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.
November 13, 2020
The Soviet experience during the early stages of WWII showed that the army required a full and semi auto weapon, which was lightweight, durable, and had a longer distance of effective use compared to submachine guns. The AVT-40, a full-auto version of the SVT-40 Tokarev rifle, which was mass produced since mid 1942... Read more
I published some information about M1895 revolver production in previous articles. This revolver is one of the most iconic Russian/Soviet firearms, is relatively easy for collectors to find and is affordable, making it quite popular. Collectors have a lot of interest in it, but its history still has a lot of undiscovered areas... Read more
November 04, 2020
In one of the recent articles I wrote about the production of Maxim M1910 MG’s by one of the Leningrad factories during the siege. Leningrad was a unique city, it was able to mobilize all of its industry, with very limited resources and supplies, successfully switching many civil factories to firearms production...
October 28, 2020
Many collectors with at least some basic knowledge about soviet firearms know that some simplifications in production were introduced by the Soviets in 1941-1945. However, there is no detailed information why, how and when this was done. I’ll try to explain this in this article... Read more
October 21, 2020
Most milsurp firearm collectors try to find period correct accessories for their firearms, they enhance their look and add historical value. However, if we are talking about older Russian and Soviet firearms, the current description of their accessories available to collectors is sparse, compared to items from other countries.... Read more
October 14, 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
As it became known from archive documents, despite strict control during production (factory quality control and military acceptance), some Soviet firearms and parts were made out of spec and issued. These included deviations in the metal compound, hardness and sizes... Read more
November 19, 2020
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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.