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M1891 dragoon and infantry models

Postby Marauder 1 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:36 pm

With the start of World War I, rifle production was restricted to the M1891 dragoon and infantry models for the sake of simplicity. Due to the desperate shortage of arms and the shortcomings of a still-developing domestic industry, the Russian government ordered 1.5 million M1891 infantry rifles from Remington Arms and another 1.8 million from New England Westinghouse in the United States. Some of these rifles were not delivered before the outbreak of the 1917 October Revolution and the subsequent signing of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which ended hostilities between the Central Powers and Russia.

Mosin–Nagant rifles in Great Britain were used to arm American and British expeditionary forces sent to North Russia in 1918 and 1919. The rifles still in the United States were primarily used for the training of U.S. Army troops. Some were used to equip U.S. National Guard, SATC, and ROTC units. Designated "U.S. Rifle, 7.62mm, Model of 1916", these are among the rarest of American service arms. In 1917, 50,000 rifles were sent via Vladivostok to the Czechoslovak Legions in Siberia to aid in their attempt to secure passage to France.

Many of the New England Westinghouse and Remington Mosin Nagants were sold to private citizens in the United States before World War II through the office of the director of Civilian Marksmanship, the predecessor to the federal government's current Civilian Marksmanship Program.

Large numbers of Mosin–Nagants were captured by German and Austro-Hungarian forces and saw service with the rear-echelon forces of both armies, and also with the German navy. Many of these weapons were sold to Finland in the 1920s.
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Re: M1891 dragoon and infantry models

Postby Iron_Colonel » Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:25 pm

I think this would be an interesting place for the mention of the Bannerman conversions of Mosin Nagants to .30-06. I have never heard this being done to any Russian M91s, but the American ones that didn't leave the country, that's another story!
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Re: M1891 dragoon and infantry models

Postby Marauder 1 » Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:27 pm

Great point! I don't have info for those but if you do post away!
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