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Is Your Mosin Nagant Worth Money?

The Mosin Nagant is often thought of as a bargain bin milsurp rifle - but some are major collector's items. Is yours worth a lot of money?

Is that old Mosin Nagant rifle kicking around in the back of your gun safe more valuable than you think it is?

The short answer? Probably not.

Mosin Nagant M91-30
Mosin Nagant M91/30 in almost perfect condition

But it could be, maybe.

It is no secret that the vast majority of Mosin Nagant rifles are not worth more than the few hundred dollars they tend to sell for at gun shows, gun shops, and pawnbrokers. 

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However, as with just about anything even remotely collectible, there are certain specific items that can be incredibly valuable.

The same thing holds true in the world of firearm collecting — even with a rifle like the Mosin Nagant with over 37 million individual weapons manufactured.

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Certain Mosin Nagants can be much more valuable than the run-of-the-mill, gun show rifle.

Although the odds of your old Mosin Nagant being worth a significant amount of money are very low, there is a small chance that your specific rifle is worth at least a little more than the average.

So, let’s take a look at some of the factors that could lead to a Mosin Nagant being more valuable than most.

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Condition

This is a pretty obvious factor of value when talking about any sort of collectible or historic firearm. 

Dings and damage that possibly occurred during battle on issued rifles add some character to a Mosin Nagant. But let’s be honest here…damaged rifles are typically worth less money than rifles of a higher quality.

Of course, that is unless you happen to have Vasily Zeitseiv’s sniper rifle.

Enemy at the Gates M91/30 PU
Enemy at the Gates (2001) Making use of the M91/30 with PU sniper scope

That said, even a pristine Mosin Nagant packed in cosmoline and stored in a warehouse since WWII isn’t going to allow you to retire to an island somewhere.

Rarity

Over the course of its 120+ year history, there have been many different variants and experimental models of the Mosin Nagant rifle. 

Some of those models are incredibly rare. A fair rule of thumb is that the rarer a certain rifle is, the higher the value of that rifle will be.

Hungarian M/52 with PU 3.5× Scope.
Hungarian M/52 with PU 3.5× Scope.

Let me just take a moment here for a small disclaimer. 

I’m no expert on the history of specific Mosin Nagant rifles or their value. There are experts out there on which specific models and serial numbers make some Mosin Nagants very valuable, but I am not one of them.

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This article is more about the basic concept of what could make a Mosin valuable.

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk a little more about rarity.

There is an interesting historical anecdote that I think is worth sharing.

Without going into extreme historical detail, here is the basic story

In 1916, the Russian government ordered approximately 3.3 million M1891 Mosin Nagant rifles from Remington Arms and New England Westinghouse in the United States. 

Remington got an order for 1.5 million rifles and Westinghouse was set to make the other 1.8 million.

Remington Mosin mark
Remington marked Mosin Nagant

Russia ordered these rifles due to a shortage of arms and the lack of a well-developed domestic industry capability. 

Before all of the rifles could be made and delivered to Russia, certain events occurred. And this led to Bolsheviks taking over the Russian government and quickly defaulting on the contracts with the arms manufacturers in the United States.

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We had to drop a Russia gif…had to.

This meant that Remington and Westinghouse were left with several hundred thousand rifles.

The United States government then bought all of the remaining rifles and saved the companies from bankruptcy. 

But some of the remaining rifles had already been shipped all the way to Great Britain. Those were used to arm the U.S. and British expeditionary forces in 1918 and 1919.

The rifles that remained in the U.S. became training guns for the Army. They were also used to arm some National Guard, SATC, and ROTC units.

Westinghouse Mosin Mark
Westinghouse marked Mosin Nagant

This is where it gets interesting for collectors and those interested in firearm history… 

During the interwar period, the precursor of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, known then as the Director of Civilian Marksmanship, sold some of the rifles to civilians for $3.

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Before these guys, there was the Director of Civilian Marksmanship.

These rifles, designated as “U.S. Rifle, 7.62mm, Model of 1916”, became treasured by collectors.

