SOLD FOR: $2824
Make: Tula Arsenal, Russia
Model: 91/30 (1891/1930)
Serial Number: MK4462, this number was added by the importer to the receiver. The original serial number is Cyrillic writing followed by 340.
Year of Manufacture: 1938
Caliber: 7.62x54R (7.62x54mm Rimmed)
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle, Fixed Magazine
Barrel Length: Approximately 29 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a hooded post dovetailed to the barrel. The rear sight is a U notched sliding escalator attached to the barrel. This rifle is mounted with a Russian PE style scope (produced by the company Emil Busch AG and was basically a knock-off of the Zeiss optics used on the first prototypes). This 4 power scope appears to be authentic, it has “1938” marked on the top, also marked on the top is “NoA38607” This scope has a blue finish, it shows moderate wear from handling and storage, most of the finish has a brown patina. The glass is clear, there are scrapes, scratches and scuffs, this scope rates in about Good Plus condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece smooth wood stock has a straight grip, finger grooves, metal nose caps, cut out for the included cleaning rod, two barrel bands, two sling eyelets, through bolt, and a metal buttplate. The wood shows moderate handling and storage marks. There are scrapes, scratches, compression marks and scuffs. The stock has been repaired in two spots on the right side of the stock. The LOP measures 13 ¾” from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt plate. The stock rates in Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is semi bright and the rifling is well defined. There is erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates 8 out of 10.
Many military and C&R-eligible weapons have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the fact that corrosive primers were commonly used in ammunition worldwide. For example, the U.S. used corrosive ammunition throughout WWII. The U.S. military did not begin to phase out corrosive-primed ammunition until the 1950s.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish as refinished. The balance of the finish shows light to moderate wear from handling and storage. The mount shows moderate wear, it has old pitting. There are scattered scuffs and scratches. There is light surface oxidation in a few places. The downturned sniper bolt is in great shape. The screw heads are sharp, they show light use. Most markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Condition, as refinished.
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: As previously stated, this rifle comes mounted with a Russian PE scope. Also included is a canvas scope cover and a cruciform bayonet.
Our Assessment: The Russian Model 91/30 Mosin Nagant rifle is a bolt-action rifle that was developed by Russian firearms designers Sergei Mosin and Léon Nagant in the late 19th century. The 91/30 model was introduced in 1930 and served as the standard infantry rifle for the Soviet Union during World War II and beyond. The Mosin Nagant rifle features a 5-round internal magazine and fires the 7.62x54R cartridge. The rifle has a long service life and is known for its durability and reliability. It was widely used by the Soviet Union and its allies during World War II and saw action in numerous conflicts throughout the 20th century.
This Russian Mosin Nagant Model 91/30 was made at the Tula Arsenal in 1938. This WWII rifle has been refinished and is in Very Good overall condition. This rifle has all matching serial numbers (340) on the bolt, magazine, barrel shank and buttplate. This Mosin has a PE Russian sniper scope mounted on the side of the receiver. It is unclear if this is originally an authentic Russian Mosin Nagant Sniper rifle. Many Mosins were cobbled together by the importers with spare parts. There are some good signs showing this is an original Mosin Sniper Rifle, first being all early PE rifles (1938) were made by Tula. Also, the distinctive sniper turned down bolt has matching serial numbers. The cut out for the mount looks professionally done, the screw holes look correct. The scope and the mount look authentic and have the proper wear and tear. Whether this is a put together sniper or authentic, this is still a great piece of well preserved history that would go well in any Mosin, WWII, or Sniper collection.