The 1870 Russian Berdan Rifle is the father of the great Mosin-Nagant Rifle.
This American-designed rifle set the stage for Russian arms development of the future.
Watch Ian from Forgotten Weapons explain all about the interesting 1870 Russian Berdan Rifle.
The 1891 Mosin-Nagant Rifle is a rifle known and loved by many here in the United States from the cheap surplus market. It’s father is even more of an interesting rifle with quite a history as explained in this video.
American General Hiram Berdan came up with a bolt action design that the Russian Empire liked quite a bit. This large .42 caliber 1870 Russian Berdan Rifle was the trendsetter for the Russian military. This design worked very well and was eventually worked into a new rifle, the 1891 Mosin-Nagant Rifle.
It is truly the father of the Mosin-Nagant Rifles many of us enjoy at the gun range.