From the Publisher
The Mosin-Nagant Rifle is the first book ever published in English about the Mosin-Nagant rifle and the breadth and depth of its information and its presentation has set a standard that other authors will find extremely difficult to meet in the future. It not only provides a history of the rifle’s development and use from the late 1880s to the 1970s, but provides a part- by-part description of differences between models and changes made during its long production life in countries around the world, including the United States. A long list of codes, markings and other stamps are also provided top aid in identifying when the rifle was made and when and where it was used.
About the Author
Terence W. Lapin was educated in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East as a linguist, national security analyst, and attorney. He is a member of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and a number of other federal and state bars.
Mr. Lapin has written numerous articles on a variety of subjects, and his work has appeared in the Economist, the Washington Times, and other publications; he contributed research and translations for a book on U.S. policy, The Carter Years. In addition to The Mosin-Nagant Rifle, he had also translated and annotated The Soviet Mosin-Nagant Manual; The Mannlicher Model 95 Rifle and Carbine; The Royal Italian Infantry Manual; and written Mauser Military Rifle Markings.
The author is a member of the National Rifle Association and the Virginia Shooting Sports Association,
Although the Mosin-Nagant rifle was in use for more than sixty years by half the world’s military forces, no book in the English language has ever traced its development and identified all its models and variations as manufactured around the world, including in the United States. No provided the part-by-part information needed by the collector and shooter. This is the first book in English, ever written about the Mosin-Nagant. It identifies every single model manufactured in Russia, France, the United States, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Finland, China and North Korea. Every part is described with all changes and markings, making it possible to identify the national origins of not only the rifle as a whole, but of every part. Chapters provide a history of its development and use from 1892 to its last manufacture in Hungary and China in the mid-1950s. Then each part is analyzed showing all changes in chronological order. All variations are described from the original rifle to the M1944 carbine with its unique folding bayonet. All Finnish variations are described and a history of the tiny country’s relations with its giant next door neighbor is included to show the derivation of Finland’s line of Mosin-Nagants. Sniper rifles from all countries are listed in a separate chapter as is the ammunition produced for the rifle and all accessories issued to the combat soldier. Of great value to the collector is the huge list of markings and codes found on all Mosin-Nagant rifles of whatever national origin, the first ever compiled. The Mosin-Nagant was one of the earliest small-caliber battle rifles developed in the late 19th century. Its rugged design and construction are borne out by the fact that the only changes ever made to its basic design were to shorten and lighten the rifle as ammunition improved and battle conditions changed. The Mosin-Nagant is without doubt, one of the premier battles rifles of the late 19th and early 20th century and a testament to skill of it Russian designer.