Tula PEM Geco side mount sniper rifle of Hero of the Soviet Union Major J.Vilhelms
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    Tula PEM Geco side mount sniper rifle of Hero of the Soviet Union Major J.Vilhelms

    If you happen to visit Riga ( Latvia ) you can find an interesting piece of history at the Riga War Museum. I did. It is the rifle of the Hero of the Soviet Union major Janis Voldemarovich Vilhelms - 201st Rifle Division-later 43rd Guards Rifle Division.
    The covering glass and the position of the rifle inside the display box at the Museum prevents from taking good pictures but anyway I tried to take few, so have a look at the "counter of Kills" on handguards [ according to different sources J.Vilhelms is credited from 150 to 211 enemy soldiers eliminated ]. Another interesting feature is the alternation of the stock - front handguards and just behing the trigger guards [ red circles ] made allegedly by J.Vilhelms himself to adjust the stock to his requirements. PEM scope is dated 1938, rifle serial number - ДМ 379.
    The worst thing is the method of demilitarization - a horrible hole drilled throughout the barrel ( chamber ) close to the receiver - what a moron diecided to do this that way ?!? Great rifle with a great history ruined - pity.
    Mosin 1891-30 PEM Geco BCM Janis Vilhelms 24th Guards Rifle Div.jpg

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    Interesting rifle. The really messed it up with that deactivation

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    Neat rifle, but the museum is incorrect in call it a Geco mount. Its a typical PEM style side mount. A Geco mount would have a range plate and wouldn't have split ring mounts.


    this is a Geco mount.
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    Who in the hell would de-activate an old and historical warhorse like that?
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