By Garry James
Like its successor, the AK-47, the Model 1891 Mosin-Nagant and its numerous variations was one of the most widely dispersed military rifles of all time.
Seeing combat in its homeland of Russia/USSR, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East and Asia—not to mention as a training rifle in the United States in World War I—the Mosin-Nagant is among the top ten of the most successful bolt-action service rifles ever. Almost 40,000,000 were built in Russia/Soviet Union alone.
Like other military arms being manufactured at the time of the 1891 Mosin-Nagant’s introduction, the Russian infantry rifle was fairly long—51 inches. Over its lifetime the design would be modified into many different variants including shorter rifles and carbines.
As its more commonly-recognized designation indicates, the Mosin-Nagant was taken into Russian …Read the Rest
Source:: Guns and Ammo