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Just when I thought I was done. Been moving the Mosin Nagants along and other than my carbines there are not many left and have not picked one up for quite some time. And then, you know how it happens........."well now that is interesting".

1942 Izhevsk, SA stamp, blue bolt body. Stock has half liner in the front, no liner in the rear. No pitting or rust under the stock. Dried Russian honey I think preserved it for posterity. Bolt matches barrel, etc. Bore, pretty rough but starting to clean up a bit. Lands actually look pretty good, the grooves look like sandpaper. I know the background on this rifle. Shot a lot with corrosive ammo and never once cleaned over the years. That being said, the bore is going to look reasonably presentable. I will get a couple of photos. It needs a couple of things but nothing major or hard to find. Had a stripped modern screw and washer holding the magazine trigger guard assembly, needs an end cap, the cleaning rod is present, somehow the magazine spring is screwed to the magazine base plate. I have not bought it yet but it is mine if I want it.

Initially anyone have any thoughts on a SA marked 1942 long rifle with the blue bolt body. Really not a whole lot of information on that vintage of a rifle that passed through Finland.
 

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You’re right, not a ton of info on such examples. Some believe the blued bolt to attribute to a German captured rifle that went through a depot before being sold to Finland. Regardless, it sounds like an interesting and worthwhile rifle either way
 

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There have been a number of "spirited" discussions about these blue bolt M91/30's that turned up in the Finnish imports. The links below provide most of the pro's and con's of both sides of the debate. Basically, its been shown that many captured foreign rifles that went through German Army repair depots share the same features, a blued bolt that is sometimes re-numbered to match the barrel in a smaller than normal font and a polished "in the white" rear sight leaf. Those with original stocks also have German Depot HZA stamps behind the trigger guard. If accurate these rifles were transferred to Finland in 1944 by the Germans, most were unserviceable and were parted out which explains the blued bolts and polished rear sights that show up on rifles with no other features but a few have been found that appear to be exactly as they left German control. I personally believe the German rework theory is correct as I own a matching blued bolt M91/30 that has German KRU1 stamps from the German Army repair depot at Krakau Poland(its pictured in the last link) To my eye the number on the bolt body of your rifle looks consistant with others I've seen and the polished rear sight is partially visible in your last picture.

https://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?398340-Blued-bolt-91-30-possible-german-rework

https://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?415204-Blue-Bolt-Finns-M39-M91-Mosins-etc-etc-etc

https://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?992834-Blued-Mosin-bolt

https://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?750434-Introducing-The-Blues-Brothers
 

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Poot has published some great evidence that shows these are German refurbs that likely were part of the shipment to Finland in August 44. He can probably remind us what magazine he wrote this for. He relates it to other known German refurbs including French guns, etc that did the same thing. Convincing to me beyond a reasonable doubt - including the F.L.P Mi. There are detractors, but they really don't have any evidence against that I have seen and Poot does have evidence.

Of the only known 91-30 shipment from Germany to Finland during the war, most were probably NOT refurbed in the lot of 55,000 guns. My guess is that most in the lot were parted out and a small percentage were the German refurbs. Some of those German refurbs might have been parted out too, so you could see a gun with some German features and not others. A full German refurb would have 3/4 digits re-numbered on bolt, buttplate, floorplate (I've seen only two common fonts on these) every blue bolt I've seen is a 91-30 era bolt and not earlier; stock rough sanded, possibly with starburst or HZA, rear sight ladder is in the white (polished off).

Here are some of Poot's posts and also from RyanE:

https://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?970042-Blue-bolt-91-30s-A-little-update

https://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?462225-FLP-mystery-(probably)-solved-*updated*
 

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Sarge and Sparky, thanks for the additional information. It looks like there are a lot of opinions on this particular vintage of rifle. I have never seen one so it is unique to me. I can not find any stamps on the stock, too heavily sanded I guess. It does have matching numbers and the mini font numbers are on the bolt. The rear sight is white. Once it all is cleaned up and I do decide to take it I will do some decent photos. The bore is a labor of love right now. That being said it is a lot better than anything I have seen in Cabelas the past couple of years for a hell of a lot more money. One thing that I will state emphatically is that the bolt bluing is not a bubba shade tree gunsmith job. No cold blue there.
 
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