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MosinNagant Sniper Rifle and Ex Sniper

History and facts about the Mosin Nagant Rifle

MosinNagant Sniper Rifle and Ex Sniper

Postby Marauder 1 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 2:56 pm

The Mosin–Nagant was adopted as a sniper rifle in 1932 and was issued to Soviet snipers. It served quite prominently in the brutal urban battles on the Eastern Front, such as the Battle of Stalingrad, which made heroes of snipers like Vasili Zaitsev and Ivan Sidorenko.

The sniper rifles were very much respected for being very rugged, reliable, accurate, and easy to maintain. Finland also employed a modified version of the Mosin–Nagant as a sniper rifle called the M28 with similar success. For example, Simo Häyhä is credited with killing 505 Soviet soldiers using his M28 Mosin–Nagant.

In 1936, the 91/30 was again modified, this time to speed production. The receiver was changed from its octagonal shape to an easier to make round receiver. When war with Germany broke out, the need to produce Mosin-Nagants in vast quantities led to a falling-off in fit and finish of the rifles.

The wartime Mosins are easily identified by the presence of tool marks and rough finishing that never would have passed the inspectors in peacetime. Wartime stocks lack the metal sling excussions that surround the slots cut in the stocks for the sling mounts. However, the basic functionality of the Mosins was unimpaired.
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