I've been getting to learn a lot about my Mosin Nagant lately. It's such a simple piece of machinery, yet it's so brilliant. Anyway, I just had a few questions that I couldn't find the answers to anywhere so I was hoping you guys could help me.
How did the Red Army clean their Mosins in the thick of WWII? It seems like you would have to clean this thing everyday you fired it because of the corrosive ammo, especially in settings like Stalingrad during the middle of winter. Seems like all that moister in the snow would cause insta rust. Also, what did they use to clean them to get the corrosive compounds off? Was it just water or some really good solvent?
Second, how can you tell your rifle actually saw combat? Mine was stamped in 1942, so I'm assuming it saw some combat since it was made before the end of the war, yet it looks to be in pretty good shape.