I've finally decided to suck it up and start acquiring the For Collectors Only series of books on old military rifles, which is something I'd been putting off. The Big Brown Truck Of Happiness pulled up yesterday afternoon and disgorged its contents: copies of The Mosin-Nagant Rifle, Swiss Magazine Loading Rifles 1869 to 1958, and Mauser Military Rifle Markings.
With a Vetterli, a Schmidt, and three Mosins (Russian, Hungarian, and Finnish) to interrogate, I should have enough detective work to keep me going for a while.
Oh, and a bleg: Anybody know what the going tariff on an Imperial M1891 Mosin (preferrably w/no import marks) is these days? Anybody know where there's one for sale?
(EDIT: Cool! I finally got a date on my M96/11 Schmidt! It came out of Waffenfabrik, Bern in 1900. :) )