Sold For: $1,500
Make: Izhevsk Arsenal, Russia
Model: 91/30 PU (1891/1930 Sniper Configuration)
Serial Number: KTS8990
Year of Manufacture: 1942, C&R
Caliber: 7.62x54R (7.62x54mm Rimmed)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Fixed Magazine
Markings: The import mark on the barrel reads “M91/30 7.62X54R RUSSIA / C.A.I. ST. ALB. VT”. The top of the barrel shank is marked with the Soviet crest above “1942r / KU8990” above the arrow in a triangle (Izhevsk Arsenal symbol) and with various small Soviet stampings. The bottom of the magazine is marked “9673” and the front tang has an Izhevsk symbol. The bolt is marked “3113963”. The bolt body, barrel bands and magazine are marked with small stampings that include the Izhevsk Arsenal symbol. Th bottom of the chamber is marked “X1534”.
The scope is marked with a star above a hammer & sickle, half-circle, “91/30 / NoA-94943 / PK”.
The following is from page 148 of Terence Lapin’s book, The Mosin-Nagant Rifle 5th Edition: “NOTE: Scope mounts serial-numbered to the individual rifle are reputed to be Polish rather than Russian. On many post-World War II Polish sniper rifles the scope’s serial number was stamped on the left side of the receiver just above the stock; this was not done on Soviet rifles.”
Barrel Length: Approximately 29 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is hooded post. The rear sight is a “U” notched sliding sight escalator marked from “1-20”.
The rifle comes with a two piece side mounted scope base. Part is secured to the side of the receiver with 2 screws and 2 pins. 2 capture screws are also installed to keep the main screws in place. 2 vertical rear screws and an oversized screw secure the detachable mount in place. 2 scope rings are attached to the mount. 3 top screws tighten the rings to the scope. The screws on the rings show light use. Some of the mount’s screws & pins have been treated with black paint and so has the rear of the scope. These screws show light to moderate use. The fixed 3.5 power scope has a heavy post reticle. The glass is clear and the adjustment knobs turn. The top knob is marked “0 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13” and the side knob is marked “10 5 + 0 – 5 10”. The scope base and scope tube show scuffs, a few light scrapes and handling marks. The scope has some light pits under the finish at the rear, a few scratches, and some light frost. The glass is clear. Overall the scope assembly is in about Very Good condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a straight grip, finger grooves, metal nose caps, cut out for a cleaning rod (not included), two barrel bands, two sling eyelets, through bolt, cut out for the scope base and a metal buttplate. The buttplate has finish loss, light erosion, nicks, and a faint patina is building. The bottom of the butt shows an arsenal repair. The left of the stock above the trigger has a repair. The right side of the forend has a crack running rearward from the nose. The top of the wrist has a few small cracks at the tang. There is a repair on the bottom of the stock at the front tang of the bottom metal assembly. The wood shows various scrapes, scratches & compression marks. Some of the marks are deep and have removed small portions of the finish or wood. The LOP measures 13 1/8 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt plate. The stock rates in about Good-Very Good overall condition as repaired.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dark and the rifling is rounded but strong. There is erosion throughout the bore, mainly in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 50% of its metal finish. There are some streaks and machining marks on the metal. There is some erosion and discoloraiotn from previous oxidation, most noticeable on the front of the barrel and magazine. There are a few scabs, most noticeable on the front tang of the bottom metal. There are some nicks and scuffs. The screw heads show use but have serviceable slots. Most of the markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good-Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a scope assembly; see above.
Our Assessment: This Mosin Nagant started life as a Model 91/30 at the Izhevsk Arsenal in 1942, so it was around for WWII. This one is in 91/30 PU configuration and has a nice scope and turned down bolt. The scope measures 26.45 millimeters at the objective lens which leads us to believe it is legit, the reproductions use 1” tubes, or 24.5 milimeters and many have unsightly coatings on the lenses. The turned down bolt looks very well done and it is known that the Soviets were not particular about what bolts were used, and this is way better than some of the other examples we have seen. This one has some wear and erosion in the bore, but shooting it will be a blast nonetheless. These are tough rifles that were the workhorses of the Russian Army. You should be able to use this one at a distance. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable? (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R rifle CAN be transferred in California. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.