Estonia: This article has been in the works for a while but has been delayed a number of times. The main reason for the delay was the death of Hannes Walter - the director of the Laidoneri Museum. Hannes was a great guy and I was able to gain a wealth of information from him over the past few years. I also must thank the Estonian Ministry Of Defense as they have been helpful in my research.
I plan on some updates to this section in the summer as I should have some photos, manuals, line drawings, and the like from Estonian production by this time. Sorry these are not in place now but again due to a number of reasons this just did not happen - Still I wanted to go ahead and share the information that I have on hand.
A great part of this information has never been seen outside of Estonia so I am pleased to bring this to the site users. Estonia is one of those nations whose history has been clouded by being a part of the former USSR and Estonian history is just now becoming accessable.
Estonia is a country that I have found very interesting and over the years I have built a decent collection of Estonian tunics-photos-and other issue gear. Much of this will be shown later this summer on Estonian Arms Dot Com - Along with articles from Estonian and Finnish authors dealing with Estonian history, miliary history, and even issue tunics. I was also able to share some of these photos in the article as well as photos from other collectors.
So at long last
Another article added to the Finnish section of the site dealing with the Finnish production and totals of the Mosin Nagant rifle-carbine. Please check it out as this is a good starting point for collectors.
There have been a great many updates to the site in the past four months but few have been posted on this update section - sorry a mistake on our part. The Finnish uniform section is updated, the bayonet (Finn) is also updated, there have been some updates on the M27 section as well. Also a new listing of Finnish issue arms was just added to the Finnish Section. Many more updates coming very soon. I will make sure to post them here (again sorry) - Brent Snodgrass May 21, 2006
Vic Thomas has updated the M28 section so make sure to check it out. There is a lot of new info and fresh photos that have been added.
There are two articles in the works – One dealing with some of the more oddball M91 rifles issued in Finland as well as a recent interview that I did (along with Marshall Kregal of the Kev Os Four Website) with the director of “Fire And Ice” – Coming out this summer on PBS. The M91 article will open sometime next month but the interview will open later this May
There have been a number of smaller updates done since August but most were minor so were not listed. There was an update done today on the M91-30 rifle as issued to Finland, this being mentioned as some new - better information has come to light - Due to a recent trip to Finland (research trip). Next month there should be a number of new articles in place and even more updates done to artilces already on the site. There will also be an interview upcoming with the director of "Fire And Ice" - an upcoming show on PBS dealing with the Winter War.
The History Of The Finnish Civil Guard is now open in the
Finnish section of Mosin Nagant Dot Net. This was a pretty
large undertaking and I think most site users will enjoy it.
What started out as a general overview turned into a large
work, and I have to thanks JTV and Charlie for working on
the editing (a big help). Enjoy
Due to server moves
and growth on Gunboards.com we have been a bit behind on the
site, sorry about that but progress sometimes means we are
a bit slower to get to what needs doing.
section is updated and is outstanding. The new section is
massive and covers these rifles in much greater detail.
on the bayonet adaptations of Mosin Nagant M91's is now updated
once again as the photo section is now open and ready for
your viewing. Due to a mistake I made last year this area
was down last year, as an HTML mistake added to the lost of
materials when my home PC crashed caused some major issues.
There is a lot in
the works and once Vic and I have some free time new areas
will open. There have been a number of small updates
added to the site in the past year but they are not noted
here. Again the downtime and server move effected this.
Also www.mosin-nagant.net should be working soon along with
www.mosinnagant.net - Tuco
John Sheehan has done it yet again with this
great article that covers a little known area of Mosin Nagant
collecting. John's fine work is setting the standard
on this type of research. Check out his WW1 bayonet adaptations
An interesting article on the Bannerman
conversions of the Mosin Nagant is now open in the
Global/Worldwide Mosin Nagant Section.
Vic and I had a great time in Finland
and will be doing some updates on the site with new
info and photos. I did update the Finnish tunic
and Finnish helmet section with some new photos. There
is a lot in the works but only so much time, please
bear with us. The amount of information on this
site is simply put the most complete and indepth there
is in English and it takes awhile
to get this all together.
