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Old June 5, 2009, 09:48 PM   #1
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Mosin Nagant PU sniper scope and mount questions.

How do you tell an original from a repro?

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Old June 6, 2009, 09:53 AM   #2
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There's no quick answer as some of the fakes are very close to passing as originals. Research is the only help and even then ask questions on the forums.

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Old June 6, 2009, 11:21 AM   #3
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Great website, I used the markings identification page and found my Tula was at one point from Imperial Russia before the soviets took over..(its a 1921)
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Old June 11, 2009, 12:40 AM   #4
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Definitely +1 on

I've done a lot of looking on the internet to find this out. the PU I own is a repro, but it is very convincing (I'm not sure it was made in '42, but it says it was). Here's a couple good things to look for that I've discovered:

the originals' crosshairs move opposed to the point of view. So instead of twisting the knobs on a repro (where the whole field of view moves and the crosshairs stay centered) an original will move the crosshairs out of the center.

Another- all of the originals seem to have "91/30" scribed into it on the back of the scope, underneath the hammer & sickle. all of the repro stuff has been painted on up by the front of the scope.

If anyone has more info, it would be greatly appreciated. these scope's origins are pretty elusive. I think i've got one of the weirdest - as I said, it has the hammer and sickle painted on up front, along with a serial and the date "1942". however, the FOV moves like a new scope... puzzling indeed...
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