Sold For: $2,860.00
Make: Tula Arsenal, Russia
Model: 1891 (M91)
Serial Number: 13814
Year of Manufacture: 1908
Caliber: 7.62x54R (7.62x54mm Rimmed)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Fixed Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. See http://7.62x54r.net/MosinID/MosinMarks01.htm to view information on the following markings. The barrel shank is marked with a “double headed eagle”, the Tula Imperial crest, “1908r” (r stand for year), “N”, with the serial number and with two other Russian stampings. The top of the receiver is marked with a double headed eagle. The base of the bolt handle, bottom of the magazine and the rear of the buttplate are each marked with the serial number. The grip is marked “M”. The right side of the butt is marked with a “1908” dated Tula Arsenal “hammer” cartouche.
Barrel Length: Approximately 31 ½ inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted “V” post. The rear sight is a “V” notched blade when in the down position. It is a “V” notched sliding elevator assembly when flipped up. The sight ladder is marked from “13 – 27”. The left side of the rear sight base is marked, “4 6 8 10 12”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a straight grip, two sling eyelets, two barrel bands, a through bolt, metal nosecaps, a cleaning rod and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows light surface erosion & a brown patina. The cleaning rod is loose; there are no threads at the base of the rod. Both barrel bands are loose; the screws are stuck and do not want to turn to tighten (we did not want to force them). The left side of stock shows a deep scrape under the finger groove. The stock shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Some are deep and have removed the surface and/or finish of the wood. The LOP measures 13 1/2 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The grooves are dark and the rifling is deep. There is erosion in the groves and at the muzzle. There a few are small areas of pitting in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90+% of its metal finish, as refinished. Imperfections on the metal, such as spots of light surface erosion, show through the new finish. The barrel shows scrapes and thinning. The bottom metal shows scrapes & a freckling of light surface erosion. The screw heads show use. Most of the markings are deep. Overall this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions. 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: None
Our Assessment: This Russian Mosin Nagant Model 1891 was built at the Tula Arsenal way back in 1908. Despite its age and refinishing the rifle has great markings on the receiver. The “Imperial” markings are of value to collectors as is the hex receiver the rifle is built on. It even has matching part numbers. It has some issues with the finish, but should clean up with some effort. This will add to your Mosin Nagant or military collection. Good luck.