There will be a new battlefield tour
in May of 2004 that will cover Finland and the former
USSR. The plan is for 10 days and it will be
headed by Vic Thomas and myself along with two parties
Vic and I will be in Finland this month
so I do not think there will be time for updates.
The new and much improved M28/30 section
is now open in the Finnish Area. A very well
done and complete history of these outstanding rifles. Text
Romanian Mosin Nagant training rifles
is now open in the Worldwide Section. Sorry for
the delay as we were having site issues last month.
We have been so busy that updates
have been few and far between however this month will
see some action. There is a new article from
Kevin Carney in the Global Mosin Nagant section dealing
with 8mm conversions and Kevin will have another article
opening later this week on Romanian Mosin Nagant training
rifles. The Finnish Tunic Section will open in
the next day or so as well.
Finnish Tunic Section is open as of
6:30 PM 1-28-03
A new article has opened in the Finnish
Section dealing with the fighting from 1941-44. From
the Finnish webmaster of Winter War Dot Com.
Saying Goodbye to Simo Häyhä - The
World's Greatest Sniper - is now open in both the Finnish
and Sniper sections of the site. Done due to
the death of this fine man April 1, 2002.
An update has been done on the Finnish
Finnish Weapons Area - Russian Weapons
Area - have new titles as we are expanding coverage
to other fields, not just weapons.
Finnish issue helmets article added
to the Finnish Weapons Area.
Winter War: The DVD is covered in
First Shot Reviews.
Two new book reviews are open in Tuco's
First Shot. The Soviet Invasion Of Finland, 1939-40
as reviewed by Kevin Beswick. Also Hitler's Garand,
German Self Loading Rifles Of WW2, as reviewed by Vic
A new review of Rifles Of The White
Death added to First Shot Reviews.
Remember the SOS and NGD are this
month, so we will be away to cover these shows around
the dates of 20-25.
New review opens: Jonas Of Kiivijarvi:
Finnish Freedom Fighter is the work of the Finnish
American author Leslie W Wisuri with the book being
based on stories told to him by his grandfather, an
early 1900’s immigrant from Finland.
A bit of a change of pace: An
article on the only full time Finnish Army re-enactors
unit here in the USA, Kev Os 4 - Light Unit Number
Four has opened in the Finnish area.
The Finnish Mosin Nagant FAQ is now
open in the Finnish Section.
The first update of the new year is
in the Finnish Section. An updated article "Finnish
Issue Of The M1891/1930 Rifle" is now open. I
hope you enjoy it. There is more information
and many new photos.
110 Years Of The 7.62X54R Ammo Section
is now open. 11-24-01
The Finnish M27 Section has opened
again and is much improved. There is a ton of
new information and photos that were added by Vic Thomas.
Also I have the updated info from
Gene for the ammo pages, and this should open in the
next week or so. It will for sure be open before
The Finnish Use Of The M91/30 Rifle
is in the works and should open in the January. As
I am working on the ammo section and other parts of
the site, I am a bit pressed for time. This will
I want to welcome AIM, MG34.Com, and
Rich Reich aboard as new sponsors to the site.
Another year in the books. Thanks
for all the support.
September 11th is a day we will always
remember. God Bless those we lost on this day. America
will be avenged.
Things have been busy and this site
has not been updated much as of late, for that I am
1) We have moved the forum boards
to http://www.gunboards.com/ which
is a server we own. A number of new boards are
now open and membership is on the rise. Check
out the new boards as there is something there for
2) In the First Shot Section a new
review has opened on the Soviet Sniper Manual. It
is worth checking out.
3) There is a lot in the works for
this site with MASSIVE updates in the works for every
section of the site.
August 16th 2001
This is a dark day as our friend Randolph
Koivisto of Finnbear International has passed. He
was a great friend and teacher. We will all miss
him as the world will never be the same without him. We
love you Randy and will miss you. It is hard
to believe that only in June we were together in Finland
having the time of our lives. A sad and
dark day and I will always carry with me.
