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    Default 2 Finn captured 1939 M38s with close serials

    I recently saw this 1939 Finn captured M38 pop up on a Facebook group asking about value. So naturally i showed mine off since i was tagged on the thread. Thats when i noticed that the serials were fairly close. Just a few hundred away from each other. It made me wonder if perhaps these two rifles could have served in the same Russian unit that was overtaken and had their weapons captured. This is the kind of stuff with collecting these rifles that really excites me. What to y'all think about it?
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    I think it's especially interesting that one retains the hammer & sickle while the other was scrubbed at some point. Also the FB one looks like it may have had barrel swapped onto a different receiver. Cool!

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    They're different prefix blocks, aren't they? If so, they aren't really that close on serials.







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    Do either of them have the 41 stamp?
    Now officially collecting Mosin M38s!

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    I have seen several 1941 M38s in the KA prefix that are Finn captured. And one in the KB. There is a chance that these were captured in transit to be used?

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    This KA2844 was mine years ago. FWIW; according to the owners daughter it was picked up at the Porlampi motti in the beginning of September 1941.
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    Appears to both be NM prefix and neither have the 41 mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msniper19 View Post
    I have seen several 1941 M38s in the KA prefix that are Finn captured. And one in the KB. There is a chance that these were captured in transit to be used?

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    Izhevsk K* prefix SVT-40's are one of the most common Finn captured SVT's. They were produced in August, and seems that just after production they were sent to the front line

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thecarnie View Post
    Appears to both be NM prefix and neither have the 41 mark.
    Oh, I thought it looked like they were ИМ and ЧМ. Maybe the way the light was hitting the first letter on the lower pic.







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