Rare Izhevsk Mosin Nagant M1891/59 in 7.62x54R
Rare Izhevsk Mosin Nagant M1891/59 in 7.62x54R. Overall this rifle is in very good to low excellent condition. Mechanically it functions as it should. The bore is semi bright with minor frosting, strong lands and grooves. There are very minor handling marks on the receiver, barrel, and stock. There is a moderate spot of rust of the original buttpad (See pictures). There is very minor discoloration on the magazine. There are minor spots of finish loss on the receiver around the edges.
The M1891/59 is essentially a copy of the M38, with the only major difference being the rear sight, which is the same size of the 91/30s rear sight, however, the sight numbers were partially ground off to reflect reduced range. These rifles were commonly called "91/59s," and were created by shortening M91/30 full length rifles to carbine length. Whatever it's background is, the M91/59 is very similar in design to the Soviet's M38 Carbine, but can immediately be distinquished from the M38 by the "1891/59" marking on the top of the barrel shank. Other markings include the Soviet Hammer and Sickle, the date of manufacture for the original 91/30 barrel (1943), along with the serial number and arsenal logo, which happens to be Izhevsk. The receiver is dated 1943. The left side of the stock is marked with the serial number. The handguard is a cut-down M91/30 handguard, rather than a standard carbine handguard. This was done to fit the full-length rear sight.
The total production numbers for this rifle are unknown, however, it is estimated to be around 35,000. This rifle includes a cleaning rod. This a somewhat rare and unique rifle that would make a great addition to any Mosin Nagant collection.