We are back safe and sound from 16
days in the Baltic States, Russia, and Finland. A
great time was had by all and new information will
be posted in time. My thanks to my good friend
Randoplh Koivisto for a great time!!!!
We now own the new server and are
in the process of setting it up. Unless the sky
falls we will open later this month. Sorry for
the delay but this was more work than we figured.
In the First Shot Review Section there
is a new addition as the translated Mosin Nagant Manual
is now online. Check it out.
I am leaving for a great trip to Finland,
Estonia, Latvia, and Russia. I will be back next
month with details.
Soviet M44 section is updated with
new photos and some new information.
Enemy At The Gate Review added to
Tuco's First Shot
Updated Finnish section with stock
Really a busy month as we are planning
the server move with new boards, auctions, classifieds,
webhosting, email, and much more in the works. BUSY
The M38 Carbine Section will open
as soon as I can get it done. Same with Gene's
An update was done to the sniper section
dealing with a meeting of one of the greatest snipers
of all time.
The M39 section will open tomorrow,
it is 07/18/03 as I write this, and should be quite
a help to collectors of these great rifles.
There were some good photos added
to the Finnish Maxim section and a bit more information
Slowly we are updating almost every
article and section of the site and it is hard to list
all the changes here. Best to look around and
see if anything new has popped up.
New boards, auctions, classifieds,
website hosting, email, and much more on the way.
Two new book reviews have been done
on Tuco's First Shot section.
My review of a book on Finnish ranks
and Kim Ball's rifle on a new Enfield book. This
is Kim's first review and he did an outstanding job.
There is a major change in the works
that will expand this site quite a bit. As such
the site will not have too many updates this month
as there is a lot of work going on to prepare for this. More
The Finnish M91 article is now open.
Tuco's First Shot Review has done
a lot of work on a number of books that are now listed. I
was also able to review the M1910 Russian Maxim from
AA, which is also listed at this time.
There were some photos added to the
Misc Finnish Issue section of the Mauser 1914 and CZ24
Due to personal illness the M39 Section
will have to wait until next month.
The Maxim Section is now open in the
Finnish Weapons Area of the site.
The next big projects are the Soviet
M38 Carbine Section and the Finnish M39 Section. Vic
Thomas is almost done with the M38 and I will be dedicating
most of the next month to the M39.
Lans Spotting scope is now reviewed
by Tuco's First Shot.
A review on the IO Maxim dummy gun
will open this month as will a section in the Finnish
weapons section that deals with the Finnish use of
the Maxims M09/21 and M32/33.
The SVT Section is open once again
in the Russian Weapons Area. The new section
has many more photos and facts.
Inter Ordanance is now a part time
sponsor of the Italian Weapons Forum and also a sponsor
of the main site. Please check their website
out for some interesting items.
Well we made it back from Russian
alive and well. The 34 people that went on this
trip had the time of a lifetime as we saw many interesting
places/items. It was a blast.
In the works for this month:
I have a deal in place now with Inter-Ordnance
and will be field testing a number of their Finnish
and Russian items on the site. I think
this will be a good thing for all as it should grant
the users a first look at what is in stock. Along
this front I will be field testing their SR-41 PPSh41
semi auto and their Finnish M1921 (M09/21) Maxim dummy
guns in the near future.
I am also working on a page that gives
some of the details on the trip to Finland and Russia. The
Finnish section of this should open at the end of the
The SVT section will also be open
Lastly please note that the forums
are under a new server. They will soon stop working
at http://www.paradise-web.com/ and
will change over to http://www.hotboards.com/. Please
see the discussion board section of the site for the
WE JUST RENEWED THE SITE FOR ANOTHER
YEAR!!!!!! MANY THANKS TO ALL THE USERS!!!!
It has been a long summer for me as
I just moved into a new home. It is a real pain
moving firearms into a new location and I hope I do
not have to go through this again for a long time.
