Mosaka, scrubbing the arsenal marks off a Mosin makes it rarer? How do you explain that? It's exactly the opposite with Imperial Japanese weapons. I personally like to know where and when my Mosins were made. The only one of mine that was scrubbed, if you want to call it that, is my Model 1891 Tula. It was made in 1899 but was taken over by Serbia in World War I. The Imperial Russian double-headed eagle was defaced by peening and a Serbian "C" ('S', in Cyrillic script) stamped under it on the top flat.