Genuine WWII Russian Model 1891/30 PU 7.62x54R caliber Sniper Rifles. 1943-44 dated Rifles manufactured by Izhevsk and arsenal refurbished post WWII. Complete with Authentic PU Scope & Mount. Incredible opportunity to buy a Real WWII Russian Sniper Rifle. Barrel condition may vary and would be rated NRA Antique Gun Rating Very good or better . Arsenal refurbished post WWII. Includes Scope covers and other small tool accessories. Wood will be rated NRA Very Good or better, markings and exact date codes will vary rifle to rifle most numbers will match however this is not a guarantee . Optics will be clear and in Excellent condition for a 60 -70 year old scope and are impressive. These are not pieced together fake rifles with reproduction scopes or mounts. This is a great chance to own a piece of history.
“The principal task of the sniper is the destruction of the most important enemy targets he can find. Officers, observers, scouts, liaison officers, enemy snipers, gun crews, trench mortars and machine guns, anti-tank rifleman and motorcycle skirmishers are to be his primary targets. He shall “blind” enemy armored car and tank drivers by firing at their vision visors. He is capable of independent action under the most difficult conditions of battle.”
This statement was from an official Soviet military publication dated October of 1943. It clearly shows the importance the Red Army gave to the sniper in its ranks. The Soviet Union more so than any other combatant in W.W.II, used the sniper in the greatest numbers and capacities. The sniper was a key element in the doctrine and actions taken by the Red Army on a platoon or company basis. He served as the eyes and ears as well as the unseen soldier that bogged down and created fear amongst the enemy. No other nation involved in W.W.II fielded as many snipers as the USSR. Both men and women served in this capacity to a devastating effect.
Orders were often given on the platoon or company level to directly support the actions of the group. Whether it is for scouting or the elimination of key enemy personal in preparation of an attack or in defense, the sniper was always involved. In a defensive position, as the Soviets found themselves so often in the early portion of Operation Barbarosa, the sniper served as an observer to enemy movements. These observations were quickly relayed back to the company commander and up the chain of command. When need be the sniper used his hidden position to slow the enemy advance and to hamper armored vehicles with aimed fire at the driver’s slits with 7.62mm AP rounds. The Soviet policy was to operate the sniper in pairs or teams, a shooter and an observer to record necessary data or scout for targets. Many times the snipers formed small groups of 3-5 to bring concentrated fire upon advancing troops, resulting in slowing the advance with a devastating effect on morale not to mention manpower. Often times the Soviet sniper allowed the advance to pass by his concealed position in order to bring fire upon the officers directing the attack from the rear. When operating in these groups it was not uncommon for the observer or other team members to be armed with a sub- machine-gun to provide close quarters support should they be detected.
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