These are some of the weapons from which you can choose when re-enacting Red Army.
Mosin-Nagant 91/30 Rifle
The Mosin-Nagant 91/30 is the preferred rifle for use by the soldiers of the 193rd Rifle Division as it was the basic infantry arm of the RKKA for the duration of the war. The 91/30 can be found rather cheaply at gun shows and stores, from $50-$120. You should get all the accessories for it which include: sling, bayonet, cleaning kit and ammo pouches. Make sure it has the cleaning rod. Hex or round receivers are fine. It has been noted that those made prior to 1941 feed blanks better. The Model 91 should be avoided by members of the 193rd. If you are going to do mainly living history you might want to get a nice arsenal refinished rifle. You part time fascists might find this rifle crude, but once you get to know it, you will see how Soviet technology is superior to that which produced the Mauser.
Mosin-Nagant 1938 Carbine
The Model 1938 carbine is a shortened (not chopped down, but shorter, like the Kar98K is a shorter version of the Gew98) version of the 91/30. It is appropriate for weapons crews and specialized troops. This carbine should be avoided by regular infantry but is permitted for use. Price-wise, it has been a little more than the 91/30. Accessories include sling, cleaning kit and pouches. Similar in appearance to the 1938 carbine is the M91/59. This should really be avoided as it is a post-war creation made by chopping down 91/30s. You will know this by the markings on the receiver and the long rear sight. Run this weapon by the unit commander before buying one.
Mosin Nagant 1891/30 Sniper Rifle
The sniper rifle is appropriate for the someone doing a sniper impression. These are rather costly and therefore are not always the best weapon to take to the field. The sniper rifle must have the correct scope and mount. Also make sure it has the correct turned-down bolt . Check with the unit commander before going out and buying one, as you will likely have more fun as a rifleman. Women often filled the role of sniper in the Red Army.
Mosin Nagant Model 1944 Carbine
The Model 1944 carbine is appropriate for riflemen starting in 1944. It was produced as a trials weapon starting in 1943 and supplemented the 91/30 as an infantry weapon. It should be used only in re-enactments covering 1944-45. This weapon is recognized by the attached folding bayonet. They are usually fairly cheap, $50-$100, and sometimes come with the sling and cleaning kit. They were made for several years after the war, so you may find nice examples made in Poland, Hungary or Rumania in addition to the Soviet Union (and maybe some with East German markings!). For re-enacting purposes, the post-war carbines are okay, but for living history displays, only wartime dated examples should be used. The Chinese type53 should be avoided. Please buy a 91/30 before one of these. THEY DID NOT HAVE SCOPES AND TURNED DOWN BOLTS on M44 carbines during the war.
Tokarev SVT-40 Rifle
The SVT-40 may be used by any rifleman, though more commonly it would be used by snipers and NCOs (these guys were better at maintaining this more complicated rifle). The SVT is a semi-auto, magazine-fed, gas operated rifle. It will have to be blank-adapted prior to use (barrel must be tapped, no drop in adapters allowed at 193rd events!) and you will need to find the special woodtip blanks as well. This is a great weapon to have, however the prices are going up rapidly, even for rifles in fair condition. The bayonet for this rifle is very difficult to find (and very expensive) as are spare mags. Repro mags are allowed to be used and are easier to find. This rifle may also be adapted for use by snipers by obtaining the correct scope and mount. Check the gas system before buying one to make sure it will work. Often it will not come with a sling or the gas adjusting tool. Both are needed. A PPSh sling can be used.
PPSh-41 Sub-machine gun
This is the classic Frontovik weapon.You know this was a great weapon since the Fritz's used it whenever they could. If you can legally acquire one of these, by all means do so. A great weapon for the Red Army Rifleman to have. Anyone may carry this weapon, although in an early war scenario it would be more appropriate for the squad leader to be armed with it. Use either the 71rd drum mag or the 35rd stick mags. You can use the semi-auto version if you get the barrel shortened (this requires BATF permission) This too needs to be blank adapted. "De-milled" PPSh-41's are fine for Living History events and are available.
PPS-43 Sub-machine gun
The PPS-43 is a late war weapon. Less common than the PPSh-41, it can still be used by the 193rd. Much the same as the PPSh-41, this must be blank adapted but only uses the stick mags. "De-milled" PPS-43's are fine for Living History events and are available.
DP-28 Light Machine Gun
This is the standard squad MG for the Red Army (and was such a good design it was used post-war as the RP46, at least by the DDR). If you can get one, please do. The 193rd currently could use one since the fascists seem to have an abundant supply of MPs and MGs. Needs to be blank adapted, but there are rumors of an attempt to convert these to gas-firing guns. A De-milled one is fine for living history displays.
PM 1910 Maxim Heavy Machine Gun
This would be a great weapon to get to defend our mortar unit and HQ. Can be either a blank firing gun or a gas gun. The Maxim was very common in the Red Army Rifle Forces during the GPW. Should get it on the Sokolov mount as shown, with or without a shield. A dummy gun is fine for living history displays. An SG43 would be fine as well.
1895 Nagant revolver
The Nagant revolver was used by officers, NCOs, Kommisars, Medics and vehicle crews. It could also be used by other soldiers when deemed necessary by our officers. Please see our links page for more on this weapon. If you get one to shoot for fun, you might want to consider getting a replacement cylinder in .32cal since that ammo is a lot cheaper.
TT33 Tokarev Pistol
This pistol was also used by officers, NCOs, Kommisars, vehicle and weapons crews. Lots of non-Soviet copies of this pistol are on the market. Please try to acquire a Soviet produced version. Newer ones have a safety lever on the left side. Two variations are shown above (note serrations). The example on the left has the correct serrations for a GPW-era weapon. This will also have to be blank-adapted if used in tacticals.