
pictures is protected by a hood. The bayonet ring is spring loaded and
uses a catch when slid over the end of the muzzle and twisted and locked
into place. The bayonet has a 17 inch long blade. The rifle has a five
round magazine and uses a 7.62 X 54R mm caliber bullet. The rifle weighs
in at about 8.7 pounds and has a solid one piece stock and a hand guard
on top. The stock and hand guard are held in place by barrel bands.
There were over 17,000,000 of these rifles manufactured between 1930
I also have two very nice examples of the sniper version of this rifle.
The Sniper version used a 3.5 power P.U. scope. The scope is attached to
the left of the receiver, and has a longer turned down bolt handle.
I have included a picture of the sniper version so you can see the
modification made for this rifle. If any of you saw the movie
"Enemy at the Gates", this is the type of rifle used by the
Russian sniper in the movie.