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I am a litle sketchy on the facts but here goes:

A top mount sniper 1936 and prior is PE?
A top mount sniper 1937 & 38 is PEM?
A side mount sniper 1938 and later is PEM?
A side mount after 1939/40 is a PU? (Most cases)

OR can a 1937 sniper be equiped with either PE or PEM scope.....if this statement is true what would the rifle be? PE or PEM

Now I understand that these designations are associated with the hole pattern in the receivers but technically arn't these designation associated with the scopes?

The reason I ask is because I have a 1937 Tula round receiver, top mount sniper. Most sources say that in 1937 there was a transition from the PE to the PEM. So, would a PEM scope be found on this rifle even though it was drilled and tapped in PE configuration?(six holes / three on each side of the receiver)

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My understanding is that 1932 to 36 were top mount with PE scopes. 37 & early 38 were top mount with PE scopes, the mid-tube focus adjuster scope, or PEM (no focus) scopes, and 38 to 42 were PEM scope on a sliding side mount.

Regarding the actual mount, I refer to all top mounts as PE and all sliding side mounts as a PEM regardless of the type of scope mounted. I think most people in the US do also.
 
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