I like to make jabs about other football teams, post about my love for coffee and promote gun rights on my Facebook page. One photo I posted of my Mosin Nagant 91/30 — with the caption “some of us just want a gun with a bayonet” — got me a comment that led a friend of mine on the search for the origins of my WWII era rifle.
After seeing the black and white image above,”Nick” asked about the bent bolt on my Mosin. Obviously, the bolt came that way. Since it did, he offered to look into whether or not this particular gun could have been used as a sniper rifle during WWII. I snapped some pictures of my old gun and sent them to him.
Less than a few hours later, he had a response:
It was made at the Tula factory in 1943. It may have gone to Albania. I’m not too sure about Yugoslavia. It was imported by Century Arms International. Do you see any numbers near the woodline anywhere? Did you buy this from a store and did it have cosmoline (old russian preservation grease) on it?
The only numbers near the woodline are the serial numbers put on the Mosin by Century Arms, so that wasn’t helpful. But it did come covered in cosmoline. He said it “most likely came from Yugoslavia.” So, there we have it. I know a little more about my old gun than I did before. Thanks, Nick!
Any other information could be helpful. I’m still interested in knowing more about the history of this rifle. It’s so ugly that it’s beautiful, and it kicks like a mule, but it’s all mine and I love it. Got Mosin?