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 common question seen on Mosin related forums is what is the difference in accuracy between the M38 and M44 carbines? The more I research Mosins, the more I understand that there is no single correct answer. Even the Soviets did not understand the situation until late 1944, when a meeting was conducted about this question and all controversial reports.... Read more
June 06, 2021
Most collectors of Russian firearms tend to consider Tula produced M91/30 rifles as a bit more valuable than Izhevsk made ones. But after the German invasion, the "genuine" Tula arms factory was split into parts and... Read more
May 25, 2021
In 1934 the Soviets tested an interesting design feature, related to machine gun and rifle barrels – rifled liners which were installed into drilled barreled blanks. These were supposed to be easily replaced once the rifling was worn from heavy use... Read more
May 17, 2021
May 09, 2021
The majority of collectors know about the fact that after the German invasion the Soviets introduced many simplifications into the production of their firearms. In another articleI already covered some of those changes in M91/30 production... Read more
During the late 1920's - early 1930's there was a lot research done in order to create a sniper rifle that could be produced on a large scale. Both the Artillery Directorate and Soviet sports shooting clubs considered another way to improve the accuracy of a rifle - by installing a peep sight.
April 24, 2021
April 17, 2021
The Soviets used a standard pattern of testing for their own firearms, trial or serial. They were:
- Initial bullet speed test;
- Accuracy test;
- Practical fire rate test (mainly for trial guns);
- Reliability test in different conditions.... Read more
April 07, 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.