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Russian M38 Mosin Nagant Excellent 7.62x54R
by James G Date Added: Wednesday 10 July, 2013
The Mosin 91/30 was the standard issue service rifle, and the M38 was designed for mounted and rear guard units. Upon city fighting in WWII, the Soviets quickly learned how the 91/30s were disadvantageous and the M38 became a favorite if a soldier could get their hands on them. The M38 Buds mailed to me is a 1943 Izshevsk war factory production. All numbers are matching, no electro pencil and no X-outs. Regretfully, the stock is an M44 with the bayonet cut out slot, despite the forced (but not careless or trashy) matching number. This lowers the collector's value but I wanted mine to be a shooter anyway. It is not a museum piece, but mine merits it's "excellent" condition overall. The barrel is mirror clean, strong rifling. Not counter bored with a good crown. The barrel may be a modern replacement. Upon disassembly it has Russian stamping that looks modern. It may be just Russian export regulation but seems like proof markings to me. The side of the stock has the Ukrainian Z box re-arsenal proof stamp. The finish is better than most 91/30s which were made in desperation. The stamping still looks rushed, and a little sloppy, but that is to be expected. The finish is very good, not pristine, again that is to be expected. Little mars on the finish, nothing drastic. It is not a horror show like some beat up models. Not too much cosmoline, I've seen worse. Better bluing and finishing job than most 91/30s. The box is white with a Russian sticker on the side. The sticker translates to "Carbine, Hunting, model KO-38 Caliber 7.62-54R, two pieces. The rifle shoulders well. It feels short, tight and aggressive, perfect for walking in the woods. No sling is included. The kit shown in the photo is included along with a Russian paper booklet with simple information on the rifle. It proudly says how the rifle performs in conditions of 50 degrees Celsius to -50 Celsius. These are the first M38s that I have seen in years and I have meaning to pick one up since I started looking at Mosin rifles. Cheap and available ammunition. Before this shipment, they usually went for $400-$600. Possibly a good investment buy. They are shorter and by far the most practical variant of the Russian Mosin family. My order was placed on Saturday, shipped Monday and arrived on Wednesday. Very fast and efficient service. I am very happy with this little carbine. Great buy, awesome piece of history. M44s saw little to no action in the war, but almost all of these M38s were used bravely against the fascists. Get them before they are gone.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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