Familiarizing With The Mosin–Nagant Rifle

Technical advice applicable to the Mosin–Nagant Models 1891, 91/30, 27, 38, 39 and 44. Their actions are essentially the same.

by Chick Blood

The Russian Mosin-Nagant 3-line rifle, Model 1891 was one of the earliest bolt action military rifles made for smokeless powder cartridges. The design and hyphenated name resulted from a collaboration between Imperial Russian Army Colonel Sergei Ivanovich Mosin and the Belgian arms maker Emile Nagant of Fabrique d’armes Émile et Léon Nagant. Both rifle and carbine models, in military service for better than sixty years, have subsequently been manufactured in China, Finland, North Korea, Russia, Switzerland, France and the United States. Those still around from early production have octagonal receivers while those produced later have round ones. Despite the differences in receivers all Mosin-Nagants share a common characteristic.

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