The Official Soviet Mosin-Nagant Rifle Manual

a U.S.S.R. Manual, translated by Maj. James F. Gebhardt (Ret.)


112 pages, 8.5" x 11"

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Enthusiasts of the venerable Mosin-Nagant bolt-action rifle, one of the most basic of the Russian and Soviet small arms, will find a wealth of information in the latest Soviet military manual translation by Maj. James F. Gebhardt. The manual, available in English for the first time, covers disassembly and assembly, cleaning and lubricating, and firing for zero at the specified zeroing range of 100 meters. Described in detail are all the steps, procedures and criteria that will ensure proper and safe function of the rifle or carbine. Also included are several data tables describing the ballistic performance of the 148-grain type-1908 projectile and the weight and length of the basic rifle and carbines in various configurations. For those interested in the sniper version of this rifle, an appendix describes both the PE and PU scopes. This is the ultimate source for Mosin-Nagant owners.
James F. Gebhardt is a retired U.S. Army officer who served as an enlisted infantryman (1966-69), armor officer (1974-83) and Soviet foreign area officer (1984-91). Gebhardt fought in Vietnam, commanded a tank company in Germany, performed military duty in the Soviet Union and escorted numerous Soviet scientific, military and diplomatic personnel on U.S. military installations in the United States. He is a respected military historian and translator of Russian-language military texts.
1) Construction of the Rifle
2) Function of the Rifle's Components and Mechanisms
3) Stoppages in the Normal Functioning of the Rifle's Mechanisms
4) Instructions for Preserving and Handling the Rifle
5) Confirmation of the Rifle's Zero and Bringing It to a Normal Zero
6) Methods for Firing the Rifle
7) Regulations for the Conduct of Fire From the Rifle in Combat