The Mosin-Nagant is a bolt-action, internal magazine fed, military rifle that was used by the armed forces of the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and various Eastern bloc nations. Also known as the Three-Line Rifle, it was the first to use the 7.62x54mmR cartridge.
As a front-line rifle, the Mosin-Nagant served in various forms from 1891 until the 1960s in many Eastern European nations, when the sniper rifle variant was replaced by the SVD (Snajperskaâ vintovka Dragunova). The Mosin-Nagant is still used in many conflicts due to its ruggedness and the vast number produced during World War II.
Later in the investigation, Colonel Bushell came to Victoria where he attended a reception at the Russian embassy. He noted that while the guards outside the embassy wore ceremonial uniforms based on the Life-Guard Dragoons of Tsar Alexander I, they carried bayoneted Nagants rather than sabers.