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When is a Mosin Nagant not a Mosin Nagant?

By Mark Wheeler
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In 1917, after the Russian revolution, Finland seized an opportunity, declared its independence from Russia, and after a brief war in 1918 the Russians retreated.

 

Newly independent, and expecting Russian retaliation, the Finns needed to arm themselves. They brought some rifles from Japan and other places plus they had a heap of rifles left behind by the Russians, so being strapped for cash, as well as having no real manufacturing capability of their own they adopted the Mosin Nagant as their primary battle rifle.

 

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