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Sergei Ivanovich Mosin
Born Sergei Ivanovich Mosin
(1849-05-05)May 5, 1849
Ramon' Raion, Voronezh Oblast
Died February 8, 1902(1902-02-08) (aged 52)
Tula, Russia
Occupation weapons designer, engineer
Spouse(s) Catherine McQuety

Sergei Ivanovich Mosin (/ˈmsn/ MOH-seen; Russian: Серге́й Иванович Мосин, Apr 2 or 14, 1849 - February 8, 1902) was a Russian engineer and a designer of the Mosin-Nagant rifle.[1]

Early life

Mosin was born in Ramon' Raion, Voronezh Oblast in 1849. He entered into a military academy at age 12 where he excelled as a soldier. In 1867, he entered the Alexandrovskoye Military High School in Moscow. Upon leaving Alexandrovskoye in 1870, he decided to go to the artillery branch and transferred to the Mikhailovskoye Artillery Academy. He graduated in 1875 and transferred to the Tula Arsenal where he became the head of the machining division.[1]


It was at Tula where Mosin began his career as a weapons designer by first making improvements to the Berdan II and later the collaboration with Nagant to design the Rifle of Three Lines of the Year 1891.[2] Mosin eventually rose to the rank of Colonel and was appointed as the director of the Sestroretsk arsenal.[3] He died on February 8, 1902 and was buried in Sestroretskoye Cemetery, Sestroretsk.[4]

See also

  • List of Russian inventors


  1. 1.0 1.1 Aleksandr Mikhaĭlovich Prokhorov, ed (1973). Great Soviet encyclopedia. 17 (3 ed.). Macmillan. p. 181. 
  2. Wood, J. B. (2003). The Gun Digest Book of Firearms Assembly/Disassembly: Part 4 Centerfire Rifles. 4 (2 ed.). Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. p. 383. ISBN 978-0-87349-631-5. 
  3. Barker, A. J.; John Walter (1971). Russian infantry weapons of World War II; Illustrated histories of twentieth century arms. Arco Pub. Co.. p. 15. 
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