Russian M1891 Infantry Rifle, One Only
Original Item: Although adopted in 1891, Russia was not ready to begin production until 1892, and only 1439 rifles were made at Tula Arsenal. None were at Izhevsk or Sestroryetsk Arsenals in that year. Sestroryetsk began production in 1893, but produced only 16,517 rifles. This rifle thus is one of the very earliest M1891s manufactured in Russia as a whole, and is among the first three thousand made at Sestroryetsk. Some sources indicate that most pre-1905 rifles were lost in the Russo-Japanese War, adding to the rarity of this piece.
An exceptionally unusual feature of this rifle is that the original Russian sight markings in arshins are marked on the RIGHT side of the sight base. This has never been noted or recorded by any authority before. These graduations have the usual line through them, with the Finnish metric designations being added to the LEFT side, also not seen before. Includes original web sling with leather attachment belts, very elaborate original marking, two piece walnut stock.
Bolt number matches.
Russian rear sight range markings on left side
Finnish rear sight range markings on right side
No magazine number
Early barrel bands SCARCE
Recess for butt disk SCARCE
Original Russian cleaning rod included
Condition: Wood, excellent; Hand guard, excellent except for small missing chip at front end; Metal, excellent plus.
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