The Mosin Nagant M91/30
The Mosin Nagant M91/30 is one of the most iconic weapons in military history. Production began in 1891, lnd to this day, a Mosin Nagant still patrols the modern day battlefield.
When this weapon was first introduced, it was presented as two completely different models by two different designers – Captain Sergei Mosin of the Russian Imperial Army, and weapon designer Leon Nagant, from Belgium. Both designers had extremely similar designs and were competing for the military contract to supply the Imperial Army. Immediately following who was declared the “winner,” Nagant filed for dispute against the patent, and even wanted royalties for the design since his model was not chosen. As for Mosin’s designed, a patent was never officially declared, since at the time, it was a Top-Secret design and technically owned by the Government. Nagant eventually cooperated with the Government, and even accepted money, and agreed to not take any legal action for the patent. From this incident, the nickname “Mosin-Nagant” has been forever branded to the infamous rifle. Official names for the Mosin Nagant design are actually allocated based on versions and military commissions, such as “M91” and “M44.”
When the Mosin Nagant first hit the fleet in 1891, it was intended for the horse-mounted Russian Imperial Army Calvary units, also known as “Dragoons.” As time passed and Calvary units were phased out and replaced by mounted vehicles and full ground infantry units, the “Dragoon Rifle,” also known as the M91, would also go through phases as well.
When the Soviet Union came into power, producing and purchasing new rifles was no longer an option as the world was on the brink of it’s second World War. Instead, modifications to the old M91 were made to increase reliability and accuracy. This improved version is known as the M91/30 and was standard-issue to the USSR’s new Red Army. The most accurate M91/30 rifles were issued as “sniper rifles” to the Army’s top sharp-shooters. Some of them even had standard issued scopes mounted on them, though many snipers were still known to use only standard iron-sights. The iconic film, “Enemy at the Gates,” is a prime example of how this rifle was implemented during the battle of Stalingrad during WWII.
Over the next few decades, the Mosin Nagant would be modified into several different versions, such as a short barreled Carbine, and be produced and duplicated in many different countries. It is as iconic as the AK-47, and has stood against the test of time as one of the most predominate weapons in military history. It has even been seen as recent as 2014 patrolling during the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. This particular conflict is also one of the reasons why it has been increasingly hard to find in the United States. Since import laws from Russia have changed in response to this conflict, value for the limited availability of the remaining Mosin Nagants has increased substantially and has made them incredibly rare.
We at GunBuyer.com have managed to acquire a small batch of imported and undistributed rifles and have just released them to the public. This current batch of rifles even features the famous TULA STAR Stamp – a branding from the Tula Factory that is known for making higher quality Mosins than other factories, and has less numbers in circulation compared to non-Tula Stamped units (making these even more valuable and rare). Here is your chance to own a piece of World History while supplies last…..because unless the Mosin Nagant is again allowed to be imported to the US, we unfortunately won’t be seeing much more any time soon. Find it here at Gunbuyer.com!