Pair of original matching 91/30 PU snipers and some questions
Seems that these original matching snipers are somewhat common in the USA but it took me years of constant searching to find these in Canada. Sorry for the mix of good and bad photos!
Both rifles were made by Factory No. 74 in Izhevsk and have excellent bores and scopes. You can really see the improvement in machining in 1944 from the 1943 rifle.
There is the Russian <r n C> marking laser etched on the bolt body. There are no import markings or export markings on the barrel nor receiver. From the Molot export though.
Factory logo (triangle) is missing from the magazine body. I've never seen that before. There is another stamp in that area which I have seen before. It was not scrubbed and there was no grinding from what I can tell. Many markings on the inside but no logo. Would this be an armorers spare? Just very lightly struck? edit: Ratnik has informed me that magazine bodies with a missing arsenal logo have been observed and that furthermore the magazine body is correct.
The nose cap is interestingly an early pattern with the Tula hammer marking. It's peculiar to me that this would be the only replaced part on the rifle. Perhaps it is original, I don't know. edit: He has also informed me that the factories were permitted to recycle older parts to expedite production. However, you cannot presume it is original as it could have easily been replaced as well. No way to know for sure.
The shellac was applied fairly thickly in some areas with visible runs. It makes certain stock markings a bit muddled but there are at least a dozen. I don't think it was sanded.
There is rear sight leaf spring is blued. I have not observed this before. The scope mount, receiver and other parts show typical bluing loss, where the barrel is more clean. Perhaps the barrel was re-blued, I don't know.
There is a clear triangle marking on the hand guard but I forgot to take a photo of it.
Last edited by bp2626; 01-22-2017 at 02:22 PM.
Looking for Mosin 91/30 bayonet ГС4625. Will pay well!