You are likely visiting this website because you are interested in Soviet firearms history and you want to find answers to some questions. The main goal of this website is to provide accurate, confirmed information, based on sources and documents from the Russian military archives.
One of the main areas of focus will be the history of Soviet firearms - model 1891/1930 rifles, model 1938 and model 1944 carbines, Tokarev SVT-38 and SVT-40 rifles, m1895 revolvers, and PPSH-41 and PPS-43 SMGs. These were the most mass-produced and are the most discussed Soviet firearms among collectors these days.
Their history is very voluminous, and currently little explored. This subject will require extensive research and will bring many surprises. This website will also cover other Soviet firearms, in detail that depends on the amount of the archive documents that will be available to the author. This amount of archival documents is huge - so far tens of thousands of archive pages have been researched, the information found there is being prepared for publication.
The website will have two main sections, one with static content, that will provide reference information (the main part of which will be the Soviet M91/30 section), the other will be a Patreon blog that will be available to subscribers.
The proceeds of the small cost of subscription will go towards conducting further archival research, which are quite expensive for a single person. Crowdfunding will allow for the possibility to pull currently undiscovered, dust covered archival documents with valuable information. That information will be analyzed, excerpts will be provided to the subscribers.
Previously access to such information was unavailable to the majority of people, but now you have possibility to familiarize yourself with and learn new facts about Soviet firearms production history, which are based on primary sources.
One of the previous articles briefly covered the history of the 7.62x25 "burst" bullet. This bullet was not the only "burst" bullet created by the Soviets, they were designed in other calibers as well. The first Soviet 7.62x54r "burst" (expansion) bullet was adopted in 1939. A discovered report from 1943 describes the history of its adoption. It also has some facts about the use of these bullets... Read more
January 06, 2021
In 1920 the chief administrators of the Soviet military industry decided to move the production of some simple parts and accessories from weapon factories to civil factories. In their opinion, this move would allow firearms factories to focus on more complicated parts and to increase their production output...
December 17, 2020
On January 10th, 1936, the State Committee of Defense issued a resolution about increasing the performance of the existing sniper rifle that was in service – the M91/30 sniper rifle with Smirnsky top mount and PE scope. It was planned to increase the initial bullet speed... Read more
December 11, 2020
In December 1945, along with the 90 Degree Krummlauf for MP-44 trial, the Soviets tested an FG-42 with the ZF-4 scope. Their main interest was the scope, not the rifle. The trial report is called: "German 7.92 mm FG-42 assault rifle scope trial", the goal of the trial is described as "definition of scope features"... Read more
December 5, 2020
I started to describe wartime simplifications, initiated by manufacturing factories, in an earlier article. I knew that the first efforts were made in August 1941, but a recent batch of archive documents, which I received a week ago, contained an interesting document.... Read more
November 26, 2020
In the early-mid 1920's the Soviets came to the conclusion that they needed to have scoped sniper rifles as part of their armament system. At this time the Soviet military industry had no experience in the production of scopes... Read more
January 20, 2020
January 12, 2020
Several years ago I published an article about SVT-40 serial numbers and their correspondence to the month of the rifles' production. This information can be found in the SVT reference section on the m9130.info website. My research in this area continued and I was able to discover serial number data for other firearms and production periods... Read more
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Reference area provides interesting information about different Soviet firearms and devices, their markings, variations and manufacturers. At the current moment only some sections are finished, but later reference area will be updated with information about other firearms.
You already can find interesting articles on the M91/30 rifles and M38/M44 carbines subject, also about Tokarev SVT-40 rifles, PPS SMG's, some military optics devices.