Sniper Section

Soviet sniper - Lyudmila Pavlichenko with comrade's 1942

The Mosin Sniper rifle is one of the most sought after rifles in this great line of historic firearms. In that they are so desirable, it is important to understand that over the years there have been many "copies" of them produced by importers, distributors and resellers. Finding a genuine Sniper can be a daunting process if you don't know what you are looking for. The Soviets were early practitioners of "sharp shooting" and began their use of specialized rifles with optical sights in the 30's. Sniper development began around 1936 but one source quoted on this site gives the start as early as 1927 or 1928. There are many stories about the beginning years of the Soviet sniper program but generally speaking, the program understood the need for snipers to disrupt enemy lines of communication, take out enemy leaders and to act in support of attacking troops by suppressing enemy fire. Over the years and specifically during the Great Patriotic War (WWII) many myths and legends have sprung up concerning the deeds and prowess of Soviet Snipers. All have their roots in truth but most were embellished by the former propaganda machine. Separating truth from fiction can be difficult and requires an understanding of the history of the former Soviet Union and military operations in general. This section hopes to broaden that understanding and where possible to separate fact from fiction.