Originally Posted by Mosin Shooter
troy, as far as I know, the Russkies contracted with Westinghouse and Remington directly, the British never had any part in it as far as i know.
The Russians also contracted to the French arms company Chatterault (very rare Mosins nowadays), but after the Bolshevik Revolution, instead of stopping the contract, the Frogs kept on shipping the rifles to Russia.
So 3 foreign(outside Russia) made Mosins exist:
New England Westinghouse
nowadays these are very rare Mosins indeed, so if ya find one buy it.
With all due respect, Mosin Shooter, I stand by what I wrote: the deals were known as the British Contract because the British government acted as the middleman and guaranteed the contract, and the rifles were shipped to Russia through Great Britain. In fact, the Mosins the American Expeditionary Force carried when they landed in Russia came from the undelivered rifles sitting on British docks, instead of being supplied from those still in the States and taken by the U.S. Army. Edit: here's an excerpt from a New York Times article, dated May 28, 1917, and entitled, "BIG WESTINGHOUSE PROFITS; Year's Earnings Far exceed Any Previous Record of Company."
Regarding orders for war munitions, Chairman Guy E. Tripp says:
"With the exception of the contracts with the British government for the manufacture of Russian military rifles, which are being carried out by the New England Westinghouse Company under a modified contract, the company has no uncompleted munitions contracts for foreign governments on its books, all such contracts having been completed or canceled."
The Chatteraults were the first Mosins ever built; the Russians contracted for them to be built in France while they were gearing up for production themselves. I don't believe any more were built there after the initial contract was fulfilled and the Russians started building their own, but I'd have to look it up to be sure.
I believe you're right about those three being the only foreign-made Mosin Nagants supplied to Russia. But of course, Mosins were also made in Poland, Hungary, Romania and China. And although the Finns built their rifles on bought or captured Russian receivers, they turned out some very nice ones.
The New England Westinghouse Mosin I have is apparently one of the ones sold by the NRA: it has no U.S. acceptance marks, and no Russian marks either. It's in great condition and a good shooter; I'd stack it up against my Finnish M39's any day. Unfortunately, the original American walnut stock had been badly bubba'd by the time I bought the rifle, so I dressed it in an Arctic birch stock from Finland instead.