|Model 1891/30 (винтовка
Мосина) – the most prolific version
of the Mosin-Nagant. It was produced for standard issue to all Soviet infantry
from 1930 to 1945. Most Dragoon rifles were also converted to the M1891/30
standard. It was commonly used as a sniper rifle in World
War II. Early sniper versions had a 4x PE or PEM scope, a Soviet-made copy
of a Zeiss
design, while later rifles used smaller, simpler, and easier-to-produce 3.5x PU
scopes. Because the scope was mounted above the chamber, the bolt handle was
replaced with a longer, turned version on sniper rifles. Its design was based on
the Dragoon rifle with the following modifications:
- Flat rear sights and restamping of sights in metres, instead of arshinii.
- A cylindrical receiver, replacing the octagonal (commonly called
"hex") one. Early production rifles (from 1930 to 1936) and
converted Dragoon rifles retain the "hex" receiver.
- A hooded post front sight, replacing the blade on previous weapons.