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These are two Hungarian m/52 sniper rifles. The guns are stocked in two distinctly colored woods. The top in a beech stock and the bottom in a darker coarser grained european elm.
The m/52 was completely manufactured in Hungary using all indigenous parts from manufacture including the optics which were manufactured at the #41 optical facility. The guns serial number matched the optical package to each rifle. The slings were all un- tanned leather with blued steel buckles. The m/52 was manufactured in limited numbers from 1952 to 1954. The non sniper standard infantry version version without optics was refered to as the m/48.
Hungarian m/52 sniper
rifles buttstock markings. These are consistent through
models based on the Mosin Nagant design.
Hungarian m/52 PU
mount and scope. Note the 02 marking on the scope
denoting Hungarian manufacture. Also the leather
lens caps tend to be a lighter tanned color than
the Soviet versions.
and mount dismounted with its Hungarian made and
marked scope/breech cover and lens cleaning cloth
in its tissue wrap. Twisting them tightens
the scope caps slightly around the PU scope tube
Hungarian m/52 PU
sniper with its scope/ breech cover attached. The
material is a finer grade canvas rather than the
coarse weave found on its Soviet and Warsaw Pact
marking of the m/52 PU Hungarian made scope. The
scope date of 1952 is below the number "41".
It is not clear as to what this number represents-possibly
the scope model of "1941". Below the
date is the scopes serial number. Towards
the rear of the tube is the number 2118. This number
is the gun serial number to match the scope to
the gun. In some instances the number matches a
separate serial number stamped on the trigger guard.
Polish PU sniper with its mount numbered
to the gun. Not all but many Polish PU snipers
exhibit this unique feature. Note the addition of the Polish property marking "WZR" and the scopes refurbishment in 1960. The rifles are almost all rebuilt and restocked Russian WW2 era rifles fit with Polish rebuilt scopes and or mounts. The light colored beech wood stocks are very distinctive and attractive.
PU sniper in a left side perspective full rifle
view. Note the distinctive Polish wood type and
color like on the m/44 carbines. The gun is also
fitted with a Polish m/91-30 sling. This stock
bears the diamond proofs as well.
side bolt view of the DDR m/91-30 PU. Note the
wood is a unique type unlike other PU variants
I have encountered.
found on a DDR issued m/91-30 PU sniper. It is
unknown what the code denotes
plastic lens caps found on DDR PU snipers. Black
plastic attached with a plastic cord and used and
attached in the same fashion. This guns caps are
inside the mount to prevent them from being lost.
of an East German (DDR) m/91-30 sniper. The serial
number is stamped, as are all parts in typical
marking found on the buttstock of a DDR m/91-30
sniper. This marking can be found on metal parts
as well as the scope tubes. It is found primarily
on Soviet weapons.
full side view. Note the unique stock and sights
used on the gun as well as the pistol grip stock.
of the Vz54-57 sniper rifles barrel markings. The
gun was built in 1956 in first series production
of block "A" number 1539. The crossed
swords are the Czech military acceptance proof
as is the circle T
view of the Vz 54/57 bent bolt and scope and mount.
Note the rubber eyecup used with this scope. The
bolt is bent very straight with little curve in
view of the unique sweptback mount designed for
the Vz54/57 with integral scope.
sniper scope. Its design is reminiscent of
the PU but of an indigenous Czech design as evidenced
by the elevation and windage adjustment knobs.
The scopes maker code of yal , its magnification
of 2.5x and the serial number are seen. The crossed
swords is a Czech military acceptance proof.
with the scope/breech cover attached. The cleaning
kit, optical filters and optical sun and rain shields
as well as the sectional cleaning rods are enclosed
of ammo a Soviet sniper would carry. This would
include the standard heavy ball, AP API, and tracer
ammo for spotting in use with artillery in a direct
fire support role. Two versions of standard ball
are pictured. The early cupro-nickel jacketed version
on the left in the early style stripper clip and
the later copper jacket below loose. The package
is marked with the words "sniper".
storage crate for the PU style sniper. The crate
holds 10 rifles in alternating fashion. The crate
is lined with desiccant paper and oil impregnated
paper that wraps over the top and is tucked in
to create a "cocoon" type effect. As
pictured you can see the dividers installed. The
lid of the crate compresses a rubber gasket rimming
the bottom edges.
transit case viewed from the end packed with 10
rifles in an alternating fashion.
showing the storage control numbers on the bottom
and the rifle case numbers on top. This crate is
one of 179 of 221 in storage from this facility.
of the PU storage/transit case packed with snipers.
sniper rifle. It was adopted and put into service
in 1962 to replace the m/91-30 PU sniper rifles
and remains in service today with the Red Army.
The scope is a 4x magnification capable of range
finding and illumination of its reticule
in low light. It also has the capability to detect
infra red light sources. A built in sun shade telescopes
from the front while a rubber eyecup is used at
the rear. The mounting rail can be used to fit
a variety of specialty scopes such as light gathering
night vision and infrared. It utilizes a 10 shot
detachable magazine and is calibrated for the 7.62x54R
round still in use with the Red Army for over 100
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