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  1. Default Winchester Model 1895 7.62mm Russian Contract Rifle

    Here for your viewing pleasure in Winchester Model 1895 7.62mm Russian Contract Rifle serial number 283932 1916 production and falls within the serial number ranges 174,234-377,412 for the second contract of 200,000 rifles singed 27 August 1915 and completed deliveries by December 1916. Rifle has Russian XN3 acceptance proof mark on the right side of the frame. It also probably served in the Bolshevik Revolution and Spanish Civil War.








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    A few more photos to show details:










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    Grand old rifle! Wonderful pictures. You are fortunate to own it! Sincerely. bruce.
    " Unlike most conservatives, libs have no problem exploiting dead children and dancing on their graves."

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    If that rifle could talk it would be multi-lingual!!
    "There's a race of men that don't fit in,
    A race that can't stay still;
    So they break the hearts of kith and kin,
    And they roam the world at will." - Robert Service

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    Barrrel/bore in good shape after a hard service life:









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    That sure is neat! Wonder how and why it ended up here? The cartridge is very versatile and has had amazing longevity. I have had a few fired my way LoL.

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    Here are two photos of Russian troops armed with these rifles; note soldier on left in first photo loading rifle with 5-round stripper clip:





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    Dang, that first picture is a little freaky looking. I remember camping with the Boy Scouts with a "pack" like that. Basically, my spare levi's stuffed full of stuff. But the "diesel punk" look to the picture is weird. Just goes to show you.
    If I should die before I wake...great,a little more sleep.

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    The Russians and later Soviets were always in need of small arms due to the large size of their army. In WWII the rifles were re issued, this time to rear echelon troops. I saw one of these rifles at Collectors Firearms a few years ago in no where near as good condition as the one in the O.P. at a very high price.

    The first picture is very interesting, the Russian soldiers are wearing gas masks and note the medic in the background. I wonder if it was taken by a combat photographer in an actual gas attack.

    How they got here....I'd like to know that too. After WWII I figure there should have been few survivors.

    Russian uniforms always had a distinct look. Unique "bus driver" hats have always had a place in their gear. The current ones are different but still have a look of their own.
    Last edited by Art; 12-05-2016 at 06:37.

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    I have read these rifles should be checked for headspace, that 7.62 x 54R round was a little much for them.
    Last edited by blackhawknj; 12-20-2016 at 10:28.

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