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Wondering if your Mosin 91/30 might be an ex-sniper?
Wondering what an 'ex-sniper' Mosin is?
Wondering if I'm dumb as dog poop for even asking these questions?
Well.... I can help on a couple of these points.
Back when I first bought a few Mosin 91/30 rifles I posted a few pictures. It was quickly pointed out by the learned ones that I had an Ex-sniper on my hands.
How did they know, just based on a few pictures? Were they channeling a dead Soviet sniper lady from the battle of Stalingrad?
Nope, they just looked at the markings on the rifle. The CH on the receiver pointed the way, and the welded in plugs proved the truth.
During the patriotic war the soviets built a LOT of sniper rifles. I can't answer for the Soviets, but the Russians are not stupid and they knew every shot that hit an important target was better than ten thousand rounds hitting dirt.
For some reason the soviet
battle doctrine changed, or Druganov rifles were adopted, and many of these rifles were converted back into infantry weapons.The optics were removed and the mounting holes had plugs installed. These plugs were welded in and the welds ground off on the outside of the receiver.
My ex-sniper was chosen from a pile of a hundred on a dealers tables at a gun show. At the time I had no idea what an ex-sniper was, and chose based on bore and mechanical quality.
The rifle shoots pretty darn nicely for a $100 Com-bloc mil-surp.
I wonder how many people will read this, then trot off to the closet and
pull out their old Mosy? Gotta love it!
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