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The Alexandrov M1906 is a bolt-action rifle that was designed by Mikhail Alexandrov and manufactured by the Alexandrov Armory. It was the first ever weapon made by the Alexandrov Armory, and was designed as a more reliable competitor to the Mosin-Nagant M91. It also serves as the basis for the later M1917 semi-auto rifle.

The Alexandrov M1906.

History:

In 1891, the Russian military adopted the Mosin-Nagant M91 as their new standard issue rifle. While it did provide a faster rate of fire when compared to its predecessors, the rifle was not necessarily the most reliable rifle on offer. Mikhail Alexandrov, an engineer and soldier in the Imperial Russian Army, decided to make a rifle that would be more reliable than the Mosin-Nagants that the other soldiers were using. In 1905, he established his new company, the Alexandrov Armory, and in 1906, he began to work designing his new rifle, and in 1908, his rifle was completed. In 1909, he sent his design to be tested by the Russian military. Unfortunately, although the rifle was more reliable than the Mosin-Nagant, it wasn't necessarily more accurate than the M91. Therefore, the M1906 was rejected from use by the military, although he was allowed to have some of his fellow soldiers test the weapon and compare it to the Mosin-Nagant. However, in 1914, when the Eastern Front of World War I began, the Russian military began to see a shortage of Mosin-Nagant rifles. Because of this, the Alexandrov M1906 began to see miltiary service by the IRA, and the weapon was actually somewhat well-received by Alexandrov's fellow troops. In November 1917, the October Revolution overthrew a provisional government that was put into place after a revolution earlier that year, but because Mikhail was loyal to the Imperial Russian Army (and after the March Revolution, the Mensheviks), the Bolsheviks considered Mikhail to be an enemy, and his armory and design patents were forcibly seized in 1918 and put under the control of Georgy Korsakov, an associate of Vladimir Lenin. This made Mikhail extremely angry at the Bolsheviks, and fought for the White Army during the Russian Civil War until he was killed in 1919; with an M1906 rifle. Under Korsakov's command, the M1906 remained in production until 1930, the same year when the Mosin-Nagant M91/30 entered service. However, the weapon was brought back into production during World War II to help prevent a shortage of small arms for the Red Army. Throughout its life, no variants were made at all.

Facts:

  • Barrel is 32.2 inches long.
  • Chambered for the 7.62x54mmR cartridge, and is fed via a 5-round stripper clip.
  • Designed in 1906, produced from 1908 to 1930 and again from 1941 to 1945.
  • Effective range is around 850 meters.
  • Rate of fire: Bolt-action, so it's slow.
  • Weighs 9.6 pounds.
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