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.
The heavy “longrange” (Дальнобойная in Russian) bullet was accepted into service in the USSR only in 1930, much later than in many other countries. The Soviet design was based on the American .30 M1 ball.
Type “D” bullets were mainly designed for machineguns, but its use was also allowed in rifles and carbines. The supposed initial accuracy of the type “D” bullet (182 grain) was equal to light ball.... Read more
August 17, 2021
August 03, 2021
1919 produced Mosins, especially Izhevsk ones, are one of the rarest among all production years. There are a number of reasons which caused low production for the Izhevsk factory during that year (the Izhevsk factory at that point consisted of two factories – a Steel production factory and an Arms factory). In addition... Read more
Despite the fact that the model 91/30 rifle generally met the requirements for the main weapon of the infantry at the time of its approval, its length, even after being reduced in comparison with the infantry model 1891 rifle, was still too long for some highly mobile combat units. This problem was not new - during the time of the Russian Empire... Read more
July 27, 2021
A few days ago I shared with a fellow collector in Europe a link to the sale of a reproduction M1907 carbine (blank firing) in Russia (made by one of the companies within the structure of the Tula Arms factory). It had force matched parts, an artificially aged stock, redone barrel markings and a reproduction rear sight.
July 8, 2021
Because of the German offensive, Tula factory No. 314, which produced TT pistols, M1895 revolvers and SVT-40 rifles was evacuated and split into parts. The TT/M1895 production department was sent to Izhevsk where it was absorbed within the factory No. 74 structure..... Read more
June 29, 2021
At the end of this article I mentioned that one of the problems which didn't allow the Soviets to create semi-auto scoped rifles (with a centered placement of the scope) was the excessive length of the PE scope, its weight was also considered to be too high.
June 16, 2021
On November 11th 1944, the Artillery Committee of the Main Artillery directorate held a meeting in order to establish an accuracy standard for the M44 carbine. The meeting minutes contain interesting information about the inconsistency of carbine accuracy... Read more
August 26, 2021
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.