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I bought this 1891 Mosin made in 1916 a couple years back and just noticed this “Gr” stamp on the stock near the buttplate, the rifle doesn’t seem to be a referb and has the crest scrubbed on it. The “Gr” doesn’t look like it’s in cyrillic to me.
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Your rifle is what people refer to as a "Balkan import" or "Romanian import". These typically have the Imperial eagles removed (as yours are), and have various markings on them. I don't know if the markings are WW1 markings from the country that captured the rifle, or if the rifles were given to Soviet satellite countries, and the markings applied afterwards.
 

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Thanks I am curious what the Gr means, hopefully someone else will know.
It's not a mark I'm familiar with but Balkan imports have lots of unidentified marks. These rifles moved around a lot and spent time in many countries, some of which don't exist anymore so sometimes there isn't a easy answer to what these markings mean.
 

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It doesnt look like there ever was a K and if it was a O it doesn’t seem to connect all the way round. What would the OTK stamp stand for?
To me, the T and K are quite obvious, left half of К is a part of 'T' (vertical line of letter T). This 'combined' T and K is common in OTK stamps seen on Russian small firearms.
 

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