Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I'm Addicted (to Mosin Nagants) to Guns

Near the top of my "must have" wish list are a few rifles from the famous Tula Arms Factory in Russia. My list includes a SKS and a Mosin Nagant. I was browsing www.GunBroker.com yesterday and spotted a gorgeous 1939 91/30 from Tula with a very rare "XO-46" marking on the receiver. This orgin/meaning of this unique marking is unkown! I've scoured the internet and flipped through my Mosin Nagant reference book and can't find what this marking represents. I've seen mention of the "MO" marking, which indicates use of the Mosin Nagant by the "Ministry of Defense" but no indication of what the "XO" marking night mean.

In any case, I've always wanted a Tula 91/30 so I went ahead and put a bid on this fine Mosin Nagant. The seller listed a Buy Now price of $250, but I took my chances with a low bid and much to my pleasure I won the auction and am now the proud owner of this superb 1939 Tula Mosin Nagant with the rare "XO" marking!

My Mosin Nagant collection now includes:

1943 Izhevsk 91/30
1943 Izhevsk M38 Carbine
1939 Tula 91/30 "XO-46"

Feel free to leave some comments if you have any thoughts on the marking...

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