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.
Starting in the late 1920's, the Soviets tried to design a semi-auto rifle which was to be used as a sniper weapon. In 1931 the Degtyaryov semi-auto rifle, which supposed installation of the sniper scope, was adopted and was produced in relatively small numbers in 1932.... Read more
M91/30 PU sniper rifle field made magazine modification
During the late 1930's Soviet weapon designers created several new pistol designs, in response to a request from the Main Artillery directorate. The TT-30 and TT-33 Tokarev pistols had some design issues, which were to be corrected in a future pistol. The main issue was an absence.... Read more
In October 1942 the Scientific Research Proving grounds made a trial of the British Sten MK II SMG and compared it to the PPSH-41. The serial number of the Sten tested was FC5352, it was a used/issued gun with an unknown round count.... Read more
Many countries, as well as the Russians and Soviets, tried to find ways that would allow their rifles to be effectively used at night. Glowing night sights were familiar to Russians at least since WW1 – they were widely used by Austrian troops on Manlicher rifles, finding them in relic condition is ... Read more
The first efforts to create a sound suppressor in the USSR were made at the beginning of the 1930’s. In 1931, a sound suppressor for the DP-27 machine gun was tested. In 1932-1938 tests were conducted on suppressors designed by Gulevskiy (1932), Schahnovsky (1934), three variations created by the NIPSVO proving ground (1938), Kondrashov (1938), and Kriger (1938). All of the testing was ... Read more
The 1943 Tula production is one of the least understood periods of Russian/Soviet M1895 Nagant revolver production. In October 1941, Tula factory No. 314, which produced SVT-40's and Nagant revolvers, was evacuated because of a German offensive. Part of the factory, responsible for SVT-40 production, was evacuated to Mednogorsk.... Read more
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.