…because it’s so unique. Odd. Bizarre. Different. And yet… not bad. Another gun blog has a beautifully sporterized Russian Mosin-Nagant rifle. Not only is sporterization something you very seldom see done to one these utilitarian old guns, which were mostly imported long after the peak years or sporterizing military bolt-actions, but it’s rarer still to see it done well. And it’s almost unheard of to see it done with high-art inlay and engraving. Go Read The Whole Thing™ over at RTB where he has lots more pictures.
An interesting rifle walked in today. Actually the rifle was a common Mosin Nagant; it was the fact the rifle had been engraved that made it interesting. The owner didn’t know much more than it was their Grandfather’s who brought it back from Africa. He claimed the diamond inlay was Ivory, but I had no way to verify that. The rifle had an additional two position safety installed which appeared to be functional. Sorry in advance for the cell phone pics.
The safety is visible in the photo. We’d love to know more details about this gun, such as its caliber (the stock 7.62mm x 54R, or perhaps something better suited to African game?) and who the maker is. It’s hard to believe someone could have done that gorgeous work and not marked the gun. Further, what Mosin did he use as a basis?
Mosins were made by the Tula, Izhevsk and Sestroretsk arsenals for the Imperial and Soviet Russian armies, but they also were made at SIG (Neuhausen, we seem to recall), Manufacture d’arms de Chatellerault, Westinghouse, Winchester, and Remington under contract, and at three Finnish makers. After WWII they were made in the Soviet satellite nations and in China.
Mosins are normally marked on the forward (well, on a Mosin, only) ring of the receiver. Any markings there were erased by the deep and rich floral engraving. (Someone who knows more about engraving might be able to pin down the style or even nation of origin of the surface work).
There are more pictures of this remarkable, but pretty, oddity at RomeoTangoBravo.net, a new gun blog to us. So go there and Read (well, Look At, ’cause we lifted most of his text but not all his pictures) The Whole Thing™