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My new & interesting US Westinghouse 91 NM

Article about: The US firms of Remington and Westinghouse both manufactured Mosin Nagant rifles under contract by the Russians beginning in 1915. Then in 1917 the Russians canceled these contracts leaving

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    The US firms of Remington and Westinghouse both manufactured Mosin Nagant rifles under contract by the Russians beginning in 1915. Then in 1917 the Russians canceled these contracts leaving thousands of these rifles un-delivered and the companies in debt.
    The US government purchased these ready made rifles to help the companies become solvent again and used them in place of the standard issue 1903 Springfield rifles for training troops so the 03 rifles could be transfered to combat troops. Those purchased rifles have Russian inspectors stamps and were stamped in the stock with a US stamp and an Ord bomb in the wood in front of the trigger guard to signify US ownership now.
    The US then contracted with Westinghouse to continue manufacturing the rifles as the government was in the process of having Westinghouse manufacture the Browning Machine guns but the contract wasn't finalized yet and they didn't want to lose the experienced workforce at Westinghouse. During this contract an additional 200 thousand rifles were manufactured. These final rifles were completely inspected by US inspectors and have US inspection stamps and Ord bombs on the barrel, bolt and receiver. They are considered a legitment US Arm I believe designated Model 1916.

    This one is in excellent condition, having matching numbers and the stock is about mint condtion with a great cartouche on the left butt. The US acceptance eagles and Ord bombs are on the receiver, bolt and barrel. It's missing the cleaning rod.
    I've been looking for a Westinghouse to go with my Remington and the missing cleaning rod was not a problem as I believe they all are unmarked.

    The rifle is also a scarce example as it has the extra stock reinforcement stock bolt that was added for firing the US adoption of the French VB rifle grenade launcher which Westing house was also manufacturing. Ray



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    Last edited by RayG; 09-18-2011 at 10:45 PM.

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    Newer saw any of those, thanks!

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    Very cool Ray I have never seen one before thanks for showing.

    Eric
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    It appears to have been shortened-M91s are very long rifles-many of the US rifles were sold off very cheaply after the war as they weren't a standard US calibre and many were 'sporterised' over the years.

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    It's full length just as manufactured. The photo probably makes it look shorter because it was taken on an angle, Ray

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    Ray, Very nice USA MN.....BILL
    "As long as there are brave men and warriors the halls of Valhalla will never be silent or empty"

    In memory of my father William T. Grist December 26, 1920--September 10, 2009..
    901st. Ordnance H.A.M. North Africa, Italy, Southern France....ETO
    Also in memory of my mother Jane Kidd Grist Feb. 22, 1920-- September 27, 2009... WWll War bride May 1942...

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    Just realized the photo of the barrel w/the logo and US eagle inspector stamps doesn't show the flaming Ord bomb. So here it is, Ray
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    Very nice, very scare rifle especially in that condition.

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