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· Oak Leaves with Clusters Member
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I've been wondering what per centage of SCW Imperial M91s were scrubbed.

If I use the only one I have, it would be 0% but since that is such a small sample, I would like to hear from others. Actually, the barrel crest is clean but the receiver was overstamped by the Soviets.

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Thanks everyone.

Racerguy, your PM box is full. Could you check your SCW photos you have mentioned and see what you have in Imperial SCWs?

Thanks,

Neal
 

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Does a '22 Tula with the crest on the recycled receiver peened before the Tula hammer applied count?
It could be like the one I posted. I am considering calling ones like that unscrubbed because the Soviets did not scrub the Imperial Eagle from the barrel. As to yours, after the revolution, I'm not sure where to put it in this survey.
 

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Here is my train of thought so far:

It is related to who scrubbed the M91s. Often I hear the Soviets during and after the revolution but I'm not so sure.

It is hard to tell where most M91s went after they were manufactured. It is hard to tell where most M91s were during and after the revolution.

But we know Stalin sent over 100,000 M91 to Spain (Gerald Howsin - "Arms for Spain"). These are generally pretty easy to identify, especially if they had the Made in USSR (URRS) marks.

So far, it seems that the large majority of Imperial M91s that went to Spain were not scrubbed. If the communists were really motivated to remove all traces of the Tsar, why did they skip so many Mosins?

Of course that does not shed any more light than all the speculation we have had on who did scrub/peen so many M91s but it may eliminate the communists.

Or is my reasoning all wrong?

Please let me know what you think.

Neal
 
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