There is a great new article on the
Worldwide Mosin Nagant section that was donated by
the fellows at MCC. MCC has recently closed
with Robert Edwards retiring and Kevin Carney going
back to North China Arms, so I am grateful they donated
this fine article that covers a lot of ground on the
Tuco's First Shot Product Review is
now open in the Collector's Area of the site. The
first edition is on the Star Model B pistol.
JPS has come through and added two
great new articles to the site. They both deal
with the M91 rifle. One covers the use of sling
swivels while the other deals with bayonet adapters. These
articles are in both the Russian and Worldwide sections
of the site.
I am headed to Finland and Russia
at the end of this month for a large outing. It
should be a lot of fun and I will be back on line one
or about the 15th of September.
The Mosin-Nagant Sniper match is going
on now. See the sniper section for details.
The photo section of the Sniper Area
is now open.
Terence Lapin has a new article in
the Worldwide Mosin Nagant area that deals with Turkish
use of the Mosin Nagant.
There are three new articles in the
sniper area. Two that deal with sighting
in the Mosin Nagant PU and the other with how to spot
Cole Distributing has joined Mosin-Nagant
Dot Net as sponsor of the Workbench and the Mannlicher
Forum. I welcome this fine group to the Mosin-Nagant
Dot Net family.
The Reloader's Shack is now known
as The Workbench. Its topics have grown as has
The Mannlicher and Steyr Forum is
now open. Please make use of these new forum
that covers two interesting line of firearms.
I have also added a feedback page
so make use of it if you want to drop me a note.
Look for some new articles in the
Collector's Area soon that deal more with pricing and
the way to make a purchase from a dealer over the Net.
The Mosin-Nagant Dot Net Store will
also open soon. There will be a lot of neat Mosin
Nagant items as well as a number of items that deal
with Finnish, Soviet, Eastern European, and Chinese
firearms. Also there will be Mosin-Nagant
Dot Net hats and shirts for sale in the near future.
The first part of the Sniper Section
is now open. The text section of "Sniper Rifles
Of The Red Star", by Vic Thomas, is open. The
photo section will follow later in the week. This
entire section will grow soon as many more sniper articles
are in the works.
Mosin Nagant Dot Net is pleased that
TN GUNS, Terence Lapin, and Finnbear International
have joined as sponsors. TN GUNS is the sponsor
of the new AK and SKS Forum and Finnbear brings a gunshow
listing to the site. I am very pleased to have
these fine people on line with us.
There is a new article in the Russian
section from Karl-Heinz. It deals with the Mosin
Nagants manufactured in France for Imperial Russia.
There is a bit of a new look to the
site and a new area. I have opened an area called "Other
Nations Mosin Nagants" that will deal with the nations
outside of Russia and Finland that made use of the
Mosin Nagant. In this new section one
will find a great new article from JPS and Kevin Carney
that deals with Serbian use of the Mosin Nagant. Other
firearms of the Eastern Bloc and China will be featured
here over time.
Jan 2000: We are
Well Y2k was not all it was made up
to be was it?
There is a new forum on the site and
I am sure it will be a HOT one. Tuco's AK and
SKS Forum is now open. Please stop in on the
WHAT A MONTH!!
First Terence Lapin, author of The
Mosin Nagant Rifle, added a new section in the
Russian area of the site: Lapin's Guide
To Essential Mosin Russian which should
help out all Mosin Nagant owners. Mr Lapin
has also come out with a new Mosin Nagant Manual.
Secondly a number of new sections
were added to the Interactive Area of the site. I
have added a Reloader's Shack with Win ( sponsored
by Terence Lapin ), an Italian Firearms Forum, and
a Japanese and French Firearms Forum ( sponsored by
Military Collectors Consortium ) All in all a
busy month with a number of new additions. I
am very pleased to have MCC as a sponsor as they are
a great dealer. What a fun month!! Merry
Christmas and a Happy 2000 ( if you are reading this
in 2000 then you know we made it. Y2K and all