Dear visitor!

If you read this, most likely you visited this blog because of the your interest to Soviet WW2 and prewar firearms, optics, or equipment. The main idea of this blog is to provide new, interesting, and confirmed information about listed above areas. Being originally from Ukraine, and the same time being a member of many foreign discussion boards, I noticed something that is not right. Here, at ex-USSR territory collectors have more easy access to historical documents, but because of the not friendly gun laws, and not developed gun culture, there are almost no access to real examples of WW2 firearms. Abroad situation is another – big interest to Soviet firearms, huge amount of real examples, but absence of documentary confirmed facts and big amount of myths. In this blog I will try to avoid this disproportion and unite facts confirmed by documents, and practical observation to make interesting posts and researches.
Future will show how succesful will be this effort, but I will do everything possible to provide comprehensive information about firearms. Plans are ambitious.
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Any comments and ideas are welcomed

Best regards, Alexander


6 thoughts on “Introduction

  1. Does anyone know what the “MO” stamp on Mosin rifles really means?
    It is a big concern to US collectors. We do not believe it is “Ministry of Defense” as claimed by some.

  2. I almost sure that this is soviet refurb (gun repair) facility marking, and this is not only my opinion. It’s definitely not a Ministry of Defence, because “Ministry of Defence” is not existed in 40’s when this marking was already used.
    One russian researcher currently is working in that direction, he alsready discovered meaning of many other refurb markings, but meaning of MO (and XO) markings currently not discovered. But they have all signs that are typical to refurb marks.

  3. The ‘MO’ stamp seems to be allied to the government department for the Russian Armed Forces in some way – Post WW2 Soviet ‘private purchase’ military watches that were made for the Soviet Ministry of Defence (and only available for sale to serving Military personnel upon production of their military I.D. card) have the marking ‘ZAZAK MO’ at the base of the dial, most of the former Soviet Bloc vendors of these watches on eBay usually translate this marking as either ‘By order of the Ministry of Defense’ or ‘Produced for Ministry of Defense’ so presumably the ‘MO’ marking either means ‘Ministry of Defense’ or something similar (at least from the ’50s onward)

  4. With all respect, version with something that is related to “Ministerstvo oborony” have no background under it. It’s just a coincidence. “MO” was used at least 11 years before abbreviation of Defence Ministry and Defence ministry appeared.
    MO marking at weapons have all features of the repair facility emblem.

  5. Thank you so much for starting this blog. US might be the place to find foreign arms but you only have to watch some of these infamous youtube vids / channels to get an idea of the ignorance that exists in certain countries about non USA military arms

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