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Since 1891, the Mosin Nagant did not have any type of recoil lug in the stock. It was not strictly necessary since the original 7.62x54r cartridge which fired a bottle nosed projectile was relatively low pressure. In 1908, a new higher pressure cartridge with a spitzer projectile was adopted. Within a year, it was found that the higher pressure cartridge was causing stocks to start cracking.
Closer look at the hard wooden recoil lug used during 1909 production
In 1909, the Russian factories at Tula, Sestoretsk, and Izhevsk began inserting a wooden recoil lug in the stock. By 1910, they switched to a metal recoil lug, and this same pattern was used in all future models by all countries up until the 1960's
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