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.
February 24, 2021
In a previous article I covered PE sniper rifle durability trials results. During these trials the mount with scope was not detached from the rifle – it was prohibited by the instructions, the proving ground employees knew this. In case if the mount with scope was removed, the impact point... Read more
February 17, 2021
Today the PE top mount sniper rifle is one of the most desirable Soviet-made sniper rifles among collectors. Serial production of the PE started in 1932, after it became the first officially adopted sniper rifle into service in 1931. It lasted until 1938, when it was replaced by the mod. 1936 PEM side mount sniper rifle.... Read more
February 10, 2021
February 5, 2021
The M91 modernization done in 1930 resulted in a minimal number of changes introduced into mass production – only the rear sight, front sight, barrel bands and bayonet were modernized. None of the numerous other suggested changes were adopted, because they caused interchangeability problems.... Read more
January 29, 2021
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, 2021
January 12, 2021
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
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.