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Postby elkhunter » Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:46 pm

what does the mo stamp on my m38 mean ?
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Re: MO marks

Postby Marauder 1 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:00 pm

MO usually means it was a Ministry Of Defense rifle, is it double dated?

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Re: MO marks

Postby elkhunter » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:56 pm

Well after looking for the date stamp...the MO mark seems to be missing ? I was also looking at a m44 when I bought this gun and one of them was stamped MO... must have been the m44... is a gun with the MO stamp good?
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Re: MO marks

Postby Marauder 1 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:08 pm

Hi Lee:
OK first off the MO stamping stands for "Ministerstvo Oborony", The Defense Ministry was established on March 15th, 1953, This was the result of a merger of the Military and Naval Ministries. The markings are found on M91/30, M38, M44, and M91/59 Mosin Nagants. Are they worth more? to some. The fact that it is a M38 makes it worth more off the bat. The Mosin carbines are very collectable at the moment. The M59 is another awesome rifle. They were for a while the best kept secret in the Mosin Nagant community. Once word got out about them however they were snapped up by collectors just like the M38's. I don't believe I've ever seen a M38 MO stamped rifle. I had my eye on a triple stamped MO M91/30 at Cabella's in Idaho, but they would not sell it to me because I was a CA resident.

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Postby elkhunter » Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:13 pm

Thanks Mark,
I almost bought the M44 but the m38 just looked and felt better
I always seem to buy with that mindset... was looking for a shorter gun for hunting and didn't like the bayonet on the m44
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Re: MO marks

Postby elkhunter » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:19 am

FOUND THE MISSING MO MARK... ITS ON MY 91/30... DATED 1943/1954
CAN THAT BE RIGHT?
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Postby Marauder 1 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:33 am

yep that's perfect, 1953 would have been the first year. Nice find there buddy..
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Re: MO marks

Postby kjohn » Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:29 pm

I have a 91/30 stamped "MO". Dates are 1942r/48. Go figure.
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Re: MO marks

Postby kjohn » Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:16 pm

I recall reading something about the double date matter, to effect that it hasn't been firmly established that the second date is necessarily always the date the rifle was transferred to the MO. It does sort of seem to apply to the one I have. There are also "triple date" MO's floating around.

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