Why?

Because they lack any stamped or engraved marks required of any military surplus arms imported into the States.

Even more valuable...any of these rifles not rechambered for the .30-06 Springfield round.

Rifle Caliber Smallest to Largest
Rifle Caliber Smallest to Largest

You might see why it’s so hard to pinpoint the value of certain Mosin Nagants and why only certain rifle models are truly valuable. 

Markings

The markings on Mosin Nagant rifles can help collectors and gun owners understand if they’re in possession of a valuable firearm or not. These markings really tie into the rarity discussed above.

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Frankly, there’s not enough time in this single article to even attempt to scratch the surface of all of the different markings for all of the variations of Mosin Nagants.

But some examples of rare Mosin Nagants include the PEM Side Mount Sniper version, the Tula 1891, the Finnish “SA” marked rifle and M91rv Cavalry Rifle.

Finish SA mark - Mosin Nagant
Finish SA mark – Mosin Nagant

Accessories

Rare accessories for the Mosin Nagant rifle can also be extremely valuable to collectors. 

There were quite a few oddball add-ons made in small quantities for the Mosin. And those small quantities make these extras rare.

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So rare that fakes or reproductions are common and also that they can fetch a very pretty penny on the collector market.

Some of the more interesting ones include an experimental bayonet designed in 1905. It may have even been issued in small numbers during the Russo-Japanese War.

There was a wire-cutter attachment that paired with the experimental bayonet allowing soldiers to cut wires on the battlefield.

Mosin Nagant Wire Cutter Full Rifle
Mosin Nagant with wire cutter bayonet, anyone??

And if you think that is cool, then the Modrakh Device will interest you even more.

Using a simple non-magnified periscope and a trigger with the mother-of-all trigger connecting rods, this device allowed a soldier to fire the Mosin Nagant from below a trench without exposing themselves to enemy fire.

Mosin Nagant Modrakh
Mosin Nagant Modrakh Device

Conclusion

The odds that your gun show Mosin Nagant rifle is extremely valuable are pretty doubtful.

However, there are Mosin Nagant rifles out there that can be much more valuable than many of the common, mass-produced versions.

(Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

Even if you don’t have a valuable Mosin Nagant, it may still be worth your time to do a little research into the history of your specific rifle.

If you find it’s a common model, you at least learned a little more about a fascinating topic.

And if you’re looking to pick another one up, there’s plenty of retailers happy to accommodate.

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  • Commenter Avatar
    G.L.C.

    I have a Model 39, dated 1944, Sako, wartime stock in "MINT" condition. I have not seen a Finn even close to this one. I have had or still have, a Model 27, 39's & 28. Great rifles.

    June 25, 2022 8:39 pm
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    Jesús Loo

    I have One with the Mark SA, serial Numbers
    36493. Year 1942

    June 7, 2022 3:38 pm
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    Richard

    Mine is an 1891 model. Has 1914 stamped on it along with Czar Nicholas II seal. Believe it's a Finnish capture. SA on it as long with Finnish and Russian markings. Was explained to me that typically Finnish captures would be scrubbed and restamped, but mine wasn't. Manufacturing by Sestroryetsk.

    April 26, 2022 8:08 pm
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    Gary Musser Jr

    I have all matching serial number 1027. No idea of value

    April 4, 2022 1:23 am
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    Dominic Massita

    There are a lot of markings on them. The main marking should be on the receiver just under the site. That tells you wich factory. Rest of weird markings are factory control markings. Then they is military approved markings. If double dated and has mo it is ministry of defense. If marked on receiver sa it will be Finnish. There are a few sites that deal with the markings on the web. Even the the U.S. made them for Russia during the great war. Long history and many types were made.

    March 5, 2022 7:43 pm
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    Scott Clemons

    I just purchased a Remington Armory 1918 hex receiver mosin today. I see no signs of any import markings and it is what I consider good shape. I honestly don't know much else. Any help on what else I can look for to identify more history on this would be great.

