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1930 Tula M1891/30 refurbished Mosin Nagant

1930 Tula M1891/30 refurbished Mosin Nagant

okay I did a little video on the refurbished he's just rifle 91/30 figures time do Tula this one was manufactured in 1930 it has a hex receiver obviously till the state with the hex receiver until mid 1936 and here we can see by that little gap under there right there between the sight base and the barrel that this rifle started off life as a dragoon rifle but was upgraded to 90 130 probably after world war ii see it's got the pin sight base all of that right there in the stock we have one of the unknown markings now this rifle is an earlier import this was imported probably around the year 1999-2000 right around the time that the receiver import marks were mandated but they could still be small and fairly unobtrusive this one was imported by ass tech arms you can see who doesn't show up that much I'm getting close to you can see the distance UT can't even tell it's there right there 76 to 854 Aztek we have the tool Imperial sorry the tula communists to start marking on there and like many of these early imports for some reason at least the ones that I've acquired you can see that the shellac is in somewhat delicate shaped shellac is not the best of stock coverings only the Russians ever used it and you can see what happens to it when it begins to age this was probably refurbished 70 some odd years ago and it's beginning to become alligator then bubble on the stock not much you can do about it just what you like does and it gets old just have to handle it delicately and we have some little marks back here where is it ah there it is another unknown mark probably inspection stance most of these little ones are inspection stamps yeah another one there a couple of them there actually and of course right here we have it very clear we furbish been stamped for wood that's the box with a diagonal slash and whatever this unknown marking is back here now that's the refurbishment stamp right there all the refurbished rifles have it most of them have it sometimes they forgot to put it on various little stamps another one right there who knows what it means when I say unknown it means that at the current time we had been given no information as to what these stamps may be anybody says they know it's full of shit other than to say that they're probably a guess that their inspection marks you see how the shellac is beginning the flake over here who needs to be handled carefully now this one this rifle I'm going to show you a quick and dirty method here to check the muzzle erosion here take a bullet what an airy bullet regular light ball here stick it in this bores it'll go like that no you least do it the rifle standing up but and as you can see it doesn't penetrate very far on this one that right there is about as good as any of these bores is ever gonna gets like brand new and it is this very clean board this one it's like I was never shot some of them will penetrate a little bit further that will indicate that it's had a little bit of wear doesn't mean it's bad just means it's got some wear on it doesn't take much wear for the ball to penetrate if it goes all the way like say well holy up to there that would indicate you have a counter bore in the rifle all that means is they drilled out the rifling about a quarter to a half an inch in there to take care of the warned area on really really worn bores but on this one it only goes that far and that's pretty much brand new that's pretty much nowhere at all that's a quick and dirty way to check the bore erosion on there but I mean that muzzle erosion but the order warning don't do this at a gun show or a gun shop you don't walk into such places and then pull out a live round that's very very bad form might even get you hurt something you do when the rifles at home or you ask permission of the shop owner to do it for you you can see it's a fairly typical refurb it's been reblued stamped numbers on there of course it's nice and tight headspace on this of course is like where a new trigger it's pretty tight on there too pretty good for a reefer if somebody sees up horrible triggers on this dome this one breaks it about I'm gonna say five pounds which is good because I've had some that would break at about eight towns and some that look through three and a half depends I don't know if we've covered everything there's a few little tiny marks back here but nothing of consequence whether the cosmoline still on there making them hard to see you can see the upgrade they replace the blade sight with the hooded sight as you see there globe and post that's typical 91/30 the original Dragoon rifle would have had the old-style dragon sights on this does not see if we got any line outs no well line outs stamp matching number on the mag plate too it's an appropriately russian-style day today sure the rifle is enjoying a little taste of winter windchill is about 10 degrees real fun so I'm not gonna linger too long on this just give you a look at a tool ax refurbished model 1891 30 Soviet rifle no I forgot there's a little mark there on the receiver to another top right there a couple little marks again very likely inspection stamps 1930 was the first year of the 91/30 rifle however it was phased in gradually they didn't just start instantly making 91 30s they had to use it the old parts first and start making new parts so everything was phased in step by step when he ran out of the old sights they started using the new sights that happened sometime around 1933 so it's not surprising to see even though it is a 1930 it's not surprising to see that it was originally a dragoon rifle that's just how they were you know they didn't have the money to instantly start making a new rifle when they just decided to and the same thing for the front sight and the barrel bands which were solid one piece on the on the Dragoon rifle all had to be phased in but once the rifles were refurbished post-world War two they just upgraded them all at the same time make them all uniform in appearance and you can see here one last point right there that little square that is actually a very sloppily applied refurbished for metal stamp it should be a box with a vertical line through it next to it is one a little unknown stamps but right under there or at my finger is ID a little box that is the metal refurbishing standard you'll see it clearer and other rifles you know but that's just how they did things they were sloppy sometimes and that will do it for today

Reader Comments

  1. Here's another quick and dirty tip to restore the finish on that rifle. The shellac is easy to repair just use some cotton is a piece of lint free cloth (t-shirts work) to make a ball about the size of a golf ball. Wet it with denatured alcohol and rub the finish in a circular motion with it. The alcohol is the solvent used in shellac and it will liquify it and allow you to redistribute what is left with little effort. If you want a richer finish get some amber shellac at one HD or Lowes and using the alcohol moistened ball add additional coats. Shellac isn't very durable but it is easy to repair.

  2. That's likely the black paint that the Soviets used as a bluing fix on the refurbs. Around the front sight and the crown are places they loved to use the paint, and it will bubble off very easily. The entire refurb program seemed to be low budget, they spent were they had to, the shellac and bluing were sloppy.

  3. The refurbs will never be found as Dragoon rifles, Spanish Civil War Soviet aid rifles or Finn captures will be sometimes. Or you might get lucky and find one that was in the Balkans since the Great War.

  4. No, it's age that's doing it as well as the poor wood preparation done at the time of the refurb, they applied the shellac over oil and grease on the wood. It can be stabilized a bit by dabbing at the loose spots with a q tip dipped in vodka, be very careful not to dissolve the shellac away, just glue it back in place. Once these rifles hit the field the shellac was good for months at best.

  5. Izhevsk, one of Russia's oldest arsenals and still going strong today. I have a couple of '41 Izhevsk Mosins, a 91/30 and M38 carbine, both are Finn SA, and '41 marked, the carbine has been in a video already, the rifle awaits another day. The Mosin is more than enough for most game in north America except maybe for bear.

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