The Mosin-Nagant, Model 1891/1930, was the standard-issue bolt-action rifle of the Russian Imperial Army from the Russo-Japanese War through to the First World War, was used by both White Russian and Red Army soldiers in the Russian Civil War, and saw frontline combat throughout the Second World War until its conclusion. Firing the 7.62 x 54R rifle cartridge ("R" for "rimmed"), The Mosin-Nagant was hard-hitting, exceptionally simple to maintain, quite accurate, and reliable under almost all conditions. The rifle fed from a five-round integral magazine, which could be loaded from five-round stripper clips. Even without the bayonet mounted, the Mosin-Nagant was the second-longest standard-issue service rifle fielded in World War Two, behind the Japanese Type 38 rifle. The weapon could be disassembled entirely using the bayonet. Over seventeen million Mosin-Nagant rifles were manufactured during the war, making it the most-manufactured small arm of that period.
While a highly effective weapon, the Mosin-Nagant was far less ergonomic than its rival, the Mauser Karabiner 98 Kurtz. Loading from stripper clips could be difficult, and Russian riflemen learned to lift the topmost round in the stripper clip before pressing down in order to quickly load the weapon. The safety was primitive compared to the Mauser's, and the straight bolt handle made working the bolt more difficult and fitting a scope to a standard rifle impossible. To rectify the latter issue, hand-selected sniper variants incorporated bent bolt handles.
In-game, the Mosin-Nagant is issued to Riflemen, Elite Riflemen, Marksmen (as the sniper variant), and the Squad Leader (in Classic Mode), and is one of the most common weapons encountered. It is accurate and effective from medium to long range, and the bayonet (unlocked at Level 25, or unlocked at Level 0 if the player owns Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45) allows the weapon to remain somewhat useful in close quarters. Due to the bolt-action, engaging multiple enemies, especially at close range, can be problematic. The player can carry a total of 12 stripper clips of ammunition for the Mosin-Nagant in-game.
The Scoped Mosin Nagant M91/30 rifle is issued as a sniper variant for the "Marksman" class. A bayonet attachment can be unlocked for the infantry rifle and at level 50 for the sniper rifle. Sniper variants include the 3.5x PU, introduced around the time of Stalingrad and therefore fairly rare during the battle (this is the starting version), a top-mounted 4x PEM (level 25, and fairly common at the time), and at level 50 the side-mounted PEM (by far the most common type during the battle of Stalingrad and used by the most famous snipers, including Zaytsev and Chekhov. If anything, this should have been the initial scope, not the PU). In addition, early PU scopes were visually very different from the later (post-1943) production example the ingame model is based off of. The first PU scopes had brass lens fittings, squared-off bases for the adjustment drums, and were often made of a light alloy known as 'silium'. The existing stock of SVT-40 PU scopes was also drawn upon, resulting in many 1942-43 91/30 sniper rifles bearing these. The SVT-40 variant of the PU scope is easily identified by the longer cut for the mount used on that rifle, causing a visible 'step up' in tube diameter when mounted on a 91/30.
|Red Orchestra 2 weapons|
|Bolt-action Rifles||Mauser Kar98k, M1891/30_Rifle|
|Sub-Machine Guns||MP 40, PPSh-41|
|Automatic and Assault Rifles||SVT-40, AVT-40, G 41(W), MKb 42(H)|
|Machine Guns and Anti-Tank Rifles||DP-28 LMG, MG 34 LMG, PTRS-1941, PZB 784(R)|
|Pistols||Mauser C96, TT-33 Pistol, P 38 Pistol, Nagant M1895|
|Grenades and Explosives||F-1 Frag Grenade, Model 24 Stielhandgranate, RPG40 AT-Grenade, HHL3 AT-Grenade, RDG1 Smoke-grenade, NG39 Smoke-grenade, Satchel Charges|
|Tanks||T-34/76, Panzerkampfwagen IV G|