    Thanks

    February 12, 2022 9:12 pm
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      Ken Coutts

      Good score great rifle I’ve got the NewEngland Westinghouse model but had to settle for the Remington bayonet hopefully sooner than later I find the proper one!

      March 4, 2022 4:07 pm
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    Dustin Galo

    I have a mosin nagant m44 7.62x54r I don't know much about it except it has letters inside of different shapes all over it pretty much

    December 28, 2021 5:14 pm
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    Nathaniel Etherington

    I have a 1953 Mosin, with the bayonet mount, and all the markings, but not the original stock and have cleaned it up. I did some research into the time frame at which it was made and wars it most likely had seen and am interested in its value. If anyone gas any info or references as to get an estimated value. Please let me know. Thank you.

    December 14, 2021 12:24 pm
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    Lemuelovich

    1891/59 Mosin
    In 1959 the Soviet Union anticipated an American Invision. A batch of new Izhevsk armory stored Mosin 1891's were sent to either Romania or Bulgaria (History is unclear) to be re-armored. The weapons barrels were shortened to 18.5 inches and forward wood furniture was fitted to match new barrel length. They are reported to have been returned for distribution to what the Soviets called The Home Guard. The Home Guard was a second line civilian defence force. The American invasion never materialized and many of the weapons were again stored in the Izhevsk Armory.
    The 91/59 shortened barrel makes for a heaverier barrel with a reduced weapon weight. Accuracy is very good especially since open rear iron sights and hooded blade front sites are used. The sights were also modified to reflect 1000M expected range as opposed to the 2000M sights of the original 1891 Mosin. Still chambered 7.62 X 54R the weapon is reported to be the best of the Mosin Nagant Carbines and exceeds the short range expectations of the 1891 long rifles.
    Submitted by Lemuelovich

    June 5, 2021 5:37 am
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      Clinocio

      The 1891 Mosin sights were in arshini, not meters. It wasn't until the 1920s that the Soviet Union adopted the metric system and changed their sights to metric.

      July 15, 2021 6:38 pm
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    Pierre

    I do have a 91/30 prototype, it have a folding bayonet, and no it is not a m44. It shows all inspections stamps ect , of course all matching. They are so rare that they are unknowed to most mosin collector. It is in exelent condition, a total of 100 of those came in canada few years back. Nobody knows how much where made. Bore is exelent, shiny and crisped groove. As it was never issued. I never shoot it and probably never will.

    March 29, 2021 12:53 pm
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    Todd Signs

    I have a 1903 Russian rifle i just purchased it has a long bayonet attached but I really don't know anything about them I do have pictures of it if I can send them to you thank you

    January 9, 2021 7:14 pm
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    Jody Noel

    What if it is Russian stamped on top 1904 and has the SA on the left side facing the butt.

    November 30, 2020 7:30 pm
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    Bill

    I have a tikka hex 1942 that has russian proof with Finnish proof over stamp plus other rare stamps and markings.
    Know anyone that can appraise this price???

    November 19, 2020 5:40 am
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    Randolph Bertrand

    I have a Remington Mosin Nagant rifle built in late 1917. Serial in high 500 000s. I believe it was sporterized at the factory. I say this because the rifle never was cut for the Arshin site. It has only v notch and square notch rear site, two way flip up.
    It also has turned down bolt handle that is long and angled to rear. It is not a Bent Bannerman style, or a cut and welded fake sniper rifle. Bolt serial matches the rest of the gun and has a Remington proof mark at base of bolt handle.
    Stock is modified factory stock with possible Buffalo horn forend.
    How can I get an expert to examine my rifle or at least look at some pictures to see if it has some value?
    Thanks in advance. Randy

    September 27, 2020 1:51 am
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    Sean Mackowiak

    I got an all numbers matching pu sniper with original dust caps and recently picked up a Westinghouse in original caliber in really good shape not refinished! With original leather sling.

