But the war decided otherwise, therefore it was the “three-line” that remained the last argument of the Red Army both in the difficult beginning and in the victorious end.
As it should be for Russian weapons, it was distinguished by its cheapness and simplicity. Such initial data came around with a large mass of 4.5 kg and 4.1 kg in the 1944 modification, and this is perhaps the heaviest rifle in the top. In addition, the bolt was a weak point – a negligent soldier who forgot to fix it after disassembly was almost guaranteed to lose it: having caught on the bushes, and simply from shaking on the march, the bolt slid freely and was lost in the grass or snow.
Ergonomics was also not so hot – most countries tried to move the bolt handle closer to the edge and bend it at the very nose of the shooter – this slightly complicated the design, but made it possible to reload the rifle faster due to the fact that the bolt travel was reduced and it was just more convenient.
In the mosinka, the handle in the closed position was even further than the trigger and remained straight (except for sniper versions). When reloading, it has to be taken away from the shoulder, which buries the rate of fire – they are also the lowest in the top, only 10-12 rounds per minute.