Is Your Mosin Nagant Worth 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.

But it could be, maybe.

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

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

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

The same thing holds true in the world of firearm collecting.  Even with a rifle like the Mosin Nagant that has seen over 37 million individual weapons manufactured over the course of history.

Certain Mosin Nagants can be much more valuable than the run of the mill, gun show rifle that many of us probably have sitting in the back of a gun safe or corner of a gun room somewhere.

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 price of a “common” rifle.

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

Condition

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

Sure, dings and damage that possibly occurred during the 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 being said, even a pristine Mosin Nagant that has been packed in cosmoline and stored in a warehouse since WWII isn’t going to allow you to retire to an island somewhere.

However, it may be worth a few hundred dollars more to a collector or someone who wants a rifle to display on their wall.

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 and a fair rule of thumb is that the rarer a certain rifle is, the higher the value of that rifle will be.

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

I am not claiming to be any sort of expert on the history of specific Mosin Nagant rifles or their value.  I’m sure 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.

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

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 a great example of how certain models of rifles can become rare and highly sought after or desired by collectors.

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 that led to Bolsheviks taking over the Russian government and quickly defaulting on the contracts with the arms manufacturers in the United States.

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.  Some of the remaining rifles had already been shipped all the way to Great Britain and those were used to arm the US and British expeditionary forces that were sent to Russia in 1918 and 1919.

The rifles that remained in the US were used for training in the Army and 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, which was known then as the Director of Civilian Marksmanship, sold some of the rifles to civilians for three dollars.

These rifles, designated as “U.S. Rifle, 7.62mm, Model of 1916”, have become treasured by collectors because they lack any stamped or engraved marks that are required of any military surplus arms imported into the United States.

Even more valuable are any of these rifles that were not rechambered for the .30-06 Springfield round as some of them were.

Rifle Caliber Smallest to Largest
Rifle Caliber Smallest to Largest

This story illustrates why it is so hard to pinpoint the value of certain Mosin Nagants and why only certain rifle models are truly valuable. 

This is certainly not the only example of valuable Mosin Nagants, but it is one of the more unique stories that shows why certain models are more valuable than others.

Markings

The markings on Mosin Nagant rifles can help collectors and gun owners to understand if they are in possession of a valuable firearm or not.  The markings on a rifle really tie into the rarity talked about above.

There is 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 that have been produced over the years.

However, they are the best place to begin any research you may want to put into your own Mosin Nagant.

This chart, from 7.62x54r.net, is a great place to see pictures of the various Mosin Nagant markings and how rare each rifle really is.

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 accessories that were made in small quantities for the Mosin.  Those small quantities mean these accessories are rare, that fakes or reproductions are common and also that they can fetch a very pretty penny on the collector market.

Mosin Nagant Wire Cutter Full Rifle
Mosin Nagant with Wire Cutter bayonet

Some of the more interesting ones include an experimental bayonet that was designed in 1905 and may have even been issued in small numbers during the Russo-Japanese War, a wire-cutter attachment that paired with the experimental bayonet to allows soldiers to cut wire on the battlefield.

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 their Mosin Nagant from below a trench without exposing themselves to enemy fire.

Mosin Nagant Modrakh
Mosin Nagant Modrakh Device

Conclusion

The odds of that Mosin Nagant rifle that you picked up at a gun show being extremely valuable are pretty long which means that that answer to the question posed by this article’s headline is most likely to be a resounding “no” or “not really.”

However, there are Mosin Nagant rifles out there that can be much more valuable than many of the common, mass-produced versions that inhabit the back tables at gun shows and the dusty gun racks in the corners of used gun stores.

Even if you don’t have a valuable Mosin Nagant, it may still be worth some of your time to do a little research into the history of your specific rifle.  If you find that it is a very common model, you will have at least learned a little more about a fascinating topic that has as much information to offer as you have a desire to learn.

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42 Leave a Reply

  • Jody Noel

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

    1 second ago
  • 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???

    1 week ago
  • 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

    2 months ago
  • 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.

    5 months ago
  • 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.

    7 months ago
  • James

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

    7 months ago
  • Rick

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

    9 months ago
    • Eric Morrow

      I have a 1900 'Finned' Dragoon.

      2 months ago
  • Shawn Cudnohufsky

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

    10 months ago
  • Jade J Juhasz

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

    11 months ago
  • Ira (Jake) Jakob USAF (Ret)

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

    11 months ago
  • Jay baumler

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

    1 year ago
  • 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?

    1 year ago
    • 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.

      1 year ago
  • paul k. bouchard

    No mention of the Mosin carbine rifle. How come?

    1 year ago
  • Josh

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

    1 year ago
  • 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?

    1 year ago
  • 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?

    1 year ago
  • 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 ?

    1 year ago
    • 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.

      1 year ago
  • 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.

    1 year ago
  • 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.

    1 year ago
  • Carl

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

    1 year ago
    • David, PPT Editor

      1400 word article, but whos counting.

      1 year ago
  • Shad

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

    1 year ago
  • Brent Oyler

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

    2 years ago
    • derf

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

      1 year ago
    • David, PPT Editor

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

      2 years ago
  • 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?

    2 years ago
    • Jeremy

      Definitely worth more than $15 for parts alone

      1 year ago
  • 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.

    2 years ago
    • 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!

      2 years ago
      • 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.

        1 year ago
  • 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

    2 years ago
  • R.

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

    2 years ago
    • 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.

      2 years ago
  • Scott smitherman

    Serial 9130248931value?

    2 years ago
    • David L

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

      2 years ago
  • 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.

    2 years ago
  • 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?

    2 years ago
    • Darrell

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

      2 years ago
  • 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

    2 years ago
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