I can see something like that happening, for one thing these rifles were not standard issued rifles so why even take them back? it isn't like they would have to go back into the inventory to be re-issued.I have grave difficulty believing that any U.S.unit (in particular the Michigan National Guard) conducting an orderly withdrawal from Russia boarded ship without its rifles.
I'm referring to the Russian Civil War, of course. It took place after the Russian Revolution of 1917, from roughly 1918 to 1920. So successful were the Bolsheviks in re-writing history, that many people are unaware of all of the various factions involved, nor of the total lack of widespread support for the Bolsheviks themselves. Personally, I want to learn more about such factions as the Ukrainian Green Army, and the anarchist Black Army...Seano, if my history lessons were correct, the Civil War (a misnomer of the War of Northern Aggression) ended in 1865. How then, did Mosin Nagant parts get manufactured 26 years before the rifle was adopted? Or were you referring to the Bolshevik revolution?
That's a Balkan made stock. Even the rear half looks like beech and the style of the finger grooves looks like other Balkan stocks I've seen.I've always mused about this rifle being one that was left behind by US troops. Not likely but it makes it more interesting to think about. Certainly been around the block.