I then learned that the NEW ENGLAND WESTINGHOUSE (1.8 MILLION Rifles) and REMINGTON ARMS (1.5 MILLION Rifles) - were both contracted by the Imperial Russian Government to make Mosin-Nagant M1891 Rifles. (7.62x54mmR)
I didn't know that these had been made - to a small extent - in USA.
- Did you know that numbers of these rifles had been made in America? - I have seen them offered for sale quiet cheaply here but always dismissed them as being old Russian "clunkers - who needs them?" - well I have to say that there's a lot of it about eh ... ignorance that is - my ignorance here.
One Each from either US Maker Mosin-Nagant 'Three Line" Rifles.
If you add that Mosin-Nagant record of production longevity to the biggest quantity ever made record of Kalashnikov (AK-47 Types) of roughly 100 MILLION - the Russians might justifiably claim to have the biggest success in rifle design and production.
More than 64 nations - including USA, Great Britain, & Israel have used these Mosin-Nagants which share some design features with Mauser, Lee-Enfields, Mannlicher, Carcanos, & the Gewehr 88.
"3 Line" refers to .30" caliber (1 "line" = 1⁄10 in or 2.54 mm, - thus 3 lines = 7.62 mm). - this is based on the old Russian system of measurement .. standardized by Peter-The-Great.
The Russian "cubit" was a standard distance from the elbow to the finger tip and called the 'ARSHIN' - it was something like our old 'yard' but measured around 2 foot four inches. - The Russian 'inch' was called a 'dyuim'. - a tenth of an inch was a 'liniya' (line). - and a 100th of an inch was a 'tochka' (point). - That's all fairly logical and straightforward .. before they went metric in 1925 eh.
.. At least the communists went Metric quiet early - SOME archaic countries STILL haven't modernized eh.
- These "old clunkers!" have made very successful sniper rifles and to this day are still widely used around the world.
Sporterized Mosin-Nagant Rifle.
The Finnish 7.62x 53mmR is interchangeable with the 'standard' 7.62x54mmR having very minor differences.