Finnish - Mosin Nagant - Model 1891
M91 - M24
Serial No 16466
Very Good Condition
This is the M91 Long Rifle
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 many Mosins already on hand it only
made sense to adopt it as the primary rifle.
Between WWI and WWII Finland actively traded other types
of rifles in their inventory with countries across Europe and Asia for
Mosins which they had captured. 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.
From 1922 to 1924 Suomen Ampumataruikehdas made a small number of M91s
Finnish M91s can be found with a mix of features on rifles
of any age as there were no set standards, especially during later refurbishment.
The Finnish M91 - M24
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.
The Barrel is marked: SA = Suomen Armeija (Finnish Army)
The Serial number stamped in two positions on the barrel, top & side.
The serial number on the left side is cancelled as is the Civil Guard
The original rear sight on on this example has had the
original Russian arshini distances cancelled out, with new distances on
the right side metres.
Before Finnish rebuild this was originally a
Tula 1898 dated rifle
This example has matching serial number on the bolt & very
good shooting grade bore
*** Note: The correct Variation for a Mosin Nagant is "7.62"
or "7.62x54". A variation for a "7.62/308" is Not
Valid For Mosin Nagants ***