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   The Mosin-Nagant Series of bolt-action long rifles and carbines are the product of Captain Sergei Mosin and Leon Nagant. They were the result of submissions to the Russian commission's attempts to replace the old Berdan rifles used in the Russo-Turk War. There was the Mosin-Nagant M1891/30, The Mosin-Nagant M1938 Carbine, The PU Scoped Mosin-Nagant M1891/30 Sniper, The Mosin-Nagant M1944 Carbine, and the Cut-Down to Carbine Length Mosin-Nagant M1891/30's called the Mosin-Nagant M1891/59 Carbine. The M1891/30, M38, PU M1891/30, and M44 all saw action in World War II, they were replaced by the SKS and AK-47.

The Mosin-Nagant M1944 Carbine of the Former U.S.S.R.:

The Former U.S.S.R., or Soviet Union had almost won World War II when they released the last model of the legendary Mosin-Nagant series of Bolt-Action rifles, the M1944 Carbine. All this nifty little carbine is, is a Mosin-Nagant M1938 Carbine fixed with a permanent hinge operated 4-Sided Spike Bayonet that fixes over the barrel directly forward of the sight. After the war was over the SKS and AK-47, two of the most legendary rifles ever produced, replaced the M44 and ended a dynasty, the Mosin-Nagant dynasty. Under the BLOC treaty, Hungary, China, Poland, East Germany, and Romania recieved the rights to the M44. The Mosin-Nagant has squared off against American Troops on several occassions; Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Lebanon, Iraq, Panama, Somalia, and Afghanistan, but in World War II it fought beside the U.S. M-1 Garand and helped bring the War-to-end-all-War's to and end. Today it is a cheap and reliable rifle, it is one of the most common military surplus rifles available on the U.S. market, and in my opinion you are not a miltitary surplus rifle collector until you have at least 1 Russian M44, either from the Izvesk or Tula Arsenal. By the way for you other milsurp buffs out there I do know about Mosin-Nagant M1891/59 Carbine, technically the final of the Mosin-Nagants, but all it is, is a shortened pre-built Mosin-Nagant M1891/30 so I don't consider them a "truely" designed Model.

   My Mosin-Nagant M1944 Carbine is all matching and original except for the cleaning rod that I crudely made in a haste for my M44 to have it's picture taken. It has 38 tally marks on the stock as well as some Russian writing and was manufactured at the Izvesk Arsenal in 1946. This was my 2nd Military Surplus Rifle and was bought at the same pawnshop as my Yugo SKS! I have hurt my self taking care of this rifle more than I have hurt myself working on cars. In my house we joke that our M44 still hasnt let the cold war die, lol. As always below is a table full of M44 technical information.

Nation of Origin:

United Soviet Socialist Republic (U.S.S.R.)
Type:
Bolt-Action Carbine
Length:
3 Feet, 6 Inches
Weight:
12 Pounds, 6 oz.
Caliber:
7.62 mm
Cartridge:
7.62 x 54R
Wars Used In:
World War II, Polish Revolution, Korean War, Chinese Civil War, Vietnam War, Russo-Afghan War, Persian Gulf War, Operation's Gothic Serpent & Restore Hope (Somalia), Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Primarily Used By:
The Soviet Red Army