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Holy cow! An 1891 Sestroyetsk receiver! That is the first time I ever saw that! Thanks for posting. I've got a B barrel but on a 1910 Izhevsk receiver.
 

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I pulled apart a recently purchased M39 "B" barreled Mosin rifle. To my surprise the date on the tang was a very clearly marked 1891 date which is certainly the earliest dated receiver I have seen.
Somehow I doubt anyone will find one dated earlier then 1891...
 

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yup makes my 1896 sesty receiver look like a youngster too
 

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rick, its 91, it looks just like my 96 sesty tang stamp with the arrow between the digits
 

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Is it just me..........I don't see it as 1891
only other option is a 1911-1917 date with a badly (or not) struck last number. be interesting to see if it has the extra hole the early ones had. y'all have a good day, Keith
 

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A bit strange --- The date on the tang is clearly a 9 and a 1, it is even more obvious when looking at the tang with a small light, AND there ISN'T a hole like in the picture from PZ93C.
According to Lapin's book the 9 and 1 indicate the date of 1891. Lapin's book also has a few errors (like any other military firearms book so I am certainly not saying this as a criticism) , such as stating that the earliest production of the M91 was in 1892. Ted's site has a picture of a Mosin dated 1891 on the top of the barrel, so there were definately M91's produced in that year. I just think finding a receiver dated in the first year of production is pretty dang cool.
 

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Looks like I am going to have to be the one to rain on the parade.

According to my references, Sestroyetsk didn't begin making the M1891 rifles until 1892. Production ran from 1892 to 1918. That would place the tang somewhere between 1910 and 1918.
 

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Looks like I am going to have to be the one to rain on the parade.

According to my references, Sestroyetsk didn't begin making the M1891 rifles until 1892. Production ran from 1892 to 1918. That would place the tang somewhere between 1910 and 1918.
First what are your references?
Second according to most references, Tula and Izhevsk didn't make rifles until 1892 either and some even say they used tooling from Chatellerault! I have personally had 91 dated Tula and Izhesk rifles in my hands. Your references are most likely wrong.
Joe
 
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