    June 3, 2020 9:25 pm
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    Bryan Prekopa

    I have a Remington 1917 Mosin that I would like to discuss with anyone that has more info on it. I think it is one of the Civilian sold rifles with no import marks.

    April 12, 2020 1:42 pm
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    James

    I have a 1921 russian m91/30 hammer sicle stamped rifle with numbers matching what could i get for it

    April 10, 2020 8:59 am
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    Rick

    I have a true dragoon, manufactured in 1895, octagon receiver. In better than fair condition. What would it be valued at?

    February 16, 2020 12:01 pm
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      Eric Morrow

      I have a 1900 'Finned' Dragoon.

      September 23, 2020 12:31 am
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    Shawn Cudnohufsky

    I have a Tula PCFCP hex mosin marked 1924r #1155 in beautiful condition. Worth anything?

    January 17, 2020 6:55 pm
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    Jade J Juhasz

    I have a remington i also have a 91/30 sniper tula and a carbine

    December 20, 2019 6:03 pm
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    Ira (Jake) Jakob USAF (Ret)

    Now I'm going to have to pull mine out and check it...

    December 8, 2019 12:08 pm
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    Jay baumler

    I Have a 1901 Finnish , boxed SA , any value
    Made in france

    November 22, 2019 8:10 am
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    Jeffrey Scadden

    I have a Westinghouse marked Mosin Nagant 1915 matching number in original 7.62 x 54 , hex receiver, beautiful gun. #1273*** would this be one of the above mentioned valuable ones?

    November 18, 2019 11:52 pm
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      David, PPT Editor

      Yes, that would be more valuable than your average Mosin Nagant. The Westinghouse and Remington Mosins are in short supply these days and normally bring at least double the price of a standard Mosin.

      November 19, 2019 11:15 am
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    paul k. bouchard

    No mention of the Mosin carbine rifle. How come?

    November 4, 2019 1:58 pm
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    Josh

    Are 1944 new old stock never fired m44 carbines worth anything?

    November 2, 2019 11:32 am
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    Cody Kabetzke

    Hey sir, I have a 1939 Finnish mosin nagant made by sk.y in 1939. Gun is in mint condition has the SA markings on the upper left side near bolt and the s in gear marking behind rear sight . Every thing matches . Would you say I have a rare mosin?

    October 25, 2019 5:46 pm
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    Mike

    Just baught a 22 cal Nagant rifle. Hadn't done my research on the gun so it was a guess to what it was worth. I'm pretty sure it was imported as it had a car tush that said Mo in a rectangle and a D in a circle. Serial number is AB05879 built in 1954. Anybody got any ideas?

    October 12, 2019 2:16 pm
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    Paul

    Hi Brian, I have two of these Mosin Nagant, and both have the Hexagon barrel right by the bolt, and I heard these are more rare and worth more ? What are your thoughts, as that is one thing you never mentioned or talked about ?

    September 12, 2019 11:28 am
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      David, PPT Editor

      Hex receivers are generally slightly more valuable, but normally not by very much at all. Value will mostly depend on the condition and the exact model/factory/date of the rifle.

      September 12, 2019 11:34 am
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    Jeremy

    I purchased an Albanian SKS in the early 2000's for $160 and it turns out only 18,000 were ever produced and only 5,000 or so are still in existence worldwide. Last I checked they are worth a minimum of $750.

    August 23, 2019 12:02 pm
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    james boland

    been looking for picture of mosin nagant made by westinghouse.i held one yesterday.its longer than the original 01-30.thanks for the picture of top of barrel.price is $600.

    August 8, 2019 9:00 am
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    Carl

    Wow, a ten-thousand word article with only about ten words devoted to useful information. Really crappy work, Brian.

    April 15, 2019 8:33 am
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      David, PPT Editor

      1400 word article, but whos counting.

      April 15, 2019 4:16 pm
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        Cub

        Shoulda been about 140.

        December 12, 2021 8:56 pm
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    Shad

    I have 1 with a 1906r on the stamp with matching numbers curious what it’s worth

    April 11, 2019 10:08 pm
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    Brent Oyler

    Mine says russian and has a russian symbol stamped on it...is it rare?

