This bolt-action rifle proved its worth for more than 50 years as a Russian standby. It fires a 7.62X54 rimmed cartridge that even in the late 1800s had the ability to reach out and touch an opponent. Russian snipers well respected for their ability to pick off German officers at a distance. In field use, it had its limitations, though. The barrel is a heavy, 32” long run, designed to be fired with the bayonet in place, adding even more length and awkward positioning. Some variations had shorter barrels, but the average infantryman had to lug around the long version.