Rare US Remington Made M1891 Mosin Nagant Rifle - 1917
The Mosin-Nagant rifle was adopted by Russia in 1891 after trials of several repeating bolt actions. It fires the 7.62x54r cartridge and is a combination of designs by Russian Sergei Mosin and Belgian Leon Nagant whose primary contribution was the feed system.
The official designation is “3 line rifle, model 1891”. A “line” is a unit of measure equal to 1/10th of an inch.
Production of the Model 1891 took place at the Russian arsenals at Izhevsk, Tula, and Sestroryetsk. Due to a slow start in Rusian production a contract was issued to the French arms company Chatellerault who built around 500,000 M91s.
During WWI contracts were issued to the American firms
of New England Westinghouse and Remington for 1.8 and 1.5 million M91s
After capture by the Finns, the original rear sights graduated in arshini (singular arshin) which is an archaic Russian unit equal to 28" were barred out and the oppsite side remarked in meters utilizing the existing notches.
The butt is marked AV3 for Finnish Arms Depot No3
The receiver has the Finnish SA property mark which stands
for Suomen Armeija, or Finnish Army
This example has matching numbers on the bolt,
the muzzle is counter-bored which is correct for Finnish rifles