    November 23, 2018 11:01 pm
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      David, PPT Editor

      Probably not. Russia built more than 35 million of them.

      November 24, 2018 8:23 am
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      derf

      NO! Tell me of 37million made, what makes yours special?

      May 18, 2019 5:48 pm
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    Eric Andrade

    I found an old black 1901r Russian M91 with a hex receiver, the bolt is damaged but looks like it works, buddy said I can have it for $15. Is it worth anything?

    November 4, 2018 1:53 pm
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      Jeremy

      Definitely worth more than $15 for parts alone

      August 23, 2019 12:03 pm
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    Bonnie

    I have a 1916 M 91 Finnish Army Rifle in excellent condition all matching serial numbers and has the KMK button intact( I have been told they were removed for some reason by the Russians). It has the original strap and one collector said it had a few rare features. I am in Canada but have uploaded images to a Gun collector site in the states and was told I could sell it there for over a thousand. Here in Canada the most I was offered was $500. It was purchased from the grandson of the original owner/soldier who immigrated to the US after the war at a yard sale in Maine.

    November 4, 2018 12:13 am
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      John

      Thanks for sharing Bonnie - that's pretty wild! You definitely don't see $1k Mosins every day - but sometimes owning a rare little piece of history is nice too. Decisions!

      November 5, 2018 4:49 pm
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        derf

        Hang on to it! It is probably worth a little more than you paid for it. Don't think you will make much more if you sell it. Leave it to a desreving family member (son or Daughter) by that time it should br worth significantly more. Remember there were more than 37 million of these made. littlr by litte this number of usable guns will decrease and those that are a little special now will be wortth much more in 30-50 years.

        May 18, 2019 5:54 pm
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    manuel höfler

    Hi, i got an demilitarized Mosin Nagant from the New England Westinghouse company 1915
    561731 and a boxed sa. anyone know if its Rare or how much is it worth in demilitarized Condition.
    thanks for Help

    October 12, 2018 11:18 am
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    R.

    Westinghouse 1915 SA missing rod cleaner, bayonet, and rear sight. Has everything else, including strap. Value?

    September 27, 2018 4:18 pm
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      David L

      That is impossible to determine without knowing several more points of information, also we aren't experts on the market value of Mosin Nagants.

      September 29, 2018 2:43 am
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    Scott smitherman

    Serial 9130248931value?

    September 13, 2018 1:30 pm
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      David L

      Sorry, it is impossible to tell based off just the serial.

      September 13, 2018 2:59 pm
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    RussianMan

    So I bought a mosin for $150 about a year ago. I think it's cool but I don't know if it's rare or not. I can't find anything about the model. Its a 1920 izhevsk hex reciever it has all number matching if that helps. I don't know quite what I have my hands on so if anyone could help that would be awesome.

    August 21, 2018 4:57 pm
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    Stephen Strickland

    I recently purchased a Mosin Nagant at a yard sale for $100. It is stamped with VKT D 20534 1942 and has a boxed SA. Do you think it is a rare rifle?

    July 31, 2018 6:48 am
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      Darrell

      Not rare but not common,one of the better ones.

      October 3, 2018 6:19 pm
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    Domenico Tiziano

    The very first photo shows not a ‘91/30’ but a FAR FAR More valuable unupdated dragoon model from around 1900. Notice the lack of recoil lug in the finger groove. The solid, not split barrel bands, see the front sight? Not a post and globe, but a bare bareleycorn. The rear site is also a flat leaf, not the leaf with the slightly upturned end on a 91/30. How about the lack of sling estucheons on the stock? Yup. Notice the sling swivel ha going off the front of the magazine? Another clue there. KIND OF IRONIC HUH?! An article thats supposed to help people learn more about their Mosins is written by someone who mistakes a $3,000+ rifle for a common $270 one. OOPS! Lol

    July 29, 2018 6:11 pm
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