I was fiddling with my Mosin Nagant today and thought I’d show you one of the more confounding things about my rifle.
The first time I took it apart I found these marks in the cleaning rod channel. They’re too regular to be random, and too irregular to be machined. I thought that they might have been from someone trying to pry the ring off, but the shape and consistent depth seem wrong for a tool mark made by something used as a lever on a concave surface. The channel that they’re in tapers and it’s pretty tight to get in there, none of the tools the weapon came with will fit in for more than the first two or three marks, if at all. I showed it to Cave and he immediately said “kill marks” but that doesn’t seem likely to me either. Why hide them under the cleaning rod?
Have any of you seen something like this?