Rare Finnish M24 Model
At the time of the Russian revolution Finland was under the rule of the Tsar. When Nicholas II was deposed Finland declared its independence and defeated the Russian forces in Finland, but retained stores of arms. With an urgent need to build an army to defend itself from the real threat of Russia and having huge stock piles of captured Mosins already on hand it only made sense to adopt it as the primary rifle. The condition ranged from serviceable to “parts guns”. With an abundance of spare parts it was only natural to use them to build “new” rifles that could be put to use.
One of the earliest Finnish rebuilding programs was undertaken by the Civil Guard. The rifles were designated M24 and are the same basic pattern as the Russian M91. The funding for these rifles was raised by the Civil Guard Auxiliary known as the Lotta Svard and they are often known as “Lotta Rifles”. New barrels were purchased from the Swiss firm SIG and from three German firms. The SIG barrels are marked "Schweiz-Industrie Gesellschaft Neuhausen" on the right of the chamber above the woodline. The German barrels are marked "Bohler-Stahl" on the bottom of the barrel with no distinction between makers. All M24 barrels are undated and have the Civil Guard crest of an S topped with three fir sprigs in a shield on the chamber. All German barrels and the majority of Swiss barrels are heavier than the standard M91 barrel and have a "step" near the muzzle to accommodate a standard bayonet.
Finnish M91 & M24 have the same type sights as the Russian Konovalov design of 1908. The primary difference is the Finns remarked the rear sight bases in meters utilizing the existing notches. Occasionally an extra notch is cut at the rear of the base and is marked 2 (200 meters). Typically the numbers are placed on the right side of the base which was left blank by the Russians, but there are lots of variations in the manner of the numbering and how the existing Russian numbers were treated.
This is a really nice example of a Finnish Capture Imperial Sestroryetsk M91 Rifle
Later rebuilt as the Finnish M24
The bore is in very good condition
This is the longer rifle same as the 1891 example and not to be confused with the more common 1891/30 shorter rifle
The original Civil Guard number has been cancelled out, and so has the original serial number which has been reloacted on top of the barrel.
The walnut stock is the original Russian one piece type, and the top hand guard has copper rivets.
The barrel is the German Bohler-Stahl stepped heavy type
and is marked with the Civil Guard crest of an S topped with three
The rear sight has been remarked to metres & has the additional notch for 200 metres
For a rifle that is 118 years old , it is remarkable it is still in shooting condition considering the wars & conflicts it has proably seen.
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