So, I just couldn't handle the thought of the Mosin sniper rifle I bought not having the original finish, so I sold it off and bought a different one from a different supplier. This time I went with a 1942 Izhevsk, since this was the first year of production with the PU scope. So, I get the rifle on Saturday, and it looks great! Excellent finish, excellent bore, all-matching numbers, clear optics...
But wait, what this? The date and national insignia was scrubbed by the Soviets from the barrel!
"No worries," I tell myself. "The date is usually stamped on the underside of the receiver." Except that starting in late '41 and ending sometime in '42, the date was typically not stamped here. And yep, just as I thought, no date here either.
LOL, I tell you, it's driving me crazy.
It surely is confusing people on the Gunboards forums right now. Best theory I've heard yet so far is that this was a rifle loaned to the East Germans, who would add their own mark typically right in the middle of where the barrel date would be. And so, when it was returned to the Russians, they just buffed off the marking and
the date to save time. But really, who knows?
I've already sent off an e-mail to the importer, hoping they have more info to share on this one. Someone, somewhere judged this to be a '42, and it'd be nice to know why.