WWII Izhevsk Mosin Nagant PU Sniper 7.62x54R Bolt-Action Rifle MFD 1943 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1275

WOA#: WY220921TC001

Make: Izhevsk Mechanical Plant

Model: Mosin Nagant 1891/30 PU Sniper

Serial#: Cyrillic Serial number HO375

Year of Manufacture: 1943

Caliber: 7.62x54mmR

Action Type: Bolt-Action Rifle with Fixed Magazine

Markings:  The markings are in Cyrillic and have been romanized.  The barrel shank has Izhevsk markings including  a faded hammer and sickle surrounded by wheat, “1943r” (1943 Goda, the year 1943), the serial number “HO375”, an Izhevsk arrow inside a triangle. The top of the receiver is marked, “M91/30 RUSSIA 7.62X54R C.A.I GEORGIA VT. M9130803875”.  The left side of the scope mount is marked, “875” with Izhevsk proof.   The side of the bolt is marked, “375”.  The top of the scope is marked with a sickle and hammer with “91/30 N4-816958”.  The base of the rear sight is marked with anIzhevsk proof. The magazine is marked with the serial number “375”. The bolt features the serial number “375” and Izhevsk proof marks. The bent-bolt features a longer handle specific to the sniper variant of the m91/30. The buttplate is marked, “375”.  The barrel bands have Izhevsk proof marks. The right side of the forend is marked with a star. The right side of the butt features a box with a “/” through it which indicates the stock was refurbished at Arsenal No. 1 in Balakleya. The belly is marked with a “U”.

Barrel Length: 29”

Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a dovetailed post on a ramp with a protective hood. There is also a tangent leaf rear sight with a “U”-notch which is graduated in 100s of meters from 1-20, inclusive. There is also a PU (Pritsyel Ukorochyennyy which translates to shortened sight) 3.5×21 scope which is attached to a base which has been screwed onto the left side of the receiver. The scope is adjustable and features a German style reticle, the reticle is sharp and the glass is clear. The scope has some handling wear which includes small scratches, nicks and scuffs. Overall, the scope is in Excellent condition.

Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip:  The arsenal refurbished stocks are two-piece wood featuring a hand guard, a slot for the included cleaning rod, two barrel bands and their springs, a sling eyelet with a washer, a through bolt, straight wrist, slightly curved comb, sling eyelet with washer and a metal buttplate. The stocks are gorgeous.  There are no noticeable scratches, nicks or dents. Upon the closest scrutiny there is a tiny almost unnoticeable dent in the wood on the left side where the two stocks meet.  The LOP is 13” from the trigger to the rear end of the buttplate. The buttplate has some handling wear and some minor finish loss around the leading edges. Overall, the stocks are in Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original to Arsenal Refurbishment.

Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright. The rifling is sharp. There is some erosion in the bore concentrated in the grooves.

Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 80% of its metal finish. There is some minor loss in the bluing on the scope bracket, barrel.  The receiver retains most of its finish.   The markings are clear. The screwheads are serviceable. Overall, the rifle is in Fine condition as refurbished.  Many of these rifles were modified by CAI to resemble the PU Sniper, this one appears to be so.  It is likely a Mosin Nagant that was tweaked into an PU configuration.  The Bolt is factory bent down is but not long enough to match the original PU snipers.  This is a great refurbished example of a PU sniper, but is not an original.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The safety works correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box Paperwork and Accessories: There is a scope which is described in the sights/optics section above, a pair of leather scope lens covers, and a sling. The sling is a faded olive drab. The sling has some handling marks but remains in Fine condition.

Our Assessment: This Izhevsk Mosin Nagant model 1891/30 Sniper (PU) is a bolt-action rifle that takes 7.62x54mmR rounds. The M91/30 was the most widely produced variant of the Mosin Nagant rifle and it saw service in a number of conflicts including a clash against the Japanese during the Battle of Khalkhin Gol in 1939, the Winter War against Finland in 1940 and the Great Patriotic War (WWII). The rifle was used to great effect during the battle of Stalingrad by soviet marksmen. Notably, Vasily Grigoryevich Zaitsev dispatched over 200 German troops, including a number of snipers, with his M91/30 during the epic battle.  This rifle is also the rifle picked up by the world famous “Lady Death” who picked up the rifle from a fallen comrade and became one of the greatest snipers of all time scoring 309 confirmed kills during WW2.   Following WWII, the sniper variant of the M91/30 was retired in the Soviet Union but it would continue to see service throughout the Cold War by its allies.  This is a unique WWII vintage sniper rifle you do not want to miss out on!

WWII Izhevsk Mosin Nagant PU Sniper 7.62x54R Bolt-Action Rifle MFD 1943 C&R
WWII Izhevsk Mosin Nagant PU Sniper 7.62x54R Bolt-Action Rifle MFD 1943 C&R