What IS This? Need Help Identifying a 1898 Mosin Nagant Finn M91 Rifle

What IS This? Need Help Identifying a 1898 Mosin Nagant Finn M91 Rifle Lil’ help?! If you are knowledgeable about Mosin Nagant rifles, please see the pictures below and let […]

What IS This? Need Help Identifying a 1898 Mosin Nagant Finn M91 Rifle

Lil’ help?!

If you are knowledgeable about Mosin Nagant rifles, please see the pictures below and let us know in the comments what it is that we have. In my limited research I’m finding some rather contradictory things about how this rifle is configured. Rather than bias your response, I’ll leave it at that and let the experts chime in.
Also, since the barrel bands are pinned, I am unsure how to get them off without damaging anything. I would really like to fully clean and inspect the rifle. Any help on how to properly get this Mosin apart is greatly appreciated.
Heck, even if you aren’t knowledgeable, check out the pictures. This is the most interesting Mosin Nagant rifle that I have stumbled upon in my brief experience with old MilSurp rifles.

Feel free to leave opinions on the rifle’s worth in the comments.

Useful stuff: Mosin books and parts at Amazon.  Cleaning kits and Mosin parts from Brownell’s.

Why Mosin Nagant?

A couple of months ago I was only vaguely familiar with Mosin Nagant rifles. We had a Mosin Nagant Modernization build (click for overview of those builds) on the review calendar and I set out to find manufacturers interested in sending in parts for inclusion in the build and review. So many brands wanted in on the project that we expanded to two Mosin Nagant upgrade builds. That meant tracking down two Mosin Nagant donor rifles. I could only find one via local stores, a plain Jane 1943 round receiver 91/30. However, while searching for Mosins I ended up trading for a 1926 Finnish M91 on a pre-war Hex receiver. My research led me to the conclusion that the Finn M91 would not be a good candidate for cutting and threading the barrel, drilling and tapping the receiver for the scope mount, etc. The Finn appears to me to be “too collectable”. I eventually found a Molot refurbed 91/30 on a hex receiver. The Molot refurb process plastered near billboard sized laser etching all over the receiver, so I made it the second Mosin Modernization Project donor rifle. We will have a third rifle at some point as soon as a bullpup kit manufacturer finishes his latest version and can get a production model out to us… so I am still looking for donor Mosins that are rather vanilla, with little/no collector value. *Update: I found an M44 barreled action and put it in the CBRPS bullpup kit (pics here). Review to come. In the mean time I have expanded my interests to include Mosin M39 (link to stories about 2 rifles), K31 Swiss (link to several K31 articles), M1 Garand (several Garand post and videos) and M1 Carbine rifles (articles).

How did I get this really old Mosin Nagant?

This ongoing search has introduced me to several interesting Mosins that are “too nice” to cut up for the Mosin Modernization project, and introduced me to a few online forums and FB groups with a Mosin Nagant focus. I happened to have FB open one day last week when a member of a mosin group posted these pictures of a Mosin he found at a local pawn shop, but did not wish to purchase.

1898 Mosin Nagant tula stock badge Hex - at pawn shop full

1898 Mosin Nagant tula stock badge Hex - at pawn shop receiver

1898 Mosin Nagant tula stock badge Hex - at pawn shop barrel roll mark

1898 Mosin Nagant tula stock badge Hex - at pawn shop stock medallion

I PM’d him asking if he would like to earn a finder’s fee for buying it and shipping it to me. He declined, but posted the contact info for the pawn shop. I thought about it for about 45 seconds, but quickly decided to at least call. The shop owner answered, confirmed he still had the gun and would be willing to ship it to my FFL. I tried to haggle a bit, but could hear someone else in the shop telling another caller that he thought the mosin was being sold to someone else (that would be me). So, I accepted the price and gave my payment info. In the background I heard another caller being told that he was the 4th person to call in the past 5 minutes, but the gun was sold. Had I waited another 15 seconds before I dialed I would have missed this rifle.

Fast Forward one week

I picked up the “new” Mosin Nagant Rifle last night and took these pictures this morning. Sorry they are indoor pics. It was raining pretty hard this morning.

Also interesting, upon taking this M91 apart I realized it has an antique receiver, which means I didn’t have to bother my FFL with it. I could have legally had it shipped straight to me.

Useful stuff: Mosin books and parts at Amazon.  Cleaning kits and Mosin parts from Brownell’s.

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Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits.

A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps http://MGECOM.com acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management.

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