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The Mosin-Nagant is the world's longest-surviving and most widely distributed military rifle, having armed the forces of Russia and many other countries for over a century. It has seen action from World War I to the present day, but is most famous for its role during World War II, where it proved to be an excellent sniping weapon in the hands of marksmen such as Vasili Zaitsev and Simo Häyhä. This study covers the rifles entire combat history, from its early development through to its service in combat, and the impact it has had on modern firearms.
Dramatic battle reports and specially-commissioned artwork complement the meticulously researched examination of the Mosin-Nagant provided by author Bill Harriman as he delves into the history of one of the most iconic rifles of World War II.
Bill Harriman is Director of Firearms at the British Association for Shooting, and appears on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow. A former Territorial Army officer, he is also a forensic scientist dealing with cases involving firearms, ammunition, and other weapons.
Steve Noon has been a professional artist since 1985, and has illustrated over 30 Osprey books.
Alan Gilliland is a photojournalist and cartoonist. He spent 18 years as the graphics editor of The Daily Telegraph (www.alangilliland.com).